Music Education With Linux Sound Tools
Linux Style: Music Education With Linux Sound Tools
Dave Phillips June 03 2004
Whatever you play, make your music lessons and practice sessions more
productive with these music learning tools.
... For MP3 play I use the outstanding XMMS, while for playing CDs I
prefer Ti Kan's Xmcd. I also have occasion to burn discs for students,
which is no problem with the Gcombust front-end for the fantastic
... I can use Mike Oliphant's GRip software to grab the needed track and
convert it to WAV. Then I can load the WAV file into the Snd soundfile
editor and use its realtime time-stretching and looping capabilities to
help me through the tough passage. ..
... Tom Cato Amundsen's great Solfege actually turns ear-training
exercises into an enjoyable game, though I must be quick to add that
Solfege is a very serious tool ..
... my favorite tool for this job is Aaron Lav's RhythmLab. If a student
has problems playing a difficult rhythm I can program RhythmLab to play
the rhythm at a slower tempo until the student can comprehend and play
it in time ..
Instrument tuners abound for Linux, but I use the extremely minimal
xtune, a guitar-only tuner. Xtune provides a simple sine wave playback
at the pitch for each string, making it very quick and easy to tune the
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