60s/70s (and beyond!) Sing-alongs
I started doing these here, virtually, when the Stockton Folk Dance Camp was cancelled for this year. That camp and the teachers could use your help, if you have a few coins to share — you can find them at:
Sun, Tue, Wed, Thu @ 6:30 PM – 8:30, PDT – EVERYWHERE VIA ZOOM
Led by Bill Cope — LIVE from Cope-a-cabana, San José
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If you would like to tip Bill, you may use either: paypal.me/BillCope or Venmo: @Cope-a-cabana
Balkan Play-along (instrumental workshop)
Saturday, July 4th:
Sunday, July 5th:
– Next Sing-along led by Michele Simon, TBD
— Balkan Songbook link
If you would like to tip Zabava!, you may use either: paypal.me/BillCope or Venmo: @Cope-a-cabana
Watch the recording of the Balkan Sing-along – May 16, 2020
Setting up your Zoom Audio for Music
Zoom is optimized SPEECH ONLY, and by default, will attempt to cut off anything that does not sound like normal speech, including any song or music! Before you sing or play any music in any Zoom Session, you MUST change the default settings for your audio.
Here’s a video showing how to make changes to the audio settings in Zoom for best sound for singing or playing music:
Most important are to disable these two settings under the Audio/Advanced settings:
Suppress Persistent Background Noise
Suppress Intermittent Background Noise
You also need to turn on ‘Use Original Sound’, using the toggle in the upper left hand corner of the screen when in the session:
If you’ve been on a Zoom session and people are telling you that your sound cuts off after a second or so when singing or playing your instrument, most likely these two settings are still enabled. Disable them and it should fix the problem.
Apple tablets and iPhones
For those of you on iOS or Android, here’s a video about best sound settings on those devices:
iOS versions of Zoom now support the ‘Use Original Sound’ option to improve sound for music. This turns off the background noise suppression that often causes instruments to get cut off on sustained notes.
You have to turn it on in both your meeting settings as well as when on a Zoom meeting.
In the meeting settings turn on ‘Use Original Sound’ and in the meeting itself, turn on ‘Enable Original Sound’