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iBegin®, which contains the first ten lessons in the series of
45 lessons for wind instruments, and the first two lessons for
Which computer operating system will
You will need a computer
with a sound card running either Windows® or Mac OSX® to use iBegin®. iBegin® will
not work on the Android OS unfortunately.
What previous beginners and
professionals say about iBegin
From Karen Partyka, Thailand,
Secondary Music Teacher on iBegin® Alto Saxophone:
Holland, aged 14, on iBegin® Alto Saxophone
The book I have been using (iBegin) has helped me a lot. It is
easy to read and you start off easy at the beginning. As you get
further in the book it starts to get harder and harder. I
gained a lot of experience in such a short time, only
eight weeks, and soon joined the school orchestra which I was
very happy about, all due to iBegin® Alto Sax. It tells you not
only how to read the music but also how to clean your
instrument, and what part is which etc. I am really happy
that I used this book because it helped me a lot in learning how
to read music and knowing which fingers to use. There are a lot
of simple exercises to do which is a very good way of learning.
This book is a very good book and I am very happy that I got to
I recommend this book to all the people who want to learn an
From Guto, Wales, aged
15, on iBegin® Trumpet
Trumpet helped me improve significantly since I first
received it. The illustrated, interactive tutorial covers
everything from when you first get the trumpet/cornet
right the way through to an advanced level. It was so
simple and quick to set up. The interactive software not
only teaches how to clean and how to use the instrument to
a good standard, but also contains many scores and parts
from beginner to an intermediate level with an adjustable
playback function for people who don't know the tune.
Overall, iBegin® is
like having your own tutor at home and what I like about it is
that you can play it whenever you want and is a useful
addition to a weekly half-an-hour lesson with a professional
From Andy Scott,
Composer and Tutor of Saxophone Royal Northern College of
Music, United Kingdom, on iBegin® Alto Saxophone:
is an ingenious addition to teaching resources that are
available to saxophonists worldwide. A proven winner,
iBegin® takes you through step by step, explaining clearly
and logically what is required to become a good musician.
With specially written scores and parts, iBegin® is,
importantly, fun! You can even learn with other
instruments and play along to professional CDs.
wish that I'd had this when I was first learning the
Tutor of Saxophone Royal Northern College of Music, United
Kingdom, Vice President of the International Saxophone
The thing I liked about iBegin® was I did not have to wait for my
lesson each week to learn new notes. I could move onto the next
iBegin® lesson as soon as I was ready. The instructions were clear
and being able to hear the note I was supposed to make made it
easy to realise when what I was playing was right or wrong.
I liked being able to play
along with orchestra and see how my part fitted in and also
being able to slow my part down if it was too difficult.
Also the number of different pieces I could try to play
gave me the opportunity to play different styles of music.
Having good information at
my fingertips was great, and the advice on how to keep the
instrument clean and take care of it was invaluable.
I would definitely recommend
this for a beginner and was glad that I'd had the opportunity
to learn with iBegin! It was like having a virtual
teacher in my computer!
Click here for pictures
of beginners learning with iBegin®.
A little more explanation
iBegin® is unique, illustrated interactive software
designed for beginning pianists and wind instrumentalists,
written by me, Bob Hayden-Gilbert, a professional musician
and teacher with forty years of experience, in conjunction
with the advice I received from my friends and ex-students
who are professional instrumentalists.
How will I learn?
iBegin® students practise with their own
part or with a synthesised full wind band, and have
recourse to interactive fingering charts and sound bytes
of notes, so that they can check to see that they're
playing the right notes. iBegin®
instrumentalists to practise by being accompanied by its
resources are there to use?
Beginners can also
use iBegin® as a reference tool, as it contains illustrated,
interactive fingering guides for each note, instrumental
maintenance instructions, basic music theory, basic
instructions on how to use the Sibelius® notation program
(download the demo here),
an interactive fingering chart and interactive scales and
has learned to play their instrument with iBegin®?
