|Cover Art Language:||English|
|Machine Compatibility:||BBC Model B, BBC Model B+, BBC Master 128, Acorn Electron|
|Release:||Professionally released on Cassette|
|Available For:||BBC Master Compact & BBC/Electron|
|Compatible Emulators:||BeebEm (PC (Windows))|
PcBBC (PC (MS-DOS))
Model B Emulator (PC (Windows))
Elkulator 1.0 (PC (Windows))
|Original Release Date:||1st December 1985|
|Original Release Price:||£12.99|
|Market Valuation:||£2.50 (How Is This Calculated?)|
|Box Type:||Cassette Single Plastic Clear|
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Micro Maestro brings music alive - makes practice a pleasure and performances real!
Use your musical instrument and your micro-computer to play top hits with full studio accompaniment! Ghostbusters, Happy Xmas (War Is Over), Chariots Of Fire, Superman, Dress You Up and Hello can be played on your trumpet, cornet, clarinet, trombone, tenor sax, euphonium, flugal horn, bariton horn, Bb bass, French horn, Eb horn, Eb bass, Alto sax and Baritone sax!
The full professional studio accopaniments on the audio-cassette - now you are the lead player!
This pack contains a booklet with full operating instructions and practical advice from experienced musicians
"The MUPADOS recorder method is clear, concise, effective and compelling and I have no hesitation in recommending it for use as a teaching aid both in the classroom and at home."
|- Dr. Carl Dolmetsch|
|1.||Before playing your recorder warm the mouthpiece in the hands or in a pocket for about ten minutes. This will reduce the "blocking-up" problems associated with a cold instrument. For obvious reasons, warming a cold recorder by blowing into it will not be effective!|
|2.||To produce accurate notes, use the finger pads not the tips to stop each hole. Any leakage of air from incompletely stopped holes will prevent notes from sounding clearly and can make them sharp.|
|3.||Your breath pressure should be neither too great (leading to coarseness of tone and sharpness of pitch) nor too low (leading to a weak starved tone and flatness of pitch. Use a moderate breath pressure to match your pitch to that generated by the computer. When playing your recorder concentrate on producing a clear "singing" sound by keeping the throat and cheek muscles relaxed.|
|4.||Commence each note by uttering softly the sound "te" or "de" with the tongue against the teeth. Every note should be tongued unless it is connected to other notes by a slur or tie.|
|5.||The pitch and the ease with which some of the top notes speak is affected by the amount of thumb-hole that is covered. As a general guide, high notes become easier to play if the thumb-hole aperture is made smaller and the tonguing pressure is increased. The thumbnail should be inserted into the thumb-hole and should be short enough to let the thumb-pad close the hole behind it but not so short that the nail cannot make contact with the edges of the thumb-hole.|
|6.||After playing, the instrument should be wiped inside, using a soft rag at the end of a stick. The thin lip in the "window" where the tone is produced is very delicate and must not be touched by anything hard. On no account push the cleaning stick or anything else through the "slot" in the window.|
Micro Maestro has been designed to put the fun back into music. As experienced musicians ourselves, we know how it feels to practise in the old-fashioned way, alone in your room with nothing but a music-stand and silent sheet music for company. We don't claim that Micro Maestro contains any magic formula - if you're learning a musical instrument, it won't make you a virtuoso overnight, because there's no substitute for practising.
That's why we've made the program as flexible and instructive as possible. With its unique ability to 'scroll' the music onto the screen of your micro, together with the wide range of practice aids it offers, you'll discover that practising your instrument will be transformed into an exciting and rewarding experience - and your technique will quickly improve too.
But practising and perfecting your instrumental skill is pointless unless you can perform - which is why the Micro Maestro RECORDER TUTOR provides you with a separate audio cassette containing exclusive professionally-recorded backing tracks of the tunes you've been practising. Now you become the soloist in a realistic and exciting performance. Micro Maestro brings music alive for you, and helps you to become the skilled musician you want to be.
Before using Micro Maestro, we recommend that you read the operating instructions carefuly - only then will you be confident that you are using all the facilities that it offers.
We hope that the Micro Maestro RECORDING TUTOR will give you hours of entertainment, and help you to fulfil your musical ambitions.
On side one of the program cassette, you'll find the operating system followed by the data for Lessons A to K. On side two of the same cassette are the operating system and the data for Lessons L to S.
How to use the Micro Maestro program
Your computer has already automatically loaded the first lesson.
To familiarise yourself with the way the Micro Maestro RECORDER TUTOR works, we suggest that you start by looking at the first exercise.
Press 'A' to VIEW MUSIC. You are now seeing Page One. Press the cursor right arrow to view forward through the exercise. You will notice that the bars of the music are numbered. Press BREAK to return to menu.
Press 'E' to VIEW NOTES. The recorder is shown upside-down because that is the way you see the instrument when you are playing it. The diagram shows the first note to be played. Press BREAK to return to menu.
Press 'F' to PLAY MUSIC. Read the music in the same way as sheet music. When you come to the end of the last bar, the following bars will already be showing at the top of the screen. You can use the SPACE BAR to stop and re-start the music. Press BREAK to return to menu.
