Showing posts with label practice. Show all posts
Showing posts with label practice. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Practising with YouTube

When using a YouTube video as a practice resource it is useful to know how to adjust the speed of the video. You might want to start slower and and then increase the speed as you become more familiar with the notes and the words.

Here is a short tutorial that may come in handy if you don't yet know how to adjust the speed.

1. Start the YouTube video and pause it (you can change the speed while it plays but to begin with you might want to pause it first).

2. Click on Settings, that is the wee cog in the right-hand bottom corner of the video player. If you hover over the cog you'll see the word "Settings" appear.

3. Once you have clicked on Settings, select Playback speed

4. From the speed options choose the speed you would like to try. Three-quarter speed = 0.75x the normal speed. If you go too low the sound gets distorted. Play around with the options until you find what works for you.

 5. If you don't like any of those options, click the Custom link and use the slider to select your optimal practice speed.

100 Carols for Choirs

Practice resources
100 Carols for Choirs edited and arranged by David Willcocks and John Rutter

Tip: How to adjust the video speed while practicing

Page 6 no 1 - A babe is born (William Mathias)

Page 26 no 5 - A spotless Rose (Herbert Howells)

Page 34 no 8 - Alleluya, a new work is come on hand

Page 61 no 13 - Away in a manger (WJ Kirkpatrick arr. David Willcocks)

Page 62 no 14 - Nativity carol (John Rutter)

Page 82 no 18b - Ding dong! Merrily on high (arr. Charles Wood)

Page 83 no 19 - God rest you merry, gentlemen (arr. David Wilcocks)

Page 86 no 20 - Shepherd's pipe carol

Page 102 no 22 - Good King Wenceslas (arr. David Willcosks)

Page 107 no 23 - Hark! the herald-angels sing (Mendelssohn V. 3 arr. David Willcocks)

Page 110 no 24 - Jesus child (John Rutter)

Page 124 no 26 - Here we come a-wassailing (arr. John Rutter)

Page 137 No 30 - I saw a maiden (arr. Edgar Pettman)

Page 154 no 35 - I saw three ships (arr. David Willcocks)

Page 164 no 37 - A merry Christmas (arr. Arthur Warrell)

Page 173 no 39 - In the bleak mid-winter (Gustav Holst)

Page 174 no 40 - In the bleak mid-winter (Harold Darke)

Page 182 no 42 - In dulci jubilo

Page 202 no 47 - Joy to the world! (Lowell Mason, arr. John Rutter)

Page 212 no 51b - Coventry carol (arr. Martin Shaw)

Page 213 no 52 - Sir Christemas (William Mathias)

Page 226 no 54 - O come, all ye faithful (JF Wade, arr. David Willcocks)

Page 233 no 56 - O little one sweet (harm. JS Bach)

Page 234 no 57 - O little town of Bethlehem (R Vaughan Williams and Thomas Armstrong)

Page 246 no 60 - The twelve days of Christmas (arr. John Rutter)

Page 260 no 61 - Once in royal David's city (HJ Gauntlett, arr. AH Mann, David Willcocks)

Page 262 no 62 - Once, as I remember (arr. Charles Wood)

Page 269 no 65 - Past three a clock (arr. Charles Wood)

Page 270 no 66 - Quelle est cette odeur agréable? / Whence is that goodly fragrance flowing? (arr. David Willcocks)

Page 302 no 74 - The Infant King (arr. David Willcocks)

Page 306 no 76 - Still, still, still (arr. Philip Ledger)

Page 316 no 80 - Joys seven (arr. Stephen Cleobury)

Page 323 no 81 - The first Nowell (arr. David Willcocks)

Page 328 no 82 - The holly and the ivy (arr. H Walford Davies)

Page 333 no 85 - There is a flower (John Rutter)

Page 344 no 89 - The shepherds' farewell (Hector Berlioz)

Page 357 no 92 - Unto us is born a Son (arr. David Willcocks)

Page 370 no 95 - Kings of Orient (J.H. Hopkins arr. David Willcocks)

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Practice resources for Gloria! A Baroque Christmas concert

Dietrich Buxtehude: Das neugeborne Kindelein BUXWV 13

John's midi files

Michael Praetorius: In dulci jubilo

Marc-Antoine Charpentier: In Nativitatem DNJC H414

Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantata 133: Ich freue mich in dir

Louis-Nicolas Clérambault: Hodie Christus natus est

Vivaldi: Gloria

John's midi files

Monday, November 22, 2010

Bach B Minor Mass practice files

There are two Noteworthy Composer versions of this on the NWC Scriptorum. One without words by John Hooper, the other with, by Carl Mill. What little I have listened to from both sound fine. Of course having the words attached to each note is a great help as you dont need to keep changing from the playing notes on your screen to your score.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Zimbe! available on iTunes

If you have iTunes and an iTunes account or are able to set one up, you can buy the Zimbe! CD tracks from iTunes for only $18.99, or you can buy selected tracks for much less. Great for practicing - and the notes will match your score!

Friday, April 9, 2010

If I had an iPad

By the time the iPad is available in New Zealand the forScore app might already be available.

How cool would that be? Great for practicing, and it even has a visual metronome feature, "allowing you to see, not hear, the timing. It's the metronome Beethoven never had".

Not that the visual metronome would be the hot selling point for me, but the whole concept of carrying the score along in this handy and useful format is mind-blowing. I wondered if our genre of music would be covered, but no excuses, they claim: "With forScore, you can add your own files - digitize your own sheet music, or find thousands of pieces available for free online at sites like or"
IMSLP and other sources of that ilk would do it for us.

Here's their official announcement:
Portland, OR, April 2, 2010 — MGS Development today officially announced the upcoming release and pricing of forScore, exclusively for iPad.
ForScore, the musical score reader for iPad, will be available in early April for $2.99 through iTunes and the iPad App Store. ForScore allows users to take over 1300 pages of beautifully rendered score with them on the go, featuring 18 world-renowned composers and almost 300 different titles. With innovative and remarkable features like the visual metronome, forScore is more than just a library of score - it’s a musician’s perfect companion.

Read more about what you can do with it...

Friday, January 1, 1999

Folk songs

I'm seventeen come Sunday

Brigg fair

My Sweetheart's Like Venus

The Mermaid's Croon

Comin' Thro' The Rye

To be sung of a summer night on the water

I love my love

Blow away the morning dew

Green grow the rushes, Oh!