Play ‘n’ Practice is a music instrument journal to manage your repertoire and track your music instrument practice.
While offering all required information about the current practice session, Play ‘n’ Practice has been designed for a non-intrusive user experience during your instrument practice.
The management of even complex repertoires is supported by offering several criteria for grouping work by playlists, genre, level and status.
Structured workouts aims to raise the effectiveness of even the shortest practice session by automatically selecting pieces you didn’t play for a long time, scales and arpeggios, individual playlists and more. Finally the diary and statistics supports reviewing your progress, tracking your practice and experience and continuously improving your skills.
Play ‘n’ Practice features in detail
MUSIC INSTRUMENT JOURNAL
Automated tracking of music instrument practice time
Time tracking based on the individual learning phases of a piece
Comprehensive richt text notes about the practice progress
Long term progress tracking within the integrated diary
Calendar based overview on your daily practice
Progress review, rating and notes on individual practice sessions
WORKOUTS / PRACTICE
*Pro* Workout templates editor to create structured practice sessions
Definition of parts and pieces based on their current learning phase or individual playlists
Automatic selection of pieces, which weren’t practiced for a long time
Automatic time based rotation of pieces in the repertoire
Automatic selection of scales and arpeggio exercises based on the workout structure
Playlist based workouts to practice for a special event
Selection of individual measures on a MusicXML score to focus on difficult passages
*Pro* Integrated recording over the microphone or any other audio device available
Teaching metronome for gradual improvement of difficult passages
Integrated YouTube media player to view referenced videos and tutorials during a workout
Quick navigation between pieces in the workout list
Capability to add other pieces you want to practice on-the-fly during your workout
Inline and full-screen sheet music viewer
Over 3000 pieces registered within the inbuilt database
Predefined ABRSM levels (piano grade) on most pieces
Access to millions of classic and modern works from the MusicBrainz database
Integrated navigator through the registered repertoire based on genre, form, status etc.
Playlist management to group pieces according to the users preferences
Comprehensive description of genre, form and period for easier selection
Reference management for sheet music, videos and web sites also made available during practice
Additional user defined rich text notes
Direct play to immediately start a piece based practice session and track practice time
SHEET MUSIC VIEWER
Integrated sheet music viewer, no need to switch to a different app
Individual annotations, text, freehand and shapes for PDF sheet music on the fly
Selection of individual measures when using MusicXML sheet music
Selectable Inline-viewer for individual measures
Top-bar timer and control complication in full screen view
Support for bluetooth foot pedal for page flipping *PDF only, select iOS viewer*
Table and charts statistics showing practice time by selectable date spans
Individual piece statistics for practice time and learning phases
Integrated navigation from a chart item to the daily pieces statistics
Fixed collapsing of the notes header
Ratings and Reviews
Keeps me motivated!
My son, who is a much better pianist than I am, recommended this program and I’ve been using it for a short time now.
I used to be a serious pianist but in my aging years (I’m almost 80 years old), I’ve neglected my serious routine practice and some pieces that I used to play very well, I’m surprised that when I get them out I can barely read them!
Playnpractice is getting me back on track. Slowly I’m adding to my repertoire and I expect that at some point I will have, if not all, at least most of the pieces that I would like to play again. Now I can look back and check what I have practiced and for how long, and notice if there has been some progress... or not!
I’m still getting used to the program and some things I don’t know how to do or if it’s possible to do them. But I like the program and it’s helping tremendously to keep me motivated. Thanks!
An awesome tool for pianists and other instrumentalists
PLAY ‘N’ PRACTICE REVIEW
My review does not follow a particular order, I was just inspired to write a brief review because for me this app was a very lucky find, and an app that I have been privileged to use and test since December 2019 and watch its development and improvements in various areas expand very rapidly. It became very clear to me over the past three months that Arno has put his passion into developing this wonderful app for the general public and has put his whole heart and mind into it.
What a fantastic app!!! I love the design and easy to use format. For me, this is the dream app that has been helping me keep track of my piano repertoire and practices.
