This program covers the same 3 area's as Name It: Notes, Intervals & Chords. This program builds on what you have learnt from the Name it-program, however you can also use it without having used Name It.
Let's explain the different area's seperately.
Notes If you've used our program 'Name it', then you already know how to recognise each individual note at sight, but how do you translate what you see quickly to your hands? That's what this area in the software will do for you. It will drill you on all notes in the bass and treble clef in all major keys. This is the easiest area to master of the three, however it's a very important skill to have at any point in sight reading!
Intervals As with 'Name it' this is one of the most important area's of the three. Knowing intervals is indispensable if you ever want to be a good sight reader! Seeing a melody or baseline as (a set of) intervals will first of all increase your eye-span, but it will also increase your reading speed. It is a lot easier and faster to identify a set of intervals than having to identify each note seperately. If you can instantly recognize an interval visually, you still need to 'translate' that knowledge to your hands and fingers. This physical aspect will be taught by the 'Play it'-program. Sight reading and playing intervals is as far as I know the best way to really get to know the key you are playing in. Check out the support section for tips and tricks to improve/increase reading speed.
Chords This area is sort of an extension Intervals section of the program. Chords are constructed by intervals, so by being 'fluent' in intervals will help a great deal in playing chords, even if you don't always know how to name them. Check out the support section for tips and tricks to improve/increase reading speed.
A very important tip While the program generates new notes, intervals or chords for you to play DON'T look at your hands! Feel your way to the notes, intervals or chords, so your hands get used to different hand positions, distances, etc. When playing from real sheet music don't distract your eyes from the sheet, because it will make it more difficult to pick up where you left off. For example, a good piano player can hit a high F sharp without looking.
How it works First you select the area, clef and key that you wish to practice and then after clicking the 'Configuration' button, you can specify which intervals or chords you want to practice. Just make sure you select at least one! Then press start!
The notes, intervals or chords will start to appear on the right side of the musicall staff and will move to the left. The better you are at playing them, the faster they move. This will keep you highly concentrated and motivated to maintain the current speed.
Feedback Our software will give you feedback on what you are playing. A red dot above the note, interval or chord will tell you you have made a mistake. When a note lights up green, it means you have played that note correctly. The hand will tell you what note, interval or chord you will have to play on the clef.
Info The info button will show you some standard information about usage, version number of the software, etc.
Statistics The program maintains statistics of each note, interval and chord that you play and in which key you are playing them. You will be able to see what areas you need to improve.
Support The support button will take you to program's support section on the keypiano website.
Change Skin If you don't like to appearance of the program, you can change the skin simply be clicking the 'change skin' button. There are several skins available and hopefully at least one that can have your approval.
Play It. I feel so much more confident in attending my upcoming entry audition, for a degree in Contemporary Music, here in Toronto, Canada. I attended the audition last year ... read more ...