It's Like Patting Your Head and Rubbing Your Tummy: Polyrhythms

So you want to get better at rhythms, eh? Gain a little independence between your hands? Polyrhythms are a great way to start. A polyrhythm is two different rhythmic patterns played simultaneously against one another. For example, a pianist playing Phillip Glass’ Mad Rush must play a polyrhythm within the...

Simple Ways to Rule Rhythm

Rhythm is often under-rated both in practice and teaching. Yet, It never hurts to set aside some time to practice strengthening your rhythm. A strong sense of rhythm is one of the distinguishing features of a great musician. In a performance, inconsistent rhythms can lead to feelings of unease. What’s...

How Healthy is Your Relationship with Your Headphones?

Headphones were created to help listeners hear a quiet and concentrated piece of music. This differs from the role that music has held within our societies for centuries. To the individual, pre-headphone era music was an aspect of social gathering and bonding. This differs from how music is experienced through...

Music and Math

Music and math are often separated subjects in the classroom. Despite this separation, the two have had an intertwined relationship for centuries. Understanding what ties the two together will make you a better musician. Parts of the Equation When you look at a piece of music, the symbols on the...

A Map Quest: Creating Your Practice Routine

Any lost traveller loves a good map. Creating a practice routine is like being guided by a good map through a foreign city. You begin by determining where you are (point A) and then, discover where you want to get to (point B). But, we aren’t all cartographers. It’s just...

Music - The Feel Good Drug

Why do we love music and why does it make us feel so good? Feeling like music is one of those necessary ingredients to live life is not uncommon. In fact, determining why humans spend so much time and energy on music has become a popular field of study. Music...

Mid-May Features Update

Do you need more incentive to practice? Create a social network to help inspire you on PitchPlay. With an activity feed on your dashboard and the ability to follow and be followed, you’ll find yourself more easily hitting your practice goals for the end of this month. Follow and Followers...

Top 10 Benefits of Playing an Instrument

For many years, people have believed that listening to classical music is beneficial for the mental development of a child’s brain. Did you know that learning a musical instrument not only positively alters the mental development of a child, but also of an adult? Positive physical, emotional and cognitive changes...

Finally Overcoming Performance Anxiety

Our fear of anxiety and our resourcefulness in attempting to deny or change the symptoms of anxiety results in an inner battle. The inner battle focuses almost solely on our anxiety instead of on our performance. Performance anxiety is the body’s fight or flight response that kicks in when faced...

Simplifying the 6 Tone Symmetrical Scale

Exotic scales open up the opportunity for new tonalities and patterns to be explored on your instrument. The 6 tone symmetrical scale is an exotic scale with a particularly simple pattern that is easy to remember. This makes it very accessible to play. Have you ever been in a situation...

Common Practice Habits and Why You Should Avoid Them

How do you get better at practicing? You can begin by analyzing the ways in which you have been practicing. So, before we discover how to make the most of your practice sessions, it is helpful to recognize some common practice habits. The Broken Record Method Do you find yourself...

Plan and Track your Practice

Start tracking and planning your practices. No need for pen and paper, no more losing sight of your goals. Utilize the time you have by organizing your practice and holding yourself accountable. Getting Started Whether you have been practicing daily or have not touched your instrument in days, it is...

New Looks

Well look at that, a site overhaul! We’re bringing PitchPlay to you with a much sleeker design and better user experience. Dashboard The main page you hit when logging in has been reworked to provide a much clearer focus on what you have lined up. Clicking on a day will...

Personalize your Practice

You have the ability to refine and personalize your practice. Set your preferences for the difficulty and intensity you would like to practice. Are things too difficult? Or Would you like to set a heavier pace for yourself? No problem! You can edit your settings any time. Change your Settings...