20 Saxophone Tricks of the Trade by Mario Cerra is now available on the App Store
A new Saxophone App with plenty of tricks and tips is now available on the App Store for the iPad & iPhone in English and Spanish. Award winner saxophonist Mario Cerra (Boston, USA) explains and demonstrates 20 musical concepts and sax tricks & tips that you can easily add to your playing.
20 Saxophone Tricks Of The Trade will provide you with plenty of resources to land your next gig. Use your new hot licks to impress fellow musicians, family and friends and promote your music career!
Here’s a complete list of topics in this app:
Lester: Using overtones to create a variety of tonal colors
Mix Them Up: Using overtones to create a variety of colors
Side D: Three different fingerings for the middle D
Dexter: Effect for Bb-G trill
John’s way: Example of multiphonics
The Wolf: How to make your horn growl
Slide: Glissando, or bending notes
Ghosts: Ghosting and accenting notes for great articulation
The “Cannon” Effect: Great combination of trills
S-S-P: Skip-Step concept on pentatonic scale
S-S-B: Skip-Step concept on blues scale
Jazz it up: How to produce an essential accent in jazz
Tension: Using a pentatonic scale on altered dominant chords
Release: Using a pentatonic scale on Maj 7th chords
Blues and Motives: Creating strong motives within the blues scale
Four and One: Playing four consecutive 8th notes and one 8th rest
Three on Four: Rhythmic displacement: 3/4 over 4/4
Five on Four: Rhythmic displacement: 5/4 over 4/4
Flashy: Bend and trill
Pure Expression: How to practice vibrato
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Kids Ear Training (by mDecks Music) has been designed for kids 9+ that are already studying a music instrument or in choir.
This is a huge app containing more than 200 levels and exercises, including:
Essential sound concepts such as: Low vs. High pitched. Acending/ descending/ constant pitch, etc. Fun elements recognition such as: animal sounds, instruments and instruments families (Brass, Woodwinds, Strings…) Movable Do (relative pitch) vs. Perfect pitch: Solfege, Kodaly Signs, Perfect Pitch by note name/ music notation (test if you can develop perfect pitch and learn relative pitch with ease)
All Intervals: Major, minor, Perfect, augmented, diminished Intervals are presented alone and in context All Triads: Major, minor, augmented, diminished. Triads are presented alone and in context
Basic music knowledge or teacher assistance may be required since theoretical concepts are not explained in detailed.
The Mapping Tonal Harmony Workbooks Vol. 1 thru 7
are also available at mDecks.com
About the Mapping Tonal Harmony Workbooks
The volumes in the Mapping Tonal Harmony collection have been envisioned as auxiliary material in the study of Tonal Harmony. The main objective of these books is to provide the student, teachers, composers and/or songwriters with a tool that will aid them in hearing, analyzing, foreseeing, and composing harmonic progressions without struggle, in all keys alike.
What’s new in version 4.1
. Larger Keyboard for better access to key changes.
. Improved tapping response for map functions.
. New tutorials on how to use the app
. Minor bug fix (previous voicing now shows now in the correct inversion)
What’s new in version 4.0
. Standard classical notation for all functions and inversions
. Inversions: Root, first, second and third inversions are now available in all modes
. Pedal points in all modes
. Five-part Voicings. Choose from a stock of voicings in SSATB configuration
. Standard music notation now shows the current and previous chord-voicing
. Voice-Leading Algorithm with a randomly selected voicing candidate to create valid variations for any progression
. Bass movement detector which identifies bass-lines in real-time
. 3-D Sound Panning: the sound for each function is now panned by using its location on the map.
. One Sound Bank for both Classical and Jazz voicings (now included within the app, no wifi necessary on installation)
. New Sliders which are more responsive and with buttons to change & control tempo and cadence-lines
. Progression paths can now be turned on/off
. Progress-bar reflects the current song playing time in audio mode
. Audio Songs Original Key button allows you to view the map in the song’s original key
. New Progressions using inversions and bass-lines
. Online manual