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Use SmartMusic to play, practice, and perform a diverse range of titles. SmartMusic's assessment feature provides instant feedback to help you improve your skills as a musician.

 

To get started, open a title. If you want to open titles not assigned by your teacher, you will need a PLAY Plus account. Otherwise, you can only open titles assigned to you by your teacher. This article will cover the different options available for playing and practicing music after opening a title. For information on how to complete an assignment, see this article instead.  

 

Once the title is open, click the play button to hear the music played back.

 

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Click the pause button to pause playback.  

 

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Adjust the tempo and number of metronome count-off beats by clicking on the + or - buttons next to Tempo and Count-off, respectively. Note: your teacher might require a specific tempo for an assignment.

 

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You can adjust the playback volume of the accompaniment, written part, and metronome at any time using the sliders under Tracks. To mute a track, select the speaker icon next to that track's slider.

 

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Click within a measure and select the playback button to start playback from that measure. If you'd like to loop a region, choose Loop under the Tracks menu. The Start and Stop points appear on the barlines of the currently selected measure. Select and drag the start and stop points to adjust the region you are looping. Click the playback button to playback your looped region. Click Reset to deselect the looped region and disable looping.

 

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Choose Display to see your display options for the music. Select or deselect Highlight Current Measure to control whether the currently selected measure is highlighted or not. Use the Cursor drop-down menu to change whether the playback cursor moves along each beat, flows evenly across a measure, or is off.

 

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Next to Zoom, use the or buttons to zoom in or out. Click the full-screen button to enable full-screen mode.

 

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When you're ready to record a take, click on the record button. The Calibrate Microphone window appears. Click Calibrate to allow SmartMusic to calibrate your microphone for recording purposes.

 

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Once the calibration has finished, you will automatically hear a countoff and can begin recording. The playback cursor shows where you are in the music. If at any point you want to stop the recording, click the stop button.

 

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Green noteheads indicate that the correct pitch was played at the correct time. Red noteheads indicate incorrect timing or pitch. The vertical placement of a red notehead on the staff indicates the pitch that was played. If you'd like to playback your recording, click the playback recording button.

 

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If you want to hide your assessment, deselect Show Assessment under the Assessment menu. If you want SmartMusic to only assess rhythm in your next recording, select Percussion Mode.  

 

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You can review your recorded takes under My Takes. Select the take under the Takes drop-down menu to see your assessment for that take. Click the Save button to download the selected take as a WAV audio file. Click the Delete button to delete the selected take.

 

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