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This is what you get in the More version of this window (you use the More button to show it).

Speed drills (simpler version)

Useful for speed drills (simpler setup) - enter the target tempo, start tempo, step size in BPM, and set how many bars, seconds or minutes to play for each tempo...

When you click "Set up now!" then this sets up everything as desired in Automatic Tempo and Rhythm Changes (Ctrl + 245). Also sets it up automatically when you edit any of the parameters.

What it does is to switch on the Tempo and Rhythm progressions in Automatic Tempo and Rhythm Changes (Ctrl + 245) and switches on the Tempo Progression (and switches off Rhythm Progression).

It then makes a list of tempi to match your selection.

E.g. if set to 60 as start tempo, 100 as target, and 2 as the step size, the list of tempi is set to "90 step 2 to 100" and this then expands to

90 92 94 96 98 100.

You can then edit any of the fields in Automatic Tempo and Rhythm Changes (Ctrl + 245) if you want to make other changes to capture it further.

Set tempo for: (drop list)

How to show the tempo progression - and method to use to set the tempi.

E.g. as the tempo for the dial, or tempo for crotchets etc.

dotted (check box)

Sets whether to show the tempo with dotted notes in windows Speed drills (simpler version) (Ctrl + 280) and Automatic Tempo and Rhythm Changes (Ctrl + 245), when you have "Tempo for crotchets (etc)" selected

NOTE: this need not match the tempo shown in the tempo dial - if you want the dial to show the tempi in the same way, you can configure that in Tempo Dial - Preferences (Ctrl + 223) or use the Sync. dial button.

dotted (drop list)

Sets the note type to use to show the tempo in windows Speed drills (simpler version) (Ctrl + 280) and Automatic Tempo and Rhythm Changes (Ctrl + 245) when you have "Tempo for crotchets (etc)" selected

NOTE: this need not match the tempo shown in the tempo dial - if you want the dial to show the tempi in the same way, you can configure that in Tempo Dial - Preferences (Ctrl + 223) or use the Sync. dial button.

Sync dial (check box)

You can use this to set up the tempo dial to show the tempo in the same way as this window. Is highlighted (as if pressed) if already set up like that...

Switches on "Always show TEMPO FOR" in Tempo Dial - Preferences (Ctrl + 223) ands sets it to same type of note, e.g. crotchets or quavers etc, as this window.

TARGET TEMPO (editable) (Alt + T)

Target tempo to reach at the end of the speed drill

Start tempo (editable) (Alt + S)

Start tempo for the speed drill

= (editable)

Start tempo as a percentage of the target tempo for the speed drill

Auto adjust start tempo to % of target (check box)

When this is switched on, automatically adjusts the start tempo whenever you change the target tempo, to keep it at the same % of the target...

This is useful if, for instance, you want to practice many different tempi, and always start, say 80% slower or 60% slower or whatever

Tempo step: (editable) (Alt + P)

Tempo step for the speed drill - each bar, or each group of bars is played a bit faster by this amount in BPM

EACH TEMPO FOR (check box) (Alt + E)

EACH TEMPO FOR (editable) (Alt + E)

How many bars, seconds or mins to play the target tempo when it is reached

EACH TEMPO FOR (drop list) (Alt + E)

Choose seconds, minutes or bars

Play TARGET for (check box) (Alt + F)

This is useful if you want to play the target tempo for a while once you reach it

Play TARGET for (editable) (Alt + F)

Play TARGET for (drop list) (Alt + F)

Choose seconds, minutes or bars

Set up now! (check box) (Alt + U)

You can click this to set up the speed drill if not already set up automatically, e.g to reset to it after editing some of the individual tempi or other settings

Each time around, increase tempo by (check box)

Each time you repeat the entire cycle, increases all the tempi (or decreases it) by the same amount. This can be especially useful for speed drills...

This is an exercise you can do, to do a steady ramp in tempo, say from 60 to 100 increasing 2 bpm per bar. Then repeat it, but next time start 2 bpm faster, then 4 bpm faster and so on.

Some musicians find that this exercise lets them gradually practice at faster tempi than they thought possible before - can help you to get through a "speed barrier" that you may think is the fastest tempo you can play.

Each time around, increase tempo by (editable)

How much faster to play all the tempi each time around. You can also set this to a negative number to play all the tempi slower each time around

Stop After (check box)

Sets Bounce metronome to play the progression a preset number of times and then stop.

Note you can also set it to stop play after a set number of bars or beats in Stop After (Ctrl + 281)

If you have both of these options switched on, it will stop at whichever of the two is completed first.

Stop After (editable)

How many cycles to play before stopping

List of Tempi (editable)

Enter the tempi to play one after another.

You can also use step notation e.g. "30 step 5 to 60" for 30 35 40 45 50 55 60...

STEP NOTATION

You can use this with most of the text areas with rows of numbers in Bounce metronome, but is especially useful for the tempo progressions.

Example, enter this into the Tempo Progression field:

30 step 5 to 60

Bounce metronome will treat this as if you typed

30 35 40 45 50 55 60

You can click the Refresh button to see how Bounce metronome interpreted your text.

You can do a decreasing progression in the same way

60 step 5 to 30

for

60 55 50 45 40 35 30

You can do it as

60 step -5 to 30

but don't need to put in the - sign there as Bounce metronome can work out that it is a step downwards.

You can also combine them e.g.

30 step 5 to 60 to 40 for

30 35 40 45 50 55 60 55 50 45 40

Or

30 step 5 to 60 40 step 2 to 50 for:

30 35 40 45 50 40 42 44 46 48 50

Refresh - As separate tempi (check box)

You can use this to refresh all the text areas in this window - useful with step notation.

Ex. type "30 step 5 to 60" to set up a stepwise tempo progression.

