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Technology In Music

More technology suggestions to inspire and help.
1. Figure – if you have ever wanted to dabble in song writing, this is the app for you. Create a 3 track song with ease.

2. Loopy HD – is a serious looping app and heaps of fun!

3. Sound Cloud – if you have ever wondered where you can find new music, this is it. Check it out and listen to new and innovative music.

4. PolyFauna – If you find yourself drawing while listening to music then this app is for you. Add to your favourite song by drawing in new sounds and beats. The challenge is to find the red square to be able to change the music.

5. Isle of Tune – is a wonderful app to create a melody with. Use cars, trees, shrubs and lampposts to create the melody of your dreams!

6. MSO Learn – if you have ever wanted to know more about the symphony orchestra this app is for you. Check out the instruments, listen to the musicians speak and find out what being part of a symphony orchestra is like.

7. Spotify – this is a great app to find new music and to look up music you would like to listen to.

8. Singing Fingers – if you love to draw and create this app is for you. It is a really fun app that allows you to draw sounds.

9. NotateMe Now – If you have had a great idea and wanted to write it down quickly then this app is for you. This app allows you to use your finger to draw the notes you would like to use, while it scores it for you and plays it back.

10. Young Persons Guide to the Orchestra – This app is a gorgeous way to introduce children to the orchestral world. The guided listening treats you to games and quizzes.

11. Voice Memo – this is a free app which can record you play.

12. Video – using the video on your iPhone, smart phone or iPad can be a very valuable tool to see what you do when you play.

13. Music Reading Essentials – This is a fun way to learn to read music while being on the phone/iPad. There are others available of course but I like the layout of this one. It’s clear and easy to use. You can make a little game out of it and it records their score.

14. Metro Timer – there are many tuner apps that help you to tune your instrument. A chromatic tuner is the most useful.

15. Tuner – the best free metronome around.

16. Guitar Tool Kit – is a very useful app for any guitar players. It helps you to tune your instrument, keep you in time and explains chord tabs.

17. Shazam – have you ever heard a song and wondered who it was by? This app is for you. Simply point Shazam in the direction of the song and within seconds Shazam will identify it for you. Try it!

18. Pandora Radio – a free app that allows you to discover new music along the lines of music you already love. Simply start with a song you love and the app will find more and create a personalised radio of songs you will like!

19. Incredibox– this website is for everyone. If you have ever wanted to create music this website is a great way to start. Start with some cool beats, then add groovy riffs until you have a song you are proud of. The only drawback with this website is that you have to buy your own song. It is still worth a go just to get inspired.

20. Music Journal – this easy to use app allows your teacher to list the songs (and sections of songs) that they would like you to work on. Music Journal will allow you to record how much practice you do, what you have worked on and will also let you see your own progress throughout the week. This is the ultimate practice help manual!

21. MadPad – record the sound bites of your life and remix them into funky loops. This app is fun and limitless!

22. Garage Band – a good old favourite music creation app that allows you to compose songs, record yourself and put it all together into a groovy song. Play with it and see what you can create!

23. Musyc – this fun app allows you to create music using various shapes. It’s a time to explore chance music!

24. Groove+ – is a great app to discover music video play clips. With Groove+ for YouTube, instantly create a personalised mix from any artists you like.

25. YouTube – this is the most useful tool to be able to research new music. Listen to it and learn it with ease!

26. Magic Piano – is a fun app to feel what it is like to create music on a piano. Try your favourite songs and see if you can stay in time!

27. Music Box – this app allows you to download hundreds of free and legal songs and it manages your downloads for you!

28. insTuner – do you find it hard to tune your instruments sometimes? This app is for you. It is a chromatic tuner that will help you to tune any instrument.

29. Alchemy Synth Mobile Studio – this free app turns your iPad/iPhone into an expressive synthesizer studio with great sound quality. If you have a few moments and want to try out some new sounds this app is for you!

30. Edjing – is a fun DJ app to get your party playlist ready! This free app allows you to play, mix, record and share your favourite DJ sets.

31. Dubstep Construction Kit – this free app is a great tool to create Dubstep beats and get your friends dancing! It is loads of fun, give it a go.

32. Australian Broadcasting Corporation – is a fun free app that allows you to listen to ABC radio, including all the various music channels such as classical FM, triple j. This app is for 12 years and over.

33. Musicnotes.com is a fun free app that allows you to listen to ABC radio, including all the various music channels such as classical FM, triple j. This app is for 12 years and over.

34. HarmonyWiz – this app, although it costs $12.99, is an advanced harmonic generator that can create a multi-part harmony, all just from inputting a single musical line. You can paint your music in or play it from a piano style keyboard. You compose it and HarmonyWiz will arrange it for you!

35. Musify – this free app allows you to download free music from SoundCloud to your iPhone/iPod/iPad. Search, listen and download songs, DJ sets, mixes and live concerts and play them off line.

36. Drum Kit – if you love to create beats then this is the app for you. This free music maker allows you to create your own drum kit beats in a simple and fun way.

37. Classical Music I: Master’s Collection Vol. 1 – voted the number one classical music app in the world. This app puts in your pocket 120 of the world’s most beautiful, famous and essential Classical Music Masterpieces, professionally handpicked (from thousands) by experts and performed by famous orchestras from around the world. (No internet required to listen either!)

38. Notion – if you love to compose written scores and want to hear them played back using samples from the London Symphony Orchestra recorded at Abbey Road Studios then this is the app for you. Although it costs $18.99, it is an easy to use music creation tool that will change the way you compose.

