Technology has entered into all spheres of our lives. Business, medicine, sports, music and education are only some of the areas where IT tools are essential. In the globalized world, technology offers flexibility and opportunity. Technology is highly applied in music and music education. Thus how does technology help us to increase our music skills?
Are you a musician or a passionate music lover? In both cases, you have made a great choice to communicate with the world through the sounds of melodies. Today more than ever, technology offers benefits to approve your music production, reproduction and creation skills.
Scroll down for some data on how technology helps to increase your musical skills.
Tools to Whet Your Ear Training
Your friends and music teachers tell you that you have a good ear. Wow! That’s great. However, distinguishing musical sounds is not enough to become a good musician. Some applications offer you the possibility to improve your abilities in this aspect. Training with music tutors is a good option; meanwhile, ear training applications are a great complement to your studies. These tools help to comprehend your sound listening capacity, detect details in the music sounds and distinguish the harmonic frequency of the pitches. There are different apps with ear training tools, such as My Ear Trainer or MyEarTraining. The first app is free. Usually, these apps are intended for audiences from beginners to professionals. Newcomers can start with simple intervals, major vs minor chords. Rhythm is also an option for beginners. Meanwhile, more advanced students can practice complex chord progressions and modal scales.
Improve Your Instrumental Techniques
If you surf the web, you will find thousands of instructional music technique-improvement videos. Some of these videos are used by amateurs; others are incorporated into music education. Sometimes, one-to-one music classes or hours of practice can be tedious and demotivating. Motivation is essential in learning anything. It is an enthusiasm and productivity booster. If your courses are alluring, you are more constant and detail-focused. Details are imperatives in music. Apps such as One Smart Piano or Skoove offer techniques to improve your fingering abilities or practice major, minor scales or arpeggios work on piano. If before it was a challenge to learn piano scales, now it is fun. Piano playing techniques are deeply connected with theory. Online apps are friendly options to figure out unclear theoretical issues and make the process of practice detail-focused and fun. Playing is now a smooth process because your brain is calm and concentrated.
Technological Advances in Music Production
Generally, when people listen to a song on the radio and like it, they praise the singer or the band performing. Very few pay attention to the production and eulogize the music producers, even though production is as essential as the quality of the performers. During the last decades, the music scene has changed a lot. Electronic and urban genres have conquered most of the listeners. As long as these styles require much complex and elaborated productions, music producers have had to adapt, and so has had music production software. A decade ago, to record an instrumental track for a pop song, many musicians got in a studio and recorded some guitars, pianos, basses, and drums. Then they put them all in a session in their prefered DAW, edited them minimally to make them fit, adjusted the volumes, and that was it!
Nowadays, it is much different. It is not so common nowadays to record acoustic drums as the rhythmic base. There are libraries of sounds with drum samples, and producers put together different pieces in a loop to create the drums/rhythmic base of the track. On top of that, acoustic instruments are not very usual; most of the instruments used in the song are synthesizers and are recorded through a MIDI controller. As with the drums, there are also libraries with instrument loops that are sometimes used to build tracks by putting them together. Technology has advanced in this sphere more than in other areas of music performance. If you are a music producer, update yourself!
Music Sharing Platforms and Podcasts
Music is a language of communication. Through it, you pronounce your love, you complain, you scream or laugh. Music is aimed to get to the soul of the people. Is there a better way to share your music than through the web? Live concerts are essential experiences to share your music, but if at the same time these concerts are transmitted through the live broadcasts in the different corners of the world, more people can appreciate your music.
If you create or play the music, you will probably be interested in posting and sharing your music. In this case, you should consider some details like mastering a video. The mastering is when the song, imported as a single file, is prepared for the release by rebalancing its frequencies, adding compression and adjusting the loudness to make it fit streaming or radio standards. Two situations are possible when a song is louder or quieter than the standards.Technology helps you with the posting too. If the song is louder or quieter, but into a margin of 3 LUFS approximately (-17 to -11), digital platforms automatically turn the track volume down with a normalizer, so the quality remains almost the same.Nevertheless, when a song is too loud, it surpasses the maximum LUFS or stands below the minimum LUFS by more than 3- digital platforms automatically compress (apart from normalizing), which ends up overcompressing the track and consequently making it lose quality.
Hundreds of hours of dedication and many years of effort can make the music learning process tedious. Losing motivation could mean quitting the best experience of your life. Technology invades the areas of art and music to be an extrinsic motivation tool. Hundreds of apps offer tools to increase your music learning techniques and make the process engaging. The exciting and constantly updated contents of these apps help you to endure an inspirational practicing process.
Technology is also significant support for mastering, producing and sharing music. It helps increase your musical skills in a very natural and motivating way.
Music brings people together; now technology does it too!