Handel Chandos Anthems – February 2019

Practice tracks for Handel’s Chandos anthem No. 9, O praise the Lord with one consent, are now available on singspace.uk. These follow the usual pattern using suitable instruments to match the voices:

Soprano – Flute
Alto – Clarinet
Tenor – Horn
Bass – Bassoon

Just click on the one you wish to practice and it should play. All tracks are in SATB order with a further set at the bottom, ‘All’, that does not have any part emphasised.

It’s best to listen through speakers attached to your computer although it is quite possible to listen to these tracks on a smartphone like an iPhone, or to link your phone to Bluetooth speakers. There are many options.

Handel Chandos Anthem No. 4 will be added later

MIDI Files – September 20

MIDI, which stands for ‘Musical Instrument Digital Interface’ is a standard for connecting electronic instruments, computers and related audio devices. There is also a file format for exchanging data and there are many choral practice tracks to be found in this format.

A MIDI file is really much more like printed music than an audio file and, as a result, most computers and portable devices like smartphones and tablets, are unable to play them without specialist software. One exception to this rule is PCs where Windows Media Player can often play a MIDI file. Sadly WMP sometimes simply does not work. To make better use of MIDI files software such as Sweet Midi Player can be used to have better control over the sound; the instruments used, tempo, pitch and speed can all be varied.

Most people just want to play the music and practise their part and don’t want the complexities of such software. However, it is quite possible to convert MIDI files into MP3s that can be played on almost anything.

Welcome – September 16

Welcome to my singing practice tracks. I hope you have a good deal of fun. This is just a very simple website at the moment with just a single page of tracks, but more pages will follow in due course.

To find the tracks find the menu, which on a mobile phone is three bars with the word ‘Menu’ beside them.