Roadtrip time – family catch-up and some downtime :-)

For regular visitors to the site, just a quick note to say that I'm going to be away for a few days and, as a consequence, things will be a little quieter around the website until I return.... After a very busy couple of months, mainly working on a number of production music projects (and therefore having a little less time for blogging), we are finally managing to get a short break to catch up with some family and friends back in the UK. Family time is always welcome....   although as we … [Read more...]

Server beaten into submission (I think) – normal service resumed :-)

As those of you who subscribe to the weekly email newsletter or perhaps follow the site on Twitter, I've been in the process of switching the website over to a new server. Running a website is, on the whole, 98% child's play and 2% techie mindmeld.....   and for the last few days at least, the mindmeld has most certainly been winning. However, thankfully, I think I've finally got the worst of the gremlins out of the system and the site is (currently at least) back online. I've still some … [Read more...]

Roadtrip time – normal service to be resumed soon….

As those of you who subscribe to the weekly email newsletter may already have read I'm on my travels as of today for a few days. As a consequence, things will be a little quieter around the website until I return....  Normal service will, however, be resumed soon...   :-) Unlike my last trip away back in January (which was to attend a family funeral), this one is a somewhat more light-hearted affair; we are getting to attend the wedding of some longstanding friends in Scotland. There is a … [Read more...]

SongSheet for iPhone goes free – Ghostdust make iPhone version a no-brainer

Whether you are a songwriter, or a musician who plays in a gigging band doing lots of functions (weddings, parties, etc.) and have to have access to a wide repertoire of songs to suit the occasion (or requests from the floor), trying to keep all those songs – and all those chord charts – in your head is an accident waiting to happen. Most of us resort to a notebook or binder/folder of some sort. This is safe... well, safe-ish until you leave it somewhere. The alternative is to use a computer; … [Read more...]

Roadtrip time – normal service to be resumed soon….

As those of you who subscribe to the weekly email newsletter may already have read I'm on my travels as of today for a few days. As a consequence, things will be a little quieter around the website until I return....  Normal service will, however, be resumed soon...  and I'll leave you with a nice giveaway to think about :-) I wish I could say the trip was something I'm looking forward to but, unfortunately, it is not. We have to travel back the the UK for the funeral of a close family … [Read more...]

SongSheet for iPhone – Ghostdust bring an iPhone version of their song and setlist manager app

Whether you are a songwriter, or a musician who plays in a gigging band doing lots of functions (weddings, parties, etc.) and have to have access to a wide repertoire of songs to suit the occasion (or requests from the floor), trying to keep all those songs – and all those chord charts – in your head is an accident waiting to happen. Most of us resort to a notebook or binder/folder of some sort. This is safe... well, safe-ish until you leave it somewhere. The alternative is to use a computer; … [Read more...]

InTune update – Wittenberg University revamp their pitch sensitivity test app

I first reviewed InTune – produced by a team within the Music Department at Wittenberg University – a couple of years ago. The app provides the user with a test of their ability to distinguish between the pitch of two tones. The aim of the app is that, with practice, you will begin to improve your ability to hear intonation differences and this, in turn, will bring benefits to your all-round music skills (for example, in spotting instrument tuning issues). Using the app is simplicity itself. … [Read more...]

Roadtrip time… part quatre (the last few kms)

If you have been hanging around the Music App Blog for any length of time then you will have seen my occasional ‘road trip’ posts over the last nine months. To keep a fairly long story short (which makes a change for me), myself, my wife and our two kids have, over the last year of so, been in the process of relocating from the UK (lovely, but, where we were living on the east coast of Scotland, prone to long winters, cold temperatures and strong winds) to SW France (prone to long summers, … [Read more...]

Roadtrip time… part trois (and this time one-way)

Well, my own personal D-day (that’s ‘departure day from the UK’ by the way) has finally arrived and, as I’ve mentioned in a couple of posts on the blog (here and here) in recent months, myself, my wife and our two kids (oh, and my wife’s parents) are relocating to somewhere a little warmer than the northern half of the UK. So, by the time you read this, we will already be in a car heading south and the contents of the house will be in a big truck (hopefully also heading south). We do, of course, … [Read more...]