Essential iPad App for Music Teachers Who Record



Originally posted on iPad and Technology in Music Education:

FinalTouch_MaximizerIf you are a music teacher then you are always recordings yourself and your students! Right? I sure hope so! Especially these days when there are a zillion nifty ways to do that so easily!

I’ve mentioned before, and I will continue to mention, that if you really want your recordings to sound the best that we mere, mortal teachers can come up with then you should hire professionals to stand in for your students – wait…. no… that’s not the idea here….

Seriously though, if you have a recording that you want to enhance then you really need to run it through a mastering app – even if you don’t have a clue as to what that means! Currently I sure hope you have all entered the contest for Igor’s apps over at the Music App Blog (If you haven’t then scroll down to my previous post and enter NOW!)



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Learn Languages

A fantastic presentation from Chris Lonsdale on Ted about acquiring a new language:


Tommy Emmanuel on TEDxTalks explaining his craft:

TE plays BB

Tommy Emmanuel is beginning to grow on me! Here’s his arrangement and performance of Burt Bacharach’s “Close To You” from Tommy’s own Youtube channel. Most enjoyable!


My favourite rock band Straight Eight have a new website which features lots of pictures, sound file links and info. You can find it at Please visit the site if you have time.

Photograph of Straight Eight. Copyright Straight Eight.

Photograph of Straight Eight. Copyright Straight Eight.


Janis Ian

My favourite singer / songwriter ever with guitarist Tommy Emmanuel:

The Bridge of San Luis Rey

“But the love will have been enough…the bridge is love, the only survival, the only meaning.”

Thornton Wilder,

The Bridge of San Luis Rey

Thanks to my son for introducing me to this book.

Cover of Bridge Of San Luis Rey

Cover of Bridge Of San Luis Rey

Paulo Coelho

“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

― Paulo CoelhoThe Alchemist

Cover to "The Alchemist"

Cover to “The Alchemist”

Poser and Reality

I blew the last of the money from my musical equipment sales on eBay to buy Poser 10 and Reality for Poser. I bought Reality at a cross grade pricing. It’s a great combination though at the moment I prefer Daz Studio, Reality, LuxRender as I’m used to the workflow / interface / file structure. I’ll post images as my experience grows.

JACKSON BROWNE – ” Tiny Desk Concert “


Songwriter experience and maturity means everything. Writing and performance like this only comes with time served. Great stuff!

Originally posted on The Fat Angel Sings:

Jackson Browne had his first album released in 1971,the singer songwriter had been in the Nitty Gritty Dirt band, before playing gigs around Greenwich Village in New York. Meeting Nico his then girlfriend at the time, from the Velvet Underground, He contributed the song “These Days” for her first solo album “Chelsea Girl”, Jackson who now has turned 66 years of age is still writing such songs with conviction, his new album “Standing In The Breach” the 14th of his career.The Songs from this session “Call It A Loan”, Barricades Of Heaven” and “Long Way Around”

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