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IK Multimedia Announces iRing – the First Motion Controller for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch Music Apps and More

Sunrise, FL (PRWEB) January 08, 2014

IK Multimedia, a global technology company and leader in mobile music-creation apps and accessories for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, today announced a new technological breakthrough in mobile music making and app control: iRing™, the first motion-tracking controller for iOS music apps and more. Now musicians and others can control sound effects and other parameters of their favorite apps, in real time, using hand position, freeing them from needing to touch the screen.

iRing utilizes a wearable ring with identifiable markers, the mobile device's front-facing camera, and advanced computer vision with highly-optimized recognition algorithms built into an app, to determine the precise positioning of the ring markers, tracking their movements and position on the 3-dimensional space in front of the device. This system provides a low-cost solution and a motion-tracking device that is accurate and affordable to anyone.

The iRing controller is a lightweight, double-sided ring that the user wears between two fingers, comfortable enough to be worn while operating musical instruments or other traditional music controllers. Each ring features a linear dot pattern on one side and a triangular pattern on the other. The device camera picks up the positioning of the ring patterns and the apps convert that information into music commands for dedicated app or MIDI information, which any compatible music app can read. This means that a user can now operate up to six controllable music parameters in their preferred music apps with one or two hands gestures.

While there have been previous attempts to use a device camera to track hand positioning, they proved not to be reliable for real-world usage, due to the many variables involved in computer vision recognition and the available processing power of mobile devices. iRing solves these issues providing an accurate method for precision detection of hand position in a wide range of lighting conditions.

iRing includes two identical double-sided ring controllers, plus two complimentary apps for music applications, which target everyone from music lovers to knowledgeable musicians: iRing Music Maker and iRing FX/Controller.

The iRing Music Maker app gives music lovers a new and incredibly fun way to create music and grooves using hand gestures, with no music knowledge required, whatsoever. Users simply launch the app and use the iRing controller to change the beats, control rhythmic elements, synth parts and effects, for hours and hours of quality entertainment. Creating music has never been so much fun!

The included iRing FX/Controller app targets skilled musicians and DJs, and converts the distance information from the rings into precise MIDI control information that can be configured by the user. This MIDI data can then be used by any compatible Core MIDI app running on the device, or even sent to a computer via Wi-Fi. Users can configure the app to control effects, filters, notes, patches and more.

The iRing FX/Controller app also doubles as a controllable audio effects processor with 16 powerful and creative effects including Delay, Stutter, Phazer, Flanger, Compression, Fuzzy, Reverb, AutoWah, Crush, Twist Up & Down, Brake, Spin and Tail. These effects can be creatively controlled by the iRing, and inserted into the device audio path for use with any music app that is Audiobus or Inter-App Audio compatible.

iRing technology will also be incorporated into core IK Multimedia apps such as GrooveMaker®, DJ Rig™, AmpliTube®, SampleTank®, VocaLive™ and more, so DJs, guitarists, vocalists, bass players, producers, keyboardists and engineers will have a new level of control to deliver powerful and unique performances.

For third-party developers that want to incorporate and implement iRing technology directly into their apps, IK is offering a free development kit and licensing program, which make it easy to take advantage of this new breakthrough technology. iRing can also be easily utilized beyond music for a wide variety of applications including gaming, health & fitness, utility and more. Developers can take advantage of the technology and improve the functionality of their apps by contacting IK via the link provided on the iRing product page.

iRing features:

Ring controller, in tandem with either of two included apps featuring advanced motion-tracking technology, allows remote control of iOS app and app parameters using hand gestures.

Great for musicians and non-musicians alike.

Includes two identical, two-pattern reversible rings, allowing for numerous control combinations and the control up to 6 effect parameters simultaneously with two hands.

Rings are unique looking, light, comfortable and provide a universal fit.

Included iRing Music Maker app allows novices to make music using hand gestures.

Included iRing FX/Controller app lets musicians and DJs create custom MIDI control setups, plus add and control audio effects when used together with other music apps via Inter-App Audio or Audiobus.

Pricing & Availability

iRing will cost $ 24.99/€19.99 (excluding taxes), and will be available in Q1 2014 in three colors (white, green and silver) at music and electronics retailers worldwide. Pre-orders are now available on the IK Multimedia online store and selected stores. iRing FX/Controller and iRing Music Maker apps will be available as free downloads from the App Store.

