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Wind instrument practice software

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Wind instrument practice software

Trumpet, Tuba, Horn, Saxophone, Clarinet, Trombone, Flute, Recorder and Euphonium apps that give feedback on your practice. Cheapest to most expensive.

Play Perfect: Music Practice Software free with other trial software such as Crescendo music typography. For guitar/ piano / violin / cello / bass / flute / clarinet / saxophone / trumpet / trombone 

for windows 64 bit, XP to Windows 10 from nchsoftware.com/practice/index.html

Instant feedback on a moving stave; a score and MP3 recording at the end of the practice, variable speed.
No moving fingering diagrams.

Tools > Options > Instrument > Concert Pitch  and Octave Difference ...
...allows you to adapt for "any tonal instrument, including transposing instruments such as clarinets and trumpets".

The Crescendo program is bundled with the same download, and you can use it to import midi files.“ For best results, try to select music with one instrumental part.” … “maximum two staves”. If you can find midi 1-stave or 2-stave files, open in Crescendo then save in its own format, then open in Practice. I know next to nothing about editing music files but Songs2see, for wind strings and voice, has an editor for a similar purpose. Crescendo can also be used for typing music, and is free for personal use. NCH software hopes you try some of their freemium music software as well as Play Perfect.


Take7music.com for cello / recorder /flute / trombone / clarinet / saxophone  / trumpet / violin / timing /technical skills. Freemium with a free app and some free music to get you hooked into paying for more.

For Mac PC and IOS tablets, but not android and IOS smartphones.
There is no way of importing music from other sources than the Take7music shop; music you play-in yourself might be allowed in future editions.
The app records as you rehearse and then plays-back with assessment (rather like the Xtractor 5 version of Gigajamonline.com for drums keyboard and bass).
The home market is UK school pupils and music examples include Associated Board set pieces.


Songs2see.com/en/ for Saxophone / Clarinet / Piano/ Guitar / Ukulele/ Mandolin / Trumpet / Recorder / Viola / Voice @ €39.90 ONCE

For Windows 10. The price is €14.90 if you don't buy the editor functions that can import and tidy-up music XML scores to practice on your own choice of music. 60 exercises included. The editor can be bought separately for €29.90. If you wait long enough, there might be a discount code on the order page.

Correct notes are highlighted in green on a karaoke stave, with "super" written at the top

Fingering is shown in diagrams for each instrument as you play

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpdF8RdTVDpgF9SCXmpGpfQ - the songs2see video channel -  shows some detail.   

Tonestro.com for flute/ recorder / violin / saxophone / trumpet / clarinet / euphonium / trumpet / horn / brass and woodwind ? freemium / paid personal online lessons optional / premium version available. Apple store prices are "1 Month Premium $17.49 Welcome offer $64.99 1 Year Premium $119.99 Energy Refill $0.99 Unlimited Energy for 30 Days $4.99". The shortest personal lessons are under €19.

An app with exercises for whichever wind instrument you choose, that gives instant feedback on your practice. The app for Android and Ios is free. There's a catalog of songs and most are probably charged-for; they don't put a price list on their web site so it's hard to tell at a glance.

The firm is also a job agency for personal teachers and can offer online lessons very cheaply. In English and German. This came out in 2021 & doesn't have many reviews, but they look positive. I haven't tested it and so have left the information vague, for example what "unlimited energy for 30 days" is and whether it is worth $4.99



drumming | fretboards and stings | keyboards | singing | blowing ... are other pages in the same series



Renting Wind Instruments in the UK

Fat Lama lets you try to rent-out your stuff or hire from someone willing to put their stuff on the site, which pays for new introductions. There might be someone near you renting-out already, although business is very slow. In England, Music Hubs can advise by email on any ways of hiring locally and are encouraged to do it themselves, although they mainly rent classical instruments to schools. Some music shops rent as a sideline.

Buying Wind Instruments in the UK

A cashback site offers about 1% off ebay and similar offers at a few UK music shops including Musicroom and Bax-shop 

Musicroom > Instruments > Woodwind ...
 is a good place to check the cheapest online price for a new instrument with UK delivery. If the instruments last long enough to sell on ebay when you have finished with them, they are better value. If you see them on ebay, you might as well buy them there; it's better the environment, better for other musicians who want to sell, and saves sending money to China.

Aulos.jp/en/ have made plastic woodwind instruments in Japan - a democracy - since the 1970s and are good value second-hand. They survive travel and dishwashers while staying in tune. Lathed connecting parts fit together without cork padding. The part-retired dealer at Saundersrecorders.com still buys Aulos recorders wholesale and sells them with whatever else he has left in stock, while giving plenty of free detailed advice on his website or by email. He's even interested in the changes of mold that Aulos and Yamaha have used over the years and what to recommend for a school bulk-purchase. Most parents would probably ask for the largest and least shrill recorder that a child's fingers can use. Most head teachers want the cheapest, smallest, and most shrill recorders because head teachers are out of ear-shot.

Reviews are harder to interpret for plastic trumpets, tubas, clarinets, saxophones and such. There are Anglo-Chinese firms based in Hong Kong or the UK, who get the things made in China. In their defence, they may not know that what they are doing is wrong: it just happened that way. If anyone wanted to study how to make a plastic mould in the UK a few decades ago, it was not easy to find a course. I tried. Some industrial design courses did not include mould-making. People hoped that developing countries like China would develop into democratic welfare states with a decent human rights record without being pushed by trade rules.

pBone.co.uk also known as wickmusicgroup.com have a supply manager who "started his career studying mould design and manufacturing at the Nanjing Institute of Mechanical Technology". He didn't get the trumpet valves right first time according to Amazon reviews, but maybe better now. https://blog.pbone.co.uk/from-brass-to-recyclable-plastic-reinvention-of-musical-instruments is a page about the process of becoming a plastic trombone supplier, as you do, after selling sheet music. The range now includes cornets and two qualities of trumpet and a thing called a "pBuzz", which is the only instrument made in the UK
pbone.co.uk/faq is the page about cleaning and maintentance; their online shop has a section for "accessories and spares"
pbone.co.uk/how-to-play offers downloads called "learn to play...", and pop-ups offer a download called "how to play..." in exchange for an email address. I haven't checked whether these are different. Either way, a cheap-to-run printer helps.
The first few videos of £20 MusicGurus video courses are free on the pBone site which offers a small discount for the rest.

