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 an MP3 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.
To download: Right-click (Ctrl-click on a Mac) and 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, 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. Ignore all invitations from Dropbox to Sign in. 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 onto your iPad/iPod/smartphone. (Don’t be tempted by some browsers which offer to download the MP3s directly into iTunes, as they are only playable from iTunes.)
Note for those using Windows 10 and the Edge browser: There were early reports that right-clicking on a file did not offer the option to “Save As…” or “Download As…” I later got a report that this had been fixed on a recent Windows update. And now I have received yet another report that the problem is still there. Google Chrome and Firefox are suitable alternative browsers that do work. I am not a Windows user, so cannot test it myself. Just be aware.
The speed and/or pitch of the files can be adjusted:
There are various apps for smartphones and tablets which allow you to adjust the speed and pitch of the files I create.
For MP3s Windows users, Michel P. suggests these instructions for Windows Media Player.
Peter S. suggests a free tool called Speedshifter
There’s also a Free app, but only available for iPhone and iPad:
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.
Others may be aware of this, but I have only just discovered two more apps that will raise or lower the pitch of an MP3, and/or speed up and slow them down:
Learn My Part is available for iPhone and iPad. You load in MIDI files and then you can adjust speed and pitch to your heart’s content.
There is also MuseScore2, which can load MIDI and Music XMl files. This is also available for the desktop.
Finally there is Avid Scorch which can load the Avid Scorch files. This is available for iPad only.
Scorch files: (see important note here)
Scorch is a small browser plug-in which enables you to play Sibelius Software files on any computer. It allows 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. You can fast forward, go back, and you can quicken or slow down the speed and, even, raise or lower the pitch. This enables you to practise the files according to your personal taste.
NOTE for Windows users: if you get a warning about Enabling Active-X content (or some such) then go here for help.
To play Scorch files: Click on the relevant .htm file, NOT the .sib file, and it will download the Scorch plug-in for your browser. (If you get a blank page, scroll to the bottom and click the Scorch download link). You will see the music displayed, and there are controls at the top of the page enabling you to alter the speed, the pitch, and all sorts of other things.
To download Scorch files: You need both the .htm file and the .sib file. Right-click (Ctrl-click on a Mac) to download in turn both the .htm and the .sib files for your voice to the same folder/directory on your computer. Once downloaded, to play the relevant music file you need to double-click on the .htm file, NOT the .sib file. This will download the Scorch plug-in for your browser. (If you get a blank page, scroll to the bottom and click the Scorch download link). You will see the music displayed, and there are controls at the top of the page enabling you to alter the speed, the pitch, and all sorts of other things.