Make Your Musical Instrument Smart
Updated: Dec 7, 2019
TraqFreq is the first musical instrument activity tracker that monitors playing, climate and supplies. In the next few blog entries, we'll go over some of the features for each of these categories. In today's post, we will look at some of the time tracking features for playing. In future posts we'll look at other items tracked, like songs, sessions, sets, temperature and humidity, and tracking supply lifespan.
TraqFreq is a small device that easily attaches on the inside or outside of your instrument. Once installed, it will automatically turn on and off and detect when and how long you play. The information is stored on the device and then later uploaded to your phone. Various charts and views of your playing data are available.
Never before has it been possible to automatically track when and how long you play, and to create an accurate and detailed playing log with no effort. Being able to also view this data with various charts opens up a new way to analyse your playing time. The uses are many and varied: study and evaluate your playing behavior, frequency and consistency; stay motivated and reach your goals as you progress; identify and regulate healthy lengths of practice and break time to recover from and/or prevent injuries; parents and teachers keep in touch with student progress as they learn to play musical instruments.
Let's look at some of the charts when tracking playing time.
The timeline chart shows your playing time. You can pan back and forth and also choose a bar period of Day, Week or Month. The chart shows the time played above each bar. The lighter and darker region in each bar indicates the percentage of time spent playing during the daytime vs. nighttime. Each time you pick up your instrument and play, TraqFreq will accurately detect and compute your playing time and update the charts.
A summary of your playing time is also available. Besides the totals for Today, this Week, and this Month, there are two additional values presented. The Inactive value shows the duration between now and the last time you played. This is useful for various scenarios: for motivation to play again soon, or as a means to know how much break is needed between playing sessions for recovery from injuries or prevention of injuries. The Recent value shows the amount of time you just played, so if you just played for 32 minutes and picked up your phone, you'll see how much time you have just played compared with the total for today.
A calendar chart is useful for seeing patterns in your playing duration and days of the week and month (the black dots in the Calendar indicate the start of the month). Darker regions indicate days of longer playing time totals for that day.
In addition, a histogram of your playing time is available. In the chart above, we can see that, in the last 30 days, most playing sessions that were played were longer than 3.5 minutes.
A log view is also available showing each time you played your instrument. Each of these log entries can be selected to view more information about that entry.
We've briefly looked at some of the time tracking features for playing but there is much more, like tracking the number of songs and sessions, temperature and humidity and supply lifetime. We'll take a closer look at each of these in upcoming blog posts.