Written by Ben Chan
Published: June 25, 2014 at 2:57 PM [UTC]
Do any of you use an online program to do what I've listed in the previous paragraph? If so, can you point me to those URLs so I can take a look? I appreciate your help on this, as my goal is to tailor my site to fit as many musicians of all levels and backgrounds as possible, so seeing what already exists out there would really help! I've done my own research and so far I've come up with nothing that exists!
I built a quick WordPress website at http://www.benchanmusic.com and it's my intention to tackle the majority of the coding since that's what I specialize in. I've described with a little bit more detail what I'm trying to accomplish now that I've had enough time to allow the idea to crystallize in my mind.
I'm not interested in glory or anything. I really honestly just want to build the best product possible so that it can be used by any musician and cut out all the wasted time spent forgetting what you've been practicing, losing teacher notes, losing information between teachers, and most importantly, helping people to learn to sight-read and translating their efforts into the rest of their practice and lessons!
Liszt Practice Assistant
Music Journal Pro
String Players' Digital Dictionary (StringPlayersDictionary.com)
I would say a helpful practice assistant would have:
- a tuner (including A415-445 range, baroque to VPO)
- tone generator (drones)
- metronome (including subdivisions, accents, selectable click sounds, mute, flashing screen)
- bonus 1: able to run metronome AND drone at the same time
- bonus 2: increase/decrease tempo by 2/4/8 bpm every 30s, 1m, 2m for practicing loops
- a timer (w day and week totals by practiced item)
- sound recorder
- goal setting area
- note taking (categories like: technique, scales, etude/caprices, repertoire, chamber music, orchestral excerpts)
- simple reminder: do..., bring..., get... buy..., check..., listen to..., deadlines...
- full-screen static or pop-up custom goals reminder ("don't rush", "narrow half-steps", "bow-hold", "breathe", "dynamics" etc.)
- sharing of recordings, notes, goals, timer (via text, email)
- bookmarks to YouTube, IMSLP, SheetMusicPlus, V.com, Strad, Wikipedia, etc. + user's custom bookmarks
- NO ads
If you want to go nuts, why not add a music glossary, rhythm flash cards, a random scale/arpeggio/technique/piece generator ("roll the dice")
Good luck with your app! Tell us how it's going...
No one mentioned listening. Yet I know they do it even if they are not Suzuki kids.
Its on the top of my practice chart:
Then also Tonalizations. Suzuki has lots of them depending on the level of the string player. From Twinkle to Bouree.
Then there are Pieces:
Preview piece activities:
Yost Shifting drop downs.
I'm thinking like a string player. A Jazz musician or a horn player might have different things in mind like going through the circle of 5ths on scales, arpeg. etc.
You might have different types of drop down lists, depending on the instrument involved.
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