iBegin® Interactive Software
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Learn to play a wind instrument and be accompanied by a full band when you learn with iBegin®!

iBegin® is available for Flute, Clarinet in B flat, Alto Saxophone, French Horn, Mellophonium, Trumpet, Trombone Bass Clef, Baritone Bass Clef, Euphonium Bass clef and BB flat Tuba.  If you need any other instrument or clef, please send me an e-mail at ibegin@ibegin.info (copy and paste this address into your mail program)

If you've never handled a wind instrument before, don't worry - iBegin® will show you how to assemble your instrument.

When you learn with iBegin®, you can be accompanied by your own part or by a synthesized wind band.  You don't have to play by yourself.

You can even slow down or speed up the music to suit yourself without changing the pitch of the music.

You'll be able to see clearly which fingers are to be used when learning new notes with iBegin's unique interactive pictures and diagrams.

You'll be able to use interactive fingering charts so that you can check that the fingering you are using is correct.  Just click on the fingering graphic and you'll hear the note that you should be playing.

You'll be able to choose between being accompanied by your own part or by the full band.

You'll have 43 interactive, illustrated tutorial lessons containing note by note instructions in a complete e-book.

iBegin® will show you how to maintain your instrument through its illustrated instrumental maintenance instructions.

You'll learn basic music theory as you progress.  You'll learn about:  Notes of Treble or Bass clefs, Bars & bar lines, Whole bar rest, Time values of notes, Dotted half note, Crescendo, Decrescendo, Dotted quarter note, Time signatures, 1st & 2nd time bars, Tie, Anacrusis, Slur, Staccato, Key signatures, Rests, Da Capo al Fine, Ternary form, Dal Segno, Sharp, Flat & Natural, Syncopation, Dynamic markings, Tempo markings.

You'll learn how to use the basic functions of the award-winning Sibelius® notation program.

You'll have a complete set of interactive major scales and arpeggi which you'll be able to slow down or speed up.

FOR TEACHERS:

If you are a teacher, you can use iBegin® to extend your students' learning time beyond their weekly lesson safe in the knowledge that it is virtually impossible for a student to play a wrong note when learning with iBegin®.

You can also use the synthesized playback of a full wind band for classes with incomplete instrumentation, thus enabling their students to have a full band experience, where they would otherwise have none.

You'll be able to select single or discontiguous instruments to play back from the full score, or whole sections or parts of sections, to enable students to hear their parts alone or in conjunction with other parts.  The facility to be able to slow down the playback is invaluable to beginners experiencing difficulties with certain passages or techniques.

You can select which instruments to playback from the full score, by accessing the mixer and muting unwanted instruments.

So how can I get started with iBegin®?

First, register and then download the free first part of the book for your chosen instrument. Install Sibelius demo for your computer's operating system.  Launch the iBegin® file and you're away!

If you have already tried the first, free part of iBegin®, or already know about iBegin® and would like to buy the course, you have a choice of buying the remaining two parts of the course for US$20 or buying two separate modules one at a time for US$13.50.. If you are under 13 years of age, please ask a parent or guardian to complete the registration form. Install the Sibelius® demo for your computer's operating system.  Launch the iBegin® file and you're away!

Print out the parts before you start a new lesson so that you can put them on your music stand.  If you have no printer, you can play from the screen, but you will find learning with iBegin® much easier if you have a printer.

Who wrote this e-book?

Bob Hayden-Gilbert,  a professional musician, conductor, composer, arranger and teacher who has been a musician since he was 3 years old.  To find out more about Bob, visit http://www.original-works.co.uk  or look in "Baron's Who's Who Of The World, Millennium Edition" or the "International Who's Who in Classical Music".  To send feedback, please send an e-mail to feedback@ibegin.info   iBegin® is available in English.  To order please click here.

iBegin® - Changing the way beginners learn

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