Description: TefillahTrainer - A revolutionary new tool to learn Hebrew prayer. Designed for the congregant, b'nai mitzvah student, and adult learner. This software offers full control of voice, pitch, speed with several Ashkenazi and Sephardi pronunciations. Students can switch between chanting and speaking the prayers.
A soft instrumental accompaniment can be switched on or off to aid in learning melodies.
TefillahTrainer software includes both traditional and alternate texts to accommodate the customs of most synagogues. Nusach Ashkenaz, Nusach Ari (Chabad), Sim Shalom, Mishkan Tefillah and more.
Students can learn by following the Hebrew words (with phrase-by-phrase literal English translation) or can follow the sheet music of the prayer with transliteration
The advanced student who wants to learn to lead services -- to be a Ba'al Tefillah -- can select "Hear Reader's parts" and will be shown the entire prayer with only the leader's parts chanted.
An innovative system of symbols (Simanei Nusach symbols) have been developed to indicate musical motifs for prayer texts which are chanted aloud.
With all these features, Tefillah Trainer is the software for training B'nai Mitzvah students, first-time weekday and Shabbat attendees and Shiva daveners; and for those who are familiar with prayers as congregants and who would like to learn to lead a service.
Learn to Lead a Service!
TefillahTrainer software uniquely addresses each of these issues. Using multimedia technology, complete prayers are presented in the proper context of complete prayer services, making it easy to navigate to the exact word in the exact prayer that you want to learn. No more searching through CDs, MP3 files or cassettes. In TefillahTrainer software, simply click on the prayer, click on the word, and click Play. In TefillahTrainer, most prayers are chanted using proper traditional nusach -- the melody patterns traditionally used for sets of prayers chanted on weekdays and Shabbat. Other prayers are chanted with popular congregational melodies. We don't expect you to be a cantorial student, so the melodies are clear and not overly complex.
Learn by Experience:
In a traditional service, the reader chants the final words of a prayer out loud, and for some prayers, also chants the first words of a prayer out loud. For the beginner just learning the prayers, TefillahTrainer software also chants the middle words of each prayer using simple melodies related to the nusach appropriate for each prayer in its location in a service.
System requirements: Windows XP or Vista, 500MB RAM or more (Vista may require more RAM, depending on Vista version), 1024x768 or greater video display, sound card and speakers, or a Macintosh (Intel or PowerPC) running OS X 10.3 or greater.
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