Nuvoinstrumental.com have a shameless motto: "British innovation. Expertly made in China.", and there is a picture of British tariff policies being made in China below. Another method that's helped autocracies for years is to fund universities and try to make sure their courses are rather dull on subjects like tariffs against invasive states with terrible human rights records or UK government fiddling the exchange rate upwards. Governments don't even have to do it deliberately. Their own universities employ staff who, sadly, have to make their subjects boring and avoid mentioning things like human rights in order to avoid the chop. This effects the textbooks that are sold to these countries as well. Then academics in democracies repeat the same boring syllabus and use the same boring economics textbook, oblivious, and politicians like the one on the left  come-out of college more ignorant than the rest of us but feeling more educated.

George Osborne in China.jpg


Novoinstrumental.com > Resources > Repairs and Maintenance cleaning and repairs
Novoinstrumental.com > Resources > Learning Materials such as e-books and the odd video or backing track.

https://www.for-sale.co.uk/f/search?query=ecotank - Epson ecotank printers - with ink from Premium-Inks.com are a good bet if you want to print a downloaded e-book. Ink costs are next to nothing the cheapest supermarket A4 is a penny a sheet or more.

A firm called Oswal Band of India, a democracy, crops-up on ebay and Amazon where reviews would put anyone off buying them for practice. There are more suppliers in the USA and one of them - I'm not sure which - is sold in the UK by Gear4Music as PlayLITE.

https://www.cashconverters.co.uk/shop/music-tv--video/musical-instruments/wind-instruments
has directories for /trumpet /trombone /cornet /brass-horn /flute /clarinet /recorder /oboe /harmonica /saxophone /bagpipes /french-horn /bassoon /mouth-organ /accordion /tuba
Some of the directories are empty, but prices can be lower than ebay when something is for sale and most instruments are sold with a quote for postage.

Music shops that sell secondhand near you, charity shops, and pawnbrokers are hard to link-to from here, but there is a way to link to some local classified ads.
https://www.for-sale.co.uk/ tries to search, and search by distance, on ebay amazon  and sometimes
https://www.gumtree.com/woodwind-brass-instruments
https://www.preloved.co.uk/classifieds/making-music/saxophones
https://www.preloved.co.uk/classifieds/making-music/other-wind-instruments
https://www.shpock.com/en-gb/c/sport-leisure_musical_instruments which had nothing at the last look and
https://reverb.com/uk/c/ below
You can log-on to for-sale.co.uk and tell it where you live to sort by distance or search UK-wide in case sellers will post (usually not). Another idea is to add the word "classifieds" to a search on a search engine, which doesn't search by distance but gives some ideas about where else to look. There are some other odd basic web sites for buying and selling instruments free. A search engine might find your nearest drum shop as well, and whether it sells secondhand.


Reverb is a rather upmarket version of ebay, just for musical instruments. It is rather hard to sell on, but looks OK for upmarket buying.


Upmarket, there are is a 0% interest scheme called "take it away" at some music shops for parents of school children; the scheme has a web site that can help your find your nearest music shop that takes part. A search for specialised charitable trusts to fund musical instruments will find some lists. Options vary by postcode, the age of the applicant, type of instrument, and time of year - some of them meet quarterly and will not fund past purchases. A typical aim would be to help students of classical music performance get instruments to use at a specialised music college. This is not something to encourage without a warning. There is not much money nor courting potential in playing classical music, even if you get a rare job in an orchestra. Not even if people hang-around the school gates trying to lure you into the world of Associated Board music exams and careers in orchestras. There is a lot of hobby potential, even alone. Edward Heath used to play the piano to himself to relax in his flat after a day being Prime Minister.

Upmarket buyers can find specialist wind instrument shops and the odd manufacturer, particularly for mouthpieces.
https://heritagecrafts.org.uk/woodwind-instrument-making-reed-instruments/ ... will also rent-out instruments https://www.dawkes.co.uk/diy-instrument-repairs is a one page guide to putting new cork sheet on some of the joins and the firm has spare parts, including Flugelhorn spares.


Musonix.co.uk publications are written in a different style by expert authors - you can check free sample pages as .pdf


The Music History Handbook


The Music History Handbook is available online from https://musonix.co.uk/the-music-history-handbook-978-0951721469 .  It is not yet available via book wholesale and retail: you can only get it here online. It is in a different style than this web site - much more expert and neutral, with original research and explanations, as well as links to videos of most of the pieces described, so you can listen to the pieces and read about them.

Rehearse Direct and Play

Software and apps don't help you play or jam or rehearse with other people: a band or "ensemble"as some people call it. A piece of UK legislation in the 1990s (if I have got this right) suggested that pupils should learn to "rehearse direct and play" in an "ensemble", but didn't say where the teaching money would come from! This booklet was printed and re-printed as a cheap pocket guide to read when you are on a bus to a rehearsal and unable to read your tablet or smartphone. It uses a technology called print on paper, but is still only £3.50+ postage: cheaper than a lot of apps.