Online Play Along instructions
In C - music in quarantine
Through our project In C, music in quarantine, we are striving to connect musicians from all over the world, both amateurs and professionals. Play along, send over your audio recording, and we will add it to our version! The project goes live on 2 June.
Still have questions after reading this article? Read our FAQs.
What do I need?
- Earphones/headphones, so you can play along to our recording
- Audio recording device – this can also be a phone!
- The sheet music – download it here
- The play along video, which you can find here on 10 June
Tips and tricks:
- For the recording quality – try to find a quiet place/time to record and use your best recording device. It is perfectly fine if this is your phone!
- Testing is always a good idea – record a minute and then play it back for yourself to make sure everything is working and sounds okay. During your test, make sure to play very loudly as well. Does your microphone break up during your loud notes? Then move it a bit further away.
We only need an audio recording, so you don’t need to video yourself as well. Please follow the steps below carefully, as otherwise we may not be able to include your recording!
- Step 1 – get ready to play and record, but don’t plug in your headphones yet!
- Step 2 – press record
- Step 3 – press play on the play along video
- Step 4 – you will hear our percussionist speaking and then playing: “3, 4, ding ding ding ding…” This sound will enable us to synchronise your recording with ours, so it is important we can hear it clearly on the recording!
- Step 5 – Now – plug in your headphones! (This way we will only hear you on the recording and won’t hear the skeleton version in the background)
- Step 6 – You will hear a countdown (“5, 4, 3, 2, 1”). Come in with us (necessary for synchronisation) and then play as you like.
- Step 7 – have fun!
You will see the sheet music on the video, but you can also download it separately here.
We would love to have a collection of pictures of all the musicians that joined us. If you like, send us a selfie taken where you played, or simply a picture of the room where you played. We will add your photo to an “In C” photo album on our website. Of course, this is optional.
Click here to watch the skeleton version of In C, music in quarantine, and all subsequent versions in which musicians from all over the world have been added to the recording. You can also find a list of photos and names featuring all participants, so you know who is part of your ensemble!
Click here to read more about the inspiration behind this project written by initiator Joseph Puglia.
Click here to find out more about the Red Cross and why we are raising money for them.