If you have a computer, it's relatively simple to edit the music and change the speed. Note that this can't be done directly on CDs - you have to have a file, either imported from a CD or one of our MP3s or downloads to work on.
The first requirement is a piece of music editing software. We recommend Audacity
, which we use to edit our tracks - it's free and available for Windows, Mac and Linux. It looks a bit overwhelming to start with, but it is relatively simple. Or choose your own preferred software. When you open a sound file you will see the hymn as a set of waves - it's usually visually very clear where the (shorter) playover and then the verses are.
Assuming you are using Audacity (other editors may or may not offer this facility), choose Change Tempo from the Effects menu. If you want to make the playing faster enter a positive number in the Percent Change box. We suggest trying 10 first. You can hear a preview of the changed speed to see if it's right for you before saving it. If you want to make the playing slower, enter a negative number in the Percent Change box. We suggest trying -10 first. When you are happy with the speed, click OK. When the change is complete export a copy of the file by choosing Export from the File menu. We suggest you give it a different name to avoid overwriting your existing file, in case you want to make further changes.