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Lilt Preset (button) - The idea here is to try to give more of a natural feel to the rhythm by varying the tempo slightly for every measure.Mac's Diminishing Click (button) - This is the diminishing click exercise from chapter 3 of Mac Santiago's book "Beyond the Metronome, becoming an inchronous musician"...Tempo and Rhythm Progressions (check box) - Tempo or rhythm progressions - e.g. for the different sections of a song, or to set the tempo individually for each measure - Configured in Tempo and Rhythm Progressions (Ctrl + 245)....Tempo Progressions (check box) - Select this to vary the tempoTempo Progressions (editable) - Enter the tempo for each measure in the cycle, either as % of first in the list, or as bpm depending on the choice for the drop list...Tempo Progressions (drop list) - How to show the tempo for each measure in the cycle - as % of first in the list, or as BPM...Rhythm Progressions (check box) - You can set a different rhythm for each measure here using "rhythm codes" such as 4 for 4/4, 2 for 2/4, 3:5 for a 3:5 polyrhythm etc...Rhythm Progressions (editable) - Enter all the rhythms you want to use with the special rhythm notation - see the rest of this tip for details...space out these numbers with tabs, to align vertically (check box) - Helps you to see which tempo corresponds to each rhythm code, or number of measures etc...Tool tip help - F1Organise Windows - F2Fractal Tunes Dialog Star - Tip of the day - Fractal Tunes category - right click for neighbouring windows...PLAY Sound (button) - Play the rhythm or stop play - SHORTCUT: RETURN KEY - May need to ADJUST SYNC. of bounce with sound...Pause (button) - Pause playback, or continue playVolume - Set master volume for Bounce Metronome. Other controls also affect the volume...Play bouncing Balls (button) - Animate the bouncing balls or stop the animation...More » (button) - Shows this window with either more space, more options, or alternative layoutLess « (button) - Shows this window with either less space, less options, or alternative layoutSet notation for Tempo Progression in: (check box) - Use this if you want to set the notation for each rhythm in the progression individually...Set notation for Tempo Progression in: (editable) - Enter the number of quarter notes per measure for each of the rhythmsSet numbers of measures for rhythms (check box) - Use this to play each rhythm for several measuresSet numbers of measures for rhythms (editable) - Enter the number of measures to play for each tempo or rhythmSet numbers of measures for tempi (check box) - Use this to play each tempo for several measuresMake into Script (button) - Makes your rhythm or tempo progression into a script for Rhythm Script (Ctrl + 171)Step through progressions with UP or DOWN ARROWS (check box) - Lets you use the Up and Down arrows to move through the rhythms or tempo progressions when the rhythm is stopped.The arrows keys here are ignored when the rhythm is playing.position reached (editable) - Shows the position reached in the tempo or rhythm progression so far - when the rhythm is stopped, you can also edit this number to move to another place in the progression.position reached (drop list) - Choose how to show the notation for the tempo progressions in this window.dotted (check box) - (no tooltip help yet)Reset Notation for Progression (check box) - Resets to the default notation for all the rhythms in a rhythm progression - or to the default notation for the current rhythm in case of a tempo progressionRhythm or Tempo Progression (button) - (no tooltip help yet)Rite of Spring Extract (button) - (no tooltip help yet)
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Play 2nd measure of 4 a little faster by (check box) - Plays 2nd measure faster, 3rd at original tempo, 4th slower, in 4 measure cyclePlay 2nd measure of 4 a little faster by (editable) - How much faster to play the faster measures, as a %...Play 3rd measure of 8 a little faster by (check box) - Gradually gets faster up to the 3rd measure, then slows down to the 7th measure then back to start tempo in 8 measure cyclePlay 3rd measure of 8 a little faster by (editable) - How much faster to play the fastest 3rd measure in the cycle...Play 5th measure of 16 a little faster by (check box) - Gradually gets faster up to the 5th measure, then slows down to the 13th measure then back to start tempo in 16 measure cyclePlay 5th measure of 16 a little faster by (editable) - How much faster to play the fastest 5th measure in the cycle...Play 9th measure of 32 a little faster by (check box) - Gradually gets faster up to the 9th measure, then slows down to the 25th measure then back to start tempo