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 Smart Music
Author: clarinet@55 
Date:   2006-08-12 13:53

Just viewed the web site for "Smart Music", this is quite a system for the beginning band and advanced band students. Music learning & playing techniques have come a "long" way since I played my clarinet in bands in the 60's. I'm slowly relearning my fingerings and playing techniques all over again ,since my on again/off again playing in the 80's. I'm using a Hal Leonard CD system , where the accompianment is played at its correct tempo and the melody,which I play, is played softly to help the musician get a "feel" for the tempo, even if he hasn't ever heard the piece before. It's extremely tough for this 55 year old beginner! If you haven't heard of the "Smart Music" system, type in "Smart Music" in your browser. It's worht the time to listen.

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 Re: Smart Music
Author: EuGeneSee 
Date:   2006-08-12 15:21

I, too, played the HS band scene in the early 1960s and am now getting back into the clarinet after all these years. I remember absolutely nothing about playing it, the fingering, or sight reading the music, so I'm starting from square one and need all the help I can get. Thanks for the tip on the "Smart Music" system . . . I'll check it out.

EuGene

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 Re: Smart Music
Author: Chalumeau Joe 
Date:   2006-08-12 18:13

I've been using it since last October...it's wonderful!
It's certainly helped me play through Poulenc.

I also like its support for the Abersold jazz books.

Joe

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 Re: Smart Music
Author: Lynn 
Date:   2006-08-12 23:18

I only wish SmartMusic had been available during my college years in the sixties. What a neat way to practice scales, arpeggios, and intervals. The "twisters" always remain challenging, particularly when cranked up to faster tempos.

I think the exercises, by themselves, are tremendous, but the accompaniments of so many of the "standard" works are well worth the $10/monthly subscription. The ability to isolate problem pasages and work them over and over with correct accompaniment is very helpful, too.

I've been a SmartMusic subscriber for two years or more and each succeeding version seems to include more and more useful features.

Lynn McLarty
Horseshoe Bay, TX

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 Re: Smart Music
Author: Brenda 2017
Date:   2006-08-13 21:24

I recommend this program to whomever will listen.

It's a tremendous help for learning accompanied solos, for example. It's one thing to play the solo part alone in your studio, counting all the rests correctly and everything. But finally playing together with the pianist can be completely disorienting. And at $... per hour it can be very expensive to overcome that mental curve ball! This is a great way of getting used to playing with accompaniment, listening to how the music comes together, knowing when to come in on time, and so forth. Then when you meet with the accompanist you can feel far more comfortable.

Also I like the ability of the program to loop whatever sections you choose, to reduce or increase the tempo, record your own playing, and on and on.

I've also used it from time to time when giving lessons. It's a very useful tool all around!

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