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Truly great app for any gigging musician. This is really the future of sheet music

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Something interactive like this will do to sheet music what Kindle did to hardback books

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A great educational tool

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the APP

FIRST INTERACTIVE DIGITAL SHEET MUSIC APP

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FIRST EVER INTERACTIVE MAGIC SCORES

Tonara’s iPad app brings interactivity to digital sheet music for the first time. Tonara’s Magic listens to you when you play, follows your playing on the score, and flips the pages for you. Record and review your performance, listen to playback, mark your score with ease and precision.

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THE ULTIMATE MUSICIAN'S COMPANION

MAGIC

Flips the pages automatically and shows you exactly where you are in the score

SCRIBBLES

Annotate scores with ease

RECORD

Listen to yourself and review your performance

MIDI

Have the iPad play the score for you - in different speeds

INFOGRAPHICS

All you need to know about your progress, in a single glance

FREE ZONE

Hundreds of the cornerstones of classical repertoire, all edited for the iPad screen, all with Tonara Magic - for free!

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METRONOME

Never lose a beat with the built in metronome

STORE

Enjoy thousands of scores of popular songs and classical pieces in our in-app store

recent PRESS

RECENT NEWS

  • 03 /
    2014

    Sonicbids: Genius Sheet Music App Listens and Follows Along as You Play

    "Tonara completely removes the hassle and guesswork from practicing and performing. Without the need to mark down tempos and awkwardly shuffle between pages, there’s no interruption of the creative musical flow that occurs during practice hours — and ultimately, in performances."

  • 02 /
    2014

    USA TODAY: Interactive sheet music for iPad owners

    "iPad-owning musicians who read sheet music will no doubt find this free app hits a high note for its smart technology, ease of use and plenty of free content."

  • 02 /
    2014

    Quartz: All apps should be as brilliant as this Israeli sheet music app

    "It’s the rare app that feels truly innovative, anymore. But one worth paying attention to is Tonara, a sophisticated piece of software from an Israeli company of the same name."

  • 12 /
    2013

    Bloomberg TV: The iPad App Good Enough for Beethoven

    Maestro Frédéric Chaslin: "I think anything that would make his life easier...I mean, it makes every musician's life much easier"

  • 12 /
    2013

    Uberapparatus

    "Tonara is the perfect tool for music teachers and students because it streamlines metronomes, recording equipment, and sheet music books into one easy to use app."

  • 12 /
    2013

    The Canadian Reviewer: Tonara: Digital music binder and recording system

    "Like actual sheets, you can scribble on the sheets but in multiple layers. So, if you’re a teacher, you can even keep notes for various students on one sheet and just hide or show the appropriate annotations. It also allows you to share recordings on different channels and import non-interactive PDF scores from the Web, email or cloud storage sites."

  • 11 /
    2013

    TechCrunch: Sheet Music App Tonara Adds Interactive Score Synchronization To Help Musicians And Stage Techs

    "Tonara is currently positioning the score sychronization feature as a practice tool, but the Ramat Gan, Israel-based startup is also working on partnerships that will use its tech to power things like smart karaoke systems or stage management tools that will enable lights, projected images or subtitles to automatically change based on specific notes or passages in a score."

about Tonara

REVOLUTIONIZING THE WAY WE INTERACT WITH MUSIC

Tonara is orchestrating dramatic advances in the way people learn, perform, teach and control music – all by harnessing the power of proprietary technology that can follow both live and recorded music note for note.

Inspired and created by a team of musicians who understand the needs of the music community, these core capabilities are changing the game for students, instructors and professional musicians alike.

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the Technology

THE FIRST EVER PATENTED POLYPHONIC MUSIC FOLLOWING TECHNOLOGY

Designed by musicians for musicians, Tonara’s technology combines sophisticated audio signal analysis with proprietary algorithms to allow computers to both ‘listen’ to and understand live and recorded music from piano and vocal solos to chamber music and symphonies. This is equipping music students, instructors, performers and music lovers with new tools for  practicing, playing and controlling music.

