What I provide
For works in copyright:
- MP3 files, which you may play online or you can download to your own computer to play or to transfer to a phone/tabletMP3 player
For works out of copyright:
- MP3 files as above, plus MIDI files and Sibelius Scorch files, all playable online or for download to your own computer. I have also started to add: Avid Scorch files which run on an iPad; and Music XML files
MIDIs and MP3s:
The pages holding the files are in the format of a table. The table element (e.g. MP3) are all clickable.
To play: Click on the relevant file and it will play through your computer’s MP3 player. Some of my files are stored on Dropbox (it will say this at the top of the page). It may be worth downloading the free Dropbox App, availalbe for both iOS and Android.
To download: This depends upon whether you are downloading to a desktop or to a mobile device (and which kind, which operating system, which browser), but whichever, the files on this site are no different from what you will find on other sites; whatever way you use to download from elsewhere will also work on this site. I suggest you download to a desktop machine, and then transfer the files to your mobile device.
Right-click (Ctrl-click on a Mac) will generally download the file to your hard drive. Don’t choose “Save Link As…” as only the link to file will be saved rather than the file itself.
Some files are stored on Dropbox; it will state this at the top of the page. To play and/or download on a desktop computer, clicking on the relevant file takes you to Dropbox, where you can then play or download the file. You don’t require a Dropbox account to play these files. To return to the main site just click on your browser’s Back button
Once on your hard drive, you can then load them into the music program of your choice. You can drop MP3s into iTunes and sync them with your phone/tablet/MP3 player. (Don’t be tempted by some browsers which offer to download the MP3s directly into iTunes, as they are only playable from iTunes.)
There’s such a variety of smartphones/tablets/desktops/laptops, etc with different operating systems and browsers, that I cannot give specific instructions covering them. An internet search should provide you with the specifics.
The speed and/or pitch of the files can be adjusted:
There are various apps which allow you to adjust the speed and pitch of the files I create. I mention these for information; use at your own risk.
For MP3s Windows users, Michel P. suggests these instructions for Windows Media Player.
For playing through your browser, Alan G. suggests TimeStretch
Anelle T. suggests time-stretcher
Peter S. suggests a free tool called Speedshifter
Here’s a Free app for iOS devices: SpeedPitch
Here’s a link to a page covering Apps for Android devices
Tony H. suggest using Wiretap Pro.
Audio Pitch and Speed Player is available for iOS and Android devices as well as for Apple and Windows desktops. It costs £6.99
For out-of-copyright music I provide MIDI files. Val T. suggests Sweet MIDI Player, which allows change of tempo and pitch, and is available for both Windows and Apple users. There’s also Learn My Part.
MuseScore2 can load MIDI and Music XML files. This is also available for the desktop.
Sibelius (the free cut-down version) can load MIDI and Music XML files, and can also load the Avid Scorch files that I provide
Finally there is Avid Scorch which can load the Avid Scorch files. This is available for iPad only.
Scorch was a small browser plug-in which enabled you to play Sibelius Software files on any computer. It allowed you to see a representation of the score in your usual internet browser (for example, Safari, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Firefox – but not Chrome) and to play it as though you were playing a CD.
However, Sibelius Scorch relied upon old browser technology, and browser updates no longer provide that technology. You may find some Sibelius files will still work, but the majority will not
So I no longer provide support for Sibelius Scorch files. For more information follow this link: