With the advent of YouTube , there is a plethora of music “lessons” available on the internet. When learning new riffs, however, it is helpful to be able to alter the speed of playback and play selective sections of the lesson.
For some time I have been using audacity, which has the advantage of cross platform availability. However, audacity is a bit of overkill and I find it a bit slow at times.
In addition, when selecting a particular segment within the lesson, skipping dialog or parts already mastered, audacity is a bit “clunky” and somewhat time consuming. Alternately one can splice the lessons with ffmpeg, again somewhat time consuming.
Recently I came across a simple, no frills, light weight solution, “Play it slowly”
Play it slowly is a light weight application but has a simple , clean interface. It is simple to use and has basic features such as:
- Slow the speed on playback without altering pitch.
- Easily mark, move, and reset sections of a track for playback.
- Easy to start/stop/restart playback.
Play is slowly is in the Debian and Ubuntu repositories
sudo apt-get install playitslowly
For Fedora, first install the dependencies:
yum install gstreamer-python gstreamer-plugins-bad-extras
Download the source code from the above link (version 1.4.0 at the time of this writing)
Extract the tarball and install
tar xvzf playitslowly-1.4.0.tar.gz
sudo python setup.py install
For additional options see the README or run:
python setup.py --help