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A Newly Great Breakthrough in Music Transferring With EaseUS PhonTunes

New York City, N.Y. (PRWEB) November 15, 2013

With a newly enhanced algorithm and breakthrough, EaseUS recently published another brand new software for helping music lovers to transfer music with three simple effortless steps. This great software makes music anywhere no longer a slogan but a reality with EaseUS PhonTunes - a powerful music transfer tool. This great music transfer tool brings music lovers a brand new idea about transferring music.

An ideal music transfer software is really a great helper for helping music lovers to deal with multiple music transferring troubles such as how to transfer music from iPhone to computer. Hence, EaseUS PhonTunes is capable to settle various music transferring issues, which entitles users to transfer music among Apple devices such as iPhone 5s/ 4c/ 4S, iPod 4/ 3 /2 and iPad etc, iTunes, computer and other storage devices. Unlike other similar music transfer tools, EaseUS PhonTunes provides Apple devices users to break the limitation of iTunes, which allows to transfer music from iPhone, iPod or iPad to iTunes and computer. Another outstanding feature is that it makes adding music files to Apple devices possible. Comparing with other similar music transfer tool, EaseUS PhonTunes is much more efficient while transferring music with straight method and understandable steps. EaseUS PhonTunes enables to compare the music files in Apple devices and iTunes, which marks the different and same music files on the list, enabling users to choose exact and specific music files and songs to transfer.

Additionally, EaseUS music transfer tool is compatible with the latest released iOS 7 which are now widely used by most Apple devices users. EaseUS PhonTunes supports various Windows OS such as Windows 8.1/ 8 /7 / Vista and XP etc. It ensure music lovers a high efficiency and quality of transferred music files, which entitles music loves to enjoy Apple music on PC or other devices with the same quality and acoustic. The straight transferring method makes music transferring process no longer a troublesome issue but an enjoyed action, shortening the transferring period. By using EaseUS PhonTunes, no need to worry about cover original data while transferring, which avoid such a trouble while syncing with iTunes. With this powerful function, the limitations will not be encountered if performing the music transferring process with EaseUS PhonTunes.

Transferring music is now an enjoyable process by using EaseUS PhonTunes which is 100% safe and clean. And no obstacles and risks will be come across while using such a wonderful music transferring software. Hence the reasonable expense of EaseUS PhonTunes is definitely worth to download and try this excellent software right now.

Key Features:

Supports iOS 7, iPhone 5s/5c, iPhone 4S/4, iPod 3/4/5 and iPad etc.

Supports Windows OS such as Windows 8.1/8, Vista and XP.

Applies to various storage media: computer, CD, USB dive, external hard drives, memory card and sticks.

Enables to add music from computer or other devices to iPhone, iPod and iPad.

Supports to transfer music iTunes or computer to Apple devices(iPhone, iPod and iPad etc.) with high efficiency and no obstacles will be encountered during the transferring process.

Pricing and Availability:

EaseUS PhonTunes is available now right at EaseUS softwares:

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QuikIO 3.0 Aims at Media Center Users with Full-Feature Music and Movie Streaming Capabilities for iPhone and iPad

Mountain View, CA (PRWEB) July 12, 2013

QuikIO, a new mobile media content delivery application and service, today announced QuikIO 3.0 with the addition of several key media streaming functionalities for the media-centric users, making it the most complete personal media solution for iPhone and iPad.

Since launch, QuikIO has become a fast growing application with continuingly increasing number of downloads around the world. The popularity among its early adopters helped it to top #1 chart in several countries on Apple AppStore. QuikIO is changing how consumers access their personal contents by empowering them the ability to instant stream, transfer, or share their media collections on their computers through network connections.

"In response to the high demand by the QuikIO user community, we have focused QuikIO 3.0 efforts to bring the best media streaming experience to our users," said Michael Chen, QuikIO CEO and co-founder. "With the mobile music technology introduced in QuikIO 3.0, users can now stream to play their music collections even at the toughest mobile network conditions. Users can lose up to 20 minutes of network connectivity and still experience no interruption to music playback to their iPhone. This makes it perfect for daily commuters who listen to their music while driving or riding bus/train/subway."

