How is it that kids all with their bright new woodwinds can sit down to play, press the correct keys to play a piece together and be so out of tune! Some of this is they are brand new beginners and don’t have enough muscles to play in tune. Some is faulty technique, but why don’t they notice it?
Everyone can sing “Doe a Deer” up the scale, but that just deals with basic tones and semitones. It is all the sounds in between that kids that only know the Western system cannot recognise and if they don’t recognise them, they can’t be expected to play their instrument in tune.
There are various ways to help solve this problem, for little players there is an app game they love so much they play it over and over and of course with repetition they learn to recognise tose tiny intervals. It is called Blob Chorus Ear Training. The game is a silly as it sounds, but so effective. It consists of a series of silly looking green blobs who each song a note.
In front is a purple king blob who then sings his note. The aim is to work out which blob sang the same note as the king, and the notes can be the tiniest difference. if the guess is wrong, that blob explodes to gales of laughter from the child playing the game. How simple and effective and for once, the child will be doing something useful on the iphone or ipad.
It is Blob Chorus Ear Training by Lumpty Learning
Worth every cent of the couple of dollars it costs.
St George Players
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