Learning How to Play Guitar by Playing a Game

22 03 2013

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String Wars is a game that can be played using a real guitar

“The most enjoyable and effective way to learn guitar!”

So many of us are gamers and love music as well.  Stringwars is a great way to do both at the same time.  I can see it being a tremendous boost for getting students to practice.  When we are having fun learning it doesn’t seem like practice.  I unfortunately do not play guitar myself but I am going to get my students to try it out and see what they think.  You can even record your performance for assessment.  Great fun!  Learn to play guitar and enjoy music.  Try out String Wars

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Online Music Mixers for Music Production

21 03 2013

 

 

Screen Shot 2013-03-21 at 1.05.41 PMLoopLabs is one of the many new Music Application in the cloud sites that offers the ability to upload and remix music online.  Some pretty heavy names have been users including: Bacardi DJ, Lebron James/Sprite, ESPN, Microsoft, Sony/PSP, Calvin Klein, Miller Brewing, Coca-Cola, Heineken, Dodge, Toyota, Maverick Records and many more.  Check it out at LoopLabs





Guitar, Bass, and Drum Backing Tracks for Assessment

9 11 2012

I have had trouble assessing my rhythm section players when they play with other instruments as part of a band as the other parts are either wrong or too loud.  One of my guitarists found a solution online at “Songsterr”.  It offers a music minus one platform for guitar, bass, and drums.  They also have rhythm tracks.  This solution has been great.  It gives the students something to practice with as well as if you become a member it will also let you mix and slow down the tracks.  So you can make the drums louder or softer depending on the situation.

They also offer quite an extensive lesson section that teaches how to play different styles as well.   The music library is spot on for today’s youth and includes many of the favorites.  Check it out at “Songsterr”





Easy and Quick Bibliographies with Easybib and NoodleTools

17 10 2012

If you or your students find creating accurate bibliographies complicated try using Easybib or NoodleTools.  Both make creating a bibliography a snap.Both come recommended and use several accepted bibliography formatting.





Online Music Lessons – ZipLesson

5 11 2011

Zip Lesson
Online music lessons have never been easier
ZipLesson provides teachers and students the ability to connect through live, real-time videoconferencing with zero hassle. Simply find a teacher, select a time, and reserve a lesson. It’s as simple as that.
Effortless scheduling

ZipLesson’s unique scheduling and payment system allows you to find a teacher whose schedule fits yours. All lesson times are displayed in your time zone, so even if your teacher is halfway around the world, you’ll know exactly when to meet.
How does it work?
Find a time on your teacher’s calendar that works for you. Once your teacher confirms she’s still available, you can pay for your lesson with a credit card or PayPal account. Then, when it’s time for your lesson, just click the Skype button associated with your lesson to call your teacher.
How much does ZipLesson cost?
Student accounts on ZipLesson are free. All you pay is your teacher’s lesson fee. It’s also free for teachers to sign up and start teaching. Teachers pay a small service charge for each lesson they teach.





Online Group Study – Share Flashcards, Notes, and more

5 11 2011


StudyBlue is an online app that lets the your students and yourself work together as a team. Students can create and share StudyBlue notes and even create digital StudyBlue flashcards.


Another similar app is called OpenStudy. This one is very insteresting as it allows students to join other students they don’t know to work together is study groups. Students can search by subject and find other OpenStudy students online.





Great Music Resources for the Classroom

18 09 2011


I have been making my own resources for a while now because I had a hard time finding published materials I was happy with. I finally found a great site called FUN Music Company. They have so many great resources and they fit the way I work because I can download them as digital files and print off whenever I want. Fun Music Company has a wide variety of materials to choose from. Everything from great printable theory books of all levels. Great for grades 6 through 12. They also have course materials for Rock & Roll, Instruments of the Orchestra, Jazz & Blues, Composers, World Music and more.

And, they are very reasonable priced for the quality and quantity of worksheets, assessments, lessons, workbooks, listening suggestions, log books, etc. etc.
Check out Fun Music Company and see what you think.