An awesome post from Guest author Troy Strand, Music instructor at MacPhail Center For Music in Minneapolis, MN. Troy shares his experience taking the jamstik into his classroom and reveals how every one of his beginning guitar students was able to play their first chord! We love his use of a projector connected to his iPad to display JamTutor on the whiteboard!
"Holy cow, this thing is awesome! I used it today in my 8th grade classes and the kids loved it. I passed the jamstik around to each student, they saw where to place their fingers and they all made a sound on it. It was awesome to foster than independence in each of them. The jamstik is beyond awesome in my classroom."
"I’ve been using the Jamstik in my classroom to assess students this week. It’s great because it allows me to test students silently without them feeling like everyone in class is listening to them! I hand them the Jamstik while keeping the iPad in front of me, ask them to finger a number of chords, and ask them to strum a pattern. I can watch their fingers move to the correct location and hear their strums through a headphone while keeping an eye on other students who are practicing noisily. We take breaks to play the Guitar Hero-like games available."
For all of GarageBand's amazing features and improvements, there's one place where some users believe GarageBand falls flat quickly; drum sounds. This blog is going to walk through a specific AudioUnit Extension enabled app, UVI's BeatHawk, to play new drum sounds in GarageBand like a software plugin.
If you've wanted to use the jamstik+ for composition or notation, Guitar Pro 7 allows you to do exactly that for guitar, bass, drum, or keyboard using tablature and/or standard notation!