39. Music Top 100 Hits– Do you like to discover new music? Then this free app is for you. Music Top 100 Hits shows you the best selling hits from around the world. Choose from any country with an iTunes music chart and listen to a preview of the current top songs.

40. Novation Launchpad – If you love to make and remix music then this free app is for you. The app has eight ready to perform sessions spanning a range of different musical genres. This easy to use app will have you making beats and music instantly.

41. Music Notes – This app allows you to exercise note recognition. It is fun and simple and a great way to develop note reading skills. Give it a go and try it!

42. Music Converter – if you have ever wanted to convert a musical file into another format then this is the app for you. This app provides full iTunes integration and lets you edit the album, artist and track information while converting all popular formats. Give it a go and try it!

43. Music Keys – This fabulous free app teaches you how to recognise piano keys as well as how to play popular songs. If you have ever wanted to give the piano a try then this is a great app for you!

44. Noizio – Have you ever wanted to change the mood but can’t because the world is too loud? Well this fabulous free app will do just that; it will drown out the noise of the street and allow you to concentrate on the work at hand. This ambient sound equalizer app allows you to play a mixture of sounds to create the perfect atmosphere.

Practice Tips

1. Memorising – This weeks practice tip encourages you to memorise your song. Being able to memorise your pieces is a valuable skill and also allows you to freedom and confidence in performance.

2. Use a mirror – This weeks practice tip encourages you to use a mirror. Watch yourself play to make sure you use your body in the most effective way to avoid injury.

3. Be Positive – This weeks practice tip encourages you to be kind to yourself and be positive. Before you start working on tricky sections, remind yourself of the things you do well. Play an easier piece or passage to feel the skills you have and remind yourself of why you persevere. Be kind to yourself and give yourself praise when you can. Give it a go, it may help!

4. Play as much as you can! – This weeks practice tip encourages you to play as much as possible. Study as much music as you can, even if you don’t end up using it for an exam. Learning as many songs as possible increases your musical awareness.

5. Say Yes – Say yes to everything!- This weeks practice tip encourages you to say yes to every opportunity that comes your way. If you keep working your technique and say yes to everything that comes your way, you will have the chance to develop yourself as a well rounded and experienced musician.

6. Metronome – Just in case you missed this advice in an earlier blog, using a metronome can save you heartache later! There are heaps of free metronome apps. Get one and use it to help keep yourself in time.

7. Skip the easy stuff – This week’s practice tip encourages you to skip the sections of music that you find easy and only work on what is difficult. Your practice is more effective if you spend time working on what you find tricky rather than playing through the easy sections. Give it a go and see if it helps!

8. Record Yourself – This weeks practice tip encourages you to record yourself. Listening to yourself play is the best way to see what is working well and what could be improved. Give a go and see if it helps!

9. Take Breaks – This week’s practice tip encourages you to take breaks. It seems obvious but how easily we forget! Practising can be physically demanding and often it seems easier to just keep going, but it’s not. Take small breaks often and look after your body. Give it a go and see if it helps!

10. YouTube – This week’s practice tip encourages you to YouTube your songs. It is always easier to learn songs that you have heard before, so why not YouTube new songs. Give it a go and see if it helps!

11. Without Instrument! – This week’s practice tip encourages you to use the time when you are not with your instrument or can’t be with your instrument to visualise and learn. It can be a great way to consolidate tricky fingerings, work on bow holds, learn music off by heart and much more. Give it a go and see if it helps!

12. Perform as much as possible – This week’s practice tip encourages you to perform as often as possible. Use every opportunity to test out the work you have done on your pieces to improve them. Performance can be scary but if you perform as much as you can it gets easier. Give it a go and see if it helps!

13. Have an aim – This week’s practice tip encourages you to always practise with an aim to fix, improve and change something. Don’t just play through whole songs but rather aim to fix or change something. Give it a go and see if it helps!

14. Sight Reading – This week’s practice tip encourages you to try to sight-read as much as possible. This will help you to work out rhythm, fingering, dynamics, bowings, etc as fast as you can! Sight-reading is a very handy skill.

15. Rhythm – This week’s practice tip encourages you to take time out to work out tricky rhythms. Pick a tricky section of a song you are playing or sight-read a new song and slowly work out the rhythm. Use a metronome to help you work out the exact timing. The more you can work out rhythms the easier sight-reading becomes!

16. Push Yourself – This week’s practice tip encourages you to push yourself constantly. Learn a song/piece and see if you can play it from memory. Then see if you can perform it to your mum. Keep pushing yourself until you are confident to perform it in a soiree. Go on, give it a try!

17. Video yourself – This week’s practice tip encourages you to video yourself playing. This way you will be able to see and hear what you do well and will be able to identify where you could improve things. It is very useful to see yourself play. Go on, give it a try!

18. One thing! – This week’s practice tip encourages you to concentrate on fixing one thing. The trick to learning new things is to concentrate your efforts on one thing. Work out what is stopping you from playing easily, then concentrate on fixing that one thing. Go on, give it a try!

19. Leave the instrument out – This week’s practice tip encourages you to get your instrument out, if it is not a piano or drum kit already set up! Having to get the instrument out of its case can be a mental block to practising. If it is easily accessible and no effort is required to get it ready, much like a piano, it feels easier to do the work. Go on, give it a try!

20. Set a time – This weeks practice tip encourages you to set a time to practise. Go on give it a try!

21. Work in Sections – This week’s practice tip encourages you to work on tricky things in small sections. Don’t play through everything everyday but rather work on small sections that cause you trouble. Go on, give it a try!

22. Little But Often – This weeks practice tip encourages you to do a little practice but as often as you can. It is the regularity and consistency of practice that will build skill. Go on, give it a try!