RehearsalTracks.net

Online Tutorial

 

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:

Getting Here

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 our online player. 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 track list.

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.

Time to Play

Once you have selected which track to work with, the track list will disappear and 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 you have selected, along with composer and publisher information. (The publisher information is present so that it is clear what the page and measure numbers refer to.)

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!

Finally, you’ll see a “Show Advanced Configuration” button, which you can use to bring up even more controls to fine-tune your playback experience. More on that later.

Below the header is the main player interface:

There is a lot to digest here! But first, let’s focus on the primary controls (aka the Big Buttons). The buttons work as follows:

Keyboard Shortcut Button Usage
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 time, tempo, measure, and page number. If the track has bookmarks or rehearsal marks, they will also be displayed.

Next to some of this status information are additional controls for playback. For example, next to the measure and page number (as well as the bookmarks and rehearsal marks, if present) is a popup menu. By selecting an item from this menu, you can select the exact measure or page number you wish to skip to. Doing so also sets the last “jump point,” which can be instantly returned to with the “Back to Last Jump” button.

Next to the tempo controls you’ll see additional buttons labelled: – • +. These buttons allow you to increase (+) or decrease (–) the tempo live during playback. Tempo adjustments in particular are helpful for learning fast-moving tricky parts. You can also reset the tempo to their standard values by clicking the middle • button (may not be visible on mobile devices).

Finally, there are the jump buttons, which are displayed along the sides and at the bottom on larger screens. 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.

Configuring Playback

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. However, if it’s your first time, you’ll see something like the following just below the player interface:

Depending on the parts available in the piece, you may see more or fewer options than this. Click or tap on the appropriate part to move forward.

Once your voice part is selected, some additional options will appear:

It is important to understand the meaning of these difficulty levels:

Advanced Configuration

If you want even more control over your playback experience, click the “Show Advanced Configuration” button above the player interface, and you’ll reveal more goodies:

The “Transpose” option allows you to automatically transpose the current piece up or down by half steps. If you do make any changes here, they will be shown in the player interface, even if the advanced controls are hidden, so that you don’t accidentally forget that you’ve enabled it.

Finally, the master Volume control allows you to adjust the overall volume. It generally shouldn’t be necessary to control the volume from here, since you can use your playback device’s volume controls. However, it lives here just in case!

 

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