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If you have an iPhone/iPad/Mac, I found a pretty cool app, Anytune, It allows you to slow down the playback speed without changing the pitch – this is very helpful when learning a new song. You can also select the pitch you want if you want to play along a song but in a different key. In addition, you can mark off sections of the song and loop it. I tried a few apps, this one is definitely the best.

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All these cool features are available with the free version. The Pro version includes other more advanced features and is worth the upgrade.

Unfortunately, I haven’t come across any comparable apps for Android devices yet.

When I am learning a new song, I usually practice section by section repeatedly. It is very helpful to listen to the section in loop while playing along. Here is how I do it with VLC Media Player (version 2.0.0 for Windows 7):

1. Start by playing the song in VLC Media Player (find the song in your music library, right click on it, select Open with, then select VLC Media Player
VLC_Step1-Open with

2. Go to the View menu, select Advanced Controls.

VLC_Step2a-Adv Ctrl

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Here is another  free Christmas songbook I came across “Rob’s Totally Awesome Christmas Carol Songbook” from Rob at HeartwoodGuitar.com. This songbook is really awesome. It has 10 Christmas carols along with

  • Chord charts
  • Lyric sheets for singers
  • Instructions for reading charts
  • Tips for leading sing-alongs
  • Hints for playing each song

Rob's Totally Awesome Christmas Carol Songbook

Thank you Rob for sharing this absolutely awesome songbook.

You can download a copy of the songbook here.

Please don’t forget to visit his website.

Songs included in the songbook:

  1. Away in a Manger
  2. Silent Night
  3. The First Noel
  4. We Wish You a Merry Christmas
  5. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  6. Jingle Bells
  7. Deck the Halls
  8. Frosty the Snowman
  9. The Twelve Days of Christmas
  10. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

 

I found it very helpful to slow down the playback speed when I am learning a new song, particularly when I need to get the notes of a riff or try to catch the chord changes. Here’s how I do it in MS Windows Media Player (for Windows 7)

1. Start by playing the song then switch to the Now Playing mode by clicking the Switch to Now Playing buttonPicture of the Switch to Now Playing button at the bottom right corner

2. Right-click at any open space. This will show a menu. Select Enhancements, and then select Play speed settings.

Step 2 - Enhancements

 

3. Click the Slow, Normal, or Fast link or move the Play Speed slider to the desire speed. Un-check the Snap slider to common speeds checkbox if you want to select speeds between the labeled play speeds.

Step 3 - Select Speed

4. Click the Close button Picture of the Enhancements Close buttonat the top right corner when done.