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Play all styles of music accompanied by a band or orchestra with the Tomplay Sheet Music App

Play all styles of music accompanied by a band or orchestra with the Tomplay Sheet Music App

This article was posted on 13 Jul 2021.

Are you in need of some extra motivation? Are you finding it hard to practise at home alone? Well, try out Tomplay Sheet Music. This innovative app has brought music into the 21st century and made it possible for musicians to play music from the comfort of their own home, with a variety of features to help you develop and progress.

Tomplay is a library of interactive sheet music which offers musicians, from beginners to professional players, a wide range of music including jazz standards, pop and rock hits, and classical pieces. It offers a fantastic variety in its saxophone sheet music catalogue and clarinet sheet music catalogue, and includes music for alto, tenor and soprano sax.

The app provides a wealth of features which help saxophonists and clarinettists take their playing to the next level. Firstly, the sheet music itself is digitised and scrolls automatically on the screen – no more messy page turns, the app does it all for you. This also means you no longer have to carry pages and pages of sheet music, it can all be held on your phone, iPad or computer. Another great feature, especially when you are practising alone, is the ability to change the tempo of the piece. You can slow down (or speed up) the music you are playing so that you can focus on the tricky passages. This feature is also ideal as a first step when learning a new piece.

Tomplay also offers an annotation tool. We all know that learning a new piece of music usually involves a lot of scribbling on the sheet music, and it can become a visual nightmare. With Tomplay Sheet Music, you can add digital annotations to the piece, such as accidentals, dynamics, phrasing symbols and so on. Once you have added your own annotations, you can save the sheet music under a new title, so you have a ‘clean’ version and your own version, which you can then print.

Now, this all sounds great, but perhaps you’re wondering if it is only helpful when you’re playing solo. Luckily for us, Tomplay has thought about this – it’s main and most exciting feature by far is the option to play along with a band or orchestra. There are many amazing pop and rock pieces out there, but you often have to play over the accompaniment and the original instrument over the melody. Tomplay offers you the opportunity to play along with the accompaniment and in some cases, it offers separate tracks so that you can remove any instrument from the recording.

We all know that practising alone is essential to improve our skills, learn a new piece and in turn, be able to play with other members of a band or orchestra. There are two features that really help players with these goals: firstly, the loop feature. This allows you to choose a specific part of a piece (one bar, 10 bars, whatever you like!) and practise it on repeat – your neighbours might not enjoy it, but it will certainly help you progress! The second feature worth pointing out is the fact that you can record yourself and play it back on the Tomplay app. When performing, it’s easy to miss things, so being able to listen back to what you’ve played is brilliant for picking up on anything you’d like to change or any areas to improve on. Why not write down a goal in mind before playing, record yourself, then play it back, taking into account the goal you set?

For any beginner saxophonists or clarinettists, there is an on-screen visual instrument. Underneath the sheet music, the instrument will light up with each note so that you can see exactly where your fingers should be. This helps to avoid opening several tabs on your computer or trying to follow paper sheet music while checking a fingering chart online, making your life much easier. In even more good news for beginner musicians, Tomplay recently released interactive fingering charts – they not only explain the basics of how to hold the instrument and where your fingers should sit, but they also include a visual instrument where you can select any note, and the instrument will light up to show you which keys and levers to press.

If you’d like to learn more about this innovative app, head over to Tomplay.com. For a better understanding of how the app works, take a look at this video below of a saxophone player using the app.

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