I am proud to announce that I have begun posting free sheet music on the website. What I didn’t realize earlier is how much work it would take, especially adding choir music with separate vocal parts. Here is a step by step process of how its done:
1. Find a choir piece that isn’t in the dangerous copyright zone.
2. Completely type out the song in Sibelius Music Notation Software.
3. Break down the score so each voice part is on a single stave.
4. Export the .aiff audio.
5. Since I can’t upload .aiff audio files into WordPress I have to convert them to mp3s. I do this by uploading them into Itunes and using the mp3 converter.
6. Upload all files into the Media library on my website.
7. Create a separate page for the new song.
8. Get the urls, (file locations) for each file and make (a href=””) links.
9. Paste all the links on the page and create a link to the new page which you post on the appropriate parent page.
10. Publish and double-check for errors.
When I think about it, I am probably doing things the hard way. I’m sure there is a way to code automatic uploads with automatic mp3 conversions. However, I’m not a computer programmer and its takes a long time to learn, so I’ll continue this way for a while until my website gets some popularity. When my website gets more visitors and I’ll need content uploaded faster, then I will invest in finding a faster method.
Anyway, as of today I have two free choir pieces available to the public: “The Savior is Waiting”, and “They’ll Know We are Christians by Our Love”. Click here to view all of them. Each piece comes with a pdf file that can be viewed online or downloaded, and five mp3 audio files which contain separate voice parts so singers can practice on their own. I’m sure choir conductors will appreciate it.
More to come later,