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StarPlay (and other software with assessment of playing)

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Has anyone checked out StarPlay ( ?

Brief history: I started playing sax at age 35, 8 years ago. I quickly got into some small combo jazz situations such that I was always playing intermediate material with maybe advanced beginner skills. After a complete break from playing, I'm reviewing the basics with an eye to advancing my fundamental skills.

Back to StarPlay. It's a monthly subscription, so not pricey at all to check out. I really like the assessment feature because it points out intonation errors, timing problems, ignored rests, notes played too short, and so forth. All the material is at a pretty basic level, but I find that I'm hooked on trying to achieve a certain score on all the pieces.

If you try the program, you'll find that it's not a very mature software product and the repertoire needs expanding. Still it's worth some time and I'll probably keep subscribing for a while.

So I also checked out SmartMusic, an established product that also has assessment of ones' playing. To my surprise, SM doesn't seem to check anything but "did the right note start at more or less the right time?" So that was disappointing.

Does anyone know of a similar product with more repertoire than StarPlay?


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waiting with bated breath

If StarPlay can get Coker's 'Patterns for Jazz' where each pattern will cycle through all keys with relevant accompaniment, I would subscribe just for this. I am a current SmartMusic subscriber with three licenses (myself and two students). I will be contactacting you with suggestions although the ones mentioned here are top notch.

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