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Go SILENT briefly and Lilt Measures

Set numbers of silent measures for Go Silent Briefly - hide the bouncing ball when silent - also configure Lilt Measures

LILT bars (Alt + R)

Helps to give a more natural feel to the rhythm by varying the timing subtly from one bar to the next...

When you play or sing a tune, while keeping to a steady overall tempo, it's natural to vary the timing very slightly from one bar to the next. Playing all the measures exactly the same is a bit like walking with all your strides exactly the same like a robot. It isn't wrong to do that - it is done sometimes - especially with music based on repeating sound loops. However it is more common for the measures to vary in a subtle way from bar to bar.

Often the bar timing varies with the melody line and the feel of the tune, so this can't be preset in advance. But a fairly common pattern is to start at normal tempo, second bar is a tiny bit faster, third is back nearly to normal tempo and fourth bar is very slightly slower than normal, then continue in that way in waves of subtle tempo variation, slower and faster.

So this is the preset pattern.

You can vary the amount of the lilt. You can also set the instant tempo for each bar individually for as many measures as you like.

This option may make the metronome feel a bit more lively and make it easier to play along with. It is also good practice for playing with other musicians and help make your own rhythms more organic and lively.

Play, then Go SILENT at bars:

Switches the sound off for a few measures at a time - this can help you learn to play at a steady tempo and to play tricky rhythms WITHOUT THE METRONOME...

You enter the numbers of measures to play and to be silent for in Automatic Tempo and Rhythm Changes (Ctrl + 245).

The idea here is that you continue to play when the sound stops. Then when the sound comes back again, aim to be exactly in time with the metronome, or as close as you can get to it.

You can try this either with or without the bouncing ball visuals as an extra cue to help you stay in time.

One reason to do this is to help you to learn to keep a steady tempo without a metronome. You can also use it when you learn tricky rhythms e.g. polyrhythms etc, to see if you can keep them going during the measures when the metronome is silent.

You can easily look away from the screen when the sound stops if you want to avoid the visual cues - but can't close your ears to sounds in the same way - so that's why I did a check box for the sound, and not the visuals.

What this does is to play the rhythm with sound for a few measures, then switch off the sound, then play it again alternately like that.

Play, then Go SILENT at bars:

You can enter more than two numbers e.g. 1, 3, 2, 4 to play for 1 bar, silent for 3, play for 2, silent for 4...

Repeats your sequence of measures endlessly for as long as you let the metronome play.

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