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:
- Navigating playback
- Volume control
- 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.
To play or pause, simply click the play button on the lower left side of the control bar and click again to pause.
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.
You can adjust the playback speed in two ways:
1) In 10% increments
2) Your custom choice
To change the playback speed to a specific percent, click the existing number and enter a new one.
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.
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.
Just click the loop button:
or drag over a chosen fragment to create a loop. Press play, and let the loop begin.
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.
To enter fullscreen mode, simply click the fullscreen button in the lower left of the control bar.
You can change the volume of the piece by clicking the volume button:
Then click and drag the slider:
You can turn on/off the metronome to help you practice by clicking the metronome button.
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
- Instrument appearance (tabs, fingerings)
- Play options
You can make the piece bigger or smaller by clicking and dragging the “Zoom level” slider in the player’s settings.
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.
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).
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.
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.