How-To and Tips

Music software tutorials, advice and tips for music teachers

3 Ways To Create Graphic Notation on the iPad

By | 2017-02-23T15:19:35+00:00 July 15th, 2015|How-To and Tips, Music Tech Tips|

Graphic Notation Apps Graphic notation - a visual representation of what you hear - can be an excellent stepping stone to more traditional notation methods. Naturally, graphic notation exercises can be done simply with pencil and paper, but there are a number of iPad apps which can help you take graphic notation to the next [...]

Reader question: How do I get videos off my iPad? And what do I do with them next?

By | 2017-02-23T15:19:35+00:00 February 23rd, 2015|How-To and Tips, Music Tech Tips|

How do I get videos off my iPad? A few weeks ago I asked you all what you were struggling with and some fantastic questions came through (and not one of them was "dumb"!). I'm going to start answering each one as best I can in a blog post. (You can still add your questions [...]

The Quick Guide To Recording Vocals In Any Software Application [downloadable checklist]

By | 2017-02-23T15:19:35+00:00 November 13th, 2014|How-To and Tips, Music Tech Tips|

Simple steps No matter which software program you're using to record vocals - whether it's GarageBand, Mixcraft, Acid, Logic, Pro Tools, Cubase or the free audio editor Audacity - the basic steps are the same. Over time, it's likely that you and your students will work in more than one software application and a familiarity [...]

How To Set Up Your MIDI Keyboard [printable visual guide]

By | 2017-02-23T15:19:35+00:00 September 16th, 2014|How-To and Tips, Music Tech Tips|

How To Set Up Your MIDI Keyboard - Detailed Instructions These are the basic steps for setting up a MIDI keyboard with almost any software program - whether it's a digital audio workstation (known as a "DAW") or notation software. Once you (or your students) have an understanding of these basic steps you'll be able [...]

Make Your Own Follow the Bouncing Ball Lyrics Videos with Explain Everything

By | 2017-02-23T15:19:35+00:00 August 13th, 2014|How-To and Tips, Music Tech Tips|

My accidental discovery I was using the Explain Everything iPad app a couple of weeks ago (Explain Everything allows you to make "explainer" videos quickly and easily on your iPad) and it occurred to me that the red laser pointer which can be used to point out things when you're recording your video looked just [...]

Audacity Tips For Music Teachers Part 5: How To Remove Vocals From A Song

By | 2017-02-23T15:19:36+00:00 July 2nd, 2014|How-To and Tips, Music Tech Tips|

Part 5 of a 5-part series This is the fifth installment of the Audacity Tutorials for Music Teachers series and this week we look at how to remove the vocals from a recording. The other tutorial videos can be found here: Part 1 - How to import audio and playback your track like a ninja [...]

Audacity Tips For Music Teachers Part 4: How To Remove A Chorus or Verse From A Song

By | 2017-02-23T15:19:36+00:00 June 24th, 2014|How-To and Tips, Music Tech Tips|

Part 4 of a 5-part series This is the fourth installment of the Audacity Tutorials for Music Teachers series and this week we look at how to delete a chorus or verse (or any other section for that matter) from a song. It's an effective editing trick which is quite easy to do. The other [...]

A Quick Guide To The Art Of Live Looping

By | 2017-02-23T15:19:36+00:00 June 19th, 2014|How-To and Tips, Music Tech Tips|

Live looping - the art of recording layers upon layers live in real-time in front of an audience to create an entire performance (often with just a single person) - has become hugely popular in recent years. I've always been fascinated by it and it's fair to say that recently it's become a small obsession [...]

Audacity Tips For Music Teachers Part 3: How To Change The Key Or Tempo Of A Song

By | 2017-02-23T15:19:36+00:00 June 10th, 2014|How-To and Tips, Music Tech Tips|

Part 3 of a 5-part series This is the third installment of the Audacity Tutorials for Music Teachers series and this time we tackle how to change the key (pitch) or the tempo of a song. It's really simple to do - give it a go! The other tutorial videos can be found here: Part [...]

Audacity Tips for Music Teachers Part 1 and 2

By | 2017-02-23T15:19:36+00:00 June 4th, 2014|How-To and Tips, Music Tech Tips|

New 5-part Series I've been running Audacity workshops and courses for a number of years now, and there are a few tricks I usually cover that I believe are essential audio editing skills for music teachers. I decided to share 5 of the skills I use most frequently myself in a series of tutorial videos. [...]