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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:

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,


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