Pinch, Zoom and Swipe to change the looped section
Sept. 25, 2012
-- Learning to play traditional Irish or Scottish tunes can be a daunting task at first on any instrument. But Yellow River Arts Ltd.’s Celtic Tutor (http://www.celtictutor.com)
, a new app for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, changes that.
Yellow River Arts Ltd. founder Neil Gerstenberg’
s extensive experience as a professional musician and educator taught him that the most effective way to learn any music is through “spiral learning”, the process of learning short sections of a larger subject. Accordingly, Celtic Tutor’s approach to memorizing melodies allows users to loop any part of a tune, change the tempo and follow the music easily - even if you can’t read music. Celtic Tutor applies the ancestral oral learning method -- repetition, revision and recall -- to learning traditional tunes in such a way that anyone can start learning to play these beautiful melodies, regardless of reading ability.
“Celtic Tutor enables users to gradually loop longer and longer sections of a tune to quickly learn even long melodies they may have previously thought impossible to memorize.” Gerstenberg stated.
Learning a new tune or musical pattern with Celtic Tutor is simple: users start by selecting the melody that they want to learn, then using simple gestures such as zoom and swipe they select the bars to loop. Beginners can set a very slow tempo and choose to loop 1 or 2 bars at a time, so even if they do not read music it is easy to follow and find the correct notes on any instrument. Advanced players can leave silence between the loops to practise their “inner tempo”. Celtic Tutor comes with a number of well-known traditional Irish and Scottish tunes and exercises suitable for all levels, and more tunes and exercises are available through in-app purchases and regular free updates.
“Although Celtic Tutor is easy to use, it provides an extremely powerful and effective way to learn traditional tunes, improve technique and practice basic reading skills on any instrument” said Gerstenberg. “As the app’s popularity grows, I look forward to adding more free and paid tunes and exercises to the app so that people of all ages and ability can enjoy playing this wonderful music, even if they do not have access to an experienced teacher”
Celtic Tutor is available on the Apple App Store for iOS (http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/celtic-tutor/id556431288?l...
) and Google Play for Android (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.com.yel...
To learn more about the app, and to see how it works, visit the Celtic Tutor site at http://www.celtictutor.com