Practice MIDI files for most of the material that we are rehearsing can be downloaded from 'Learn Choral Music', John Hooper's website.
Many thanks to John for the time, effort and keyboard-bashing required to make these files!
The files on John's site are MIDI files. Here is a link to a 'how to' document put together by Sarah Payne (thanks Sarah) which gives instructions on how to get the files from the website:
Once you've downloaded the MIDI file, there are a number of free pieces of software that will let you playback the file. John Hooper's website gives comprehensive advice and recommendations here about your playback options and links to software discussed.
Below, we show a few suggestions to get you started. If you have problems or need advice with playback, you can always ask at rehearsal.
|iTunes (Apple)||playlist facility; can sometimes misread the emphasised files|
|Windows Media Player||part of Windows; can sometimes misread the emphasised files; can slow down the playback speed|
|Winamp||Start/stop/pause, but no adjustment of tempo or volume of parts. Playlist facility.|
|MidiPlay (Chris Hills)||Allows start/stop/pause, change tempo or emphasis of parts|
|Noteworthy viewer||Allows start/stop/pause and change of tempo|
|vonBasco karoake player||
similar featues to MidiPlay. Has a playlist facility
|Session||as used by John Hooper to create the emphasised parts in the MIDI files. This link goes to John's site.|