Woodshed

Practice better with this music lessons utility.

The perfect Practice Partner.

Woodshed
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An app that includes three amazing modes to help you practice better and more efficiently.

  • Exercises - create and play along with your own musical exercises, for warm-up to or to improve your chops.
  • Maestro - A visual (as well as audio) metronome that inspires musical expression rather than mechanical execution.
  • Lessons - A place to record your lesson assignments and practice times, with a built-in stopwatch.

Exercises:

Write an exercise in standard music notation. Instantly change an exercise to Treble, Alto, Tenor or Bass clef. Another touch and you can play along on your Ab, Eb, Bb, F, C, G, D, A, or E instrument.

Set the tempo and looping parameters: if you want it to transpose you can set up or down, and at what interval (m2, M2, m3, M3, P4, and tritone). You can have it loop without transposing at all.

  • Adjustable tempo and (mutable) metronome with optional 0, 2, or 4 beat count-off.
  • Transpose your exercises to ANY tonic note. Transposing an exercise will keep its theoretical relationships based on the written tonic note. For example, Fb tonic will have a Bbb as its fourth scale degree, a Bbbb if it's lowered, and a B if it's raised. Woodshed uses double and triple flats and sharps.
  • Double-Tap a note to add or subtract notes and rests, change a note into a rest or a rest into a note, or change the note or rest's value. Adding will duplicate and insert the currently selected note or rest.
  • Change a note's pitch by tapping the note to select it, then use the staff, or play the piano keyboard to change the pitch.

- Using the Staff (transposed for the current instrument): Drag the note up and down to change the pitch diatonically, drag right to raise and left to lower it a half step. Drag up and down to the right or left of the written note to keep the alteration to the diatonic notes.

- Using the Piano (always concert pitch): Swipe to move the keyboard, tap to play notes, touch & hold then slide to glissando. When you glissando up the keyboard, notes will be notated as raised, when you glissando down, as lowered diatonic pitches based on the set tonic note. When you tap specific notes they will be notated in the most common accidental for that note (based on the tonic). Using the keyboard to set specific accidentals is tricky, it's easier to use the staff.

  • Lock the exercise to keep from inadvertantly editing it as you swipe to scroll horizontally.
  • Saved exercises appear in a list with their name and a note to help you identify them. To update an exercise, load it, work on it and save it. Then delete the old one, or keep it as an archive. Edit the name and note of the currently loaded exercise by touching the texts on the screen above the notation, or by using the edit button in the list popover.
  • Light and Dark interfaces: Ink on paper, and white on a chalkboard.

Maestro:

A visual (as well as audio) metronome that inspires musical expression rather than mechanical execution.

Maestro is also the perfect 'silent' metronome. Be able to practice without the annoying tick, while keeping to a strict tempo.

- Always know where you are inside the beat with the traditional musical beat patterns developed over ages of musical performance practice. These patterns are based on Max Rudolf's "Grammar of Conducting" as well as my own professional conducting experience of 20+ years.

This metronome is an invaluable learning tool for conductors when using the Conductor's Point of View mode.

  • Change the tempo on the fly from 10 to 300 bpm with Tap Tempo, drag gestures, and + & - buttons.
  • Simple and compound subdivisions of the beat.
  • 31 different beat patterns: 1 through 12(3+3+3+3). A 5/4 bar can be divided either 3+2 or 2+3 depending on the music.
  • Set 0, 1, or 2 'pick-up' beats. Start playing at the beginning of the measure quicker.
  • Staccato, Neutral, Legato, and Reduced* styles of each beat pattern.
  • Performer's view and Conductor's view of the beat pattern. The Conductor's View mode automatically flips the beat pattern so conductors can learn and practice the patterns. This mode shows the path the tip of the baton should take while conducting.
  • 18 pairs of 'tick and 'tock' sounds to choose from.
  • Customizable colors of the baton, beat pattern and numerical texts.
  • Customizable transparencies of the beat pattern and background POV image.
  • Switch to turn on/off the automatic reduced pattern feature. This will allow you to stay with the complete beat pattern at tempos that are too fast to actually conduct.

Double tap to start. Swipe horizontally anywhere on the screen to stop.

*The 'Reduced' style: The patterns automatically adjust when the tempo reaches a level that requires a different pattern. For example: a Legato 3 pattern turns into a 1 pattern while still clicking 3 beats. A 6(2+2+2) goes into 3 while a 6(3+3) goes into 2 while still clicking 6 beats.

Conducting patterns automatically stretch to portrait or landscape viewing, for easier use while plugged in to save the battery life.

Lessons:

Keep a record of your assignments for each lesson and easily record your practice times between lessons.

Records lesson subject, teacher, current lesson, and next lesson dates, along with the lesson's assignment information.

During the time between lessons, you can keep track of your practice times with the included stopwatch, or manually enter the times if you forget.

To use the stopwatch, start the stopwatch and practice. If you need to take a break, hit pause, then resume when you're back. When you're done, select 'Save Practice Time' to automatically have it added to the list of practice times, tagged with the current date.

Screenshots

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Concert / Written Pitch

You will always hear the concert pitch for the written pitch based on the selected instrument's transposition.

Instrumental Transpositions

Transpositions are provided for Ab, Eb, Bb, F, G, D, A, and E instruments.

Play along with the written notes. The app will automatically play the transposed (concert) pitch with you.

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