in 32 measure cyclePlay 9th measure of 32 a little faster by (editable) - How much faster to play the fastest 9th measure in the cycle...Tempo and Rhythm Progressions (check box) - Tempo or rhythm progressions - e.g. for the different sections of a song, or to set the tempo individually for each measure - Configured in Tempo and Rhythm Progressions (Ctrl + 245)....Tempo Progression (check box) - Select this to vary the tempoTempo Progression (drop list) - How to show the tempo for each measure in the cycle - as % of first in the list, or as BPM...Tempo Progression (editable) - Enter the tempo for each measure in the cycle, either as % of first in the list, or as bpm depending on the choice for the drop list...Set notation for Tempo Progression (check box) - Use this if you want to set the notation for each rhythm in the progression individually...Rhythm Progression (check box) - You can set a different rhythm for each measure here using "rhythm codes" such as 4 for 4/4, 2 for 2/4, 3:5 for a 3:5 polyrhythm etc...Rhythm Progression (editable) - Enter all the rhythms you want to use with the special rhythm notation - see the rest of this tip for details...Verbose descriptions (check box) - Changes the way some of the rhythm description are shown when the rhythm is selected and played...Set numbers of measures for rhythms (check box) - Use this to play each rhythm for several measuresSet numbers of measures for rhythms (editable) - Enter the number of measures to play for each tempo or rhythmSet numbers of measures for tempi (check box) - Use this to play each tempo for several measuresspace out these numbers with tabs, to align vertically (check box) - Helps you to see which tempo corresponds to each rhythm code, or number of measures etc...Tool tip help - F1Organise Windows - F2Fractal Tunes Dialog Star - Tip of the day - Fractal Tunes category - right click for neighbouring windows...PLAY Sound (button) - Play the rhythm or stop play - SHORTCUT: RETURN KEY - May need to ADJUST SYNC. of bounce with sound...Pause (button) - Pause playback, or continue playVolume - Set master volume for Bounce Metronome. Other controls also affect the volume...Play bouncing Balls (button) - Animate the bouncing balls or stop the animation...Less « (button) - Shows this window with either less space, less options, or alternative layoutMake into Script (check box) - Makes your rhythm or tempo progression into a script for Rhythm Script (Ctrl + 171)Step through progressions with UP or DOWN ARROWS (check box) - Lets you use the Up and Down arrows to move through the rhythms or tempo progressions when the rhythm is stopped.The arrows keys here are ignored when the rhythm is playing.position reached (editable) - Shows the position reached in the tempo or rhythm progression so far - when the rhythm is stopped, you can also edit this number to move to another place in the progression.position reached (drop list) - Choose how to show the notation for the tempo progressions in this window.For: arrows & position reached - Take account of numbers of measures for rhythms (check box) - (no tooltip help yet)dotted (check box) - (no tooltip help yet)Reset Notation for Progression (check box) - Resets to the default notation for all the rhythms in a rhythm progression - or to the default notation for the current rhythm in case of a tempo progressionReset Notation for Progression (editable) - Enter the number of quarter notes per measure for each of the rhythmsAlways show TEMPO ON DIAL FOR (check box) - Shows tempo in the same way for ALL THE PARTS. Preet to ON for DRUM METRONOME and MIXED METERS, otherwise OFF...Always show TEMPO ON DIAL FOR (drop list) - (no tooltip help yet)Part (editable) - (no tooltip help yet)Sync with tempo dial part (check box) - (no tooltip help yet)Sync with tempo dial part (drop list) - (no tooltip help yet)dotted (check box) - (no tooltip help yet)Tempo Dial - Preferences (Ctrl + 223) - Various Tempo Dial Options including UP and DOWN ARROWS Step through LIST OF TEMPI AND RHYTHMS, also configure what to show the tempo forLilt Preset (check box) - The idea here is to try to give more of a natural feel to the rhythm by varying the tempo slightly for every measure.Rhythm or Tempo Progression (check box) - (no tooltip help yet)Rite of Spring Extract (check box) - (no tooltip help yet)Mac's Diminishing Click (check box) - This is the diminishing click exercise from chapter 3 of Mac Santiago's book "Beyond the Metronome, becoming an inchronous musician"...Tempo and Rhythm Progressions (check box) - (no tooltip help yet)
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This is what you get in the More version of this window (you use the More button to show it).

