Welcome to RehearsalTracks.net! This tutorial is intended to help you get started using the rehearsal tracks on this site. Use the links below to hop to a specific section:
RehearsalTracks.net is designed around the idea of a client. A client can be either an individual person or an organization. Each client has its own unique link that it can share.
To obtain your unique link, contact your organization’s administrator.
Selecting Your Track
Once you’ve visited your client’s unique link, you should be presented with a list of available rehearsal tracks. It will look something like this:
Select which track you wish to rehearse by clicking or tapping on the name of the track. You might see a mix of individual pieces and larger works. The larger works will be broken up into separate movements in the list for easy access.
After choosing your track, the list available pieces will disappear and will be replaced by controls that allow you to select which version you wish to use. If at any time you wish to return to the list of available tracks, just scroll to the top of the window and click the “Select Another Piece” button. You can also click on the left and right arrows to advance to the previous or next piece in the current group.
The list of available rehearsal tracks is controlled by your client’s administrator. If you do not see the tracks you are interested in, contact them to add the items you need.
Configuring Your Track
Now it’s time to configure your rehearsal track experience for the selected piece. If you have previously rehearsed with this track before, all of your previous settings should be remembered and you will be taken directly to the player.
The first question you will be asked is which voice part do you sing:
Click or tap on the appropriate part to move forward. For some works which have multiple parts per voice part, you may be asked to further refine your selection. In this case, proceed by clicking or tapping on the appropriate answer.
Once your part is selected, you may be asked to choose between “Normal” or “Slow” speeds:
Right now the speed options are only available for certain tracks, and only upon request, but in the future it will hopefully be available for all rehearsal tracks.
The final choice you need to make is your difficulty level:
It is important to understand the meaning of these difficulty levels:
- Easy: This version bangs your selected part out loudly above all the other parts and the accompaniment. Use this version to hear how your part sounds and to do initial learning of the notes.
- Medium: This version plays all voice parts at equal volume along with the accompaniment. Use this version once you think you have your notes down, but when you think you still might need to hear a hint of things.
- Hard: This version plays all voice parts except yours, along with the accompaniment. Use this version once you think you have your part down and want to try singing without hints (except for those in the accompaniment).
Time to Play
Once all the options have been chosen, the options will disappear and will be replaced with the player. There are a lot of parts to the player interface, so let’s look at them one by one, starting with the header:
The header will tell you which piece and which configuration you’ve selected. If you wish to change the configuration, for example to alter the difficulty or part selection, simply click the “Select Another Version” button to close the player and reopen the configuration options.
At the bottom of the header section, you’ll see a button that allows you to download the MP3 file used for this rehearsal track. Downloading the MP3 is not necessary, but can be handy if you wish to listen or practice offline, though you will be missing some of the most useful features of this website. After downloading, simply copy the MP3 to your iPod or favorite player.
Also at the bottom of the header section is a “Report Error” button. If you hear something you think is wrong, click this button. Your current playback will be paused, and a form will pop up allowing you to easily describe the problem you hear so that we can look into fixing errors. Please be diligent about reporting errors — it helps everyone when all the notes are as accurate as possible!
Below the header is the main player interface:
From here you can control playback of the currently configured track. The buttons work as follows:
|Home||Restart from the Beginning|
|Page Up||Skip to previous page|
|Left Arrow||Skip to previous measure|
|Space Bar||Start playing|
|Space Bar||Pause playback|
|Right Arrow||Skip to next measure|
|Page Down||Skip to next page|
|Backspace||Return to last selected jump point|
Below the buttons is a running display of the current playback status, including title, measure, and page number. If the track has bookmarks or rehearsal marks, they will also be displayed.
Finally, there are the jump buttons. These are stacks of buttons that allow for immediate access to certain measures, pages, bookmarks, or rehearsal marks.
The number of buttons displayed is dependent upon the height of your screen; a taller screen will show more buttons. Each time you jump, that position is remembered, and can be quickly returned to by clicking the “Back to Last Jump” button.
Sometimes you may see measures or pages listed multiple times, as in the image above. This is due to repeats within the music.