The Learning Track Database

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Using this Site

I searched for a song and it didn’t come up. I know it's been recorded, what gives?
Why isn’t my favorite learning track artist in this database?
The arranger that I want isn’t on that “Select to Filer” list. How do I find their stuff?

It’s unrealistic to have every one of the thousands of arrangers on that pulldown menu, so we’ve kept it to the most common ones and marked the rest as “Other”. However you can still use the search bar to find songs by other arrangers.

Can you add an option to filter by difficulty or [whatever else]?

We can try to add other filters if it seems like enough people are looking for them. We chose the ones included after balancing the requests of the beta testers with the ease of use. If there’s something that enough people want, and it’s not going to be too much work, we’ll probably try to make it happen.
The one exception, however, is “difficulty.” This is a bit too subjective, and is not really a judgment we want to make for anyone who’s considering a song. We probably won’t be adding a difficulty filter unless Jim Henry, Jim Arns, and Jim Halpert all show up on our doorstep to request it.

About the Tracks

Are these “piano-played” learning tracks, or is someone singing them?

We list only “singing” tracks. MIDI or piano tracks should not part of this database. If you find any, please let us know so we can remove them.

How much do the tracks cost?

We’ve decided not to list any pricing on this site, as it’s only an informational listing and not a store. The individual artist’s pricing models vary drastically and are subject to change, so we don’t want to be making any promises for them on price that may not be accurate. You’ll need to contact the learning track artist directly for pricing.

Specific questions about tracks (What key is it in? Which tag does it have? Etc)

We have no idea. Any "additional information" comes from what they have listed on their site, we don't have any info beyond that. You’ll need to contact them directly with any questions like these.

Why did I get penalized in contest when this site said the song was contestable?

Because we weren’t the music judges on the panel for that contest. In fact, we’re not music judges at all. We are professional musicians and arrangers with a solid understanding of what makes contestable music or not, so we use our judgment and make a call as to how it’s marked on the site. However, this is just a guideline. We make no guarantees that you won’t get penalties. You should always check with a certified music judge before choosing any contest material.

I noticed that some of the information is wrong, can you fix it?

Absolutely. Send us an e-mail with any corrections and we'll do our best to get the fixes into the database asap. At the moment, there are a lot of tracks marked "not specified" for contestability and genre. That's mainly because the database is HUGE and we haven't had time to go through line by line and research them. If you have any interest in helping with that process (especially if you're an arranger that wants to correct your songs), let us know! We'd love the help!

Who would win, Joe Connelly or Tom Brady?

Trick question. Neither, they’d team up and take over the world.


Where can I find the sheet music for these songs?

There are links at the top of this site to three of the most common sources of sheet music. If you can't find it in any of those 3 places, you can often find more information by simply plugging the arranger's name into Google. You can also try asking the learning track artist, usually they can tell you how to find the music.

Can I advertise my services/quartet/CD/event on this site?

Sure! We run some google-driven Ad banners, but we’d love to host barbershop community advertising! Feel free to contact us for details.

Pirates or Ninjas?

Ninjas. Obviously.

How is this site so awesome?

It can probably be broken down to; 50% hard work, 40% good backend system, and 10% Reddit.

Why are you doing this? What's in it for you?

Nothing. In fact, between hosting/registration fees, and copious amounts of time, it's actually cost me quite a bit. I put this site together purely because I saw a desperate need in the barbershop community and want to help. While I'm a learning track artist myself, you'll notice that I have not used this site as a platform to promote myself or my services. I love barbershop, I love the community, and I had the means and know-how to put this together, so I did. Frankly, it was only a matter of time before somebody developed something like this and put it behind a pay-wall of some kind (either demanding money for you to use it, or the artists to list their tracks). The chorus I direct doesn't need any more money coming out of their coffers, we're already paying for enough services. I'm sure yours is in the same boat. I fully intend on keeping this 100% free for both the users and the artists, as well as unbiased. By the way, that's also why there aren't "rating" of the tracks on this site, I don't want this to turn into a Yelp situation. If you really like this site and want to contribute, I'll certainly accept donations to help cover the costs of running it. Just drop me a line on the contact us page and I'll work something out.

For Learning Track Artists

I'm a learning track artist, can my stuff be added to this database?

Sure! The more artists are included the better this whole system works. There are only a couple of requirements for inclusion. First, this is a database for vocal learning tracks only. It won't include piano or Midi learning tracks, so if your tracks aren't vocal, this isn't the database for you. Second, you need to have a website that we can point users to. Dealing with e-mail addresses can be a bit of a headache, so we've decided that you need to have a webpage to be included in this database. It doesn't need to be fancy, but it needs to have a way to contact you, a list of your current library, and pricing. If you've been procrastinating on building a site, maybe now is the time to do it. There are lots of free ways to do so, feel free to contact us if you'd like help with that.

If you meet those requirements, check out our Artist Resources page for information on how to get your tracks listed.

I've got a bunch of new tracks recorded, how do I get them in the database?

Check out the "Getting new tracks added to the database" section of our Artist Resources page for instructions.

There's a problem with some of my listings, how do I fix it?

Check out the "Changing or Editing listings already in the Database" section of our Artist Resources page for instructions.

All of my tracks say, "Not Specified" for contastability and genre, what's the deal?

The information in the database came directly from your website. If you didn't list contestability, we marked it "not specified." We're in the process of cross-referencing song titles and arrangers to try to fill in that data, but there's over 6000 listings, so it's very slow going. If you would like to lend a hand to get your listings fixed we'd LOVE that. Contact us and we'll let you know how you can help!