Tempo and Rhythm Progressions

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

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

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.

Use for subtle tempo changes

The Lilt Measures preset and the check boxes to play some of the measures a little faster or slower may help with subtle tempo changes from one measure to the next. Or you can set the tempo for each measure individually.

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

Motivation for lilt measures

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 measure 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 measure to measure.

Often the measure timing varies with the melody line and the feel of the tune, so this can't be preset in advance, unless you set it individually for all the measures in the tune you want to play.

However, one interesting pattern is to start at normal tempo, second measure is a tiny bit faster, third is back nearly to normal tempo and fourth measure 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 measure individually for as many measures as you like.

Some musicians may find that this option helps the metronome to feel a bit more lively and make it easier to play along with. It might also be good practice for playing with other musicians and help make your own rhythms more organic and lively.

Human rhythms are far more fluid and flowing than this.. This option is just a first approximation. It may be useful as an alternative to a totally mechanical repeating metronomc click, and as a way to set a metronome which varies subtly in tempo.

Play 2nd measure of 4 a little faster by (check box)

Plays 2nd measure faster, 3rd at original tempo, 4th slower, in 4 measure cycle

Play 2nd measure of 4 a little faster by (editable)

How much faster to play the faster measures, as a %...

So for instance if you set this to 4 then the meaures are played at

100% 104% 100% 96.154% of the start tempo - then repeats

It's 96.154 not 96% in this example because it is worked out using the same change in tempo in both directions as a proprotion. So if it increases by 4% on the faster measures (i.e. by 104/100) then on the slower measures it decreases as 100* (100/104) %

Play 3rd measure of 8 a little faster by (check box)

Gradually gets faster up to the 3rd measure, then slows down to the 7th measure then back to start tempo in 8 measure cycle

Play 3rd measure of 8 a little faster by (editable)

How much faster to play the fastest 3rd measure in the cycle...

It's a gradual variation up and down in tempo, slowest at the 7th measure

Play 5th measure of 16 a little faster by (check box)

Gradually gets faster up to the 5th measure, then slows down to the 13th measure then back to start tempo in 16 measure cycle

Play 5th measure of 16 a little faster by (editable)

How much faster to play the fastest 5th measure in the cycle...

It's a gradual variation up and down in tempo, slowest at the 13th measure

Play 9th measure of 32 a little faster by (check box)

Gradually gets faster up to the 9th measure, then slows down to the 25th measure then back to start tempo in 32 measure cycle

Play 9th measure of 32 a little faster by (editable)

How much faster to play the fastest 9th measure in the cycle...

It's a gradual variation up and down in tempo, slowest at the 25th measure

Tempo and Rhythm Progressions (check box) (Alt + E)

Tempo or rhythm progressions - e.g. for the different sections of a song, or to set the tempo individually for each measure - Configured in Automatic Tempo and Rhythm Changes (Ctrl + 245)....

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

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.

Use for subtle tempo changes

The Lilt Measures preset and the check boxes to play some of the measures a little faster or slower may help with subtle tempo changes from one measure to the next. Or you can set the tempo for each measure individually.

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

Motivation for lilt measures

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 measure 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 measure to measure.

Often the measure timing varies with the melody line and the feel of the tune, so this can't be preset in advance, unless you set it individually for all the measures in the tune you want to play.

However, one interesting pattern is to start at normal tempo, second measure is a tiny bit faster, third is back nearly to normal tempo and fourth measure 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 measure individually for as many measures as you like.

Some musicians may find that this option helps the metronome to feel a bit more lively and make it easier to play along with. It might also be good practice for playing with other musicians and help make your own rhythms more organic and lively.

Human rhythms are far more fluid and flowing than this.. This option is just a first approximation. It may be useful as an alternative to a totally mechanical repeating metronomc click, and as a way to set a metronome which varies subtly in tempo.

Tempo Progression (check box) (Alt + T)

Select this to vary the tempo

Tempo Progression (drop list) (Alt + T)

How to show the tempo for each measure in the cycle - as % of first in the list, or as BPM...

If you set this to BPM then the here will change whenever you vary the tempo of the rhythm, since the tempo cycle is worked out as an extra tempo variation on top of the selected tempo on the dial.

Tempo Progression (editable) (Alt + T)

Enter the tempo for each measure in the cycle, either as % of first in the list, or as bpm depending on the choice for the drop list...

If you set this to BPM then the numbers here will change whenever you vary the tempo on the main tempo dial, since the tempo cycle is worked out as an extra tempo variation on top of the selected tempo on the dial.

Set notation for Tempo Progression (check box)

Use this if you want to set the notation for each rhythm in the progression individually...

When switched on you see an option to reset to the default notation for the rhythm sequence, which you can then edit as you like. This might be a good way to get started.

Rhythm Progression (check box) (Alt + R)

You can set a different rhythm for each measure here 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 more details.

Rhythm Progression (editable) (Alt + R)

Enter all the rhythms you want to use with the special rhythm notation - see the rest of this tip for details...

