I recommend that all of my music students who are able to, download the following software and use it.
Read Rhythm App – $2.99 on any IOS device (iphone, ipad, ipod touch, …)
If you want to learn to read rhythms, this is the best training program I know of. It’s fantastic.
If you want to practice playing by ear, just cover up the part of the screen that has the rhythm notation.
Tenuto – Music Theory App – $3.99 on any IOS device (iphone, ipad, ipod touch, …)
Best ear training tool, very inexpensive. Intervals, Chords, …. so much more!
Ableton LIVE – free demo version
www.ableton.com/live (mac or pc)
This program is so useful. You can use it as a click. You can program drum beats. You can slow down audio. You can change the key of audio and have it still sound reasonable! You can mix and match beats/rhythms/melodies/chords. You can record one part (rhythm for example) and then start improvising or practicing melodies over the top of it. I recommend that all my students download the free trial version. $99 for the intro version is not bad either.
The free trial version will let you do everything except save.
What programs do you use to help you learn?
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