Suggester is a fun app for iPad, iPhone and Mac. There is a free version that allows you to save only one song, has only the Major scales, and you cannot export your sound file. The full version includes all these features but is a bit spendy at $5.99. However you can still get great use out of the free version of the app with its library of popular chord progressions to jam along with for improvising ideas, and when you create your own chord progressions you do have access to the full library of chords which is quite extensive.
Here is the first part of this composition. I like the way he is uses accents and the pedal to shape the song. There is also some hand-crossing and the melody passes between the right and left hand, so balance is very important, too. These neat details make it so much fun to play!
Here is his wiki page if you want to know more about the composer Vittorio Rieti.
As Ellie and I are developing our teaching and recital preparation, we tried out some new things this year. One of them was improvising and including improvisational performances in the recital. In this article I will give a few tips about how I prepared students for their improvisational performances.
Well as per usual despite my best attempts I entered a state of hibernation from about March-April. Being an introvert I gather strength from alone time where I can have my reflection and deep thoughts. It is especially important for me to do this around recital time so I can save up all my energy to organize all 4 recitals over our 2 weekends of performances, as well as encourage students for their final push, bring parents on board if need be, and just get as much recital information in my brain as possible!
This app is super-fun and amazing! It is a synthesizer with so many fun arpeggiator patterns it is mind-blowing. In the drum pad you can set up drum patterns to be triggered, and also chord patterns. You can go back and forth between the drum pad and synthesizer seamlessly to perform a song live, and there are 16 sound channels you can preset to switch on the fly. I think some of my students will end up doing this for their recital project!
I am planning to make some instructional videos for some of the features, but I must plan this out because there is so much to learn about this app - AND IT IS FREE!!!!!!!!!!!
We are at the halfway mark for recital preparation! Many of the students are right on track and have their songs right where they need to be. A few students need a little bit of catch-up, so I will bring in the parental support for some extra encouragement at home! I am also really excited about how our project portion of the recital is turning out - Garage Band, Improvising, Composing, and Arranging.