Default value is 2 4s2 3s4 6/8 3:5 3:5s3:2 3+2+3s2 4/4+7/8

Examples:

4 = 4/4 - a number on its own gives the number of beats per measure.

3s4 = 3/4 with 4 subdivsions - number after the s is the number of subdivisions

3:5 polyrhythm 3:5

3+2+3 = 3/4 + 2/4 + 3/4 additive rhythm

6/8 = time signature 6/8

4/4+7/8 = additive rhythm

HOWEVER:

4:3+5 = cycle of polyrhythms - you can't do this here. Instead do as separate rhythms 4:3 5 (replace the + by a space).

MAKE SURE YOU HAVE NO SPACES IN ANY OF THE RHYTHMS

- the space is used as a separator to show where one rhythm ends and the next begins.

So for example, make sure you type 3:5 DONT TYPE 3 :5 (space before the :).

For details of the notations see below.

The other windows with rhythm cycles in them

You can also set a rhythm cycle in Rhythm cycles, Morphing Polyrhythms - and fast numerical entry for rhythms (Ctrl + 89) and step through the rhythms of a rhythm cycle with up and down arrows in Tempo Dial - Preferences (Ctrl + 223). You can use different rhythm cycles for each of those windows if you like. However, the notation is the same for them all so you can also copy / paste rhythms between these windows.

There is a bit of a difference "under the hood" - Rhythm cycles, Morphing Polyrhythms - and fast numerical entry for rhythms (Ctrl + 89) uses scripts so is the one to start from if you want to make your own script for a complex piece of music. Also if you use Rhythm cycles, Morphing Polyrhythms - and fast numerical entry for rhythms (Ctrl + 89) then you can show all the rhythms in the cycle across the bottom of the bouncing balls window. On the other hand, Automatic Tempo and Rhythm Changes (Ctrl + 245) lets you set a different tempo for each rhythm, and set how many measures to play each rhythm for, without any need to edit a script.

How the notation works

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 measure 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 it is tricky to get that 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 measures for each one to 1, or switch off the option to set the number of measures 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 measure.

Verbose descriptions (check box)

Changes the way some of the rhythm description are shown when the rhythm is selected and played...

Verbose version: 3:2 shown as "Polyrhythm 3:2" or 4sub2 shown as "4 / 4 with 2 subdivisions"

Short (succint) version: 3:2 as "3:2" (word Polyrhythm isn't really needed) or 4sub2 as "4 / 4, 2 subs"

The description won't change immediately when you switch this option on or off.

You will see the change next time you play a rhythm or select a rhythm using the rhythm progression, or the up / down arrow to change the rhythm, or any other part of Bounce Metronome which works with rhythm codes.

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Set numbers of measures for rhythms (check box)

Use this to play each rhythm for several measures

Set numbers of measures for rhythms (editable)

Enter the number of measures to play for each tempo or rhythm

Set numbers of measures for tempi (check box)

Use this to play each tempo for several measures

space out these numbers with tabs, to align vertically (check box)

Helps you to see which tempo corresponds to each rhythm code, or number of measures etc...

This inserts tabs before all the numbers. Spaces them out with identical spacings, which makes it easier to line them up with each other to see which tempo corresponds to which rhythm code and so on.

Make into Script (check box)

Makes your rhythm or tempo progression into a script for Tune Script (Ctrl + 171)

You can edit the script to add anything else which can be scripted, for any of the measures in the script

To use it after it is made, you go to Play Script (Ctrl + 171) and switch on Play Script - then play the rhythm.

Step through progressions with UP or DOWN ARROWS (check box)

Lets you use the Up and Down arrows to move through the rhythms or tempo progressions when the rhythm is stopped.The arrows keys here are ignored when the rhythm is playing.

position reached (editable)

Shows the position reached in the tempo or rhythm progression so far - when the rhythm is stopped, you can also edit this number to move to another place in the progression.

position reached (drop list)

Choose how to show the notation for the tempo progressions in this window.

Reset Notation for Progression (check box)

Resets to the default notation for all the rhythms in a rhythm progression - or to the default notation for the current rhythm in case of a tempo progression

Reset Notation for Progression (editable)

Enter the number of quarter notes per measure for each of the rhythms

Always show TEMPO ON DIAL FOR (check box)

Shows tempo in the same way for ALL THE PARTS. Preet to ON for DRUM METRONOME and MIXED METERS, otherwise OFF...

When this option is switched OFF, the tempo dial shows a different tempo for each part depending on the number of notes per measure played.

