Rehearsal Tracks Information

To help you practice our songs, go to the "Rehearsal tracks ..." page where you can:

1) listen while you are on-line or

2) download the rehearsal mp3 files and save them to your computer

3) create a CD with just the tracks you want.  

 

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To download music files:

 

For Windows users:

To save a rehearsal track to your computer, point the cursor at the file you want to save, and right-click your mouse onto that title.  You will then see “Save Link As”.  Select that option, and then you will get a window where you can enter the title that you want.  Choose a directory on your computer where you want to save it.  Click “Save As …” and Save it.

For MAC users:

Point the cursor at the file you want to save.  Then press and hold “ctrl” while you push the mouse button.  You will then get a menu which includes “Download link as …”  Choose this, name the file as you wish, and save it.        

 

To download the above information, click here.

For help on how to make your own CD from these tracks click here.

 

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For some concerts we will recommend studying with Midi files. 

An excellent free source for lots of rehearsal tracks can be found at http://www.learnchoralmusic.co.uk/complist.html

 

For more information about Midi files read on:

WINDOWS:  

Internet Explorer will play the MIDI files without downloading them. 

Chrome and Firefox appear to download them first before playing them. (If you can fix this, please let me ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) know how you did it.)

 

To be able to manipulate Midi files so that you can hear your part more clearly we suggest that you download and use "Midiplay", a very good free program with lots of great features.  Find it by clicking here

 

MAC:  

For playing MIDI files, there are several suggestions.  

Softronics makes a basic midi player for Mac that is user friendly.  Here's a link to the download:

http://sweet-midi-player.en.softonic.com/mac

 

Roni Music's Sweet MIDI Player -  A version suitable for Mac OS X (10.3.9 or higher) can be downloaded - for free - from

the relevant sub-page of the Roni Music Website.

Garageband - comes installed on new Macs, or is available as part of Apple's iLife suite.

You would then drag the Midi file into Garageband and it will split the File
into tracks that can be individually edited, changed into different
instruments, and played around with to your heart's content.

MuseScore and Melody Assistant are two music notation programs.   They are available in Mac versions


iPhone and iPad Players:

To play Midi files it is necessary to install a suitable app.

You can find a very nice free app is "Midi Voyager".  Find that in your app store.

  

Another choice is "Sweet MIDI player"  but there is a charge for that one. 

An app more suited for use by choral singers is "Learn My Part" (LMP), which is a better alternative that allows you

to select the voice you want to emphasize.  But it is not free.


For iPads there is "Sonja™", which is primarily a music notation tool (using
standard piano-roll format) for those who don't read music well, but it is
also a tool for learning and practicing vocal compositions recorded as
computer files rendered in either Midi or native Sonja format. 

 

Android Tablets and Smart Phone Players - All seem able to play Midi
files, and there are numerous Apps, many free, which will play such files
and even show their notation.

One we really like is "Midi Voyager."  It has many functions and is free.

Another is Madhav Vaidyanathan's "Midi Sheet Music", which is free but a little basic. It works with

Android and Windows, the Mac OS X, and Ubuntu Linux.

Another excellent notation-displaying app for Android is "Midi File Player."  This is a more

comprehensive "Midi Practice Player", and is downloadable for just under £3.

 

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January 31, 2018 - some new information about playing on-line music files.  This was contributed by Jonathan Mitschele. 

He will respond to any questions you have about this - his email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

An Incomplete List of Choral Practice Apps, Incompletely Annotated

A little tutorial on some of what's available on the web for rehearsal practice.

iTunes

      Pros: Free. Works with Macs and PCs. Plays both MIDI and MP3 files.           

      Cons: All files must be downloaded. To this ignoramus iTunes is a pain in the butt: completely unintuitive, inflexible, does things its own way, cannot change speed, etc., etc.

                (those who are more knowledgeable should feel free to correct me).

 

Windows Media Player

      Pros: Free. Plays both MIDI and MP3 files. Can play slower or faster, but user cannot determine how much faster or slower.

      Cons: PC only. All files must be downloaded. To this ignoramus, rather buggy or merely obscure

                 (those who are more knowledgeable should feel free to correct me).

 

Cyberbass (cyberbass.com)

      Cyberbass is a MIDI tutorial that will help you learn your part.

      CyberBass is a collection of choral scores converted to MIDI format for play back on your computer.

      CyberBass is digitally precise in pitch and rhythm.

      CyberBass is a one-man project that accomplishes goals through individual efforts and contributions from singers worldwide.  

      Pros: Free. Large collection of pieces. Can play slower or faster,  and can loop over a selected passage as long as you like—

                 boring, perhaps, but exceedingly helpful!   Lots of information for the interested.

      Cons: Only that Mr. Cyberbass (whoever that is) hopes you will contribute a little to the cause.

 

Choralia (choralia.net)

 Pros: Works with Macs and PCs. Extensive library of MP3 files, adjustable speed, unique in lyrics “sung.”     From the Choralia website:

      The main technology is named Virtual Singer (VS), as lyrics are also "sung" by electronically-synthesized human voices.     

       Three training levels are available: the first level, that only contains an individual part (say, alto), plus metronome clicks that help to learn the "tempo" and

       to understand the score; the second level, where all the choir voices are present, however the individual part is emphasized in comparison to the others,

       using a higher volume; and the third level, where all the voices are synthesized with the same sound and with the same volume. Initially, the singer should

       learn their part using the first two levels, and then to test their knowledge of the music by singing over the third-level audio track. If the singer is able to

       sing their part without being mislead by the other voices, they are probably ready for group rehearsal. If not, more practice with first or second level tracks

       may be required.

      Cons: Max hopes you will give him some financial support. No loop function.

 

Learn Choral Music (learnchoralmusic.co.uk)

 Pros: An extensive collection of MIDI files to download for use with a MIDI player, several of which he suggests as possibilities, of your choice.

      For an extensive list of MIDI player sites, MIDI file sites, and chorale sites, and lots more, check out:

      learnchoralmusic.co.uk/links.html#top

      Cons: John hopes you will give him a little financial support. MIDI files only, no player.

 

Midi Play (chrishills.org.uk/ChrisHills/midiplay/

     Pros: Free download. Plays MIDI files, displays all or parts of the score at the volume for each part and tempo you select.

      Cons: Works only on PCs. You need to download MIDI files to your computer.