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Make Your Own Ringtones

Nelson Widrow

Do you not like the huge selection of ringtones on your cell phone? Can you not find a ring tone in the mass library that has been accumulated on the web? There are free ringtones everywhere, along with an even larger amount of ringtones you have to pay for. It is possible to find almost any song that has ever been sung somewhere on the web and it is probably in both MP3 and ringtone format. However if you are bored with these and no longer like any of hem it is now possible to make your own ringtones.

There are new ringtone composers that allow you to make your own ringtones just as you want them. Some of these composers consist of entering a certain key-press sequence to make certain melodies. I saw one that gives up different key commands for each note and then other key commands to lengthen or short the note. It appears as if you can now become and amateur composer and actually write music on your cell phone.

I have yet to hear any of these self composed ringtones but I have to say I am a little curious about what they sound like. When you think about it, it seems as though they would sound very rough and remedial as it can not really be possible to use every note available in music to make that music on your cell phone. And what does it sound like? A piano, a singer, a guitar. I admit I don t know much about music but I am a little confused about this as well.

I guess that this is just the next step in cell phone technology, used to satisfy the computer and music savvy people that have become bored with conventional ringtones.

Nelson Widrow has written numerous articles about many topics including TV ringtones and make your own ringtones.

A Practical Guide to Solo Piano Music

American Music Teacher , August-Sept, 2006 by Robert Scott Beard

* A Practical Guide to Solo Piano Music, by Trevor Barnard and Elizabeth Gutierrez with foreword by Bruce Berr. Meredith Music Publications/G. W. Music, Inc. (4899 Lerch Creek Ct., Galesville, MD 20765), 2006. 157 pp.

A Practical Guide to Solo Piano Music by Trevor Barnard and Elizabeth Gutierrez is the first in a series of piano reference books published by Meredith Music. This handy guide makes an excellent choice as a quick reference tool for the independent teacher and would also be ideal for the college teacher or performance major. This concise book is clearly laid out and is arranged alphabetically with an overview of the composer`s output and the added bonus of publisher references and contact. Each piece of repertoire is assigned a level, starting with intermediate works (level 1), lower and upper level repertoire for college music majors (levels 2 and 3) and virtuosic works such as Islamey (levd 4). The supplemental index of composers listed chronologically and according to country of origin is an especially attractive feature.

A Practical Guide to Solo Piano Music is clearly the type of book teachers, students and performers would want to have at their finger tips when choosing new repertoire of even writing program notes (checking dates, spellings and so forth). While one could argue with a few of the difficulty levels assigned to pieces--Ravel`s Sonatine and Copland`s Passacaglia immediately come to mind--the sheer number of composers included, particularly contemporary composers from Australia, Canada and South America, make this an indispensable addition to the pianist`s bookshelf. While the modern era is covered thoroughly, more consistency of baroque music would be appreciated, such as Handel, Scarlatti and Soler. The music of J. S. Bach is covered thoroughly; other composers have selected works listed, while some, Couperin and Rameau to name a few, are omitted entirely.

As a teacher and performer, I still find myself referring to Friskin and Freundlich`s Music far the Piano, for it`s brief, but insightful comments on many pieces, something that is missing from Barnard`s new text. A Practical Guide to Solo Piano Music will surely become essential for teachers and students looking to branch out from traditional piano repertoire. This is an outstanding first book in this new series of reference guides. Robert Scott Beard, NCTM, Shepherdstown, West Virginia.

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