Free Online Resources
Recommended Teacher Directory
Some useful links to free educational websites and sources of free music:
Below are the names and websites of some recommended teachers listed under their various specialisms:
www.musictheory.net is a great resource for brushing up on your music theory knowledge. Whilst it is no substitute for a good teacher, it is very helpful as an aid to revision.
http://imslp.org is a really fantastic source for free PDF files of music that's out of copyright. Anything over 100 years old is free, so take advantage!
http://www.classicalguitarschool.net/en/ is a great free source of arrangements for classical guitar. They are all very playable and they have been arranged by somebody who understands the difficulties of the instrument.
http://kodaly.org.uk is the website of the British Kodály Academy, an organisation which promotes Kodály's principles of music education in the UK.
http://www.iks.hu is the website of the international Kodály society which promotes Kodály's principles internationally.
http://berkshireguitarsociety.org.uk is the website of Berkshire guitar society. They are a small organisation of like-minded guitar enthusiasts who get together each month to play together.
Software & Apps
Optima Guitar Tuner is the best iPhone guitar tuner app that I have found to date. It is accurate and gives a reading in cents, which is 100th of a semitone. It is also uncluttered and has a clean interface.
Earpeggio is a great app to help develop relative pitch. It is not enough to use these apps alone, but they are a useful tool to help further your understanding of pitch. There are many ear training apps, but this one feels good quality and has lots functions, as well as being satisfying to use.
Pro Metronome is a fairly straightforward metronome app. There are many good ones though this one seems straightforward enough and it can also be set to various time signatures.
Anytune Pro+ is in my opinion the best transcription app available. It is really helpful to be able to slow music down for the sake of learning it. This app makes sure that when the music is slowed down, the pitch remains the same. There are many useful features though, such as the ability to loop sections and play them back on repeat.
iReal Pro is a great app to help practice jazz and Pop improvisation over common chord structures. The midi backing tracks are good quality and there is lots of options to help change key, tempo and such. Different forms/songs/pieces/exercises can also be downloaded.
Virtuoso is a free virtual keyboard app which I find useful to have on my phone so that I can find a certain pitch at a moments notice, which is helpful if you don't have perfect pitch.
Aurelia is probably the best ear training software that you can get on the market. It won't be anyway near as good as a decent teacher, but if you want to do extra practice then this can help too.
Musition is probably the best music theory software that is available at the moment. great to brush up on all of you're concepts.
Sibelius is the notation software that is used by most professionals at the moment, basically it is the musical equivalent of Microsoft Word. There are lots of variants with different capabilities to suit different budgets.
MuseScore is much like Sibelius but is free, it does not have all the features though.
Other Online Resources
www.scribd.com is a good resource for published scores in PDF format. You can get access to and download many scores that are in the shops. Although there is a subscription once you are a member you can download as many books as you'd like so it is very good value for money. I've found it to be really helpful.
http://www.sightsingingschool.com is a good resource for singable material which will help with aural development, although I believe there is a small subscription fee.
Edward Jones BMus CPP (Kodály): edwardjonesguitar.co.uk
Celia Waterhouse BA LGSM CPP (Kodály EY): waterhouse-music.co.uk
Rebecca Willson MA: rebeccalouisewillson.com
Len Tyler: lentylermusicschool.co.uk
Vincent Iyengar: http://educationthroughmusic.net
Chris Murphy: www.chrismurphyarts.com
Catherine Fox: www.londonviolinist.co.uk
Sara Stewart: www.magicalmusicclub.com
Zamna Sanchez Carlos BA: www.littlegeniusmusic.com
Nikhil Dally MACantab, CertAdvStudiesGSMD, FISM: http://www.dally.org.uk/steppingnotes
Helen Russell: doremipiano.co.uk
London, New Eltham - Natasha Prendergast BMus - www.privatepianotutor.com
Luthiers & Instrument Repair Services
Reading - Andrew Lines MA - http://linesguitars.uk
Monmouthshire - Richard Meyrick - www.richardmeyrickguitars.co.uk
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