The Cloud extension for Go PlayAlong has left its beta phase not so long ago and it is now available for everyone at https://cloud.goplayalong.com. If you would ask me to describe it in a few words, then I would say it’s an online storage for your songs. Sounds simple? It is, but there is so much more in it…
It’s not always practical to bring a laptop to a rehearsal session. It’s difficult to put it on a music stand and for many musicians it is way too distracting to use. You’d like to focus on your band mates and and forget about all technical devices that add nothing to the good vibe. Maybe you don’t even look at sheet music during most of your rehearsal sessions.
But there are cases where you will want to take a look at your transcriptions, discuss some detail with friends, and show them a few bars of music notation. If you have online access to all your songs, they will always be with you in your pocket. Grab your phone, fire up https://cloud.goplayalong.com and look up the most recent version of any song you’ve been working on.
Have you noticed how simpler is it nowadays to transfer all your apps and related settings to a new device? It is partially because we are storing more and more of our settings in the cloud and they can be recovered much faster. In the past, after buying a new laptop, it could take several days to re-adjust your personal settings for each app. Or even worse if you had an unexpected hard disk failure.
The cloud extension of Go PlayAlong offers a really convenient way to recover your library content safely. You don’t need to make regular backups. Songs you’ve uploaded into the cloud will be updated automatically and you’ll be able to continue practicing from where you left off. The cloud will remember your sync settings, the score part you were playing, the notation you were using and even your repeat selection.
Sharing your own work on Go PlayAlong Cloud is super simple. First, you need to upload it into the cloud, then enable sharing.
Finally, you can start inviting people to view your song. The good news is that invited musicians will not need to purchase Go PlayAlong to play your song. You can send them your work completely free and they can get started with playing right away.
If you are a music tutor and you’d like to publish animated sheet music directly on your own website, it’s also possible with the cloud player. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for an embed key and further assistance.
If you prefer to use digital sheet music instead of printed papers during your rehearsal sessions, then you should give this feature a try. In rehearsal mode you can not only share songs with others, but also connect multiple devices, so that they are animating the same score perfectly synced to each other.
You can enable rehearsal mode from the Cloud menu. Create a rehearsal room, give it a name and invite band members to join.
Once your room is active and everyone is connected, you can load a song on your instance of Go PlayAlong. Each connected device will load the same song automatically, and everyone will have the option to select their instrument with the preferred notation settings.
As the host of your room, you have the control over playback, tempo settings and loop selection. Your actions will be reflected on all the other devices. If you create a selection, the same bars will be selected on each device, and if you hit play at 75% tempo, each device will start playing at the same pace.
This workflow can be highly effective as only the host needs to touch any player controls, while the others can focus purely on playing.
Hope that you’ve discovered something new in this article. If you have any further questions or suggestions, please feel free to contact me at email@example.com.