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MatchMySound: A Feedback Hub For Music Teachers

Posted by on May 20, 2014 at 2:53 pm

Learners Need Feedback Anyone who learns a musical instrument wants to know how is he/she doing. In other words, learners need feedback. Sadly, two of the most popular learning models today – online learning and learning by textbooks – tend to omit it almost completely. But what about the traditional and luxurious one-by-one teaching? While I must admit that […]

A Free Online Course For Learning To Play Simple Melodies On The Guitar

Posted by on April 25, 2014 at 8:06 pm

A guitar is an instrument that enables you to play either melodies, chords, or rhythm, and everything at once. The simplest way to start, though, is by playing melodies. During this mini-course you will acquire the main skills and knowledge you need to play melodies on a guitar both by ear as well as from sheet music […]

Our Team Got Some Funding For The MatchMySound Project

Posted by on April 17, 2014 at 8:16 am

After finishing the guitar chord game we have been working on a bigger project called MatchMySound. It is a web app for music teachers that allows them to give their students  measurable homework. Basically an automated music teacher that has a very good ear for students’ mistakes. It distinguishes between the timing and sound mistakes […]

Kristo Käo & Leonora Palu at TMW 2014 Gallery

Posted by on March 28, 2014 at 8:27 am

Yesterday we presented a mini concert at the Nokia Concert Hall. This year the Tallinn Music Week’s classical artists’ showcase was organized by Pille Lill Musicians’ Fund. Our program included three pieces by Estonian composers: Matbeth by Rene Eespere, Water Dance by Jüri Reinvere and For BBB And His Friend by Lepo Sumera. The first […]

Introducing Sound Recognition-Based Tools For Music Class At HITSA Conference 2014

Posted by on March 21, 2014 at 11:47 am

In March I was invited to speak at the HITSA spring conference. The main focus of the conference was educational technology at schools and teaching programming. My topic was “The Sound Recognition-Based Tools In Music Education” and I introduced our MatchMySound  automated feedback system. My presentation is on YouTube but in Estonian. Here are my […]

New Version Of The StrumProfessor

Posted by on February 27, 2014 at 8:25 pm

  We have just updated our guitar chord game. The added features include: renewed levels (faster, more chords on the screen), audio feedback to correct chords, one super difficult bonus level, FB brag/moan after finishing a level, level results even if you fail. Also, now we ask you to log in after the initial level […]

My track on Rene Eespere’s new CD “Respectus”

Posted by on February 20, 2014 at 7:45 pm

ERP Music released a double CD with all guitar compositions by the renown Estonian composer Rene Eespere. My contribution to the recording is the 10 and a half minute long solo composition Immutatio. This release was nominated to the Best Classical Album at Estonian Music Award 2014. Full tracklist at ERP’s homepage.

Playing The Custom Level

Posted by on February 3, 2014 at 10:29 am

We have now set the maximum speed to approx 140 chords per minute. This seems to be about the last reasonable speed that allows convenient playing. Although I did not have time to check my current CPM while playing. Anayway, here is an example of how fast it can go and still recognise the chords. The […]

Make Your Own Level In ChordInvaders

Posted by on January 31, 2014 at 12:56 pm

We have just launched a new feature that allows everyone to create their own level. This way you can practice exactly the chords you need. Also, you can choose how many different chords will you learn during one session and what’s the best feature: you choose the tempo. For example, I took a chance and […]

Back from Basel with my theorbo

Posted by on January 8, 2014 at 3:45 pm

I had a couple of free days in the beginning of the new year and the weather was good (no snow!). So I took a ‘little’ drive – 5000 km from Tartu to Basel and back. Took me about 30 hours to drive to Bern (visited a friend there) and 30 hours back. All because […]