Try it for yourself, you will be happily surprised about how well everything flows and even more, you will be amazed about the powerful and useful options that will help you track your repertoire and practices on a daily, weekly, monthly, or annual basis...how long did it take you to learn a piece? Which pieces did you practice last week? Click on a particular day on a monthly view, and immediately you are taken to that day where you can review the pieces you played and view individual details and notes on each piece. Do you need to quickly find the pieces in your repertoire by a particular composer? So many more options, and I am still learning and discovering things about the app that continue to increase my appreciation for it. More importantly, I love the ease with which I can select a piece or a particular workout and begin practicing while the app keeps track of my time.
The app will not be so useful unless you set up a repertoire list, which is quite an easy task once you do it for one piece and understand how it is done. If you need to have an option, such as a general sight reading option with no repertoire listed, you could do that as well by creating a composer by the first name of “Practice” (for example) and last name of “Sight Reading”, then by creating a piece with any title you choose, such as “General Sight Reading”, or just “Sight Reading” then anytime you sit down to do some general sight reading you could just select this piece...although it would not be so useful because you would not be keeping statistics for specific pieces, but this is a “lazy” work-around if you do not feel like entering a particular piece that you may be sight reading. For other pieces you are learning and intend to have as part of your repertoire in any fashion, such as memorizing, improving, reviewing, etc., then you will definitely want to enter those pieces into your repertoire list. Then, after just a few practices, you will be able to go back and review how often you practiced your pieces, on what days, etc., and you will be able to easily enter notes for each specific day of your practice. I find this feature useful to see how long I am taking to learn a piece, or how I am balancing my practices with a specific set of pieces. It is my understanding that the statistics section will be getting some additional features to improve its already useful reporting environment.
REPERTOIRE: I am particularly impressed by the way you can scroll through your repertoire and collapse or expand the composer list to view all the pieces you have for each composer.
NOTES: Although I am hoping for a more elaborate notes section that will allow you to sort through notes by date and tie them to particular workouts, for the time being, on a particular piece in the notes section I am just entering separate dates in the following fashion as an example and this works quite well:
2/28/2020 - today’s practice focused on measure 28...be careful with the fingering here
3/1/2020 - “today, I focused on a particular measure, and used metronome at 80 bpm.
Eventually, I think a more elaborate notes section will be needed in order to be able to search for notes and quickly go to notes for specific dates or specific pieces.
PIANO: although this app was originally designed for pianists, I can see how it can be used by other instrumentalists, in fact, I believe it was renamed from Piano Practice (I think that was the prior name) to its current name of Play ‘n’ Practice to appropriately include other instrumentalists. The repertoire list is primarily, if not all, focused on piano literature, but this is not a limitation since the list can be modified.
MY OPINION about Play ‘n’ Practice: I fell in love with Play ‘n’ Practice when I installed it and used it for the first time in December 2019 and immediately realized its potential. As I mentioned earlier, I have been privileged and delighted to see the app move through several improvements and updates. Initially, there were some bugs and improvements to be made, including various specific instance crashes that have been referenced but each time something needed a fix, Arno took care of the updates almost immediately, either overnight, or within just a few days and on top of that, he would add improvements and nice surprises to improve the program. I am delighted to report on its 100% stability (since a few updates ago) with its powerful and easy to use options. It is so easy to move between areas and menus that this also makes it so much fun to use!! Play ‘n’ Practice is the app of the year for me.
I am very glad I found Play ‘n’ Practice and I am also happy to write this review for it.
Crashes too much
Just bought pro version but app keeps crashing and interrupting logging. Also didn’t save a bunch of items I selected to add to repertoire. Crashed and lost all my selections. Don’t mind the user interface but the frequent crashing is a serious issue.
Developer Response ,
thank you for your feedback. I'd like to investigate further into the issues you had with the app. As I'm using it by myself daily, I would really be interested into fixing these issues. Could you pls. provide me a more detailed error description on what you did right before the app was crashing. I'll be happy to provide a fix as soon as possible. You could send the description to email@example.com.
Thank you in advance!
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- Arno Pernozzoli
- 165.2 MB
- Requires iOS 11.3 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 11.3 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 11.3 or later.
- Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip.
- Age Rating
- © Dr.-Ing. Arno Pernozzoli
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