QuikIO 3.0 allows users to save up to 80% of mobile data consumption for music streaming. This is achieved through extending QuikIOs patent-pending technology of live media conversion to music streaming. Music files are live converted using mobile-friendly music codec and streamed with no additional delay experienced by the users.

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Gospel & Christian Music Legends Unite for New Recordings & Concerts

Seattle, WA (PRWEB) August 07, 2013

An eclectic group of Gospel and Christian artists will share a Seattle-area stage to celebrate friendship, common musical influences and their shared faith. The August 16 and 17 concerts featuring Bryan Duncan, Bob Carlisle, Tata Vega, Yvette C. Williams and Tony Hooper will be recorded on broadcast-quality video and multi-track audio.

Duncan has released 14 solo albums, three with the NehoSoul Band and six with the Sweet Comfort Band. He has sold in excess of 1.2 million records and videos. He's had 16 No. 1 Christian radio hits.

Bob Carlisle is best known for his song "Butterfly Kisses," which sold more than 2 million copies, was a number one song on Adult Contemporary radio, won a Grammy Award for Best Country Song and a Dove Award for Song of the Year.

Tata Vega released four acclaimed Motown albums and sang the part of Shug Avery in the motion picture The Color Purple before becoming a renowned session and background vocalist. The new film "Twenty Feet From Stardom" explores the lives of Vega, Darlene Love, Merry Clay, Lisa Fischer and Judith Hill - some of the world's most notable background singers.

Gospel luminary Yvette C. Williams is a featured vocalist in the Kurt Carr Singers who have won nine Stellar Awards. Her powerful vocals helped make In The Sanctuary one of the most-loved worship songs in African-American churches. Willams has shared the stage with Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond, Donnie McClurkin, Yolanda Adams, Stevie Wonder, Mariah Carey, Natalie Cole, Aretha Franklin and Gladys Knight.

Tony Hooper is music pastor and a founding member of Blues Counsel, a Delta Blues band that is popular on the Christian festival circuit. He is a featured artist and musical director for the Aug. 16 and 17 concerts, which will be held at, an innovative, high-tech church in Puyallup, Washington.

Duncan invited Carlisle, Vega, Williams and Hooper to record with him, each artist doing live versions of their own music and songs from the 60s, 70s and 80s that influenced them, including a tribute to Andra


ONE Launches Protest Music Inspired Interactive Experience Built By F#

NEW YORK (PRWEB) June 11, 2013

The ONE Campaign, a global advocacy organization acting to end extreme poverty, and F#, the leader in music-powered digital ad experiences, today launched the agit8 digital experience, allowing people from around the world to listen and share protest music. The agit8 site accompanies the agit8 campaign, a music experience designed to create noise in the crucial week leading up to the G8 conference in Northern Ireland both online and in pop up performances happening in London.

Visitors to will find a diverse array of artists putting their own spin on classic protest songs. The site includes video performances from internationally-known artists to street buskers, and gives users the opportunity to add their voice to the fight against extreme poverty. Artists include Ed Sheeran, Mumford and Sons, Elvis Costello, Angelique Kidjo, Rokia Traore, Green Day and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, among others. The microsite also combines user-generated content, curated playlists, lyric graphic creation, a photo gallery and a contest to vote for your favorite cover of a classic protest song.

Protest Playlists collaborated with its members to create one of the worlds most comprehensive playlists of protest music. Comprised of songs in the categories of anti-apartheid, anti-war, civil rights, anti-poverty, womens rights and more, users can listen to the songs via Spotify.

F# built the interactive playlist to educate as well as entertain, providing in-depth background information for each song. Users can easily discover the history of the track, its writers, artist, and lyrics. A video featuring live performances of the song and a collection of alternate performances complete the experience.

In addition to the Protest Playlist, artists like Pharrell Williams, Tom Morello and others have lent their name to exclusive playlists highlighting causes close to their heart.

Lyric Graphics

Protest music finds its strength in powerful, memorable lyrics. ONE.orgs Lyric Graphic creator lets users choose their favorite lines from legendary protest songs and couple them with powerful images to create shareable works of art. The creators simple, intuitive interface, developed by F#, includes instant share capabilities that make it easy for users to raise their voices by sharing their artwork on Facebook, Twitter, and more.

agit8 is all about using music to inspire action, bringing more people into the fight against extreme poverty, said Jeff Davidoff, ONEs Chief Marketing Officer. Given F#s expertise in music-based digital experiences we knew they could create this one-of-a-kind site with multiple interactive and music experiences, and they did not disappoint.

