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
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.
Using the Audio Player (Single Track)
Click to play the audio stream. The changes to and the time counter should begin, and the time remaining counter on the right side should count down to the end of the audio stream.
The progress bar shows this graphically. You can also click anywhere in the progress bar to go to that location, or drag to any point in the audio stream.
Clicking stops playback. You can also do this with the space bar.
The area on the right side of the audio player controls volume. Clicking on the small speaker icon mutes the sound (), but the player continues running (if it was playing). Click at points along the sliding volume scale to set the volume, for example, to 20% or 100%. The initial volume on most players on this site is set to 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 players with multiple tracks have a few extra buttons: The and 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!)
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:
- 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:
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.
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:
Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0
On the top menu bar, choose Tools , then Internet Options , then click on the Security tab:
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... :
... 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:
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 188.8.131.52 and 184.108.40.206
On the top menu bar, choose Tools , then Options , then click on the Content tab:
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:
If all else fails ...
... consider trying a different browser. Here are some links to free versions of the most popular browsers: