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How To Use PROformance Trax

These versatile accompaniment tracks can be used to support vocal soloists or ensembles and a variety of instrumental soloists and combinations. This page describes the files included with each title and offers suggestions for use.

Legal Stuff
By purchasing this product you agree to use this music and these files under certain terms.

1. This is copyrighted material and you are, of course, obligated to follow all copyright laws. In part, that means you cannot distribute any of this material to folks who have not purchased it.
2. This material is for use in live performance. You may not record a performance of this material and distribute, sell, or broadcast that recording without the permission of Joyous Noise Music, LLC. If you intend to make a recording, simply contact us; we’ll try to work with you for a successful project.

The Files
The following is a description of the files included in the folder for each arrangement.

Audio Files: If you purchase individual titles with electronic delivery you will get high quality MP3 files.  If you purchase "sets" delivered via mailed CD you will get audio files in “.WAV” format. You can listen to them on your computer using programs such as Windows Media Player, iTunes, or QuickTime Player. To use them in a CD player you must “burn” them to a CD - Windows Media Player or iTunes can accomplish that.
  • 01 Demo: This version features a vocal soloist singing with the accompaniment. It demonstrates the “structure” of the arrangement (verses, repeats) and gives an idea of how you can interpret the style. It is unlikely you will use this version in performance; listen to it a few times to hear how the arrangement “works.”
  • 02 Low Key: This is the version you will perform with – in the lower of the two keys provided.
  • 03 High Key: This is the version you will perform with – in the higher of the two keys provided.
Sheet Music Files: These are in “.PDF” format. Adobe Reader will open and print them.

VOCAL PARTS
  • 04 Low Voice: This is for vocal soloists (alto, baritone, bass) singing with the “Low Key” audio file.
  • 05 High Voice: This is for vocal soloists (soprano, tenor) singing with the “High Key” audio file.
Ensemble: Either the Low Voice or High Voice part will be designated as the“Ensemble” part and will, of course, be performed with the corresponding Low Key or High Key audio file. The ensemble part can be performed by any vocal ensemble from a duet to a full choir. The 3-part version is arranged to be most effective with an SAT ensemble (soprano, alto, tenor) in the designated key (low or high). But other combinations might work. For example, if the ensemble part is in the low voice key, it may work in the high voice key with an SAA (soprano, alto, alto) ensemble.

INSTRUMENTAL PARTS
  • 06 Low Key – C Instruments
  • 07 Low Key – Bb Instruments
  • 08 Low Key – Eb Instruments
  • 09 Low Key – Bass Clef Instruments
  • 10 High Key – C Instruments
  • 11 High Key – Bb Instruments
  • 12 High Key – Eb Instruments
  • 13 High Key – Bass Clef Instruments
Suggestions

The choice of “low key” or “high key” for instrumentalists can depend on several factors. Reading convenience is one consideration: the number of sharps and flats are different in each key and one key will likely be easier for some players. Range is another consideration: for example, trumpet and clarinet will both use the Bb transposition. The high key may be more comfortable and sound better for clarinet but could be difficult or impossible for some trumpet players.

In some cases, a part or pharase may not be practical for some instruments in the octave where it is written. Players should experiment to find the most comfortable and best sounding octave for each phrase.

The following listing shows what parts various instruments will use:

C Instruments: Flue, Oboe, Violin, Guitar
Bb Instruments: Trumpet, Clarinet, Soprano Sax, Tenor Sax
Eb Instruments: Alto Sax, Baritone Sax
Bass Clef Instruments: Trombone, Cello, Bassoon

There is space for improvised solos in the arrangements (the second stanza usually works best). Chord symbols are provided for those with improvisation experience. There is also a written “suggested” solo for those without improvisation experience. It can be played as written or used as a “point of departure.”