Question: What is the difference between a MIDI backing Track and an MP3 backing track?
Answer: The MP3 backing track is essentially the same backing track I use on the videos. The instruments sound very realistic and the file is played back on Windows media player or any program capable of playing MP3 music files. The tempo can be adjusted, but only if you use a special audio editing program. Audacity is a free program for Windows that will allow you to adjust the tempo of the MP3 file.
The MIDI backing track uses your sound card to play back the file so the quality of the sound of the instruments is dependent on the quality of your sound card. This means it usually does not sound as good as an MP3 nbacking track, however it does have the advantage of easy tempo adjustments using a standard MIDI player programs like the ones I have linked on the first page of my web site.
Question: Why can't I see any videos on the files pages?
Answer: The videos should display and have been tested in every browser, but you must make sure Adobe Flash plug-in is installed. Contact me if you are still having problems with this site. For viewing of the videos on an iPad, try getting the Photon Browser from the App Store.
Question: Where are my downloaded files stored on my computer?
Answer: For Windows Explorer: When you download the files, Windows usually saves them in the Downloads folder which is located under your user name in the users folder on the drive where Windows is installed (for example C:\users\your name\downloads). For other browsers, check your browsers help file. If you purchase a .zip combo file, these will have to be "unzipped" before you can use them.
Question: Why are the PDF notation files not completly accurate?
Answer: The PDF notation file is a computer generated notation file from the MIDI file of my playing. It contains all of the notes I play in the piano part however they may not be exactly in the correct spot in the measure or be in the right clef. Also, there are occasional overlapping of notes. It will not be the same quality as a professional transcription, but since all of the notes are there, you can analyze the solo and breakdown the lines.
Question: Can I request a song or backing track?
Answer: Absolutely! Send your requests to the email address on the contact page of this site.
Question:Can you give me a description of the files available for download?
Answer:Description of Files for Download:
Piano MIDI File - This contains the PIANO PART ONLY in MIDI format. This file can be played using many different types of audio programs. Many MIDI programs will allow you to slow this down to analyze note-by-note exactly what is being played.
PDF Notation File - This is a notation file in PDF format and has been computer generated from the MIDI Piano File. This may not be completely notation correct (notes not exactly on the proper beat in the measure), but does contain all the notes from the piano solo. This is not the same as a professional note-for-note transcription, but for only a buck-fifty, it's a pretty good deal. (click here to download sample notation)
MP3 Backing Track File - This is the same backing track (usually Bass and Drums) I used to create the YouTube video. It is at the same tempo as in the video.
MIDI Backing Track File - This contains a backing track similar but not identical to what is used in the video however using MIDI data. The quality of the instruments are dependent on your sound card. The advantage to this is that you may adjust the playback speed using a MIDI player to allow you to play the song at a tempo of your choosing. Many MIDI programs will also allow you to adjust the key so you can try playing over the backing track in a different key.
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