Guitarist Dean Brown and RunFly Studios Release Pickup Tunes!


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Changing Ear “Training" into Ear “Gaming," Pickup Tunes Puts a Musical Ear in Everyone's Reach.

Just as a great chef can taste every nuance of a dish, a person with a musical ear can break a musical “sentence" down to its formative ideas. While there is little doubt that being able to listen well makes for better musicians, it is also true that a musical ear increases everyone's enjoyment of music. The question is: how do we get it? A lucky few may be born with such an “ear" but it can also be acquired with some dedicated practice. Ear training, a vital part of music education, has always been so tedious that few beyond the most serious musicians had the fortitude to pursue it- until now. Dean Brown and RunFly Studios introduce “Pickup Tunes" for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. Pickup Tunes is an intense ear training experience disguised as a game.

Two days after launch, Pickup Tunes was featured at #1 on the App Store's “New and Noteworthy" and “What's Hot" Music app charts for both iPhone and iPad, and in the top 5 for Educational Games.

Created by technology and music industry professionals, Pickup Tunes combines the power of touchscreen multimedia devices with the irresistible pull of an absorbing, challenging game to make ear training faster, more rewarding, and more enjoyable. Renowned jazz guitarist Dean Brown performs around the world and teaches at the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles. He's spent over 20 years developing a practical ear training approach and reassures “Your ear is like a muscle; exercise it and it will get stronger. It doesn't have to be boring. The concept behind this game is simple: the more you play, the better you'll get at understanding and enjoying music. If you happen to be a musician, that translates to better playing."

Highlights of the many testimonials about Pickup Tunes from musicians and educators:

“This is it!!! This is the app I've wanted to create but didn't have time (and didn't know how)!!! This is the fun version of so much of the work I do with the kids at the Stax Music Academy in Memphis. I bought it right away. Watch it make the difference in the musicality of every musician who tries it!" — Kirk Whalum (Saxophonist/CEO The Stax Music Academy, 2011 Grammy Award Winner)

“This is the one thing that was missing from the app/music world: a good ear trainer. Well here it is!" — Marcus Miller (Grammy Award Winning Producer/Composer/Bassist)

“I've never had so much fun doing ear training, this app is a blast and I'm already addicted! I think that any musician will benefit from this real world approach to better ears. Two thumbs up!" — Beth Marlis (Vice President, Musicians Institute; Executive Director, The Musicians Foundation)

RunFly Studios, LLC specializes in music-related educational games on Apple mobile devices.

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