RehearsalTracks.net

Common Questions

 

Below are some commonly asked questions about this site. Click on a question to reveal the answer.

What’s the recommended way to use these tracks?

Everyone has their own learning style, and there is complete freedom in how you make use of the tracks on this site. That said, the way the tracks are set up is geared toward a progressive advancement through the difficulty levels. Below is a description of how the author of the rehearsal tracks finds them most useful:

The idea is to start with the Easy version of each track, and use that version repeatedly to learn how your part sounds above all others.

Once you are comfortable with the Easy version, move on to the Medium difficulty version, where your part is at an equal volume to all other parts. At this stage, you can still hear your part if you listen closely, but it is not ringing out so strongly that you can rely on it.

Finally, switch to the Hard version, where your part is silenced. Make sure you can hold your own without any assistance, except what is present in the accompaniment. Use the other parts to tune against.

Once you’ve mastered the Hard version, periodically try the Easy version again to be sure you haven’t slipped into any bad habits in the absence of hearing your part. Keep using the Hard version until concert time!

It says my browser is not supported. Why not?

In order to play audio from within the browser, RehearsalTracks.net makes use of WebAudio and asm.js/WASM technologies, which are standard on all major browsers at this time. If your browser is not supported, I recommend you download the latest release of Firefox or another browser and use that. Doing so is also better for your online security.

When the site was first launched in December 2013, these technologies weren’t available, so we relied on pre-generated MP3 files. This was a heavy-weight solution (in terms of server space) and also did not allow the flexibility in tempos and volume that we currently support. Now that WebAudio is fairly ubiquitous, we are happy to offer this greatly expanded support.

Why do the jump lists sometimes list the same measures or pages multiple times?

This is due to the music having one or more repeats. At each repeat, the measure and page numbers jump backwards, and the jump lists reflect that.

If you click on the first instance of each measure, you will jump to the first time through; if you click on the second instance, you will jump to the second repeat; and so on.

The sound is so mechanical, with no dynamics. Can it be made better?

This is actually sort of intentional.

Although it is technically possible to add in dynamics and some humanizing touches, the reality is that no two directors want their pieces performed the same way. Making subjective changes away from the raw notations of the original work only leads to disagreement.

The purpose of this site is to the help with learning the notes prior to rehearsals. When viewed in this light, the perfect, mechanical beats of the computer-generated music serve as an objective base upon which to build the director-approved dynamics and feeling.

How can I make my own rehearsal tracks?

Unfortunately, at the moment the technology to create rehearsal tracks is not quite ready for public consumption. It requires a custom-built application that is far from user friendly, and requires typing up the music in a programming-like fashion.

Our goal is to eventually polish things up to make it more broadly accessible. In the meantime, you might consider contacting us to let us know what you’re interested in, and we’ll see what we can do! We have a lot of music already mostly prepared, so it’s possible we could dig it up and have it ready without much effort.

 

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