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Thread: COFFEE HOUSE - Singer-songwriters and iReal pro

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    Default COFFEE HOUSE - Singer-songwriters and iReal pro

    iReal pro is a a great tool for Singer-songwriters.

    It can be an in-your-pocket scratch pad for musical ideas.

    A backup band (or rhythm section) for practice or performance.

    You can easily add “Reminder” lyrics as a memory aid.

    Your iRp chart is ready to provide guidance for accompanists.

    How do you use iReal pro in your song writing and small venue performance?


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    It's been my experience (upright bassist) that solo musicians who usually practice alone sometimes begin to take “liberties” with the tempo. While they truly believe they are just being expressive and emotive, they fail to consider the possibility that they may be actually slowing down at the hard parts and speeding up at the easy parts.

    This can make it “adventurous” for their occasional accompanists.

    The way to avoid this situation is to practice against a steady time reference (in addition to your tapping foot).

    The iReal pro player offers a range of choices from metronomic to full band, drums only or just a tasty bass line (my favorite).


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    Sep 2009


    We have had some feedback from our songwriters, especially those who do not play a chordal instrument (like piano or guitar) sufficiently to be able to accompany themselves as they play around with melody and lyrics.
    They describe being able to try out different chord sequences, song forms and different playback styles to hear the possibilities as their song develops. Or as the song plays, they can test various lyrics for each of the verses, while having an idea of how it might sound after it has been completed.

    Then export the song (iReal Pro format, audio, PDF) for their music friends or band for rehearsal or performance.


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