Harmony at play

Harmony at play

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Harmony at play

In an era where everything is available at the click of a button, it is no wonder that people are turning to the digital world for all their needs. From booking movie tickets to paying bills and ordering for food, everything has become fast and easy for mankind.

So used are we to this technological convenience that even for something as experiential as music lessons, we are turning to the online world. However opinions differ because while some consider these apps a beneficial way to learn music, others say it’s always wise to start the old school way.

Judah Sandhy, a music director says, “These apps are good for theory purpose, but when it comes to practical knowledge, an individual touch is important. I personally believe that it is always important to have a tutor to learn the basics.”

“However, if these apps have the right information, they can be a blessing for people like IT professionals who don’t have the time to go for music classes or others who can’t afford a tutor,” he adds.

As if that were not enough, there are even apps that allow one to play a virtual instrument as easily as a real one. This is particularly useful for some artistes who prefer to play the guitar, keyboard or sarod on their phone rather than carry the heavy instruments.

Singer and composer Vishal Mishra, who uses an app called ‘NOISE’ to play the seaboard, says that today many are exposed to the audio-visual way of learning.

“These apps are making life easy and they are extremely beneficial. It is a futuristic way of approaching music. However, it is important to have a basic idea for which the touch and feel of an actual instrument is necessary.

Nevertheless, the trend is here to stay.”

Talking about the flip side, Judah points out that over the years, virtual instruments have replaced live performers in a studio, which is a reason why many musician are losing their sources of income. “These apps can save time and money, but only a live performer can produce authentic music. However, it is a personal choice,” he adds.

Abhijith Cuddapah, a musician and the owner of ‘Tenory’, a music education start up, says, “For beginners, having a teacher is very important. For example, apps can’t detect the mistakes that one makes in terms of holding an instrument. This way one tends to develop bad practice. Personal connect is very important to build a strong foundation.”

He started using an App called ‘Yousician’ that gives free music lessons. But, he says, he started concentrating on the game element rather than on the musical part.

“Having said that, these apps can be useful to people who want to explore and discover their interest before buying an expensive instrument,” he sums up.

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