If you click this Refresh button, your text will change to "30 35 40 45 50 55 60"...

STEP NOTATION

You can use this with most of the text areas with rows of numbers in Bounce metronome, but is especially useful for the tempo progressions.

Example, enter this into the Tempo Progression field:

30 step 5 to 60

Bounce metronome will treat this as if you typed

30 35 40 45 50 55 60

You can click the Refresh button to see how Bounce metronome interpreted your text.

You can do a decreasing progression in the same way

60 step 5 to 30

for

60 55 50 45 40 35 30

You can do it as

60 step -5 to 30

but don't need to put in the - sign there as Bounce metronome can work out that it is a step downwards.

You can also combine them e.g.

30 step 5 to 60 to 40 for

30 35 40 45 50 55 60 55 50 45 40

Or

30 step 5 to 60 40 step 2 to 50 for:

30 35 40 45 50 40 42 44 46 48 50

Automatic Tempo and Rhythm Changes (Ctrl + 245)

Tempo or rhythm progressions - e.g. for the different sections of a song, or to set the tempo individually for each bar...

For the tempo progresssions, just switch on the tempo progressions and set the tempo you want for each section or bar.

For the rhythm progressions, enter all the rhythms for your progression using "rhythm codes" such as 4 for 4/4, 2 for 2/4, 3:5 for a 3:5 polyrhythm etc

See the help for the Auto Rhythm Progression text area for details of how the rhythm codes work.

Simpler Automatic Tempo & Rhythm Changes... (editable)

Shows all the bars, one to a line

You can EDIT THIS this to change the tempo, rhythm etc for each line...

Example

1: Rhythm 2 Count 4 bars 4 Tempo 120

2: Rhythm 4s2 Count 5 bars 4 Tempo 60

first rhythm is 2/4, count 4 crotchets to a bar, play it for 4 bars at a tempo of 120 bpm

second rhythm is 4/4 with 2 subdivisions, count 3 beats to a bar, 5 bars, tempo 60

You can also show, and edit, the rhythms, tempi, numbers of bars, as separate lists in the more version of Automatic Tempo and Rhythm Changes (Ctrl + 245)

HOW THE RHYTHM NOTATION WORKS

(repeated from the help for the Rhythm Progressions field in Automatic Tempo and Rhythm Changes (Ctrl + 245)

MAKE SURE YOU HAVE NO WHITE SPACE WITHIN THE RHYTHM NOTATION

Make sure you enter each rhythm without any spaces e.g. 6/8 not "6 / 8" because white space is used as a separator to separate the rhythms in the list.

ORDINARY TIME SIGNATURES=

Just enter the number of beats per bar such as 2 (for 2/4) and 3 (for 3/4). There is no need to add the /4 though it does no harm.

The complete time signature is useful for compound time signatures.

Example: 6/8, 9/8 etc. This will emphasize the extra beats e.g. the middle beat in 6/8.

Also if you want to mix rhythms, like: 2/4 3/16 as in the Stravinsky's Rite of Spring extract.

POLYRHYTHMS

Enter all the numbers of beats to the bar separated by :

Example:2:3:5 for the polyrhythm 2 over 3 over 5.

CYCLES OF POLYRHYTHMS

Additive rhythms which mix polyrhythms won't work here - though they do work with the option to use the Up and Down arrows to cycle through rhythms in Tempo Dial - Preferences (Ctrl + 223).

The difference is that in Tempo Dial - Preferences (Ctrl + 223) you change the rhythm manually. Here you change the rhythm automatically and the rhythm cycles use scripts, and it is tricky to get that automatic rhythm change to work along with the script - so, I thought it best, for now anyway, to just disable the option and show a warning instead.

Example:

2:3+4:3+7:5 = everything after the + is ignored - because it needs a script to play it and you can't play scripted rhythms with this feature.

If you want an additive polyrhythm like that, then do them as separate rhythms. Just leave out the + as e.g.

2:3 4:3 7:5

If you want to repeat a rhythm like that for many bars you need to just copy the rhythm many times yourself

2:3 4:3 7:5 2:3 4:3 7:5 2:3 4:3 7:5 2:3 4:3 7:5

etc

and set the number of bars for each one to 1, or switch off the option to set the number of bars for the rhythms.

(sorry can't think of a simple way around this right now though might be possible in the future - do contact me if you really need this feature and I'll think about it some more - probably can be done one way or another if it is really needed).

SUBDIVISIONS

For time signatures with subdivisions add an 's' after the time signature followed by the desired number of subdivisions

Eamples: 3s4 for 3/4 with four subdivisions.

POLYRHYTHMS WITH SUBDIVISIONS

Same as for ordinary time signatures, add an 's' followed by the desired number of subdivisions. But you can add more than one number of subdivisions, e.g.

3:5s2:3 for 3 over 5 with 2 and 3 subdivisions respetively,

If you prefer, use & for the subdivisions

3:5s2&3

However, you can't at the moment use the s subdivisions notation for the cycles of polyrhythms. Instead for e.g. 3:4+3:2 with two subdivisions of each part you would do as 3:6:4:8+3:6:2:4 i.e. add in the extra parts for each number of subdivisions e.g. add in :6 for two subdivisions of 3

ADDITIVE RHYTHMS (MIXED METERS)

Use a + e.g. 2+3+2 for the additive rhythm 2+3+2/4

COMPARISON OF POLYRHYTHM AND TIME SIGNATURE NOTATIONS

Note that 6/8 is the same as 6:2 I.e. the time signature 6/8 has same effect as playing 6 beats to the bar over 2 beats to the bar.

Return to start tempo (check box) (Alt + R)

In case you want to slow down at the end, to return to the stat tempo. Some musicians practice like this, ramp up to the target tempo, then slow down at the end to a more relaxed tempo.

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