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Lets you play along with professional ensembles: mute, solo, slow down & loop any combination of parts from our ever-expanding library!
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We are professional violinists and leaders in music education and have been actively looking for ways to support musicians through technology and new innovations. With PartPlay we are hugely enthusiastic about the possibilities for supporting music students, the amateur community, and professionals alike - nurturing their skill and expertise.

Users can now play along with professional ensembles and mute, solo, slow down or loop any combination of parts within a piece of chamber music! In addition they can bookmark their favourites, listen to dedicated commentary on every movement given by our professional team of players, and they can even watch close up video of every player's line, enabling detailed study of technique, articulation and musicianship.

The first stage of our PartPlay project was to research and develop technology that offered the greatest range of functionality for players, allowing them to make the fullest use of their practice time with the help of professional musicians.

The second was building an extensive music library, currently consisting of string duos, trios and quartets with music to suit all classical tastes and skill levels. There are already over 50 movements, and after our official launch on June 10th we'll be adding several new movements every month to build quickly into a huge resource!

This ability to isolate any combination of parts has never been done before, and we've developed new recording techniques in order to achieve a result which has the highest quality of video and audio, using top-level equipment and professional sound and video engineers.

Our Kickstarter project has two objectives: 

1) Expand our catalogue to include some of the larger chamber music works for five or more players, and add music for wind, brass, piano, and voice, bringing PartPlay to a broader range of musicians.

To do this we need to hire a larger studio, and more technicians & artists. Over the next 12 months (and in addition to our ongoing recording schedule of the smaller chamber works) we want to record 5 major larger scale chamber works with a stretch goal of a further 10.

2) Expand our student resources, extending our student repertoire and supporting insight material by researching and recording a wider variety of works suitable for beginners upwards. We want to make PartPlay a fun learning resource for younger players. 

Your support with this Kickstarter campaign will help to engage with a wider music community and also support our wonderful recording artists.

We're tremendously excited about the prospect of being able to share with you some truly iconic pieces of chamber music, such as the Mendelssohn Octet, the Schubert Octet, Beethoven's Septet and many more.

A chance to join the PartPlay community and get a top quality block of rosin (RRP £9.99).

These bundles includes a one year membership to the European String Teachers Association (UK or overseas), with lots of benefits.

Limited signed scores of some of the works in the PartPlay catalogue.

Join us at our London launch party on June 10th!

These bundles include a set of top quality strings from our equipment partners Jargar. The violin sets retail at around £60, while the cello sets retail at around £200!

This bundle is sold out, but there are still plenty of amazing rewards available...

This bundle is sold out, but there are still plenty of amazing rewards available...

Our limited top tier bundles include the chance to visit the studio, record with PartPlay or have your own composition professionally recorded.

We want you to have fun while learning and to be able to benefit from the wide range of great practice tools which PartPlay offers, so do please support us and become a member of the PartPlay community!

- Phil, Steve, and the PartPlay Team

Risks and challenges

We have over 30 years project management experience and have been fortunate enough to have some funding and a strong team around us to make sure that every deadline is met - in many cases ahead of schedule. After 12 months of hard work from the team our technology is fully developed and tested, and we'll be publicly launching on 10th June 2016.

This means that the risks here are very low, and the main challenges following a successful Kickstarter campaign will be the logistics involved in planning the recording, editing and deployment of the larger pieces this campaign is aimed at.

Since we already have a tried and tested method for filming and recording string quartets and similar, the main challenges therefore revolve around adapting those methods to suit a larger group of performers, and the tweaks needed to our user interface to accommodate the resulting additional options for the end user.

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    Pledge £2 or more About $2.51

    Thanks for supporting the project! We'll send you a personal thank you email when PartPlay launches in June.

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    TRY IT OUT - 3 months of PartPlay

    A three month subscription to the full PartPlay service (33% below the launch price), which you can activate at any time after the launch.

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    EARLY BIRD BUNDLE - 3 months of PartPlay + rosin

    A three month subscription to the full PartPlay service (50% below the launch price), which you can activate at any time after the launch.

    PLUS a block of W E Hill and Son clear amber violin rosin.

