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Understand the song structure at a glance with the colour part-markers
The part-markup bar is displayed right below the waveform of the standard audio player on wikiloops.
It allows to visualize the order, possible repetitions of parts and the duration of each part in a simple way:
The coulor markers may be aligned with the waveform of the track, so whenever the player position bar reaches a different colour mark, you will know that there is a change coming up.
These colour markers can only be added by the musician who uploaded the track, either right during the upload procedure or added later via the track editing page.
There are no fixed rules on which colour to use to mark up the various possible parts, and it is up to the user to keep it simple and just mark up the changes of chorus and verse, or to use the markup to hint at smaller details as tricky breaks, unforeseeable C parts or the part of the track where the hot solo is taking place.
If you are using a mouse or touchpad, you may preview the chord information supplied for each colour marker by "hovering" your mouse-pointer over the colour markers.
The parts name & chord info is then displayed in a pop-up bubble below the player.
Chordsheets of wikiloops backingtracks
Every track on wikiloops has the option to attach some written chord information to give people who would like to play along to the track some idea what is happening harmonically.
Spotting the chords tab
Tracks which offer such chord information will display the "Chords"-Tab in the "Track-Info"-panel on the full page or an enabled chords-icon in the player on user profiles.
The complete chord sheet is displayed once you open the chords-tab.
Please do make use of the "Thanks for this"-button to show some appreciation for the additional effort put into outlining the chords.
Focus on tracks which do offer chords
You may make use of the tracks-with-chords-only focus offered in the track search tool to be sure the tracks you are browsing will have at least some basic chord information available.
The nature of chord information on wikiloops
When working with wikiloops chordsheets it is important to realize one thing:
In most cases, the uploader of a track or remix will enter the chords which he or she played in the recorded track.
So, these chords are more of a helpful tool to let you quickly understand what the uploader is doing, but should not be mistaken as instructions what you are supposed to play!
There is a simple trick to turn wikiloops chordsheets into exact instructions what to play, which we will explain with a simple example:
Let's assume you are out to play guitar,
and you are looking for drums+bass backing tracks to play along to, but are also in need of some chordsheet to tell you what to play on your guitar.
Here is how to go about, step by step:
Entering and editing chordsheets
Chordsheets can be entered during the track upload procedure and edited via the edit track page.
Chordsheets are "inherited" by remixes,
meaning that once someone has entered some chord information, that chordsheet will be offered on remixes of the track as well, but it may be altered by the remixing musicians.
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