Practice Aids

Resources

Blog Posts – Occasionally, I post articles about practice tips and miscellaneous tools.

Metronome Online – A simple, free metronome.

Musictheory.net – Understanding music theory is vital for anybody looking to excel at their instrument. This site offers valuable lessons, exercises, and tools that all musicians should take advantage of.

Practice Sightreading – Often overlooked, sightreading plays an important part in the development of all musicians. This resource can generate rhythmic and melodic exercises of various difficulties to keep you on your toes!

Tuning Drones – These cello drones are wonderful for intonation practice. Fantastic for playing underneath scales, buzzing, or while making music out of simple melodies.

Accessories

K & M Trombone Stand – This simple stand has been unbelievably helpful to myself and many of my students. Simply having your instrument ready to go at all times is so helpful in squeezing in practice sessions that might not happen otherwise!

Tuner/Metronome Combo – Having one device that handles both of these functions is great. Many smartphones have free tuner and metronome apps but, because of the temptation for distraction and the improved tuner quality of a standalone device, I often recommend a dedicated device like the Korg TM50BK or TM40.

Software

Tunable – This app is a MUST have for all musicians with an iPhone. The tuner and metronome are great, as you would expect from any app like this, but what I really love is the tone generator, interface, and the ability to change transpositions.

forScore – If you own an iPad, and don’t already use forScore, you should immediately go to their website and check this out, as there are too many great features to list here. I’ve been a user for several years and it has drastically changed how I view and work with music. After digitizing my library, there are no longer massive piles of music on my practice stand or in 3-ring binders for gigs or auditions, I always have countless resources on hand while teaching, and I have a great backup in the event that hard-copies go missing or get damaged. They also make forScore Mini for the iPhone, which is nice, but not nearly as useful as the iPad version.