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    A big shout out and a gazillion thanks to CMVic member, Maurie Richardson, for sharing his thoughts on the best approach to online music making and for this fabulous list of resources which he's taken time to compile and share. This is just part 1; stay tuned for part 2!

    Although I’m retired I sing with Cranbourne Chorale, a SATB Community Choir, and the Australian Welsh Male Choir, I play guitar and sing with Journey Bound, a four piece folk/pop/rock/gospel  group and I still teach guitar at the Cranbourne University of the Third Age U3A and Ukulele at my local Community Centre in Langwarrin. All of these are closed down indefinitely.

    With the Corona COVID 19 virus pandemic the performing Arts, Community music and live music has been hit really hard. Social distancing has seen the cancelation of all performances and rehearsals. For many musicians and performers this means no income.

    These are the same people who only a few months ago were doing Bushfire Relief Concerts for free. Now musicians and performers are very clever, resourceful, interactive sort of people so they will find a way to get together and make music.

    We already use our phones and the internet to communicate: Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Microsoft Messenger, Skype and other public media.

    We are all still connected. So it is not so surprising that musicians and singers are looking for ways to  connect, rehearse, sing, jam and perform on line.

    Our first thought is that we can sing and rehearse on line using any old conference programs or Apps like Skype or Zoom, etc.

    That’s when we find out about Parity delays and time lag. We get a few giggles but find out quickly that that there are challenges.

    “It’s not possible to do a live, synchronous rehearsal via video conferencing. There’s too much lag/latency (one issue is the varying speed of all the participant’s internet which you have no control over). The general consensus is to have a “silent” rehearsal where you conduct or play a backing track (unmuted) and the students/members all sing/play along with you while they are muted. You won’t hear them and they won’t hear each other, but they will still gain some benefits from rehearsing that way. Students/members can send you individual recordings of themselves singing/playing their parts for you to check in on how they’re going.” - Katie Wardrobe (Midnight Music)

    You can’t synchronise multiple voices or music but you can have one mic on at a time. One person can lead with the others singing or playing along with their microphones off. We can also just live stream videos, or record ourselves and share them on public media, distribute them online or send them to others to use as videos to sing, play along or jam along or as training videos.

    If you are looking for something to keep you busy while you are social distancing at home:

    • You could work on expanding your repertoire – learn some new songs,
    • Practice and learn new skills on your instrument,
    • Learn another musical instrument,
      There is lots of help online – You Tube is your new best friend.
    • or extending your music skills:
    • or improve your music knowledge
    • or improve your sight reading skills.

    AMEB is offering free music theory courses for Grades 1-3 until 30 June. To get access to a free course, simply register as an account holder, add the course to your cart, and proceed through the check-out. No payment information will be requested and access will be granted immediately.

    There are some great online web sites if you want to work on your music theory or work on your sight singing and sight reading skills?

    "Sight Singing School" Mark O’Leary's program. It requires a membership but it’s very affordable at AU$30 for 12 months subscription access
    Teoria Music Theory Tutorials Solfa
    Auralia  (It has a free trial)

    I am a retired primary teacher, Assistant Principal and sometimes Music teacher. I am a current member of Community Music Victoria. Over the years I have attended several Singing Leader weekends at the Edmond Rice Centre in Lower Plenty, and more recently a couple of CMVic Music Camps down at Grantville.

    There are heaps of fabulous music iPad apps.

    After I retired, I did some CRT work and short-term contract work teaching music and I used my iPad as a major music teaching resource in the classroom. In the classroom the iPad or iPhone can be mirrored onto a large screen by connecting it with an appropriate adapter to an Interactive Whiteboard or large screen TV. I have since upgraded my old iPad2 to a Gen 7 iPad.

    Here are some of the apps that I found useful:

    Music Apps:

    GarageBand Amazing FREE Music App – Instruments and A digital audio workstation (DAW)
    Avid Scorch  Sibelius file player $2.99 Offers In-App Purchases
    Piascore - Smart Music Score - Music pdf app  FREE but Offers In-App Purchases
    OnSong Pro The complete app for musicians – Music, Lyrics library and auto prompt lyrics $46.99 Offers In-App Purchases (It used to be free)

    Recording Sound Tools:

    Music Memos  Awesome sound recorder for music and music ideas FREE
    Voice Record Pro Full Featured Audio Recorder FREE but Offers In-App Purchases
    Microphone Pro     Performance Audio $1.49
    Voice Recorder - Audio Record    HD Audio Recording & Playback $5.99
    Chord Detector - Guitar Chord Generator $4.49 Offers In-App Purchases for Ukulele, Banjo & Mandolin ChordsMagic Stave Midi Recorder –Notates notes sung or played onto a staff.$4.49 but there is a usable FREE version.
    JamUp Pro   Guitar Amplifier and pedals interface but some other useful features including Jam Player which allows you to alter pitch and tempo of iTunes music. $30.99 Offers In-App Purchases but there is a FREE version that also includes a working Jam Player