TUNE UP

Learn mu­sic on­line

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Front Page -

DO YOU wish you learnt how to play an in­stru­ment when you were younger?

Pick up an ‘‘ app- stru­ment’’ and let tech be your mu­sic teacher.

There is a grow­ing trend of apps ded­i­cated to in­cor­po­rat­ing mu­si­cal ed­u­ca­tion into fun and games, all with­out home­work or stern looks from a tu­tor.

YouTube also has a grow­ing com­mu­nity of mu­sic tu­tors and mu­si­cal app en­thu­si­asts, who video their tu­to­ri­als for you, playing pop­u­lar songs slowly and ac­cu­rately for you to copy.

JoyTunes is an Is­raeli startup that in­cor­po­rates us­ing a real in­stru­ment to ac­ti­vate video games. It was re­cently awarded the bian­nual United Na­tions World Sum­mit Award for the most cre­ative eCon­tent and in­no­va­tive in­for­ma­tion com­mu­ni­ca­tions tech­nol­ogy.

JoyTunes is a lit­tle dif­fer­ent, de­liv­er­ing a se­ries of mu­sic apps ac­ti­vated when users play their own, real world mu­si­cal in­stru­ment.

Learn­ing pi­ano is widely ac­knowl­edged as the es­sen­tial first step in learn­ing the ba­sics of Western mu­sic for­mula. Learn it well and you will have a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of mu­si­cal lan­guage, mak­ing it eas­ier to pick up other in­stru­ments.

JoyTunes has also re­leased a free iPad app called Pi­ano Dust Buster, which al­lows users to learn and play songs at their own pace, us­ing their own pi­ano through the iPad’s mi­cro­phone or the app’s 3D vir­tual key­board.

It is mainly aimed at be­gin­ners but you may still learn a lot as you progress through dif­fer­ent game lev­els, with mu­sic lessons dis­guised as fun ex­er­cises in dif­fer­ent modes.

BROAD BAND: In­ci­dent gTar ( iPhone) is a life- like gui­tar into which you can dock your iPhone, trig­ger­ing the gui­tar frets to light up as di­rec­tions for how to play

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