Music app with intentional pause

Edited: October 14, 2021, 12:09 PM · Hard to know the right heading for this one. I'm looking for an app for Windows 10 that will add an intentional pause between hitting play and the music. These are official audio files from my teacher's instruction books. I need not slow them down, but it would be nice to be able to play along with assigned pieces before my lessons and I need a couple of seconds to move from laptop to instrument. Neither Windows Media Player or Groove has this feature

I'm also checking with my hammered dulcimer forum, so far no suggestions. There may not be anything appropriate but thought I would ask here as well.

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October 14, 2021, 9:05 PM · You can open PowerShell, and type:

Start-Sleep -s 2 && path/to/your/music.mp3

Replace "2" with the number of seconds that you'd like the computer to wait. This will open the music file in the default music player of your system.

October 15, 2021, 5:34 AM · Oh my, I will test this tonight but this is a nice approach that requires no new software. Thanks!
Edited: October 16, 2021, 8:45 AM · An even easier solution is to open the file in Audacity and paste a few seconds of silence into the start of the file. The publisher shouldn't care as this isn't for public or commercial use. For some reason it didn't work the first time I attempted this but it must have been user error.

I don't want to do this with everything or my ear will totally overtake my reading skills, but it's a nice option is there is no one local I can play with.

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