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Help with playing MIDI files
See the MIDI Guide for technical help with playing MIDI files...
All Through the Night
Banana Boat Song
(Lead part plays at half volume and uses a different tone.)
Banks of the Condamine
(Men's part is 'piano' sound, women's part is 'harpsichord')
(You'll hear the other parts at half volume in the background.)
Carol of the Birds
Christmas at Home
- Soprano (Second verse, same as the first!)
- Alto (First time through is for first 4 verses, second time is for last verse only - slightly different in last 4 bars.)
- Tenor (First time through is for first 4 verses, second time is for last verse only - slightly different in last 4 bars.)
- Bass (First time through is for first 4 verses, second time is for last verse only - slightly different in last 4 bars.)
Down in the River to Pray
(L'eguaglianza is filed as "L")
(Each part has the rest of the choir at half volume for context.)
Freedom is Coming
(This is the full song, but we don't come in until Bar 21. Piano and kids choir parts are much quieter, your part is loud. Follow along in your sheet music to avoid confusion.)
Haul on the Bowline
Note: I have chosen a piano sound for these parts because it's clear and sharp, but it does not sustain long enough for the long notes in Sop, Alto and Tenor parts. Follow in the music and you'll see the long tied notes.
I have included a click track right through all parts because of the long rests and offbeat notes.
If you can't work out how it all fits together, listen to the "Tutti" version.
- Tenor (This part is only correct for the tenors who sing the "da-da" part in the chorus. Other tenors should sing all choruses the same as the first two.)
How Many Days
- Audio file (it's a round, everyone sings the same melody)
I Wish I Knew How it would Feel to be Free
In Dulci Jubilo
In This Heart
(Note: the fermatas (pauses) are left out in these versions - they just play straight through.)
- Alto (Skips Verses 1 and 2, starts at Verse 3. First 2 notes of sop part are included as an intro.)
- Tenor (Skips Verse 1, starts at Verse 2. First 2 notes of sop part are included as an intro.)
- Bass (Skips Verses 1, 2 and 3, starts at Verse 4. First 2 notes of sop part are included as an intro.)
Here is the original YouTube video.
It's a Long Hard Road
John Brown's Body
Lean On Me
(OK, I know this really should be sorted as "E" but you know...)
Long Black Veil
(These versions don't include the "...and me..." bits at the end.)
Love Me Tender
(These are MP3 recordings.)
Morning Has Broken
My Bonnie Boat
Mysterious Ticking Noise (Harry Potter etc)
Intro, verse, chorus
Scores for No Reindeer
Now O Now I Needs Must Part
O Occhi Manza Mia
(These are MP3 audio files)
Ol' Man River
(see Roof Rack below)
The Parting Glass
Pick a Bale of Cotton
Rivers of Babylon
This is the a cappella version - a bit different from the version we learnt for Folk to Classical
(You will hear the other parts in the background at half volume.)
- Recording (Brunswick Womens Choir, whole song)
Spicks and Specks/Canon
(Revised version 20 June 2019)
- Soprano (Other parts much softer in background)
- Alto (Other parts much softer in background)
- Tenor (Other parts much softer in background)
- Bass (Other parts much softer in background)
Stay With Me
Stand By Me
Step By Step
Sto Mi e Milo
(Both verse and chorus are played without the repeats.)
Sylvie 4-part version
Sylvie 2-part version
That Lonesome Road
Revised 2020. Other parts will be heard at half volume.
This Darkened Room
To the Earth
Two of Us
- Soprano (Main melody only, without intro)
- Alto (Main melody only, without intro)
- Tenor 1 (Main melody only, without intro)
- Tenor 2 (Main melody only, without intro)
- Bass (Main melody only, without intro)
- Bridge (all tenors sing this part)
Under the Full Moon Light
- Melody (Note: it's in 5/4 time)
Wade in the Water
(Note: Bass/tenor intros, e.g. at start of song, are heard in a different tone: your part is always a piano sound. Swing rhythm has been improved, it's now pretty accurate.
(You will hear all the other parts along with your own, but they will be much softer.)
Wouldn't It Be Loverly
Somagwaza - different version of Zamangwaza for Sing Fest 2014
Any modern computer, tablet or phone should be able to play these files. They are not recordings, they are computer-generated music files. They use pre-set computer sounds that are built into your computer or phone. MIDI has several advantages over recordings - they are generated directly from the music software I use, the files are very small, they are very precise in pitch and timing and they are easy to edit if I make changes... or errors!
- Usually, if you are using a PC, Windows Media Player should play these files automatically.
if you're using the Chrome browser, it may download the file first and show it in the bottom bar. Just click the file.
- On an Android phone, Google Play Music can play MIDI files, but it will need to download them first, This is not a problem, they're very small.
- I don't use a Mac or iPhone so i'm not sure how it's supposed to work on those devices. Some Mac users say that downloading the files and dragging into Garage Band works well. There's also a free app called Sweet MIDI that seems to work well too. Tell me if you know more and I'll add it to this guide.
File won't play?
There could be all sorts of reasons why, but sometimes you can get around it by simply downloading the file (right-click, Save as). You'll probably want to create a new folder on your computer to keep these files, Then double-click the file you've downloaded and it should play.
I don't know where I am in the song
One disadvantage of MIDI files is that there are no lyrics. So is that the first verse or second verse I'm listening to? Your MIDI player will give you a time-count, so just write down the minutes and seconds at the start of the section you want, they you can go back to that time-point whenever you want.
Changing the playback speed
These instrucdtions are for Windows Media Player. I'm guessing other players have the same capacity, you might have to search the help files or google it.
1 If Media Player looks like this, click the Maximise button (circled here) to expand it.
2. Now it should look like this
3 Click the black bar at the bottom, select Enhancements, Play speed settings
4 Move the slider to change the speed