The new Tonara version is out, and we’re so happy to let you know about the exciting features! The first on is MIDI Playback, which enables you to listen to a midi file of the composition you are playing. This is great for practicing – if you’re not sure how to play the music, the midi will help you get the idea and get you started Another killer feature we now have in Tonara, is the infographics. After you finish playing, Tonara will show you a beautiful summary of your practice session, including the amount of time and the number of pages you played – Even the amount of time you spent on each page! It will also show you … Continued
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(Written by Prof. Michael Klinghoffer) In the previous post, we started talking about focusing our intentions on the right place, and making the best of practicing time. Here are some more points you should consider when coming to practice The Physical conditions Good physical conditions can improve your efficiency- do not overlook that. Physical conditions may include light, the height of your music stand, the acoustics in the room and many more. The idea is that you have to feel comfortable and it is worthwhile taking a few minutes to make your practice environment as comfortable and inspiring. Another aspect of the physical condition is your personal well being, thinking about your posture, your relaxation, and remembering that you work … Continued
This post was written by Prof. Michael Klinghoffer 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: What really DRIVES you? This is a very important question to students and teachers alike. I have learned … Continued
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; … Continued
“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 … Continued
Perfecting your sound is one of the most important actions one could practice. Whether you’ve already overcome the technical difficulties of the piece you are playing or you’re trying to improve your overall sound quality on scales and studies, it is important not to neglect this aspect of your playing. Practicing sound is not like practicing for a performance. In performance we always think forward into the future and only monitor what we just played. Our focus when practicing sound should be on the “now”. I discuss further the technique of practicing sound in the post the Beam of Light. In this post I like to share how I analyze mistakes and imperfections in the sound. I divide the sound … Continued
Guest post by Eyal Kless When I want to describe a beautiful, attractive sound, I use words like ‘pure’, ‘clean’, ‘full’, ‘colorful’ and ‘unified’. As musicians, the quality of our sound is the most powerful expressive tool we have. However, I find that many students take their sound for granted, and focus their practice on playing either in tune or fast enough. As important as these issues are, nothing affects your listeners’ experience more than the sound that comes out of your instrument. It is your calling card, the manifestation of your artistic soul. With a good sound you can convince anyone to listen to you. Being in tune or technically correct will not help you, if in the process … Continued
Hey everybody We’re excited to announce a new version is out now! The new version introduces a new look, a new feel and a much better Tonara experience. Now, except for the new design, we now offer hundreds of free scores for your enjoyment. Just go to the Free Zone, and download ten new scores each week! AND, we’ve improved the recording function and made it much easier and intuitive. You can now have your playing session recorded both when using the Magic scores or your own uploaded scores. On the Magic scores, you’ll enjoy a synched playback and score following, while on a PDF score you’ll enjoy the automatic page turning in the right time! Download Tonara today!
Hey everybody We’re happy to announce the arrival of lots of new items to our online store. Among the new arrivals, we have new sheet music by Alicia Keys, Selena Gomez, Joe Jackson, Billy Joel, Beach Boys, Feist and many others. Also, to celebrate this 4th of July, our house musician Avi Moghrabi had written a great piano arrangement oh The Star Spangled Banner (click here if you read this on your iPad). More sheet music to celebrate this 4th of July can be found in our store. Just click the Browse Button>>Occasion and browse between Hymn, Patriotic or American.
“When the curtain opened on a group of knock-kneed and long-braided Lolitas jumping up and down … the storm broke…They came for Scheherazade, or for Cleopatra. And they saw Le Sacre du Printemps. They were very shocked. They were very naïve and stupid people.” This was what Igor Stravinski saw from his chair in the Paris theatre when The Rite Of Spring’s debuted, 100 years ago this week. The famous ballet caused a huge riot within the audience who came to see the much anticipated new production by Sergei Diaghlive’s Beallets Russes. They were shouting, fist fighting and even throwing items on the dancers. The new show was definitely challenging for the audience; Nijinsky’s choreography was difficult to take. There … Continued