'I don’t like scales and arpeggios’ – how many times have we heard this as teachers? In order to address this common issue, my brother-in-law David Denning and I have developed ScaleTracks, an app which features inspiring backing tracks for scales and arpeggios.
ScaleTracks has been endorsed by top Hollywood film composer, Harry Gregson-Williams. Harry, who wrote the film score for Shrek, The Martian, The Chronicles of Narnia and many other blockbuster films, had this to say about ScaleTracks:
“At last, practising scales and arpeggios can be experienced within a whole new musical context. With this innovative new app, Ben Andrew has created a range of flexible and exhilarating compositions that are specifically designed to accompany students as they run through their (often dreaded!) technical exercises.
ScaleTracks is a wonderful idea that embraces today's technology and a desire to make this often neglected part of music practice fun and exciting.”
Recently launched at an EPTA event, ScaleTracks has also received endorsements from leading educators such as Paul Harris and Christopher Norton.
From the piano to the ocarina, it is now possible to play scales and arpeggios with a full symphony orchestra comprised of the world’s leading musicians. Available genres include Dubstep, Baroque, Folk, Retro 8-bit and Classical and more. Each track is available in any key, between one and four octaves. A particularly notable feature is the option to adjust the tempo of each backing track on the fly.
ScaleTracks is available for iPad as a free download on the app store now and the iPhone version will be coming shortly.