iPad Sheet Music App

PianoScore iPad Sheet Music App Reviewed

Best iPad App ever for Trumpet Players

Piascore is much more than an iPadSheet Music App. It is a full-fledged music library that a musician can carry on a single, iPad. If you are a musician like me who was sick of digging through stacks and stacks of practice, exercise and music books, this single, iPad app. which costs next to nothing, will totally change your music playing life. As a trumpet player, I was thrilled to find the entire Arban’s book for free online and it works beautifully in Piascore. I was also able to find many other, free method books and famous trumpet pieces. Many of these books have expired copyrights and some very nice people have taken the time to scan them in digitally so they can be used on computers, tablets andiPads. But, Piascore is much more than an app for reading your music. It does much more!

Built-In Metronome

piascore metronomeWhile you’re playing, you can use a full-featured metronome and never miss a beat.

Notes, Highlighting and editing

If you want to highlight certain passages, make notes and emphasize accidentals, etc, Piascore makes it extremely easy.

Record yourself Playing

Piascore RecorderPiascore comes with a built-in recorder. This is great if you want to hear yourself playing a duet or a 4-part quartet. Simply record a section at a time and play it back on your Bluetooth speaker/s.

Find Videos of your Favorite Solos

Piascore VideosPiascore will intelligently search and locate professional recordings of the very pieces you are working on and play them back for you. How cool is that?

Tune your Trumpet

Piascore TunerPiascore has a precision, built-in tuner that works within the application, so you can tune your instrument and stay in tune while you are practicing.

Table of Contents

Piascore Table of ContentsStop fumbling through pages looking for your practice routine. Have you ever wondered where those Interval Exercises are in Arbans but cannot find them? Piascore allows you to create a table of contents for every section of the book.

Browse Books and Scores by Page

Piascore Book MenuSimply tap at the bottom of the page and you’ll be able to skim through the contents of your fake books or method books easier than you can with any hard-copy book.

On-Screen Digital Piano

Piascore Digital PianoWant to check what you’re playing on the keyboard? Pull up the Piascore digital keyboard and you are there!

Dual Viewing Options

Piascore Full Page ViewPiascore works in portrait or landscape modes on your iPad. One of the biggest advantages of digital music books is that you no longer have to worry about finding a way to keep the pages open as you play. On the thick and fat Arban’s method book, keeping those pages open was as big if not bigger challenge than playing some of its most difficult sections.The one advantage, however, that cannot be emphasized enough is how amazing it is to have your entire music library with you in a single, thin, small digital notebook that weighs less than a pound. If you are a musician, Piascore is the one single app. that will persuade you more than anything to buy an iPad. If you already own an iPad, what are you waiting for? It’s just $2.99!

PiaScore Demonstration

One Minute Warmup

The One Minute Trumpet Warmup

Wouldn't it be great if you could pull your horn, cold out of the case, and feel prepared to play anything and sound great doing it from the very first note? The truth is; you can. If you're like many trumpet players, you've spent so much time relying on a long, tedious warm-up routine that it has become a crutch for you; not to mention, a long, tedious and boring activity that not only robs you of valuable practice time, but can actually decrease your day-long endurance. It doesn't have to be this way. Perhaps, you've forgotten how much more fun it was to play your trumpet when you were young, first started and didn't take it so seriously. As we get older, we're taught all of these routines; ways to breathe, buzzing the mouthpieces, slow long tones, etc, etc. Some of what we are taught is good advice, but some of is not and I believe it can actually cripple our productivity. Over the years, I've become convinced that long warm-ups are a waste of time for the majority of trumpet players. If you're one of those trumpet players who really believes you need 20-30 minutes to warm-up, ask yourself if you could learn to cut that time in half. If you can cut a 20 minute warm-up routine down to 10, then with more practice, you should be able to get it down to 5, then 2.5, etc., etc. Warming up is like anything else. With practice we will get better at it. If you can learn to be ready to play your best in one minute or less, wouldn't you want to? With practice, you can do this!

Trumpet Players: Don't Waste Your Practice Time On Warm Ups

Trumpet practice, in general, should be geared towards making us perform better on the instrument;not developing routines which take time away from the goal of our true craft - which is music. Practice is a habit and habits are hard to break. The longer we warm-up on the trumpet, the more we become addicted to the routine and we brainwash ourselves to believe we need 30, 40 or even 60 minutes to be ready to play. I speak from personal experience. I used to be a warm-up fanatic. I can remember a few times during my breaks home from college when my parents would ask me to play something for guests and I was afraid to death to perform because I didn't have time for my usual 30 minute warm-up routine. That was definitely an unhealthy addiction and I can promise you that I would have been a much better player had I only known what I know today. There were many times during my warm-up routines where my playing would get worse instead of better. Also, I would become reliant on the low, relaxed register to prepare for the rest of the range of the horn and there were some days when it just didn't happen. All of the excess baggage added onto my trumpet schedule was not helping me become a better player. Warming up can be like a drug fix. The more you do it, the more you think you need it and you can never get enough. The way to get over this destructive warm-up habit is to stop it in its tracks. You've got to quit, cold turkey. Here's a better way to warm-up and it only takes one minute. 

