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Using the Flutopedia Audio Player

Many Flutopedia pages have audio streams that you can play using a small audio player that appears on the web page. Most of these audio streams are examples of playing technique or small teaching lessons. These audio streams play using the JW Media Player v3.13 written by Jeroen “JW” Wijering, co-founder of LongTail Video.

Note: The audio player used on Flutopedia does not run on Apple's iPad because the iPad does not support the Adobe Flash Player (formerly Macromedia Flash Player).

Here is an example of the audio player:

 

Audio Player disabled - visit Troubleshooting.

If you do not see an audio player above this line, go to the Troubleshooting section below.

This audio stream is a short excerpt from Whispering Sunrise - track 5 on the CD Alba - Meditations on Sunrise, with Eugene Carr on cello, Peter Dubner on piano, and I'm playing a G minor flute by Kai Mayberger of White Raven Drums.

Many of the audio streams have a little Flute used on this audio stream icon next to them. Clicking on the icon give you information on the flute(s) used on that audio stream:

Audio Player disabled - visit Troubleshooting. Flute used on this audio stream

Using the Audio Player (Single Track)

Audio Player Standard Labels (Single Track)
Audio Player disabled - visit Troubleshooting.

Click Audio Player PLAY button to play the audio stream. The Audio Player PLAY button changes to Audio Player STOP button and the Audio Player TIME counter time counter should begin, and the time remaining counter on the right side should count down to the end of the audio stream.

The Audio Player PROGRESS bar progress bar shows this graphically. You can also click anywhere in the progress bar Audio Player PROGRESS bar to go to that location, or drag to any point in the audio stream.

Clicking Audio Player STOP button stops playback. You can also do this with the space bar.

The Audio Player VOLUME control area on the right side of the audio player controls volume. Clicking on the small Audio Player SPEAKER icon speaker icon mutes the sound (Audio Player Muted), but the player continues running (if it was playing). Click at points along the sliding volume scale to set the volume, for example, to Audio Player VOLUME 20% 20% or Audio Player VOLUME 100% 100%. The initial volume on most players on this site is set to Audio Player VOLUME control 70%.

Note that you can play more than one audio stream at a time. If a page has multiple audio players, or if multiple pages in different browser windows or browser tabs have audio players, you can play as many as you wish! Try this on the Flute Keys page, and you can experiment with harmony, dissonance, and cacaphony!

Audio Players with Multiple Tracks

Some audio players have multiple tracks, like this one:

Audio Player PREV / NEXT Labels
Audio Player disabled - visit Troubleshooting.

Audio players with multiple tracks have a few extra buttons: The Audio Player PREVIOUS TRACK button and Audio Player NEXT TRACK button buttons move you to the start of the previous and next tracks in that audio player.

These three audio streams are short excerpts from three backing tracks, in three different keys. They are from the Native Flute Tracks - Jam Tracks series (grab an F#m, Gm, or Am flute and play along!)

Troubleshooting

If you see an Audio Player disabled ... message on a web page where an audio player should appear (like the three locations above), or you see nothing where an audio player should appear:

  • Most common thing is that JavaScript is disabled. See Setting Security and JavaScript on Your Browser below.
  • The next most common problem is with the security settings on your browser. If you see a security bar at the top of your browser window similar to this:
     
    Browser security bar
     
    You can click on this bar and select “Allow Blocked Content …” and the media players should appear. If you have to do that too often and it gets annoying, you can change the security settings on your browser. See the sections below for your flavor of browser.
     
  • The next most common thing is that you do not have a recent version of the free Adobe Flash Player (formerly Macromedia Flash Player). You need version 7 or higher loaded on your system. Please visit the Adobe Flash Player download page to install the latest version. Note that Apple's iPad does not support the Adobe Flash Player, so Flutopedia's audio samples cannot be played on an iPad.

If you see the audio players above, but do not hear any sound …

  • Check that no other applications are creating sounds or using the sound device. Some applications access your sound device “exclusively” and lock out other applications that are trying to be heard.
  • Check that your speakers are turned on.
  • … and, for the final, last-resort fix-it … try rebooting.

Setting Security and JavaScript on Your Browser

This section walks you through setting the security on various flavors of web browsers. If you don't have the exact version of a brand of browser, try the closest match. I've tried to cover recent versions of the most popular browsers.

Apple Safari version 3.2.1

On the top menu bar, choose  Edit , then  Preferences , then click on the  Security  tab:

Browser Security for Safari version 3.2.1

Make sure that the checkboxes for  Enable plug-ins  and  Enable JavaScript  are checked, and then close the window.

Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0

On the top menu bar, choose  Tools , then  Internet Options , then click on the  Security  tab:

Browser Security for Microsoft Internet Explorer version 7.0

Click on the zone where the Flutopedia web site is located (typically  Internet  for access accross the Web), and select  Medium-high  as the security level. You may need to click on  Default level  if you do not see the vertical slider as shown above.

If, for other reasons (such as your employer's security policy), you cannot select this security level, then click on  Custom level... :

Browser Security for Microsoft Internet Explorer version 7.0

... scroll down to the section named  Scripting , and click  Enable  in the  Active Scripting  section. Click  OK  twice to close the two windows.

Under some circumstances (such as viewing this web site as files off your local machine), this version of Internet Exploder cannot be configured to avoid the security bar:

Browser security bar

However, you can click on this bar and select  Allow Blocked Content...  and the media players should appear for the duration of that session.

Mozilla Firefox versions 2.0.0.18 and 2.0.0.20

On the top menu bar, choose  Tools , then  Options , then click on the  Content  tab:

Browser Security for Mozilla Firefox version 2.0.0.18 and 2.0.0.20

Make sure that the checkbox for  Enable JavaScript  is checked, and then click  OK .

Opera version 10.53

On the top-left red Opera button, choose  Settings , then  Preferences , then click on the  Advanced  tab, then select  Content  from the left-hand panel:

Browser Security for Opera 10.53

Make sure that the checkboxes for  Enable sound in Web pages  and  Enable JavaScript  are checked, and then click  OK .

If all else fails ...

... consider trying a different browser. Here are some links to free versions of the most popular browsers:

 

 
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