7 tips for enjoyable song learning – waste less time, limit frustration

Music is a great hobby. You should not get frustrated by learning a song.

There are some general tips that can make the learning process more enjoyable and limit the frustration. The purpose of this article is not if you should learn a song from tabs, music notation or by ear. It can be applied to every method.

The goal of the post is simple: to make your music hobby more enjoyable. Just relax and have fun.

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A mobile game as an alternative for music flashcards

Flashcards are na useful education tool, but they quickly start to get borin. Especially for kids.

Gamification of an boring learning aspect is alway a good idea. A few music teachers tested the following game and are posotive about it:

“Thanks for making this! It can be hard to get kids interested in reading music and this beats the crap out of flash cards.”

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How to download YouTube backing tracks as mp3

The two blogposts I made that are particularly popular, are lists of free backing tracks that you can find on YouTube.

Some of you asked how to download them:

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So I decied to share a really simple way to do that!

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List of over 60 free backing tracks for drummers – sorted by genre and tempo

Quick links to the genre/type: Blues | Rock | Metal | Jazz | Funk | Reggae

It’s alway more enjoyable to practice your drums to a backing track. Jam buddies are not always around. So have fun with this list.

There are a lot of free drum backing tracks to find on YouTube, but having a nice sorted list of them would come in handy I guess.

Enjoy.

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6 simple short bass lines for transcribing practice (good for ear and rhythm notation training)

When you are starting out with transcribing, a whole song can be a little overwhelming. A practice buddy is a great idea: he plays a part and you try to play it be ear (and eventually write it down if you practice music / rhytm notation).

…but you don’t always have a buddy for practice around. So I prepared 6 simple short bass lines for transcribing  / ear training  / rhythm  notaton practice.

First: you have the line played once. Then you have it played looped, so you can “get it” easier. You can just try to play it by ear or (if you are more ambitious) try to write it down in a notation software like guitar pro.

Check the tabs / music notation later in the pdf file or download the guitar pro file if you prefer using gp. There is also an exported midi file.

Have fun practicing.

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List of over 300 free drum only backing tracks – sorted by genre and tempo

Quick links to the genre/type:

Blues | Rock | Simple Straight Beat | Metal | JazzReggaeHip Hop


I always enjoy it more to practice my instrument (guitar, bass or piano) to some nice drum backing track. A metronome is just fine if your mind is fresh and you practice a specific part while fully concentrated, but if you are tired after work and just want to have fun, drum tracks are a great way to go.

There are thousands of free drums backing tracks to find on YouTube, but having a nice sorted list of them would come in handy I guess.

So I decided to make my own (sorted by genre and tempo) list of YT backing tracks.

Enjoy.

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