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  • Lydian Chromatic Concept Update: revised and expanded biography on the life and music of George Russell published on October 15, 2020 now available at Amazon. +

    The new authorized biography on the author of "The Lydian Chromatic Concept" (LCCOTO) is entitled "Stratusphunk: The Life and Works of George Russell" written by Dr. Duncan Heining. Originally published in 2009 under the title 'George Russell: The Story of an American Composer', this 371 page new edition published by Jazz Internationale (Suffolk, UK) offers students and fans of jazz a seriously revised and extended text based on additional research and interviews. The author Dr. Duncan Heining has written about jazz and other music genres since 1996 for Avant, The Independent, Jazzwise, Jazz UK and All About Jazz. His other books are: Trad Dads, Dirty Boppers and Free Fusioneers: British Jazz 1960-1975 (Equinox 2012) and Mosaics: The Life and Works of Graham Collier (Equinox 2018). The new edition is available now in both Kindle and Paperback versions on Amazon AT THIS LINK. Here's the press release description from the publisher:"Stratusphunk Read More
  • "SoundCloud Pro" Review 2020: MY RECENT SOLO PIANO RECORDINGS ARE NOW STREAMING MUSIC ON SOUNDCLOUD PRO PLATFORM +

    It is with great pleasure that I'm happy to share with my fans, YouTube viewers, live stream concert audience, my online students and all visitors to my official website that some of my original music for solo piano is now streaming on SoundCloud Pro. The SoundCloud Pro platform offers a wide range of very useful features that give the creative musical artist a platform to reach a global audience. With my new membership and uploads on SoundCloud Pro, I can upload unlimited hours of any type of audio in high-quality WAV file format. It allows me to distribute and monetize with their Repost service for no extra cost. I've got amazingly detailed real-time insights for analytics in the dashboard that displays plays, likes, reposts, comments & downloads, top listeners, countries & cities, plays by website, RSS & third-party apps I'm able to schedule my music album releases and share them Read More
  • FILEMAIL REVIEW 2020: the fastest file transfer cloud service I've found, and the perfect choice for musicians and music educators who need to send and receive large audio and video files of any size +

    After extensive research and comparison shopping the major online companies that allow people to upload and download huge files, I've come to the firm conclusion that FileMail is the best for many reasons, especially because it has no limit on file size (even the most basic free version) and has a solid desktop utility for off-line uploads with speeds up to 20 times faster than other web browser transfer sites. Teaching online, creating music videos and posting WAV files requires the sharing of very large files. After many months of use, I'm sold on Filemail. To put it simply, Filemail works perfectly with all the features a musician and music educator would ever need. The interface is smooth, easy and straight-ahead. I've never had any hassles or failed uploads when starting out with their free version which was robust enough to keep me going for all of my largest file Read More
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XODO Review 2020: One thing necessary for online music lesson interaction is a super-useful PDF music reader program with annotation tools

XODO is an online teaching tool I can not do without. It comes in handy every day while I teach real-time interactive, personalized private lessons via video chat with every student, whether children, teens or adults. It is a web-based PDF reader and annotation program for free that you open as a tab in your browser to view, store and mark up any music documents you use in a lesson. Here is the default home page to get started using it:

Xodo manange and open files web

With Xodo, you can edit, annotate, sign, and share PDFs on desktop, mobile, and web. Xodo makes working with PDFs quick and easy. With its screen-sharing, you can annotate, highlight and illustrate whatever you wish on the page. The "Bookshelf" is free and keeps all your files on the XODO cloud for future reference while maintaining all your mark-ups in memory. This is a screen shot of the Bookshelf page:

Xodo bookshelf cloud storage web

Here's some of the things it can do to help you annotate sheet music and student assignments:

The program tools enable you to annotate your documents, including adding sticky notes; highlighting, underlining, and striking out passages; inserting shapes; and drawing freehand. Once you’ve created your annotation, you can always go back to change its color, size, thickness, and opacity.

If you wish to keep track of all the work you've done with Xodo’s Annotations view-mode, you can quickly access a summary list of all the annotations in a document. Tapping on one brings you to the annotation itself, so you can see the context and go from there.

For PDF file management options, you can merge, insert, delete, reorder, and even rotate pages to manipulate your PDF to fit your needs.

It also has a chat feature if you wish to interact with your students and allow them to add their mark-ups. This feature lets you and your collaborators work together online in real time, eliminating back-and-forth emails or finding a time to meet. Collaborators can join from any device and enjoy the ability to view, highlight, annotate, and comment – everything you love about Xodo.

Xodo annotation tools web

And if that was not enough it has Sync capabilities built in as well.

You can directly access PDF documents on your Dropbox and Google Drive from Xodo, and save them to automatically sync them back to the cloud. Work directly with PDF documents on your Dropbox and Google Drive with Xodo. Just save to sync your changes to the cloud. With Xodo, it’s easy to always have the latest version of your documents. All your comments, annotations, and edits are available when and where you need them.

 

I suggest you try this out by going to their website and learn more:

https://www.xodo.com/

 

and then, for free without any registration required, put it through its paces by launching the browser app here:

https://www.xodo.com/app/#/

 

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