How to use the Interactive Sheet Music Player

The Interactive Sheet Music Player can be found in the beginners course and onward, under each lesson that has an accompanying play-along.

 The sheet music player has the following features:

  • Play/Pause
  • Navigating playback
  • Speed
  • Recording
  • Loop
  • Fullscreen
  • Volume control
  • Metronome
  • Waveform visualization
  • Violin fingerboard visualization
  • Settings & Extra Features

In addition to the built-in functionalities of the player, you can adjust the size of the sheet music player's window.

The following paragraphs contain a description of each feature.

Play/Pause

To play or pause, simply click the play button on the lower left side of the control bar and click again to pause.

Navigating playback

You can jump around to different sections of the piece by simply clicking/tapping on chosen spot in the sheet music.

You can also click and drag the progress-bar for quick movement.

Speed

You can adjust the playback speed in two ways:

1) In 10% increments

You can increase or decrease playback speed in 10% increments by clicking the plus or minus buttons.
2) Your custom choice

To change the playback speed to a specific percent, click the existing number and enter a new one. 

⚠️ Please note: Any adjustments to the playback speed do not affect the pitch.

Recording

If a piece has more than one recording — an alternate backing track — you can toggle between them by tapping the “Recordings” menu in the control bar.

Loop

Looping music is one of the best ways to practice. Looping a recording and playing along is a great way to practice matching the pitch, tone and timing.

Creating loops

Just click the loop button:

or drag over a chosen fragment to create a loop. Press play, and let the loop begin.

Resizing loops

Adjust an existing loop by clicking and dragging its starting or ending point.

As you drag across the notes, it’ll automatically “snap” to notes, rests, and barlines.

Fullscreen

To enter fullscreen mode, simply click the fullscreen button in the lower left of the control bar.

Volume control

You can change the volume of the piece by clicking the volume button:

Then click and drag the slider:

Metronome

You can turn on/off the metronome to help you practice by clicking the metronome button.

Waveform

You will also have the option to view the audio waveform of the piece. Just click the waveform button:

and then you can navigate the playback as you like, similar to navigating the sheet music.

Violin fingerboard visualization

With violin fingerboard visualization enabled, you will be shown which strings to play with and where to put your fingers.

The appropriate note lights up in real-time during audio playback.

Settings & Extra Features

To access the extra features, simply click the gear icon in the lower right of the control bar.

You will then be able to access these extra features:

  • Zoom level
  • Layout
  • Instrument appearance (tabs, fingerings)
  • Transposition
  • Play options
  • Appearance 

Zoom level

You can make the piece bigger or smaller by clicking and dragging the “Zoom level” slider in the player’s settings.

Layout

You can also change the layout according to your personal preference under "Layout" settings. 

  • Fluid = The sheet music player re-renders the sheet music. At one zoom level, you might have two bars per system; at another, that might get increased to three or four. 
  • Horizontal = The sheet music player will continuously scroll notation horizontally — rather than spreading it over multiple lines (staves) as in paper sheet music.
  • Paged = The sheet music player will not re-render the sheet music. Zooming in Paged layout simply zooms the entire page in/out.
Instrument appearance

You can hide the parts of notation and tablature that you want to see. Such as the tabs (via the lyrics icon) & fingerings (via the hand icon).

Transposition
Whether you’re learning music that was written for a different instrument, or you’re challenging your knowledge of a piece with a new key signature, you can easily transpose music in the Sheet Music player. 
Just tap the gear icon in the lower right and click and drag the “Transposition” slider.
Play options

In play options, you have two additional options available to choose from:

  • Play with count-in (in the form of a metronome)
  • During loops, play only once

Simply check or un-check the option(s) you prefer.

Appearance

You can also edit the way some things appear, such as:

  • Keep playhead at the left of the screen
  • Expand repeats
  • Hide empty staves

Similar to play options, simply check or un-check the option(s) you prefer.

Resizing the player

In case of longer sheet music that is bigger than the player window or when you would like to see the whole piece at once, you can resize the sheet music player. 

Simply click and drag the lines under the sheet music player to adjust its height.

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