For the first time, you’ll be able to see music

Pentagrom Screen gives you real-time visual and auditory feedback of the notes you play.

Watch what you play as you play it

Immediate feedback on the notes you play. Just as having the best teacher with you, anytime.

Upload any MIDI file

Upload any MIDI* file, adjust the parameters, and lay back as you watch naked music. If you dare, try to play along as it plays.

*Only one track MIDIs for now, please.

Any instrument

Plug in any instrument with a Midi cable.

Are you a singer? Plug in your mike!

You want it? You got it.

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Does this situation sound familiar?

FAQ

Not exactly. Pentagrom is like an instrument, a tool to teach and learn music in general. Pentagrom is like an instrument, a tool to teach and learn music. When you play, listen to and watch music using Pentagrom you’re seeing, playing and listening to notes as they are written on a music staff. In this sense, it will certainly help you make the connection between your ear and written music. However, to learn written music you will need to learn other elements, mainly the arguably most crucial element in music: rhythm.

In short, Pentagrom Screen offers a direct connection between your ear, your instrument (or your voice) and the music staff. You provide the rhythm, as it happens with any instrument.
Pentagrom Screen is not a software to practice written music. Those programmes will tell you whether you’ve played correctly or not a certain piece you’ve previously selected. In other words, such programmes tells you what you should be playing. Pentagrom Screen simply shows you what you’re playing, whatever that may be. That’s why it doesn’t have limitations: you can play whatever you want, without having to limit yourself to a pre-stablished library of exercises someone else chose for you. You can improvise and compose whatever you feel like.
Of course not! We know what we’re doing: we’ve got more than 20 years of teaching music experience behind us, with students from all ages and levels. Pentagrom Screen simply shows you back what you’re playing, in a visual manner, so that its then easier for you to associate what you hear, with what you see, with where/how you’re playing it (or singing it). In other words, allows you to learn by association. By adding sight and its connection with the music staff you’ll make the ear-instrument-written music connection much faster than with the traditional methods of abstract repetitions and long term results.
We often ask ourselves that question too… Just in case, we patented it all over the world 🙂
Pentagrom works with the key signature, just like written music. This allows us to play any musical case of any difficulty. When playing or singing while using Pentagrom Screen, its as if we put on a helmet that gave us the perfect ear, giving name and position to every note we’re playing or singing, while also repeating that note back to you so you can correct yourself in case you’re drifting out of tune. Pentagrom Screen is especially indicated for ear training at any level.
Pentagrom is perfect for Movable Do! In fact, it was born out of trying to integrate Movable Do with the traditional method or Fixed Do. When using Pentagrom, you can hear what you play in relative terms, but if you look at the screen you’ll be seeing what you’re playing in absolute terms. You’ll be able to do the transition from absolute to relative as smooth as…well, as looking.

If you’re interested in learning more about this, you may want to read this detailed article Jaime (Pentagrom’s inventor) explained at the Spanish National Congress of Music Conservatories. Disclaimer: this article is meant for musicians, therefore the language may be too technical for non-musicians..

Of course! Its a great tool for lessons, both online or offline.

You will need some sort of hardware or software that converts audio signals (those made by your instrument or voice) to MIDI signals. We don not reccomend any software converters available right now. They’re either not real-time, or they have too much latency. Therefore, we reccomend hardware converters.

For microphone:  The one we use is this Sonuus model which has a jack-cable input, which means many instruments can be attached. It is powerful, reliable and poliphonic (recognises playing many notes at the same time, such as chords), but the most expensive option (99$)
For keyboard: If it has a Midi output (which most do have) its as simple and cheap as this kind of cables. Around 5$.
For guitar: There’s a cheaper Sonuus converter specifically for guitars, which cost 79$. However, bare in mind it is monophonic, so it will not recognize chords. Check your guitar firts, because there are some electric guitars which already incorporate a Midi output. If you’re not sure, look for a cable hole such as this:
(We’re not experts. If you read this and can think of a better option, we would really appreciate it if you could tell us about it writing to [email protected]  )
No, Pentagrom Screen does not include a MIDI converter.
If you want to use a miscrophone or an instrument, you will need to “translate” the audio signal into a MIDI signal, using a converter of some sort.
Today, there areavailable a type of converters that don’t need a sound card to work, so that you can plug them directly to the computer, via USB. But this type of converters are often somewhat expensive (around 80$), so another option would be any other kind of converter which requires a sound card.
(However, we’re not experts. If you read this and can think of a better option, we would really appreciate it if you could tell us about it writing to [email protected]  )
For now, Pentagrom Screen only works with MIDI files containing one instrument or “voice”. This means that it can reproduce chords, as long as every note is contained within the same voice.
If you have double checked that the file you’re trying to upload only has one voice, and still Pentagrom Screen is not working properly, please drop us an email to [email protected] attaching the file that’s giving you trouble.
Same as with the previous question, the answer is probably that the file you’re trying to play contains more than one instrument or “voice”. Chords are not a problem, as long as every note comes from the same voice. Make sure your file only includes one aspectc of you song in which you’re interested (for example, the bass line)
If you have double checked that the file you’re trying to upload only has one voice, and still Pentagrom Screen is not working properly, please drop us an email to [email protected] attaching the file that’s giving you trouble.
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