Artificial Accompianment

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trombonedemon
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Artificial Accompianment

Post by trombonedemon » Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:22 am

One my private instructors had a computer with a piano's pedal, I call it artificial accompaniment. Anyone know of any software I could buy, that can have a pianos part put in, so that I could practice with accompaniment. Thanks ahead time!!!
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Re: Artificial Accompianment

Post by timothy42b » Tue Mar 12, 2019 9:49 am

Before you buy anything, check out the backing tracks on this page:
https://sites.tntech.edu/jhauser/brass- ... ng-tracks/

Also the Michael Davis warmup CDs have something close to what you're looking for.
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Re: Artificial Accompianment

Post by jthomas105 » Tue Mar 12, 2019 11:42 am

are you asking about warm up things or solo accompaniments (jazz or legit)?
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Re: Artificial Accompianment

Post by norbie2018 » Tue Mar 12, 2019 11:56 am

If it's piano accompaniments for solos or warm ups you're looking for, you could scan piano parts into Muse Score or other notation software and play them back through the software. You'll likely need to edit the parts you scan, but it beats doing them all from scratch.
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Re: Artificial Accompianment

Post by harrisonreed » Tue Mar 12, 2019 12:39 pm

Yes.
1. Sibelius allows you to scan music into it, though you need to edit and correct its guesses as it scans.

2. Sibelius can play it back for you, but the tempo and key velocities will sound like a robot. The built in piano sounds are not good, but if you just need basic time and an in tune piano, it will do.

3. Sibelius can export the piece as a midi file. If you get a DAW, like FL Studio, you can work with the raw midi data to make the playback sound like a human. Also, you have to run the midi through a sound library output, like Alicia's Keys. This sound library is recorded in a better room, with better mics than you probably have access to. In short, a properly "seasoned" midi file rin theough a good sound library will sound as good as Decca or BIS, and youcan get any type of performance you want.
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Re: Artificial Accompianment

Post by Doug Elliott » Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:12 pm

There is a company called Smartmusic that I don't actually know much about, but you can subscribe to it for a very small fee and I think they have accompaniments available. Maybe somebody else here knows more. If you try it, please post a review.
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Re: Artificial Accompianment

Post by jthomas105 » Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:39 pm

I was going to suggest SmartMusic if my question was answered about wanting piano accompaniments for solos but I will go ahead and talk about since Doug mentioned it. The fee is $40.00 for the "Classic" version. Don't waste your time with the other if this is what you want it for. The other version is more for band director/teaching created assignments of Finale created region/all state music or band pieces that are part of the SmartMusic library.

The "Classic" version has hundreds of trombone solos that you can practice with the piano part. I use it to help my private lesson students to practice their solo during lessons to learn how their part fits with the accompaniment before they get their 2 rehearsals with a live pianist before their solo competition. The accompanists always tell me my kids are the most prepared because they already know how their part fits with the piano.

SmartMusic also has some of the Abersold stuff, as well as other jazz stuff to practice with.

It also has a pretty good jazz ensemble library of tunes to practice any of the parts with big band.
The tunes are graded Very Easy to Advanced with the Advanced being some Gordon Goodwin charts among others.

If you subscribe go ahead and order their USB microphone because it is difficult to find anything else that has that long of a cord and also has a clip to attach to your bell.
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Re: Artificial Accompianment

Post by harrisonreed » Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:42 pm

I've used it. The repertoire was limited and the "smart" playback is wonky. If you turn down the "smartness" of the playback, it works well for the pieces it does have.
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Re: Artificial Accompianment

Post by trombonedemon » Wed Mar 13, 2019 10:34 am

Hmmm, where do I find this Smart Music? Googling now.
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Re: Artificial Accompianment

Post by norbie2018 » Wed Mar 13, 2019 11:28 am

It also provides full band arrangements so you can practice with a full ensemble from the comfort of your own home.
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Re: Artificial Accompianment

Post by BGuttman » Wed Mar 13, 2019 11:42 am

trombonedemon wrote:
Wed Mar 13, 2019 10:34 am
Hmmm, where do I find this Smart Music? Googling now.
https://www.smartmusic.com/
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