Practice My Saxophone Scales (Alto Saxophone Grade 2 ABRSM)
By Aynul Habib
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Welcome to "Practice My Saxophone Scales" - a fun way to practise and learn your ABRSM examination scales playing along with a live saxophonist!
This app is designed to help the user learn, practise and memorise the required scales in the syllabus for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) Grade 2 Alto Saxophone examination.
By playing regularly through the exercises of scales and arpeggios with the accompanying audio track, the user will not only conquer the technical aspects of playing scales and arpeggios, but will subconsciously begin the process of memorisation and, before long, be able to execute the required scales/arpeggios, from memory, with ease.
All scales and arpeggios are displayed in the app, but, in addition, the user can also download a printable PDF booklet, with all the playalong exercises, to their laptop/desktop from the app support website at: http://www.ianandrewsmith.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/altosaxscales2
The scales are divided into their respected families: Major, Harmonic Minor and Melodic Minor. Remember, in the examination, the user is only required to play ONE version of a requested minor scale (either Harmonic OR Melodic).
Each individual scale is divided further into various speeds and articulations. Again, please remember that you are required, for the examination, to know the scale AND arpeggio in both forms of articulation: Legato (Slurred) and Staccato (Tongued).
At "Half Speed" and "3/4 Speed" the user is guided slowly through the scale so that full tonal and finger control is established along with gaining familiarity with the notes of the scale itself. In addition to the key signature, all note accidentals are displayed (even though they are grammatically not necessary) to give the user total confidence in playing the correct notes. A catchy rhythm backing encourages even tempo (speed) and makes the experience a little more fun!
At "Full Speed", the user can practise the selected scale at the minimum required tempo for the examination. This time, just the key signature is displayed. A metronome beat establishes a steady tempo to follow. Of course, if the user becomes proficient at the minimum tempo, then he/she can continue to explore raising the speed away from the app environment.
The arpeggios are, again, divided into their respected families: Major, Harmonic Minor and Melodic Minor.
On selection of the appropriate arpeggio, the exercise is displayed straightaway allowing the user to practise both the Legato and Staccato versions at the required minimum speed for the examination.
D F G - that's all she wrote ???
It's does what you think it will do - but only for scales on D, F, & G ! - are you kidding? - or am I missing something?
I add my note of disbelief that this app is complete. It appears to be missing scales. Rather costly for what one receives.
- Category: Music
- Released: Aug 23, 2011
- Version: 1.0
- Size: 36.7 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Aynul Habib
- © A Las Nubes LLC
Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.