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    EARLY ADOPTER - 1 year of PartPlay

    A 1 year subscription to the full PartPlay service (50% below the launch price), which you can activate at any time after the launch.

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    Pledge £50 or more About $63

    EARLY ADOPTER ESTA UK BUNDLE - 1 year of PartPlay + ESTA UK membership

    A 1 year subscription to the full PartPlay service, which you can activate at any time after the launch.

    Coupled with a 1 year membership to the European String Teachers Association (UK branch) which offers full public liability cover, legal and financial helplines, quarterly magazine and a huge range of teaching resources.

    UK residents only.

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    Pledge £60 or more About $75

    VIOLINIST BUNDLE - 1 year of PartPlay + Jargar Superior strings

    Get a complete set of Jargar Superior professional quality violin strings along with your 1 year subscription to the full PartPlay service, which you can activate at any time after the launch.

    We are very proud to offer this reward with the support of our equipment partner, Jargar.

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    COLLECTOR BUNDLE - 1 year of PartPlay + signed score

    A 1 year subscription to the full PartPlay service, which you can activate at any time after the launch.

    Plus a Bärenreiter score of the Ravel String Quartet, signed by the Castalian Quartet.

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    COLLECTOR BUNDLE - 1 year of PartPlay + signed score

    A 1 year subscription to the full PartPlay service, which you can activate at any time after the launch.

    Plus a Dover score of the complete Beethoven string quartets, signed by the Bingham Quartet.

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    Pledge £100 or more About $125

    VIP BUNDLE - 1 year of PartPlay + attend the launch party

    Two VIP tickets to the PartPlay launch event on June 10th 2016 at the 1901 Arts Club, Waterloo, London.

    Enjoy a concert by the Castalian and Bingham Quartets, meet the PartPlay team and see PartPlay in action. Refreshments included.

    Includes a 1 year subscription to the full PartPlay service, which you can activate at any time after the launch.

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    Pledge £130 or more About $163

    CELLIST BUNDLE + 1 year of PartPlay + Jargar Superior strings

    Get a complete set of Jargar Superior professional quality cello strings along with your 1 year subscription to the full PartPlay service, which you can activate at any time after the launch.

    We are very proud to offer this reward with the support of our equipment partner, Jargar.

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    Pledge £220 or more About $276

    VIOLINIST EXTRA BUNDLE - 1 year of PartPlay + Pedi violin case + set of Jargar Superior strings

    Get a brand new Steelshield violin case by Pedi along with your 1 year subscription to the full PartPlay service, which you can activate at any time after the launch.

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    Pledge £400 or more About $502

    VIOLINIST EXTRA BUNDLE - 1 year of PartPlay + Codabow + set of Jargar Superior strings

    Get a brand new Diamond GX professional quality carbon fibre violin bow by Codabow along with your 1 year subscription to the full PartPlay service, which you can activate at any after the launch.

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    Pledge £500 or more About $627

    SUPER EARLY ADOPTER - lifetime subscription

    Exclusive early adopter offer! Get a lifetime subscription to the PartPlay service. The ability to use our ever expanding catalogue with no limits!

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    Pledge £2,250 or more About $2,823

    STUDIO BUNDLE - lifetime subscription + record with a professional group in the PartPlay studio!

    Get a lifetime subscription to the PartPlay service. The ability to use our ever expanding catalogue with no limits!

    PLUS a full day in the studio with Steve, Phil and a professional ensemble. In the morning you'll be able to watch the PartPlay recording and filming process live, and then after lunch it's your turn to get behind the cameras and microphones and record a movement of your choice with the professional players!

    A unique experience: And to remember it you get a fully edited and mastered DVD of your performance.

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    Pledge £5,000 or more About $6,273

    COMPOSER BUNDLE - your own work recorded by the PartPlay team

    Have you written a string quartet?

    Be present in the studio for the recording of your own composition by a professional string quartet. Your piece will be added to the growing PartPlay catalog for students around the world to learn, and we will also provide you with fully mastered audio and video copies.

    Max. 1 piece up to 20 minutes runtime.

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