Take your horn out. Always wash the mouthpiece with warm soap and water before you play for the first time each day. Avoid the temptation to buzz the mouthpiece. Instead, put the mouthpiece directly in your horn and begin to play arpeggios at a full, but not overly loud volume. Attack the notes crisply and with energy. Play some scales; do some single, double and triple tonguing. Do some intervals and octaves, both slurred and tongued for flexibility. The last 20 seconds or so, work up to the highest part of your range that you are most comfortable playing and hit a few of the high notes. For example, if double-C's are part of your playing range, blend them into your 1-minute warm up routine. Don't spend more than a minute warming up, even if you don't feel like you are ready. Like all other aspects of playing a musical instrument, it takes practice to master the art of the 1-minute warm-up. During that 1-minute warm-up, use your technique, power and range; don't save it for later in the day. Play low - play high. Play soft - play loud. Tongue hard, tongue soft and do it all in less than 60 seconds. 

I started following the 1-minute warm up routine just recently, and was amazed at how much stronger and fresher my playing was in just the first week. Now, after just 60 seconds, I can pick up a classical trumpet piece like Carnival of Venice or Maid of the Mist Polka and sound and feel more confident and more prepared then ever before. I only play for fun these days, but for a serious, aspiring trumpet player, those extra 20-30 minutes saved on a long, tedious warm-up can be used for becoming a better, more musical trumpet player. Use that extra time to practice site reading, mastering difficult technical passages, learning jazz scales, practicing jazz chord changes or any number of the things that makes us more musical and proficient on the horn. As any trumpet player knows; there are more things to practice than there are hours in a day. Make it your new goal to practice more efficiently, and become a little less routine oriented in your approach to getting better. Music is anything but routine. It all starts with the warm-up and the fresh, new mindset that you're going to sound great in less than 60 seconds.

How to Play Trumpet

  Simply put, a trumpet is played by blowing air through vibrating lips. Sounds simple enough, but there are more ideas, theories and books about how best to accomplish this than there are actual trumpet players in the world. 
 

How to Play Trumpet in less than One Minute

The number of ideas and theories on how to breathe, where to place the mouthpiece on your lips, how to buzz your lips, etc, etc, are endless. Despite the endless pool of advice from trumpet instructors, there is one truth they all share: It takes air. 
  In fact, there is no greater friend of a trumpet player than air. You have to breathe in order to produce air and you have to release that air in order to produce sound. There is obviously a great deal of practice required to become proficient at playing music with the trumpet. The reason I say you can learn to play a trumpet in less than one minute is that air is the only thing that will ever help you produce a note. All of those other technical tools; fingering, tonguing, slurring, can never be heard without air. Beginning trumpet players should spend their first minute learning that a trumpet is played with air, then spend the rest of their lives practicing how to use that air. There are a few trumpet method books that every player should have.But remember, How to Play Trumpet, starts with your attitude about air. Without it, you'll never make a sound. 
 

Trumpet Method Books

There are plenty of great books to help trumpet players practice the proper use of air, develop sound, build range, technique and endurance. 
 

Claude Gordon

Claude Gordon was one of the world's greatest trumpet instructors. His teaching was centered around teaching brass players to use air and develop sound, power and range. His books includeBrass Playing is No Harder than Deep BreathingPhysical Approach to Elementary Brass Playingand Systematic Approach. I highly recommend all of these books. Brass Playing is no Harder than Deep Breathing is the most well-written essay on air and trumpet playing ever written. His other books provide a daily practice regimen for trumpet players to develop their sound and range. Claude Gordon was famous for his class and teaching of the SevenNatural Elements of Brass Playing:Wind Power, The Tongue, Wind Control, The Lips, Facial Muscles, Fingers of The Right Hand, The Left Hand. Claude Gordon literally taught thousands of great professionals how to play trumpet. 
 

Herbert L Clark

Herbert L. Clark was a master Cornet player, known for great fingering and tonguing. His books are a reflection of the elements that went into learning his great technique. Characteristic Studies andTechnical Studies are the two fingering and tonguing books that trumpet players will practice from every day of their lives. Like an athlete must run, exercise or lift weights everyday to train, thesetonguing and fingering exercises are designed to be part of a trumpet players daily routine. 
 

Arbans

If you were a trumpet player stranded on a desert island with your horn and three wishes, the first thing you would want is your Arbans book. Water and food would finish 2nd and 3rd. That's how important the Arbans book is to trumpeters. The Arbans, in fact is the bible of all trumpeters. It has been around for over a century and no great trumpeter; Rafael Mendez, Maurice Andre, Doc Severinsen, etc., etc has not spent a lifetime practicing from this book. Arbans is a thick book full of every element of trumpet playing; long tones, tonguing, fingering exercises, etudes, lyrical studies, songs, sluring, flexibility. You name it - it's in Arbans.