I just sent an email to Harold Boekhoven who requested that I show him how to get into and navigate around our website and how to use what is available in the woodshed. After reading it I thought that it would be a worthwhile item for all Federation members to read so I posted it below. It is rather lengthy so bear with it and read it only if you are in need of the help that it tries to give.
Click on the following link and you will be taken to the home page of our website:
Enjoy the pictures in the slide show and scroll down in the page to read the welcome statements.
Above the slide show is a navigation or menu bar. You can click on "The Federation" or "The Members" button, or any of the items in the drop downs that show up when you hover over either of these buttons, to go to other pages of the website that contain information, pictures and videos about our chapter, or you can click on the "Links" button on the menu bar to be taken to a page that contains links to other websites that are associated with and of interest to our chapter.
But what you will most likely want to do is click on "The Woodshed" button. This button takes you to a woodshed entry page that has a button labeled "Shed Door". Click on this button and a dialogue box will pop up prompting you for the password. Enter the password that I gave everyone (remember: Pass Me By One Summer's Day) and click on "Login" and you will see a page containing 8 buttons For learning our songs the two important buttons are the ones labeled "SHOWS AND SINGOUTS" and "INDEX OF SONGS" Click on the Shows and Singouts button.
The Shows and Singouts page presently contains two lists of songs. The first list is made up of the songs we have to know for the Trillium Village singout on September 17th. The second list contains the songs we are working on for our annual show in April of 2015. To the right of all the songs in both lists are buttons labelled "Video Version" and "NWC Version". In the case of the song called Hello Mary Lou is an extra button labelled "Learning CD". If you click on this button you are taken to a page containing the audio track of the bass part for that song that was taken from a Learning CD, the only learning CD that I presently have for any of the listed songs. Simply click on the play icon (>) to listen to the track.
Clicking on the Video Version button to the right of any song title, brings you to a page containing four video tracks; Baritone, Bass, Lead and Tenor in that order from left to right. Play either track by clicking on the play icon (>). After clicking on the play icon you will see more play control icons at the bottom of the thumbnail. Click on the opposing arrow icon at the bottom right of the thumbnail to expand that thumbnail to full screen. Now you can watch and listen to the video as it plays and you can control the playback with the slider at the bottom. Each harmony part has it's own staff and lyric line and the note being played and the corresponding word to be sung are highlighted in red.
Recently I have started making video files downloadable so that you can download them on to your computer and play them using whatever video playing software you have available on your computer. By default, Windows Media Player will play a video file for you. If the video file is downloadable, you will see a download icon (Picture of an arrow pointing downward into a container) in the bottom, right corner of a video file thumbnail. Simply click on the icon to download the file and it will go into your downloads folder on your computer which hopefully you will know how to access. Double click on the file in that folder and the software will play it for you.
If you click on the button labelled "NWC Version" you will be taken to a page containing downloadable NWC files,one for each of the four parts. At the top of this page is a link that will take you to the page of a website where you can acquire a free piece of software that you can download and install onto you computer. The software is called Noteworthy Composer Viewer and once installed on your computer, it will will play for you the NWC file of a song. Below the song title are the four NWC files for each of the four parts, Click on the blue highlighted "Download File" option for your part and it will download to the downloads folder on you computer. Double click on this file in the folder and the Viewer will be called up to play the file for you. Check out the drop down menus at the top of the Viewer for the various available playback control options.
If you go back to the shed entry page that contains the button labelled "SHOWS AND SINGOUTS" you will also find a button there that is labelled "INDEX OF SONGS". Clicking on this button takes you to a page containing 26 buttons; one for each letter of the alphabet. Clicking on the "T" SONGS button takes you to a page that contains all the songs available on our website that have titles that start with the letter "T", and the same goes for all the other buttons on the INDEX OF SONGS page. Clicking on the dark grey buttons will take you to an empty page because of what is labeled on the button.
You have previously been introduced to "Video Version", "Learning CD" and "NWC Version" buttons to the right of song titles. You will come across one other button to the right and that is the "John's Version" button. Our director John Gough makes his own learning tracks for show songs and you can get to the audio tracks of these by clicking on this type of button.
Go back to the Shed Entry page by clicking on the back button of your browser the correct number of times, where you will find the eight buttons I mentioned. I have covered two of them for you, but go ahead and click on the other six buttons and explore where each one of them takes you. The eight buttons lead you to pages that are available to only Vocal Federation members who have the password that you have previously entered. I may be adding buttons to the Shed Entry page in the future as the need arises. Just click on any button to find out where it takes you. The button labelled "WEBMASTER'S BLOG" takes you to a page where I can periodically post items of interest to members and where members are free to comment on or further question any of my posts for others to see. After sending this email to you, I am going to post a copy of it on the blog so that other members can read it if they need to.
Welcome to the Strathroy Vocal Federation and I hope that after reading the above, you can navigate around our website and use what is available with ease.
Your Webmaster, Doug