slow down

I get bored practicing by myself, because of this, I like to practice with recordings of pieces whenever possible. I find that I will practice longer if I have something real to practice with. It also helps me to hear how my part fits in with the piece as a whole. I also have students who work with original recordings when they are learning songs. The problem is sometimes the songs are just too fast. Enter “The Amazing Slow Downer'” This fantastic piece of software allows you to slow a piece down up to 80% of the original tempo without changing the key of the piece and it also allows you to change the key of the piece. It is available in trial and full versions. The trial version is free and will allow you to play the first two tracks on any CD (including burned CDs) in its entirity. It will also play the first few minutes of any tune from iTunes and other tracks on the CD. [···]

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Has a student ever had a difficult time mastering a piece?  Have you ever been at a loss as to how to organize a lesson and point students in a forward position toward successful goals accomplished in their practice times.  The following list is not exhaustive, but will hopefully be helpful to all of you as we strive to help our students develop a strong, well-rounded musical education.  This list is based only on the practice of one piece.  Theory, ear-training, sight-reading, application of duets, and much more are different subjects to be addressed at different times.  🙂 [···]

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