One of the features we’re most proud of at ETUDES.CO is our interactive digital sheet music player, which powers most of the pieces in our expansive library.

If you’re unfamiliar with how it works (or you simply haven’t signed up yet), here’s a quick tour of some of the amazing things you can do with it, and how you can use it to advance your playing (or that of your students).

Sheet Music That Plays Back

Unlike typical sheet music, our sheet music plays along with you. This is not just a cool trick, either. This serves a highly practical purpose.

Being able to hear how it should sound before you play it – especially when isolating tricky rhythmic patterns – can be incredibly powerful when compared to basic sheet music. Think of it like when you were in grade-school and your teacher used to make you read aloud during class. Seeing and hearing something together forms a very powerful combination to help students learn faster and better retain what they learn in the process.

Loop It, Slow It Down, Stay in Perfect Time

Along with the playback feature, you can also manipulate the playback in a number of ways.

Imagine being able to highlight any measure in the music (or any number of beats, for that matter), and set a slow, steady tempo at around half-speed (let’s imagine, hypothetically, 42 bpm). Then, loop that selection for built-in repetition as many times as you’d like. Then, as you become more comfortable with the notes, speed it up in increments of 6-8 beats per minute (bpm) until you’ve mastered it. Wouldn’t that be cool?

Oh, indeed it would – and it’s already possible for (nearly) every piece in the ETUDES Library.

Did I mention there’s also a built-in metronome? Well… uh… There’s also a built-in metronome. 😉

Visualize Every Note

If all that weren’t enough, you can also elect to see the notes displayed (in real time) on a virtual fretboard – so you can visualize where every note should be played should you so desire!

Performance Videos in 3 Angles

Ok, so you’ve heard about the music playback feature – but did you know we’ve also added hundreds of HD performance videos as well? But that’s not even the best part…

The best part is that every performance video is 100% synced with the music notation, and plays right alongside the music! But wait… there’s more!

Annnddd…. We also offer multiple angles which you can SWITCH between to see what the right hand and left hand are doing in real time – for every single measure of the piece.

Annnddd… Not only that, but you can slow down the videos just like you can slow down the sheet music itself – and instantly see what our pro performers are doing during every note, and every transition – in slow motion.

Suh-weet.

And, while I have a feeling there may be other features I’m forgetting (like printing off a PDF of the score, changing the view, zoom in/out, full-screen mode, etc) – I think you now have a good idea of how awesome our interactive sheet music tool is, and hopefully by now are itching to give it a whirl.

As always, if you have any thoughts, feedback, or questions about this, you can leave a comment below, or shoot us an email and let us know.

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