We are proud to work with ONE and bring their vision online, and allow users around the world to listen, share and vote on their favorite protest songs, said Dan Merritts, CEO of F#. By integrating music right into the experience through playlists and video contests, were giving a new way for people to interact with music and spread the word to get others involved in helping to end extreme poverty.


F# is the leader in digital music advertising, leveraging the power of music to create rewarding online experiences. Working with Fortune 500 brands and leading agencies, F# develops and implements ad campaigns across various music and social media platforms, including Spotify and Facebook. F# ads have appeared on tens of millions of devices in more than 15 countries. To learn more, please visit


ONE is a nonpartisan campaigning and advocacy organization of more than three million people taking action to end extreme poverty and preventable disease because the facts show extreme poverty has already been cut in half and can be virtually eliminated by 2030. Learn more at

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Nursery Rhymes Music Videos by EFlashApps Go Viral on YouTube and Mobile Apps

Fredericksburg, Virginia (PRWEB) August 03, 2013

From Preschool-Kindergarten Apps to Nursery Rhymes music videos, EFlashApps is becoming the one-stop-for-all web and mobile educational entertainment content for parents and children. Virginia based ed-tech company EFlashApps, developers of educational smartphone and tablet apps, recently partnered with YouTube to launch the EFlashApps YouTube channel. This channel features original animated Nursery Rhymes videos and previews of their mobile apps available on the Apple App Store and Google Play. The EFlashApps Nursery Rhymes videos have gone viral on YouTube, nearing 10 million views by a worldwide audience of parents, teachers and children.

YouTube search for popular rhymes like Old MacDonald Had a Farm, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star or Baa Baa Black Sheep display EFlashApps videos on the first page of results. "The surge in views comes from parents and teachers seeking the highest quality music and animations for their kids and students", said Meeta Shah, CEO and Founder of EFlashApps.

"Poor quality videos have traditionally shown up on the first page on YouTube when searching for songs like Baa Baa Black Sheep. They show on the top just because they were launched several years ago and keep getting viewership on that basis", said Shah. EFlashApps sought to provide an entirely different viewing experience with the launch of their Nursery Rhymes albums on YouTube. Original studio production song recordings, detailed character, storyboard, animation and HD 1080p rendering all come together in the creation of these videos. "It takes a tremendous amount of effort and time to produce such high quality content to meet and exceed the expectations of today's viewers. Ultimately, the final product is simply stunning", said Shah.

According to Shah, today's viewers have extreme high internet speeds with faster computers and are seeking HD quality content for their children. The exponential rise in the EFlashApps videos viewership thus comes as no surprise. Parents, teachers and children searching for educational and entertaining videos on YouTube via their computers, phones or tablets are selectively viewing higher quality educational content such as the EFlashApps videos.

Nursery Rhymes, Vol. 2 is now available on iTunes, Google Play and Amazon and animated videos of this new collection are featured on the EFlashApps YouTube channel. "With each new album, we aim to provide an enriching educational and musical experience like never before for our young viewers. Creative works is in its highest gear at EFlashApps with a third music album in production and several exciting animations in design. Stay tuned by subscribing to our YouTube channel", said Shah. An interactive mobile app featuring these videos along with built-in games and activities for a greater learning experience is soon to be launched.

EFlashApps is a YouTube Partner and subscription to EFlashApps channel is free. The songs from the albums Nursery Rhymes - All Time Children's Favorite Songs and Nursery Rhymes, Vol 2 by EFlashApps are now available for download on iTunes, Google Play & Amazon.

About EFlashApps (

Founded in 2009, Fredericksburg, Virginia based company, EFlashApps is a mobile applications development company focusing on creating mobile apps and web-based online curriculum geared towards early childhood education.

EFlashApps Baby Flash Cards apps are now available in 12 languages. Additional apps include series of First Words apps for preschool to second grade levels and Kids Picture Dictionary. EFlashApps Nursery Rhymes music albums are available on iTunes. The EFlashApps YouTube Channel features original animated videos of songs from the Nursery Rhymes albums. The company provides sneak previews, promo codes, updates and news on its website and social media pages. Parents and educators are encouraged to join EFlashApps Facebook page for these updates.

