Practice app?

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SavageTofu
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Practice app?

Post by SavageTofu » Tue Jan 15, 2019 3:53 am

Looking for a musical journal practice app. Wanting to find something that will work for both Mac book pro and iPhone. Suggestions?

I don’t mind paying money for an app or program. I’m less keen on paying a monthly subscription. I’ve tried Modacity. It’s $9 a month. I don’t think it’s worth it. I’m. better off with a pen and paper. Plus it isn’t available on Mac book. Thoughts?

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Rick Beauregard
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Re: Practice app?

Post by Rick Beauregard » Tue Jan 15, 2019 5:03 pm

I use Music Journal. Unfortunately with new phones always coming out, old apps are not always supported, as in this case. So all my notes can be lost. This is a good reason to keep your old phones when you upgrade to new ones and use them as devoted music stand accessories for your music apps.

I mention this to you because maybe pen & paper are in fact a better choice.
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Re: Practice app?

Post by Jorge Oliveira » Tue Jan 15, 2019 5:15 pm

Rick Beauregard wrote:
Tue Jan 15, 2019 5:03 pm
I use Music Journal...
So do I, but as Rick says, these days, and unfortunately, it only works on my old iPhone 5 :(. I suppose the programmer, if still alive, doesn't find it worthy to invest in the new developing tools required to keep updating the app to yearly releases of new iOS versions. A pity, really, as it is a good program. I even suggested to the programmer to improve the in-built metronome. That would be gold over blue and I wouldn't mind at all to pay 10 or 20 Euros for it :D.
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Re: Practice app?

Post by J.W.C. » Tue Jan 15, 2019 6:25 pm

I use a plain text file in a folder synced to my Dropbox account. I write the entries using markdown, which basically lets me convert the file to HTML if I want to (I just did this to "archive" my 2018 practice, and started a new file for 2019). Using markdown isn't necessary at all -- completely optional.

This obviously isn't a "feature rich" solution, but it lets you access your practice journal (via Dropbox) from all your devices, and it is probably one of most future proof solutions that isn't pen and paper. Plain text files aren't subject to disappearing programmers, or changing operating systems, or abandoned proprietary file types, et cetera.

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Re: Practice app?

Post by SavageTofu » Tue Jan 15, 2019 8:36 pm

Thank you. Is there a decent method or model I can follow if I decide to use pen and paper? Like, a skeleton practice list? I may just have to keep track with notepad... notepad allows to add video ect... anyways. I’m not sure I trust the cloud. Or Apple....

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Re: Practice app?

Post by Leonie Kaye » Sun Feb 03, 2019 4:11 am

what is wrong with pen and paper???

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Re: Practice app?

Post by Rick Beauregard » Sun Feb 03, 2019 8:25 pm

SavageTofu wrote:
Tue Jan 15, 2019 8:36 pm
Thank you. Is there a decent method or model I can follow if I decide to use pen and paper? Like, a skeleton practice list? I may just have to keep track with notepad... notepad allows to add video ect... anyways. I’m not sure I trust the cloud. Or Apple....
Sure. The Music Journal app mentioned above has a pretty customizable way of tracking time in different categories. I just created folders for
Exeecise (slurs, scales, raps, et.)
New Pieces I’m working on,
pieces almost learnt or memorized,
Pieces I’ve recorded,
Long term projects
My Gold Set List repertoire pieces, and
a short list I call Evergreens- pieces I can play at the drop of a hat.

I try (but fail) to spend time each month/week/day touching on each of these priorities and keep track of the time on each. The nice thing about the app is the metrics it provides, the auto timer, and metronome feature (tracks metronome readings over time)

I wish I could find the developer and get an updated version so it will sync all devices like it used to.
All this time I thought I was making music; it was making me.
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Re: Practice app?

Post by Rick Beauregard » Sun Feb 03, 2019 8:28 pm

Just found this:
journalapp@axe-monkey.com

Maybe lots of emails will convince him to update.
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Re: Practice app?

Post by franks59 » Thu Feb 28, 2019 2:19 pm

Rick Beauregard wrote:
Sun Feb 03, 2019 8:28 pm
Just found this:
journalapp@axe-monkey.com

Maybe lots of emails will convince him to update.
I doubt that email will get through. It looks like his site has been compromised, probably due to neglect.
Malwarebytes warns "Website blocked due to malvertising" and the app store link to the developer's website has a redirect to Edmund's cars.

If the developer was still active he would have noticed that by now.

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