By Cynthia Kirkeby
May 23, 2004, 09:40 PST

Cool Tools For Musicians

Cool Tools for Musicians

For Everyone:

The Public Groove Builder
Do you want to play music, but you can’t play an instrument? Now you can build out a groove, adjust it to your liking, and hear it played. You can even email it!
Source: Whole Note

Whole Note Ear Training
Use these exercises to increase your ability to learn music by ear. Then take the next step with Interval Training.
Source: Whole Note

Clef Reading and Other Interactive Music Exercises
If you’re new to reading music be sure to start at Clef reading. It’s the most basic exercise in the group. This site will take you through fairly advanced music exercises on Rhythm, Internals, and Chords.
Source: Teoria.com

Online Metronome
This Midi Metronome is adjustable. Just the thing to keep you on the beat.
Source: 8Notes.com

Blank Sheet Music
Available in Single line or double line format. PDF format.
Source: 8Notes.com

Turn Your Computer Keyboard into a Musical Instrument
Just load this page and start typing.
Source: ii4i.net

Fokker and Bosanquet Keyboard Pages
Click your way through the tunes of your choice with these two interactive “keyboard” pages. See the name of the note that you’re playing. Great for figuring out notes to a tune you’ve created.
Source: ii4i.net


For Pianists

Piano Chord and Scale Finder
This incredible interactive tool lets you find just the right fingering for your chords, whether in major scale, Pentatonic Scale, or one of the many other variations available.
Source: 8Notes.com

Online Metronome
This Midi Metronome is adjustable. Just the thing to keep you on the beat.
Source: 8Notes.com

Blank Sheet Music
Available in Single line or double line format. PDF format.
Source: 8Notes.com

For Guitarists


Interactive Online Guitar Tuner
If you have trouble tuning your guitar, this is a simple tool to help beginners.
Source: 8Notes.com

Advanced Interactive Guitar Tuner
This is an excellent guitar tuner! It allows you to tune your guitar with a standard tuning or with one of seven other variations. Click on the ® to hear an individual string. Click a second time to stop it. (I almost missed that important step.) Or click on strum to here a clear strum of the guitar in that key. Flash required.
Source: Chordbook.com

Interactive Chord Finder
Once again, this is an incredible resource from Chordfinder.com. Choose your chord, see and hear how it’s played, find variations or inversions of the chord, change the fret location with the use of a capo, and enjoy your music.
Source: Chordbook.com

Guitar Chords
Choose your root, quality, voice, # of voices, and how you’d like them displayed. Then choose the tempo, type of sound, and whether you’d like it to loop (at the bottom of the page). An extremely complete guitar tool. Excellent.
Source: Whole Note

Interactive Guitar Chord Finder
Dial your note and then click on the desired chord type. You can play the chord to hear how it sounds or you can click on individual notes on the guitar fret.
Source: ii4i.net

Guitar Scales
Okay, it doesn’t get any better than this for guitar players. Choose your key, your type of scale, your direction, and your speed and learn how to play it. This is an excellent tool! As good as it gets.
Source: Chordbook.com

Guitar Scales
If you need to practice your guitar scales, this is the perfect companion tool Everything is adjustable! Be sure to adjust your tempo and type of sound (nylon, steel, jazz, etc.), and whether you want the scale to loop. This is an excellent teaching tool.
Source: Whole Note

Interactive Scale Finder for Guitar
Dial your note, choose your starting fret and type of scale, then watch how it’s played as you listen to the desired scale.
Source: ii4i.net

Guitar Arpeggios
Another incredible tool from WholeNote.com, which allows you to practice guitar arpeggios with total flexibility.
Source: Whole Note

The Progressionator
Choose your key, the progression, and the style of playing, then hear the chorded progression. This is a very well designed tool for guitarists. Try out different styles and combinations for your tune.
Source: Hot Frets

Online Tab Converter
Convert Tabs into Midi files and conventional sheet music. The conversion tool appears to like single lines better than multiples, it doesn’t like any extra words, and the copy – paste feature of this tool was not working when I tried it. However, it did an excellent job on single line tabs. Definitely worthwhile. Just make sure that you upload your file as a .txt file.
Source: 8Notes.com

Online Composer
If you’re up to a more complicated challenge, WholeNote.com has on interactive online midi composer available. The tutorial is open to the public, and if you sign up for a free membership, you can save your scores, and even make them available as online lessons.
Source: Whole Note

Online Metronome
This Midi Metronome is adjustable. Just the thing to keep you on the beat.
Source: 8Notes.com

Blank Sheet Music
Available in Single line or double line format. PDF format.
Source: 8Notes.com


For Flutists

Flute Fingering Chart
This is a very cool online tool. Simply click on one of the notes below the flute, and see the name of the note and how you finger your flute to make the sound.
Source: 8Notes.com

Online Metronome
This Midi Metronome is adjustable. Just the thing to keep you on the beat.
Source: 8Notes.com

Blank Sheet Music
Available in Single line or double line format. PDF format.
Source: 8Notes.com

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APA style
Cool Tools For Musicians. (2012, December 7). In ClassBrain Teens. Retrieved 07:48, August 17, 2018, from http://classbrain.net/teens/cool-tools-for-musicians/
MLA style
Cynthia Kirkeby, “Cool Tools For Musicians.” ClassBrain Teens. 7 December 2012, 13:09 UTC. . 17 Aug 2018 <http://classbrain.net/teens/cool-tools-for-musicians/>.
MHRA style
Cynthia Kirkeby, 'Cool Tools For Musicians', ClassBrain Teens, 7 December 2012, 13:09 UTC, <http://classbrain.net/teens/cool-tools-for-musicians/> [accessed 17 August 2018]
The Chicago Manual of Style
Cynthia Kirkeby, “Cool Tools For Musicians.” ClassBrain Teens, http://classbrain.net/teens/cool-tools-for-musicians/ [accessed August 17, 2018].
CBE/CSE style
Cynthia Kirkeby, Cool Tools For Musicians [Internet]. ClassBrain Teens; 2012 December 7, 13:09 UTC [cited 2018 Aug 17]. Available from: http://classbrain.net/teens/cool-tools-for-musicians/.
Bluebook style
Cool Tools For Musicians, http://classbrain.net/teens/cool-tools-for-musicians/ (last visited Aug. 17, 2018).
AMA style
Cynthia Kirkeby, Cool Tools For Musicians. ClassBrain Teens. December 7, 2012, 13:09 UTC. Available at: http://classbrain.net/teens/cool-tools-for-musicians/. Accessed August 17, 2018.