Random Roots is a music practice tool that teaches you to internalize harmony at a deep level. It organizes & optimizes your progress as you become more fluent at expressing ideas in different keys.
It is the gateway to that skill that all creative musicians seek: the ability to play ideas that come to your mind.
HOW IT WORKS
You start with a musical idea: maybe a simple phrase you're working on… or one your teacher assigns you… or a single chord voicing on piano… or just a note or two.
Random Roots walks you through performing it in different keys. It throws a key at you… and another… and each time you hear and execute your idea in that key.
It can feed them to you automatically, accompanying you in time, and it keeps track of dozens of exercise that you’re working on, and which keys give you the most trouble for which exercise. It makes your practice time highly efficient and effective.
• SIMPLE TO GET STARTED
Use it right away. For free.
• ORGANIZE YOUR PRACTICE
Efficient learning requires working on lots of separate skills and revisiting each one often. Random Roots organizes all your exercises in nested folders and gives you instant access to the ones you're currently working on.
• PLAY ALONG
The app plays the root of each key, using your choice of instrument sound.
• BUILD YOUR EARS
The app lets you imagine the sound of what you’re about to play. That not only trains your ability to hear, but builds connections in your mind between the sound of the music, the fingerings, and the music theory.
• CHOOSE YOUR KEYS
Practice each exercise in exactly the keys you're ready for.
• CUSTOMIZE EACH EXERCISE
The app remembers your custom settings (keys, meter, tempo, form…) separately for each exercise and recalls them automatically.
• AUTOMATIC & MANUAL MODES
Have keys advance automatically in tempo… or whenever you’re ready, upon a tap of the screen… or a tap of your foot.
• FOCUS ON YOUR WEAK POINTS
Tell the app which keys you have more & less trouble with for a given exercise. Whenever you play that exercise the app will tailor the keys it shows you to optimize your progress.
• ALL KEYS EFFICIENTLY
Musicians traditionally practice all keys in the circle of fifths or chromatically. But those ways have serious drawbacks that impede learning. Random Roots gives you a more diverse & efficient workout.
• A SOURCE FOR IDEAS
The app comes with a number of sample exercises built in. You can download more online for free or create your own.
• USE YOUR FEET
Control the app with a bluetooth foot pedal to free up your hands. Plug & play ready.
• LEARN UNCOMMON KEY NAMES
Musicians often have to deal with chords like D#m7 and CbMaj7. Random Roots helps you get familiar with uncommon root names if you like.
• CUSTOM SEQUENCES
Practice phrases over any chord sequence you like… ii-V-I's, tritone substitutions, backdoor turnarounds, Coltrane changes… or enter your own.
SUBSCRIPTION PRICING & TERMS
Use the app for free as long as you want. You’ll get the full experience, but limited to half the 12 keys.
For all-key access, there are two subscription options:
First-time subscribers begin with a free 3-day trial period. You may cancel at any time.
These prices are for United States customers. Pricing in other countries may vary and may be converted to your country's local currency.
Your iTunes Account will be charged when the purchase is confirmed, after any applicable free trial period. Your subscription will automatically renew unless you turn off auto-renewal at least 24 hours prior to the end of the subscription period. Your account will be charged for renewal (at the duration and price you have selected) within 24 hours prior to the end of the current period.
You can manage your subscription and turn off auto-renewal by going to your Account Settings any time after purchase.
Terms and conditions: https://randomroots.app/terms-conditions
• Added: visible countoff at the beginning of an exercise and between rounds, with a single, unified appearance.
• Added: indicator in Practice screen of number of enabled keys in (tappable to change enabled keys or their weightings).
• Improved: layout of Practice screen for diverse screen sizes and orientations.
• Fixed: app would sometimes understand imprecise finger taps as adjustments.
• Fixed: bug deleting certain segments of root progressions.
• Several other fixes, efficiencies and improvements
For more details, visit https://randomroots.app/version-history
Ratings and Reviews
A class app by a monster player and superb educator...
I’ve used Anton’s random roots exercise using his paper matrix and this new app takes that exercise to the next level. I’ve only scratched the surface using the many approaches you can use with this app and it’s thoughtful design.
In the East Bay, CA, (and in Seattle), jazz lovers and students know and respect Anton for his monster playing and commitment to jazz education. And many of us are aware of his notable academic achievement and background at Stanford.
With this new app, he’s synergistically combined a little bit of both to help us move along the musical learning continuum in a structured and fun way. I’m looking forward to using this app toward improving my playing and musical acumen with the goal of moving to the next level.
Good but ...
A well built tool for getting comfortable playing in all keys. But I think most potential purchasers of the app will fail to see its subtle yet profound utility. Perhaps more explanation would help.
Oh and please remove the random jumps to different octaves! It’s just really annoying.
PS: The new version of the app allows one to limit the range of pitches in such a way that the octave jumps are no longer there. I have updated my rating to 5 stars accordingly.
Developer Response ,
Thanks for the feedback, Musezak! What you're referring to as random jumps is a behavior I added based on user feedback. When the roots were only played within a fixed octave, users would come to associate each particular key with a particular timbre/range of the note they would hear played. I added some slight variability in the range to counter that unwanted effect and make the learning less context-dependent. But, as you point out, it's now fully user-adjustable in the app. :) Best wishes!
Essential to learning buildings blocks
As a 45 year old new to learning jazz and theory I’ve found Random Roots very helpful to programmatically learn the basics. It’s super easy to learn intervals like minor thirds by choosing tempo and setting a goal. Great cloud based set of free addons available too. Created by a professional jazz musician with background in computational intelligence.
- Anton Schwartz
- 68.4 MB
Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © 2018-19 Anton Schwartz
- In-App Purchases
- Annual $5.99
- Monthly $0.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.