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Two Chicago Teachers Remix Music History with iPad Technology. Interactive Listening iBook Chosen as #1 Editors Choice by Apple

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) May 13, 2013

Interactive Listening announced today the launch of an ingenious new approach to music education with the release of its Interactive Listening iBook, recently named by Apple as the #1 Editors Choice in all categories of textbooks.

Interactive Listening is the brainchild of Pete Carney and Brian Felix, music educators and jazz musicians in Chicago, who were tired of the dead-end approach of using traditional textbooks to teach music. Instead they created a compelling iBook (interactive book) for iPads that remixes education with technology. At last, music history is fun! said Vandercook College of Music President Charles Menghini.

Created for digital-savvy students, Interactive Listening features Hollywood-style graphics, interactive 3-D instruments and computer games. At the same time, the iBook includes interactive educational content spanning 35,000 years of music, with sounds from every continent, from prehistoric cavemen to Beethoven to Coldplay. Ive never seen anything like it. Jennifer Foxx, President of the Phoenix Music Teachers Association.

In its early release in select markets in the United States, Interactive Listening is winning rave reviews.

Its thorough, and beautifully conceived, said Barbara Freedman, author for Oxford Press.

This book changes everything for education, not just music, said Mike Lawson, executive director of technology in music education in Nashville.

This book is the next step in education. Thanks for paving a way forward, Jay Berckley, music director at the Village School and TED Conference Speaker.

The Interactive Listening iBook was designed for schools that are replacing traditional textbooks with iPads. The self-published digital title is priced at $ 14.99, ten percent of the $ 149.99 textbook price Carney and Felix paid for a comparable textbook in college.

The Interactive Listening iBook is available immediately on the Apple iBookstore for downloading at $ 14.99, and available in eight countries, including the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

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About the Interactive Listening iBook

Music Educators Carney and Felix sought to create a more relevant, current experience for their students with Interactive Listening.

We used the tactile experience of gaming and visual graphics from Hollywood movies to help music teachers in high school and college compete in the digital world, said Carney, Listening to classical, jazz or Tibetan music can be an entirely fun new experience if youre receiving instant quiz feedback about your listening skills. We discovered that students had a blast playing musical games, such as dragging and dropping parts of a symphony into the right order.

Carney said students are more engaged and drawn into their new interactive way of conveying the drama, history and elements of music.

Instead of reading about the great composer Beethoven, we created listening homework for the digital world, said Carney, We found that students want to discover music, express themselves and test themselves, not read boring biographical fillers and factoids. The Internet is full of information about when Beethoven was born, but that doesnt teach you how to understand his music. We believe our interactive approach instantly brings home the impact of music to our students in way old textbooks never could.

The Interactive Listening iBook features:


Discover the Convenience and Quality of Bowers & Wilkins Wireless Music Systems

(PRWEB UK) 8 November 2012

Forever at the forefront of high end of loud speaker and headphone design, Bowers & Wilkins continue to innovate by going wireless, but audiophiles neednt worry, because the iconic loudspeaker label havent sacrificed sound quality.

Bowers & Wilkins Wireless Music Systems provide state of the art connectivity without compromising on sound quality. Using Apple AirPlay technology, Bowers & Wilkins A Series Wireless Music systems combine exquisitely discreet features with the sheer simplicity of wirelessly streamed music.

The range includes the Bowers & Wilkins A7 speaker and A5 speaker, which both offer crystal clear sound with the pure, minimal and future ready design for which the brand is famous world over. Combining the highest possible quality of audio reproduction with best in class electronics and wireless streaming via Apple AirPlay, the Bowers & Wilkins A7 has to be the ultimate wireless music system available. This supremely simple unit is a fully fledged streaming hi-fi, as compact as it is crystal clear. The Bowers & Wilkins A5 speaker, meanwhile, produces similarly high quality audio reproduction, but offers even greater compactness; for a reliable wireless speaker unit which fits almost anywhere.

Each streams music directly from an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. Music can also be streamed from iTunes on a Mac or PC and both high-quality, lossless audio files and MP3s are compatible. The technology places the user in control of the music, wherever and however. Whether creating playlists on your home computer, or streaming favourite albums from a phone or tablet, a variety of musical possibilities are available when music lovers welcome Bowers & Wilkins Wireless Music Systems into the home.