Press 'C' for the PRACTICE AIDS. These are designed to make your learning and practising easier and even more enjoyable; you can use each practice aid on its own, or a combination of them together, to suit the Exercise you are working on; as your playing improves, you will be able to test yourself by removing the practice aids one by one.
The PRACTICE AIDS appear in the following order: (Press Y for yes, n for no)
Listening is an essential part of playing a musical instrument. The computer plays the melody line, and this will help you to learn the tunes. When you feel confident enough to play the music on your own, turn the volume off.
BEAT COUNTER ON?
This provides you with a visual reference to the number of beats in a bar, and the relationship of the rhythm groupings to the beat of the bar.
The Bouncing Ball indicates precisely the notes to be played. In the early stages you will find this very helpful - no danger of losing your place. When you are familiar with the tunes you can turn the Bouncing Ball off.
When you are learning the tunes you can adjust the tempo - start off by playing slowly, and gradually build up to the correct tempo.
Press D to "Choose section". If you want to concentrate on a particular bar or section, type in the bar number(s) that you want, then press the RETURN key. The music of these bars, together with the practice aids you may have chosen, will repeat until you press the BREAK key. Again, use the SPACE BAR to stop and start as required.
How To Select Lesson
Press B to SELECT LESSON. Now press the letter corresponding to the lesson you want, and the word 'Searching' will appear. Press the PLAY button on your cassette player. When the data for the lesson has been found, the word 'Loading' will appear. The loading will take approx. one minute. When the lesson is loaded, main menu will re-appear on the screen - press STOP on your cassette player. Lessons A-K are on Side One, and Lessons L-S are on Side Two.
How To Select Exercise
Press G to SELECT EXERCISE. When prompted press the number of the exercise required.
On the next two pages you will find the INDEX. This clearly shows you the titles of the tunes used in the Lessons and Exercises, the order in which they appear, and the correct performance tempo for each tune.
|Lesson||Ex. No||Perf. Tempo||Side||Perf.||Acc.|
|A TOUCH OF CLASS||B;A;G;||B||2||80||1||7||8|
|MARCH FOR 3||B;A;G;||C||1||100||1||9||10|
|OLD MACDONALD (Duet)||B;A;G;||C||2||110||2||5||6|
|classical quote: NUTCRACKER
SUITE; March - Tchaikovsky
|FINGER EXERCISE||B;A;G||D||2||no accompaniment|
|ROCK FANFARE||Top C; Top D||F||2||90||1||13||14|
|SCHUBERT DIP||Top C; Top D; Top A||G||1||90||1||15||16|
|JINGLE BELLS||Top C; Top D; B;A;G||H||1||130||1||17||18|
|FAIRY WALTZ||Top c; Top D; B;A;G||H||2||75||1||19||20|
|ROCK WALTZ||Top C; Top D; B;A;G||1||1||90||1||21||22|
|ORANGES AND LEMONS||Top C; Top D; B;A;G||1||2||90||1||23||24|
|FINGER EXERCISE||Top C; Top D; B;A;G||J||1||no accompaniment|
|classical quote: SCHWANDA THE
BAG PIPER; Polka - Weinberger
|Top C; Top D; B;A;G||J||2||75||no accompaniment|
|TWELVE BAR ROCK||Top C; Top D; B;A;G||K||1||120||1||25||26|
|E ZEE||E; D||L||1||90||2||1||2|
|AWKWARD ACROBAT||E;D;B;A;G;Top C;Top D||M||1||80||2||7||8|
|classical quote: PICTURES AT AN
EXHIBITION: Promenade - Mussorgsky
|E;D;B;A;G;Top D||N||1||no accompaniment|
|FINGER EXERCISE||E;D;B;A;G;Top C;Top D||N||2||no accompaniment|
|UP AND DOWN ROCK||E;D;B;A;G;Top C;Top D||O||1||90||2||11||12|
|ACCIDENTALLY F SHARP||F#;D;E;G||P||1||90||2||13||14|
|TWINKLE, TWINKLE LITTLE STAR||F#;D;E;B;A;G||P||2||120||2||15||16|
|GOOD KING WENCESLAS||F#;D;E;B;A;G;Top C;Top D||Q||1||90||2||17||18|
|ROCK MINOR||F#;E;B;A;G;Top C;Top D||Q||2||100||2||19||20|
|classical quote: VARIATIONS ON
A THEME BY HAYDN (Brahms)
|F#;B;A;B;Top C||R||1||no accompaniment|
|THE MOVE (duet)||C#;Top D;B||S||1||90||1||5||6|
|SCALE AND APREGGIO OF D
|D;E;F;G;A;B;C#;Top D||S||2||no accompaniment|
|I SEE C SHARP||C#;B;A;G;E||S||3||120||2||21||22|
There are two versions of each song: the first is a performance which includes the melody line, and the second leaves the melody line out so that you become the soloist.
If you wish to read the music from the screen while you perform, turn the volume off on the program. Return to performance tempo as displayed on the screen. To synchronise audio cassette and screen graphics, press the SPACE BAR as the music begins.
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