Learn With MIDI

Learn With MIDI

MIDI is a digital form of music that can help you learn a tune or practice timing and technique. You can do this by playing along with a MIDI player with MIDI files on your mobile (or desktop) device. There are big advantages in practicing with a MIDI rather than an MP3 or other audio format. With MIDI you easily control tempo, looping, and jumping to sections.

Here's how you can use MIDI, by installing and learning to use a MIDI player and associated files.

The above video shows installation and set up directions when using an Android phone. iPhones are a little different, but the concepts are the same.

As shown in the video, you need to have access to a device, preferably a mobile smart phone or tablet, although a desktop computer will also work. Then you need to install a MIDI player on that device, along with a sound font file, and then download the MIDI tunes or exercises you want to use.

MIDI Player

Midi Voyager is a MIDI player that runs on Android and iOS mobile devices. It supports tempo changes, looping, track selection, markers, and more.

There are other MIDI players available, and some of them also support these capabilities, if you can find them.

For non-mobile, computer use you may want to check out Rosegarden and VLC Media Player, which are both free and work on different computer operating systems.

If you want to use Midi Voyager, download it and install it on your device:

Android has the free version, and a paid ($4.50) Pro version.

MIDI Files


A MIDI player needs a soundfont file to know what the instruments sound like. Most come with built-in soundfont files for piano and other instruments, but they won't know about pipe band drums and bagpipes, and they will not work with our band MIDI files. So, once your midi player is downloaded and installed, you will need a soundfont file to play the sounds of the drums and pipes (chanter only so far).

Please note this sound font file won't work with any non-band midi files.

Place this file on your device, and then tell your MIDI player to use it. It is named with an extension of .sf2. For Midi Voyager, go to Settings > Soundfont and specify the location of the file on your device.

Tunes and Exercises

After you have downloaded and installed your midi player and told it to use the band's sound font file, you can play the midi files from the band on your device.

Those files are found and organized on the "Band Tunes", "For Pipers" and "For Drummers" pages:

Band Tunes

For Pipers

For Drummers


If you need help finding, installing, or using these files, feel free to contact Admin@IsleOfMauiPipeBand.org


Here are some examples of how Midi Voyager can be used to practice with one of the band tunes:

Capt Norman Orr Ewing, using MV

Another chanter/drums video of using Midi Voyager shows how to change the tempo and jump to different markers, and loop.

Capt Norman Orr Ewing play along

How to use MIDI to learn the snare part.