Using Apple Airplay couldnt be simpler thanks to a handy mobile app which places control of your home audio systems to the user's iPad, iPhone, iPod or more.

Find out more about all of the very latest Bowers & Wilkins products and Wireless Music Systems via the brand official website.

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Linux Netbook Music Computer Mobile Digital Audio Workstation Audio Software Available On New Indamixx Netbook Model 2

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) May 14, 2009

Trinity Audio Group Inc. refreshes it's line of award winning mobile audio computers by announcing today the Indamixx Netbook Model 2, an affordable Linux audio Netbook with pre-installed audio and mobility software.

"At $ 499.00 complete with hardware and fully loaded software, we provide the most affordable full featured mobile recording studio in the world," says Creative Director Ronald Stewart. "The Indamixx Netbook is an ideal product for music beginners and priced perfectly for the masses."

"Google and Apple are 'talking' about the Netbook space. We're already there and shipping our own Linux blend. Indamixx is a great fit for Adobe," says Stewart. Indamixx wins Remix Magazine's 'Most Innovative' Product of 2009. All Indamixx products feature award winning energy XT2 digital audio workstation.

More than a Netbook but better than OS X?

Keyboard magazine says "Routing audio, MIDI, and sync between apps is quicker and easier than on Windows and Mac. The included music applications are rock solid and better connected to each other than on other computers, even compared to the smooth functionality of Mac OS X."

Remix magazine says "For any Web-savvy DJs or performers who want to integrate Web streaming broadcasts into their world, Indamixx is a fantastic all-in-one solution."

Major upgrade of OS based on trusted Ubuntu 9.04.

Model 2 improvements include 3.0 Transmission (OS) - Custom Linux operating based on Ubuntu 9.04. A Private Label MSI Wind U100 with factory installed 2GB RAM - 1 year limited warranty

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Music Book Presents a Great Method to Learn Ukulele and Teach Music Through Song

AUSTRALIA (PRWEB) October 05, 2012

Music is a doing word, and authors Gerard and Andrew Hackwill are on a mission to connect people through its magic. Their main tool to meet their objects is the ukulele. It is without a doubt the coolest and most sociable of all the combined 20 or so instruments that they currently play. They started the company Ukelyptus as a means to present their vision to the world Changing Lives One Strum At A Time

Music In Minutes is a method book designed to both learn and teach the ukulele through song. It has been developed with even the most novice musician in mind and is suitable for ages 10-110. The Hackwills approach to achieving fantastic results is based on many years of experience in composition and performance.

Readers and music lovers will be literally playing and singing (plinging) along in just minutes to the accompanying musical tracks of the books progressively ordered tunes. There are even heaps of songs that exclusively utilise chord shapes that requires just one finger. To make things even easier, the first 30 songs presented in this book are based on simple repeated chord patterns.

A great ukulele guide for classroom music teachers,Students will enjoy the near instant results and the gratification that comes from using this specially designed music book. The progressively ordered songs are not only fun and catchy, but a great deal of time and effort has gone into making them easily learned from memory.

Not just for all ages, but for all learning types, as everyone is wired and therefore learns differently. Music In Minutes does not harp on any of the sound musical theory that has gone into its creation: it simply presents the material in a number of useful formats (notated standard musical notation, lyrics sheets, chord tablature and recordings) to cater for a variety of levels and interests. The songs are catchy and easily learned from memory: just place the fingers as indicated, strum like crazy and have some fun.

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About the Author

Although a long time multi-instrumentalist with skills in keyboards, guitars and woodwinds, Gerard Hackwills transition into the Ukulele world comes off the back of a highly successful career in IT. He studied Music at The Canberra School of Music prior to moving into computers, and has now come full-circle to run Ukelyptus with his infectious enthusiasm, and to concentrate on what he see as his most important role to date: positively changing lives one strum at a time.

Andrew Hackwill worked as an accomplished musician and orchestrator with the Australian Army prior to taking a position with the ACT Department of Education, as a band director and arranger. He has performed extensively throughout Australia and overseas, and has amassed an enormous catalogue of compositions, including those from several of his own highly acclaimed musicals. He sees music as a doing word and his astonishing ability to create outstanding results is based on sound educational theory, psychology, experience, and most of all fun.

UKELYPTUS - MUSIC IN MINUTES * by Gerard and Andrew Hackwill


Publication Date: September 22, 2012

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