CarriageTowneNews.com, Kingston, NH

Community News Network

May 6, 2013

How to learn an instrument in 2013

Somewhere during the last couple of decades the process of creating music has gone extremely digital.

Now, if you don't want to take music lessons the traditional way, you don't have to. 

Numerous apps have been created to make it easy for you to learn the piano, guitar, drums or just about any other instrument you can think of.

Jump right in

The app Playground Sessions allows you to learn the piano while playing some of today's most popular songs. The app was made for those people who don't have either the patience or desire to learn things like music theory or scales. And it allows folks to essentially jump into playing right away.

In addition, the app keeps score of your progress and provides feedback in real time, so you know how much you're progressing. The idea behind keeping score and providing feedback is to make learning an instrument sort of like a game, so learning is easier and more fun, its creators say.

Playground Sessions gives tutorials by famed pianist David Strides, so beginners won't feel totally alone while they're learning how to play. In addition, the app was co-created by legendary producer Quincy Jones.

Then there's the app Percussive that allows you to learn five instruments if you want. Users can learn how to play xylophone, kalimba, glockenspiel, marimba and vibraphone, which all fall in the group of instruments called idiophones.

Each instrument comes up virtually on the app and looks like the real thing, so it feels like you went to the music store and actually purchased an idiophone.

And according to the reviews on Percussive, the virtual instruments sound like the real thing and are great for learning hand-eye coordination, which is always needed when learning an instrument.

Golden arms

Text Only
Community News Network

New England News
Obituaries
  • Alan J. Walker, 68

    Kingston, N.H. — Mr. Alan James Walker, 68, passed away peacefully at his home on July 8, 2014, after a long, brave battle with cancer.

    Continued ...
    11 hours
  • James Reese

    Raymond, NH — James Edwin Reese, 74, passed away on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, surrounded by his family and friends at his home in Raymond, N.H. He was the son of John and Ruth Reese, born on Oct. 29, 1939 in Edensburg, Pa. James graduated from Central Cambria High School in Pennsylvania before proudly serving in the U.S. Army as a food inspector. His military service was followed by 31 years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a meat inspector. Mr. Reese was an avid outdoorsman and spent much of his time fishing, camping and hiking in the White Mountains. He became involved in the Boy Scouts and enjoyed passing on his vast knowledge of the wilderness to others. Throughout his retirement years he enjoyed woodworking, raising rabbits and working in his garden.

    Continued ...
    11 hours 1 Photo
  • Velma J. Reid

    South Hampton, NH — Velma J. Reid, 80, died peacefully on July 17, 2014 at Exeter Hospital, surrounded by family. She was born in Haverhill, Mass. on June 8, 1934, the daughter of the late George C.W. and Alta I. (Kimball) Haynes. A graduate of Haverhill High School, Velma worked at Western Electric until she had children. For years, she was a devoted “stay-at-home” mom who raised her three children in a loving, nurturing environment. She later worked various manufacturing jobs until her retirement. After retiring, she volunteered her time at various organizations and was very involved at the East Kingston Community United Methodist Church as a member of the women’s guild, assisting with the holiday fair, and helping out wherever she could. She had a passion for animals, and would donate money, food, and blankets to the NH SPCA. She loved to sew and made a personalized quilt for every member of her family. She was also a member of the “Ugly Quilts” group, which made blankets and sleeping bags for the homeless using recycled fabric. She is survived by her husband, Clyde Reid of South Hampton, N.H.; daughter, Pam Eaton of Danville, N.H.; son and daughter-in-law, Douglas and Kim Reid of Raymond, N.H.; daughter, Shirley Reid of South Hampton, N.H.; two sisters, Gwen Stuart of Haverhill, and Norma Taplin of Dracut; four grandchildren, Cheryl and Marc Welch, and Kristen and Joshua Reid, and several nieces and nephews.

    Continued ...
    11 hours 1 Photo
  • Carleen A. Knowlton, 80

    Danville, NH — Carleen A. (Rhoadhouse) Knowlton, 80, of Danville and formerly of Hampstead, died on July 7, 2014, at her home.

    Continued ...
    7 days 1 Photo
  • Miriam O. (Graham) Graham, 84

    Kingston, NH — Miriam O. (Graham) Graham, 84, a resident of Kingston since 2001, and former longtime resident of Grafton, Mass., died peacefully, surrounded by her family, on July 11, 2014, following a long illness.

    Continued ...
    7 days 1 Photo

Stocks