Practising with Drones

I just wanted to write about my new favourite practice tool - drones!


I'm not talking about those (annoying) flying drones, I'm talking about a sustained chordal accompaniment. For example, a sustained organ chord.


Practising with a drone helps improve your intonation and listening skills, and many people use drones as an accompaniment for scales. I like to put on a drone, not just for scales, but also for melodic exercises such as the Moyse Tone Development Through Interpretation, or the Moyse 24 Little Melodic Studies.


There are a variety of free and paid scale accompaniments and drones available online. If you're really good with music software, you could create your own drones and scale accompaniments.





I've tried a few online, and this is my favourite one so far:


https://theonlinemetronome.com/free-online-keyboard-for-musicians.html


It's really easy to use, it plays a lovely, rich chord, and it's free!


Have a go and let me know what you think!


Happy practising,


Sarah





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