At the heart of Tonara’s digital sheet music app  is patented Polyphonic Score Following (PSF) technology that can follow any number of simultaneous notes played on any number and type of instruments. The same technology can also track the musician’s current position in the score regardless of tempo changes, mistakes and background noise, based on a process called stochastic alignment. That means that:

  • When you play a wrong note, misinterpret the rhythm or change the tempo – as music students tend to do – Tonara continues to accurately follow and display your location in the score with a ‘smart’ cursor.
  • You are free to pursue your own interpretation of the music and be completely natural with your instrument.
  • You can use any digital sheet music stored in your Tonara app library in a noisy room without losing your place in the score.

These capabilities are as game changing for music as e-readers were for books.

 

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SOME THOUGHTS ABOUT PEOPLE AND MUSIC

user by Prof. Michael Klinghoffer
calendarSaturday, 18 January

Most of our practice time as musicians (as it is in other professions as well) can be described as an attempt to turn much of our actions into automatic actions. When we perform we do not have the time to think about how we do this or that. Our performance is in a state of relaxed concentration much like cruise control . In order to be able to perform in this state of mind, our practicing has to be very conscientious.

Here are some crucial points to think about, regarding intention, preparation and practicing:

 

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What really DRIVES you?
This is a very important question to students and teachers alike. I have learned that once I understand what motivates me it is easier for me to work hard. Such is the case with my students. Over the past twenty five years…

I have had students who were motivated in many different ways: some were motivated by the will to succeed. They had very definite career goals like getting into a top orchestra, becoming a famous Jazz artist or becoming a soloist. Other students were motivated more by their will to be innovative: always looking for new repertoire or making new arrangements for the bass. Others had the passion of technical virtuosity: they wanted to play every difficult piece and the higher the technical demand- the better.
The better one understands his or her own motivation and the motivation of the student, it is easier to make real progress.

Preparation
The more preparation we do away from the instrument the more time and heartache we save:
Simple things like reading through the piece you are about to play, singing the piece, analyzing, learning about the composer, about the style. Listening to recordings,(if you do not wish to listen to other interpretations you may listen to other pieces by the same composer. You will be surprised to find out how much time it really saves and how much the mental work you do on the piece in advance can help you achieve a deeper understanding as well as a higher technical level.

Time is Money

Managing your music practice time is very important: to do that you have to know what is the optimal practice time for you for how long can you really concentrate. This may vary according to the task at hand. I used to be able to concentrate really well for fifty minutes up to one hour. When my children were young and needed more attention, I suddenly realized that I do not practice and that was because I could never find fifty minutes. I then understood that I have to work in twenty minute sessions and instead of practicing a whole page, just practice two phrases. Once you decide for how long you are going to practice you have to decide what you are going to work on and remember quality means a lot of time spent on very little material.

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Prof. Michael Klinghoffer teaches at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and is the conductor of the Jerusalem Conservatory Chamber Orchestra. The post above is taken from his book Mr. Karr, Would You Teach Me How to Drive a Double Bass

Download Tonara for free, and enjoy practicing with the ultimate sheet music experience on iPad.

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calendarThursday, 02 January

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Download Tonara from the Apple appstore (free!) and enjoy playing Rachmaninoff with Tonara’s score following and automatic page turning!

January 1st, 2014, marks a very special occasion for lovers of the music of Sergei Rachmaninoff. Having passed away in 1943, Rachmaninoff’s music is about to become Public Domain in most countries.

We can expect many new publications and editions of the works of this master pianist and giant of a composer; and yes – for the first time, pianists will be able to enjoy some of Rachmaninoff’s most celebrated piano miniatures on Tonara Sheet Music, complete with Tonara’s Magic. And another yes – the C-sharp minor prelude is among our offerings!

Rachmaninoff’s life was not easy. A prodigy as a pianist and a composer, his compositional style drew on the Russian modes and harmonies of Tchaikovsky and Anton Rubinstein; his pianistic abilities were a direct extension of the styles of Chopin and Liszt. This was all very nice, but most of his celebrated works were written in the 20th century…

at a time when the likes of Stravinsky and Schoenberg were carving completely new paths in music; as a composer, Rachmaninoff was hopelessly old-fashioned – or at least, he was viewed as such by the avant-guard music community.

