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Chord Progressions for Arpeggios

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Chord Progressions for Arpeggios

Change at first seed pos in layer

Moves forward to next chord at start of every seed in the selected layer

Layer

Layer for chord changes for option to change at every seed in a layer

Layer - SPIN

Adjust layer for chord changes

Change at these seed positions in layer

Moves forward at these positions in every seed in the selected layer

Change at these seed positions in layer

When in the seed to change to the next chord

For instance if this is set to 2, 4 that means that the chord progression moves on to the next chord at the 2nd and 4th notes of every seed in the selected layer

Change at every note for part

Moves to next chord every time this part sounds a note...

This is most relevant for Choose Parts by Other where some parts may play notes only occasionally or irregularly depending on the formula used, and it may be interesting to change chords in a similar fashion.

Change at every note for part

Which part to use as the one that triggers chord changes

Change at every note for part - SPIN

Adjust choice of the part that triggers chord changes

Chord Progr.

Choose a chord progression from the drop list

Open...

Open a saved chord progression

Save

Save this chord progression

Save As...

Save this chord progression with another file name or location

Save Custom Symbols

Save any custom chord symbols as part of the progression

Allow any inversion

Let the chords be inverted - you don't care which inversion is used...

It is done so that the inverted chords all use a similar range of pitches - chords that span less than an octave will be inverted if necessary until they only use notes in the first octave above the 1/1.

For the Chords for PC keyboard keys (Ctrl + 172) window - that's how it works if you have the option to transpose all the PC keyboard chords to notes played switched off. When the chords get transposed, they work similarly, but inverted if necessary so that they only use notes in the first octave above the note to be played.

Progression

Enter chord progression here...

Example chords:

C, Cm, Csus2, Csus4, Cadd2, Cmadd2, Cadd2add4, Caug, Cdim, Cdim7, C5, C6, Cm6,C6/7, Cm6/7, Cmaj6/7, Cmaj7, C7sus4, C7add4,Cmaj9, C9sus4, C11, Cm11, Cmaj11, Cmmaj7, CmM7, Cmmaj9, CmM9, C7#9, C7b9, Cmaj7b5, Cm7dim5, Cmaj7aug5, Cmaj7dim5, etc etc

Microtonal symbols include: j = just intonation, s = septimal, p = Pythagorean, various others - see the help. These can be used to pick out the nearest scale degrees so for instance Csm and Cjm will distinguish the nearest to the septimal and just minor chords in any scale.

To see the intended exact tuning for the chord show a New Scale window and then enter #chord Csm into the Select from field (or whatever the chord symbol it is that you want to test).

For more details see Chord progression player

Rhythm

Enter chord progression here...

Example chords:

C, Cm, Csus2, Csus4, Cadd2, Cmadd2, Cadd2add4, Caug, Cdim, Cdim7, C5, C6, Cm6,C6/7, Cm6/7, Cmaj6/7, Cmaj7, C7sus4, C7add4,Cmaj9, C9sus4, C11, Cm11, Cmaj11, Cmmaj7, CmM7, Cmmaj9, CmM9, C7#9, C7b9, Cmaj7b5, Cm7dim5, Cmaj7aug5, Cmaj7dim5, etc etc

Microtonal symbols include: j = just intonation, s = septimal, p = Pythagorean, various others - see the help. These can be used to pick out the nearest scale degrees so for instance Csm and Cjm will distinguish the nearest to the septimal and just minor chords in any scale.

To see the intended exact tuning for the chord show a New Scale window and then enter #chord Csm into the Select from field (or whatever the chord symbol it is that you want to test).

For more details see Chord progression player

Rhythm

Enter a rhythm for the chord progression play button...

Example:

v 100 O _ v 50 O _ O _ o _ o

The O is a quarter note, the o is an eighth note. The v sets the volume of the notes that follow so v 100 is max. volume and v 50 is half volume.

The _ before a note sets it to strum the same chord as the one before. So this rhythm is played all on the same chord.

If you wanted to change chords in the middle for instance, you would leave out an _ as in:

v 100 O _ v 50 O O _ o _ o

You can use Oo and o. as dotted notes - you can combine beats together by just placing the characters next to each other so that they touch.

So this is a 6/8 type rhythm:

v 100 Oo v 50 o. . o

# (number) Play Arpeggio

Play the chord progression - as chords, broken chords or sequences...

To configure which of these you play, use the double quaver play options button Options for Seed, Arpeggio & Scale Play buttons (Ctrl + 28).

\ (back slash) Options for play scale / arpeggio / seed

Arpeggio and scale playback options - ascending, descending, both and more

Play selected chord

When you press play button, it plays the selected chord

Play from sel.

Play button plays chord progression from selected chord onwards

Play all

Play button plays the entire progression

Step through

Play one chord at a time with Ok cancel messages

Am

Choice of Selected chord - its position in the chord progression...

This will change automatically if you click on the chord you want to hear

Am - SPIN

Adjust choice of selected chord

To Arp...

