|What's going down at Noteflight?
In this month's issue:
Introducing Crescendo We've made some important changes recently, and we're excited to share them with you! On Sunday March 28th, we released Noteflight's premium subscription offering, Crescendo. Built on the powerful foundation of Noteflight's free basic version, Crescendo offers you over 50 high-quality instruments, storage for up to 250 scores, guitar tablature, user-based sharing and more. We have also added new features to both the basic and Crescendo versions of Noteflight, such as repeat playback and login by username. Click here to find out more.
Noteflight is still free of charge, and offers the same great functionality. We are not downgrading or removing any of the features in the free version: it has the same conventional notation features as Crescendo and gives you the ability to create up to 25 scores. Please see the new My Accounts page for details.
People are starting to create and share some very cool scores with Crescendo. Many of them are available in our Browse area for you to check out, easily identifiable from the icon that appears next to them. You can also try all the Crescendo sounds by adding an instrument to any Crescendo score and testing out the new choices. We hope you’ll consider upgrading!
|In Profile: Tony Ventura|
Earliest musical memory: My earliest musical memory is of my late father, Charlie Ventura, playing on American Bandstand with his group. I was four years old.
Instrument of choice: Definitely the guitar. There are so many facets to the guitar. When I play the guitar, I feel like I am channeling my father through the guitar. Perhaps if I had to do it over again, I would have played the sax.
I am inspired by: Beautiful melodies, melodic lines, and hard-core jazz/funk inspire me. I am also inspired by musicians such as the late Michael Brecker, Pat Martino, the late Ted Green, Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad, and Sly Stone.
Favorite Composer: For film, I would say John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, James Horner, Alan Silvestri, and Thomas Newman. I also love J.S. Bach, and Gerald Finzi. There are too many favorites!
Favorite Performers:Gino Vannelli. Would love to play in his band someday.
How I use Noteflight:I have always had a fascination with computers and seeing notes appear magically on the screen – hence my interest in musical notation. I have been using Noteflight to teach my jazz guitar students at the University of Delaware for several years. In the past, I used Adobe PageMaker along with other resources, and assembled all components into a course of study for the University of Delaware, as well as for my private students. Students would then have to print out the materials. Now, I am trying to bring this work to life with Noteflight. I have developed four instructional sections in Noteflight. I love the idea of Crescendo and that it was launched just when I needed it to use for chord studies, finger exercises, scales studies, and much more. Noteflight’s ability to embed the score into my Web site’s guitar instructional pages, allows for a much more enjoyable user-experience. As Noteflight matures, my online instructional materials will mature as well.
About Tony: Read more about Tony at www.tonyventura.com. Tony is a technologist, guitar instructor and performer. Tony composed for and performed (guitar and voice) with Ben Vereen from 1976-1985. These days, Tony works full time as the IT Training Manager for Idea Integration, Beachbody.com (P90X) fitness coach, and has been teaching guitar in the Jazz Minor Program at the University of Delaware since 1990. Tony’s current gig is the much sought-after Philadelphia, PA wedding party dance ensemble, the Don Eaton Band.
Noteflight Partner Launch: United We Tab. Noteflight’s score viewing technology is one of the forces behind the recent launch of United We Tab. United We Tab is dedicated to changing the way guitarists view and value accurate online guitar tablature. UWT combines a massive selection of legal guitar tabs with hundreds of free videos, which allow users to “test drive” a tablature file by showing a professional musician playing the entire score from start-to-finish. UnitedWeTab.com also sells the majority of its tabs for just 99 cents. And, like iTunes once purchased, the guitar tab files are stored within a user’s personal online library, which is always available for viewing, playing and printing. We are proud to be partnering with UnitedWeTab – check it out!
Noteflight Update. "We're tired," complained the elves in our basement work area a couple of weeks ago. And no wonder -- they worked on Crescendo all winter. If these elves didn't love music so much, they would probably put their tools down and go work for some video game company… in Florida.
Our response? "Get back to work! Our users need more features! You may never stop, ever!" (Oh, and we also bought them an iPad to play around with -- look for more on that subject in the future.)
So they're busy building a bunch of new stuff for Noteflight:
Talk to us (or at us). Please tell us about how you're using Noteflight to collaborate and share music with others, so we can let everyone know about your ideas and experiences in future newsletters. Send us an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Nowadays, you can communicate with us via Facebook and Twitter too.