When he moved to the USA after the Russian revolution, Rachmaninoff could not afford to compose much – he had to keep performing as a pianist in order to make ends meet. Jazz harmonies enriched his already broad harmonic language; his recordings, scratchy as they sound, are among the gems of the recording industry.

70 years since he passed away, history can time.

You can now find the following Rachmaninoff compositions in our store:

Morceaux de Fantaisie, Op. 3 (I. Elegie in E-flat minor)
Morceaux de Fantaisie, Op. 3 (II. Prelude in C-sharp minor)
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43 (18th variation arr. by Sharon Aaronson – Alfred Edition)
Moments musicaux, op. 16 (III. Andante Cantabile)
Moments musicaux, Op. 16 (V. Adagio sostenuto)


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user by Ruth Ron
calendarSunday, 22 December

“Listening brings democracy to life,” says Bill Caspary Professor of Political Science at New York University, in his article entitled “Listening and Democracy”.

Given that listening is a central component of music making and music sharing, how does this apply to musicians?

Studying a musical instrument alone is not an act of democracy. When teaching a student how to play, the basic and traditional learning structure is that the teacher gives the instructions and the student is expected to abide by them. Playing together, on the other hand, is certainly an act of democracy; the extent to which varies as there is more than one way of playing together.

When a teacher plays along with a student, the teacher is afforded a great opportunity to non-verbally guide the student. The teacher can act as a model for many aspects in instrumental playing such as sound, rhythm, phrasing and how to listen while playing. All this is done in a democratic fashion, when the student is active, the teacher must listen to him and they share equal information and assuming equal roles despite the differences in their level of playing and status.

Playing together simply opens up our ears because if we don’t listen to the other players we simply won’t be able to play together. In my opinion, the highest form of democracy in music playing is found when playing chamber music. Good chamber music playing is based on the principals of equality. All players are equally important. They alternate roles between one another while playing. No matter who has the melody line, there is a rhythmic pulse that must be followed and harmonic progressions central to achieving the depth and sophistication that the music demands. Each player must listen at all times to the output of the others. All players must agree on tempo, phrasing, dynamic and interpretation of the piece, and still remain open and flexible to changing individual ideas in order to reach a consensus.

The democratic process that happens when playing chamber music begins even before any of the instrumentalist begin playing together. Let’s say you are part of a chamber music ensemble of non-professional musicians who that gather for a weekend of playing together. Perhaps in your day to day life you’re a Supreme Court justice or world class neurosurgeon but an amateur cellist in your spare time. Your robes or white coat are irrelevant when you sit down to play a piece of chamber music. Perhaps your fellow musicians hail from other walks of life, a farmer, school teacher or politician. Social, class or professional roles are irrelevant here and everyone is equal in the eyes of the music.

Often we see young student musicians compete against one another on their solo repertoire but find themselves grouped together with their “rivals” in a chamber ensemble. Here, young students learn how to listen to one another and work together and put aside their solo personas for a while in order to play beautiful music together.
Caspary indicates that “differences in culture and gender can make listening more difficult” however music is indeed an exceptional means of communicating. People from different countries, cultures and languages can play together and communicate without words. Composer Paul Hindemith said, “People who make music together cannot be enemies; at least while the music lasts.”This observation offers a very profound view on the power of playing music together, a simple act with deep philosophical implications.

Download Tonara, the ultimate interactive sheet music viewer for iPad! Click here!

 

Written by: Ruth Ron, flutist, received a B.A in music from the Rubin Academy and both Artist Diploma and M.A in music from Indiana University, U.S.A.
Ruth was a member of the leading orchestras in Israel (including the I.P.O.), currently a member of the T.L.V soloists ensemble.
Ruth performs and records regularly and active in different music educational programs as well as teaching and serving as a pedagogic coordinator at the Givatayim conservatory.