Copy selected chord to an arpeggio window for editing, Ctrl + press to get back

To Main Win.

Copies selection to main window. Ctrl + press to get main window arpeggio back

Play

Click here to play it...

What this plays depends on the task selected from the Tasks menu.

It can play a retuned midi clip, chord progression, fractal tune or metronome

SHORTCUT FOR FRACTAL TUNES OR METRONOME

You can use Shift + click to fast forward...

Also Ctrl to fast forward even more. Shift multiplies the tempo by 10 and Ctrl multiplies it by 100, so the two together would play a fractal tune at for instance, 60,000 instead of 60 as the tempo. This is useful sometimes for fast forwarding through fractal tunes.

Pause

Pause playback, or continue play

Volume

Set master volume for FTS. Other controls also affect the volume...

Bs | Play control brings up the master volume control for Windows as a whole.

The volume is also affected by the volume for individual parts in the Parts (Ctrl + 9) window.

For the Wave shape player, go to the Wave Shape Player Audio Format (Ctrl + 188)

For CSound instruments, you can set the overall volume in the C Sound Save Opts (Ctrl + 168)

You can also vary the volume in Out | Options | More | Volume remapping, note on / off volumes etc. (Ctrl + 158) and if playing from Midi In there's another setting at In | Options | Keyboard Options | Touch. (Ctrl + 91)

See also Help | FAQ - trouble shooting | Why is everything so quiet

Notation....

Notation for note names for the chords

Font...

Set the font for the chord progression

>> History

Click here to show recently visited files of this type...

Alternatively, Ctrl + right click on button, text field or drop list

Keyboard shortcut Ctrl + F10.

The menu includes a Current Folder option to explore the folder for the most recent file.

Read rhy.

Read its playback rhythm whenever you select a chord progression...

Affects what happens when you select a chord progression from the drop list.

Whoever saved the chord progression may have saved it along with a playback rhythm particularly suitable for those chords.

Switch this check box on to see the rhythm that was in use when the chord progression was saved whenever you select a chord progression from the drop list.

Switch off if you want to keep the current rhythm unchanged (or keep the rhythm feature switched off) whenever you select another chord progression.

Rd scal.

Read its scale and other settings whenever you select a chord progression...

Select this if you want the scale (i.e. exact tuning such as nineteen equal, thirty one equal, historical temperaments etc) to change as you vary the selection in the drop list.

Other settings may also vary, for instance selection for "any inversion ok" , "Rotate scale to chord roots", "Classical roman numerals" etc.

If you want to keep the current tuning and all your other settings unchanged, then unselect this option.

Whoever saved the chord progression may have saved it with settings for the various parameters in this window which they thought were particularly suitable for it - select this option to see what those were.

If the chord progression was saved with custom chord symbols, these are read anyway whatever your selection here. That's because any custom symbols may be needed to play the chords at all.

If you are working with the custom chord symbols, be sure to save your symbols first before you open a new progression.

Help = F1

Click for help for this window. Or F1. Other opts: Shift , Alt, Ctrl + click...

F1 or click shows the help for the current window in your web browser.

Some windows may have no help yet in which case the help icon is shown crossed out with a red line.

Shift + F1 or Shift + Click brings up the tool tips extra help window (this window) to show any extra help for a tool tip.

You can tell if a tool tip has extra help if it ends ... like this one.

Ctrl + F1 or Ctrl + click takes you to the list of keyboard shortcuts for Tune Smithy.

Alt + F1 or Alt + click (alternatively Caps lock physically held down + F1 or Click) takes you to the on-line page at the robertinventor.com web site about the current main window task - which gives a short introduction to it for newbies to the program. If there is no on-line page specific to a task, takes you to the main tune smithy page on the web site.

Since the help for Tune Smithy is currently a bit out of date and needs to be redone completely for the new 3.0 release, then you may find the on-line page for some of the newer tasks particularly useful.

Organise Windows = F2

Reset, or Save settings for this window. RIGHT CLICK for all windows menu...

Shows the Organise windows window - which you can use to reset all the parameters for the current window.

You can also use it to save the settings for just this window, or open previously saved parameters for just this window.

Also has a drop list of all the windows and their shortcuts, and related options - some to do with the menu listing, and some to do with window resizing and minimising.

Fractal Tunes Dialog Star

Tip of the day - Fractal Tunes category - right click for neighbouring windows...

Left click for a tip of the day in this category.

Right click to see a menu of neighbouring windows.

The neighbours are the ones you most often move to after this one or within a minute of this one, arranged by popularity.

So as you continue to use FTS, it will learn your habits, and the neighbouring windows listed here, should be the ones you most often visit after this one.

Neighbours, and Previous - Up - Next

Select a Task (Ctrl + 213)

Arpeggios Drop List (Ctrl + 109)

Fibonacci rhythm (Ctrl + 32)

N.B. This list of neighbours may change when these pages are updated.

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