When this option is ON, the dial shows the same tempo for all the parts, e.g. always shows the tempo for quarter notes.

So for instance you can use this to display the tempo as quarter notes even when none of the parts actually play quarter notes as such.

This is sometimes a useful thing to do:

Preset to ON for Drum & Dance, Flamenco, and mixed meters

More useful for those metronomes. Not so useful for polyrhythms and ordinary metronome type rhythms.

For instance with the drum metronome, the rhythm uses smallest notes in the rhythm, e.g. sixteenth notes, and uses skips to make up larger beat sizes such as quarter notes and eighth notes.

With this option switched off you will see the tempo for sixteenth notes (say). It is rare that you will want this - more often you want the tempo for quarter notes.

So this is particularly useful for the complex drum and dance rhythms or mixed meters which make extensive use of skips - and so is preset to switched ON for those metronomes.

Preset to OFF for most rhythms

This option can be confusing for some rhythms, or it may be better switched off.

E.g. if the polyrhythm has 5 beats to a measure in one part and 3 in another. These are preset to show 4 quarter notes per measure - even when none of the parts actually plays quarter notes in 4/4 time - to make the note symbols easy to read e.g. quintuplet type notation for the 5 beats to a measure polyrhythm.

So this is switched off for polyrhythms.

Also for time signature only type rhythms, then you often are interested to see the tempo for each of the parts.

E.g. in 6/8 it is good to have the choice, to show the tempo for the eighth notes or for the dotted quarter notes as desired just by selecting the part of interest to show in the tempo dial.

So it is switched OFF for time signature only type rhythms

Tempo Dial - Preferences (Ctrl + 223)

Various Tempo Dial Options including UP and DOWN ARROWS Step through LIST OF TEMPI AND RHYTHMS, also configure what to show the tempo for

For the UP / DOWN arrow keys normally they adjust the tempo up and down by one notch, but you can also set them to cycle through a preset list of tempi and time signatures...

Also go here to configure whether to play sound for the tap for tempo and other tempo options - see More version of the window for more options

Lilt Preset (check box)

The idea here is to try to give more of a natural feel to the rhythm by varying the tempo slightly for every measure.

Mac's Diminishing Click (check box)

This is the diminishing click exercise from chapter 3 of Mac Santiago's book "Beyond the Metronome, becoming an inchronous musician"...

This exercise is great for helping to develop your own inner sense of a steady tempo. What he calls becoming an "inchronous musician"

Makes sure you can continue to keep good time without a metronome or click track to help you.

Try to play in the pocket with the click. The first two measures are a "count in" to get you used to the rhythm.

The basic idea is to keep track of how many measures you can manage before you lose the click (i.e. drift so far you have lost the tempo). With practise you can get further and further before you lose the click.

For more about this exercise and help with it, see chapter 3 of his book. http://inchronicity.com/Inchronicity.php

Ideas

The bounce visuals obviously help you to play in time with the click. So, you need to be able to do it without the bounce as well.

  • Try this video with the bounces hidden (or just look away from the screen).

You may want an easy way to play the sound withouth the visuals. To do that go to Bounce Options (Ctrl + 220) and unselect "Start BOUNCE along with SOUND and stop when sound stops".

  • Try with bounces hidden on some or most of the measures. You can do this in

PLAY then SILENT for Measures (Ctrl + 260)

Tempo and Rhythm Progressions (check box) (Alt + E)

This is the diminishing click exercise from chapter 3 of Mac Santiago's book "Beyond the Metronome, becoming an inchronous musician"...

This exercise is great for helping to develop your own inner sense of a steady tempo. What he calls becoming an "inchronous musician"

Makes sure you can continue to keep good time without a metronome or click track to help you.

Try to play in the pocket with the click. The first two measures are a "count in" to get you used to the rhythm.

The basic idea is to keep track of how many measures you can manage before you lose the click (i.e. drift so far you have lost the tempo). With practise you can get further and further before you lose the click.

For more about this exercise and help with it, see chapter 3 of his book. http://inchronicity.com/Inchronicity.php

Ideas

The bounce visuals obviously help you to play in time with the click. So, you need to be able to do it without the bounce as well.

  • Try this video with the bounces hidden (or just look away from the screen).

You may want an easy way to play the sound withouth the visuals. To do that go to Bounce Options (Ctrl + 220) and unselect "Start BOUNCE along with SOUND and stop when sound stops".

  • Try with bounces hidden on some or most of the measures. You can do this in

PLAY then SILENT for Measures (Ctrl + 260)

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