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calendarWednesday, 13 November

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We’re interested to improve the Tonara experience for piano teachers. To do so, we want to hear from you, piano teachers, about your teaching. We’ve put together a new survey that will take aprox 3 minutes to answer. It will be worth it because not only you will help us improve Tonara, we’re also giving away a $100 Amazon Gift Card to five participants!
We thank you for your collaboration
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THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO KNOW

What is Tonara?
Tonara is the world’s first interactive sheet music app. It shows your position on the score with a cursor as you play, turns the pages for you with Tonara Magic, and lets you not only record your playing but also instantly skip to any specific passage in a score to review it on playback. You can also easily add annotations and share them as well as your recordings with students or fellow performers with a tap. It’s free to download, offers a catalog of thousands of free and paid scores, and provides the ability to import scanned PDF scores from other sources (see below).

Where can I get Tonara?
Tonara is currently available as an iPad App on Apple’s AppStore

How does Tonara differ from other sheet music apps?
Other sheet music apps are passive – they display sheet music pages, and you have to pause your playing to manually turn the pages. Tonara actually listens to your playing, indicates your current position on the score in real time with a cursor, and turns the pages for you automatically at precisely the right moment.

Which instruments can I use with Tonara?
You can use any acoustic or electronic instrument, even your own voice. Tonara’s music store currently includes pieces for piano, violin, cello and flute, and we plan to support additional instruments as our user base grows.

How do I get sheet music for Tonara?
The Tonara App comes with a few built-in music scores. Additional Tonara Magic Sheet Music – including hundreds of free scores as well as thousands of paid titles – is available directly from within the app. You can also upload your own PDF files or even import scores from popular notation software such as Finale, Sibelius, MuseScore and Scorio.

How do I upload sheet music I already own to Tonara?
Click here for a full guide. In short, you can open a PDF file from a web browser, email message, Dropbox or other app, tap the ‘share’ icon, select ‘Open with Tonara,’ and fill in a few fields in a popup window. (Note: The Tonara Magic automatic page-turning feature is not available for uploaded scores – only for those downloaded from Tonara’s store.)

How does Tonara work?
Tonara is based on our exclusive, patented polyphonic score following technology. Score following is the ability to track a performer’s exact position in the music score in real time, a goal that has eluded algorithm designers since the 1980s. This goal was realized after three years of intensive research by Tonara’s engineers, and implemented in an app that will change the way people play music forever.

Will Tonara continue to follow my playing if I change my tempo, make mistakes, repeat a section, etc.?
Yes. Our technology is so robust that it will continue to track your playing whether you are a beginner or a pro, whether you stay on key or not, if you go faster or slower in certain parts, and even if there’s a lot of noise around you. However,  when you are in the first stages of learning a piece, it is advisable to practice with the Magic off to avoid confusing the app with major discrepancies between the score and your playing.

How does the Tonara Magic page-turning function work?
Just play any sheet music from the Tonara store, and the pages will flip automatically just before you reach the last chord on the page. (Make sure the Tonara Magic is set to ‘On.’)

How do I flip pages in scores I’ve imported from other sources?
Simply set the Tonara Magic switch to “Off’ and use your AirTurn or PageFlip external foot pedal when you’re ready to turn the page. Please see the app tutorial (the button with an ‘i‘ mark on the top right side of the screen) or click here for a step-by-step guide on how to pair a pedal with your iPad.

Why can’t I find sheet music in your store for a specific artist I’m looking for?
We are continuously working on expanding the selection of sheet music we have available in the Tonara music store. We are currently in discussions with major music publishers regarding licensing content for Tonara, and hope to have many of your favorite tunes available soon. We’d love to hear from you. Please tell us what you’re searching for and we’d see if we can get it quickly.

Where have all my scores disappeared?
If you open the Tonara application and don’t see any scores in your library, simply enter the store with a solid Internet connection, and go back to the library. Once you do this, you will see all of your scores again.

Is Tonara available on the iPhone or iPod touch?
No. We believe the screen on these devices is just too small for viewing musical scores as you play.

Is Tonara available for Android or Windows tablets?
Currently Tonara is only available for the iPad. We plan to support additional tablet platforms in the future based on user demand and device popularity.

Does Tonara support MIDI playback?
We added MIDI playback to scores in Tonara version 3.0. Any new score you download will have midi playback! To add it to the scores you already have, simply tap the restore option from the settings menu.

If you feel your question remains unanswered, please send us an email.