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Jul. 29, 2015 1:13 pm

This pianist designed a card game to help musicians practice improvisation

Scott Hughes (who does marketing for Analog Watch Co. by day) successfully crowdfunded the project.

Scott Hughes built a card game to help musicians improve their skills.

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Improv is intimidating.

Scott Hughes wants to make it more accessible to musicians. That’s why Hughes, 27, a pianist who does marketing for Analog Watch Co., built a card game to help musicians practice. It’s called Tonic.

He successfully crowdfunded it, raising more than $5,000 for the game. (Not surprising: The Analog Watch Co. crew are Kickstarter pros.)

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Here’s what Hughes, who lives in East Passyunk, wrote to us:

I believe improvisation is the #1 greatest thing a musician can do to improve him or herself as a player and as a person. The tragedy is that it’s not taught in standard music programs, and as a result most musicians are afraid of it. I studied music at UArts and Temple and saw a lot of the usual problems, so I want to provide an alternative.

Though Tonic is lo-fi, there has been a proliferation of music-tech projects in Philly lately. There’s even a new web audio meetup.

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Juliana Reyes

Juliana Reyes became Technical.ly's associate editor after reporting on the Philadelphia tech scene for four years. She's co-president of the Asian American Journalists Association Philadelphia chapter and a two-time Philadelphia News Award winner for "Community Reporting of the Year." The Bryn Mawr College grad lives in West Philly, likes her food spicy and wears jumpsuits often.

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