The manual you are using is very densely written and I don't recommend it for
beginning users unless they specifically like learning in this way. I did a
presentation for Accessible World that teaches such things as editing. I did
it many years ago and there are new features that you should know about such as
ways to hear where the markers are. Also, my presentation may have information
that is not current about doing certain things involved in choosing a source.
But if you skim through it, you will find demonstrations about how to edit
which will give you a good idea of how to do this. You may also find useful
information such as to use pause when you want to continue recording in the
Also, I believe I said in the tutorial that you need to save a file before
editing it. I don't know if that was ever true but it isn't now. But you may
need to learn about selecting a track before editing it. I didn't go into that
My point is that my tutorial may not be good as a general introduction any
longer but you may learn valuable things and you may find it useful in getting
a general idea how to edit.
The tutorial covers both Audacity and Mp3 direct Cut. Depending on what you
want to do, you may find Mp3 Direct Cut better suited to your purposes and the
information concerning Mp3 Direct Cut has held up better over time.
You can download it at
----- Original Message -----
From: Alison codamusic
Sent: Sunday, March 06, 2016 9:59 AM
Subject: [audacity4blind] New member Introduction
My name is Alison Trelfa and I have just found this list through trying to find
support online for the Audacity program. I use JAWS and I would very much
appreciate help with Audacity. I do see that there is a manual for those of us
using screen readers and for reference it seems very good, but I do not seem to
take info in very well in this way. It is the same for many other programs I
use. Are there any video or audio tutorials that I can be located to which goes
through the basic functions of editing such as deleting parts of a song, for
example taking out instrumental breaks and so on? I run a choir and have found
some excellent backing tracks, but they often have instrumental breaks in the
middle which leaves the choir standing doing nothing which I hate.
I am very excited to learn much more about this program and I am sure you will
help me enormously.
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