Many beginners have
learnt with iBegin®. The
current record for iBegin®
beginners to complete iBegin® is 8
weeks, held jointly by a secondary high school student and a
music teacher who wanted to learn saxophone. When you complete
iBegin®, you'll be a competent school orchestra or band
player. Beginners have learnt with iBegin® all
over the world, in the United States, United Kingdom, Europe,
China, Thailand and Australia.
What if I'm already taking
If you're already taking
lessons, you can use iBegin® to learn new notes and for
extra practice between lessons without it interfering with
the work that your teacher's set you to do.
why should I choose iBegin®?
No other beginning instrumental guide gives you as
much as this. With iBegin®, you can learn by yourself without fear of
playing a wrong note, using a wrong fingering or mis-pitching. Simply play from
your computer's screen or print out your part and choose to
be accompanied either by your own part or by a full
synthesised band. You can even slow down the music to
have to pay every month for iBegin®?
No. There are no recurring
costs - you own each part of iBegin®
once you've paid for it,
but please don't pass it on to anyone else. It took me
4 years to write ten iBegin®
books plus another
3 years to test it, plus an additional 7 years of field
testing, and I was not paid to write or test
You can read about my life's work at http://crhg.info
how much will iBegin® cost me?
The first section is free, so
that you can see if you like learning with iBegin® or not. If you buy both remaining two
sections of iBegin® the total cost of iBegin® is US$27 for wind instruments, or
US$13.50 a section, which is roughly what you could expect
to pay for one individual lesson from a tutor. As
you can see, iBegin® is not going to cost you a
fortune and is not sold with tricks like capturing your
credit card numbers or Paypal® details for next month's payment
in the hope that the buyer will forget to cancel.
You can buy as much or as little of iBegin® as you want and when you
want. Having bought iBegin®, it is yours to
keep. There are no time-expired access restrictions
hidden in the file, but, as I asked before, please don't
give it away. It took me four years to
write and another five years to test.
buy iBegin® in a music shop?
iBegin® is not available for sale from
music shops. The reason for this is that software
changes so often that it makes printed CDs out of date
almost from the time that they're printed. A few years
ago, a well-known maker of computer software, sometimes
known as "The Evil Empire Of The Pacific North-West",
released an update which changed the way it opened Sibelius®
files. This effectively ruined 8000 CDs that I'd had
printed, most of which I'd distributed to music shops in the
UK, Europe and Australia, so I'm not doing that again.
As iBegin® is now available from the
internet, I can change its content immediately, like adding
new parts and scores or correcting mistakes. iBegin®
users will have access to free updates.
Is iBegin® available in other languages?
Not at the moment, but
write to me and if there's enough demand, I'll make a version
for whichever language is most sought after. You can use the
contact form at http://ibegin.info/contact
Is there an iBegin® for
No, but there was a
Russian student who learned Double Bass using iBegin® Trombone and a
fingering chart for the Double Bass. Where there is a
will, there is a way!
What about Brass Band
Cornet, Trumpet and
Flugelhorn beginners can use iBegin® Trumpet.
Tenor Horn in E flat beginners can use iBegin® Alto Saxophone
in conjunction with a Trumpet fingering chart. Euphonium
beginners can use iBegin® Euphonium with a Trumpet
fingering chart. E flat Bass beginners can use iBegin®
Alto Saxophone in conjunction with a Trumpet fingering chart.
If you have any problems, contact me and I will help you get
Where can I download the first
free section for my instrument?
If you like iBegin®, please tell everyone about it. If
you don't, please tell me through the contact form. Just click here: Sign up and download
If you are younger than 13 years old,
please ask your parent or guardian to sign up for you.
After you have signed up, you will be directed to the
Please let me know how you get on by using this contact form or
you can ask me any questions that you may have about iBegin®:
Why are there no advertisements on the
The idea of iBegin® is to
enable beginners to learn with a virtual wind band for
wind instruments or a virtual piano for the piano. That's
all the web site is designed for. The site should be quick
to load, easy to use and not cluttered with advertisements
that have no relevance to beginning musicians.
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