Standard Mode — Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the Standard mode?

A. The Standard mode enables the user to play any desired combination of up to seven keys from a previously selected musical key within a previously selected three-octave range. When this mode is first engaged, the thumb key is set to play the note C4, as indicated by the C4 section of the thumb key being highlighted in pink, and the six remaining keys to the right of the thumb key are set to play the six notes sequentially following C4 in the currently selected musical key of C, namely, D, E, F, G, A, and B, as indicated at the top of each of those six keys. The notes played by these seven keys can be changed on the fly during playing by pressing the thumb key at the section corresponding to the note desired to be played. As this section is pressed, the notes for the remaining six keys are instantly and correspondingly changed to the six notes sequentially following the note of the touched section of the thumb key for the currently selected musical key. This arrangement enables the user to play chords using finger positions, starting with the thumb key, similar to those used in the playing of chords on the white keys of a piano keyboard, and to then change chords simply by moving the hand vertically to a different section of the thumb key. For example, to play a C Major chord in the musical key of C, the user would press the first, third, and fifth keys, starting from the C4 section of the thumb key. To then switch to a D minor chord, the user would simply press again those same three keys, however, this time starting from the D section of the thumb key.

Q. How do I toggle the Standard mode ON and OFF?

A. To turn the Standard mode ON, make sure that the Song mode is OFF (either Song button will NOT be shown or Song button color will be White), that the Chord mode is OFF (Chord button color will be White), that the Advanced mode is OFF (Adv button color will be White), AND that the Professional mode is OFF (Pro button color will be White). To turn the Standard mode from ON to OFF, turn EITHER the Song mode ON (double-tap Song button, Song button color changes from White to Blue), the Chord mode ON (double-tap Chord button, Chord button color changes from White to Blue), the Advanced mode ON (double-tap Adv button, Adv button color changes from White to Blue), OR the Professional mode ON (double-tap Pro button, Pro button color changes from White to Blue).

Q. What options are the available in the Standard mode?

A. With the Standard mode engaged, using the different reels of the Options Picker (which can be displayed by double-tapping the Picker button), the user can select the keyboard instrument to be played, the octave range in which to play, the musical key in which to play, the starting note of the thumb key sections, the ending note of the thumb key sections, and the song to which any special note programming corresponds (i.e., certain songs require the playing of notes outside the selected musical key, and those notes have been included in the note set of that song). Once all selections have been made, if the Song mode is then engaged, the selected song will inherit the selected instrument, octave, musical key, start note, and end note values, rather than the built-in preset values for that song.

Q. Why do some key labels show a double-asterisk (**) before their note?

A. This indicates that the note is NOT the regular note associated with that key, as would be the case if the note resided outside of the currently selected musical key, or if the key were an octave doubling of another key.

Q. Why do some chords show square brackets ([]) around their name?

A. This indicates that the chord is, in fact, an interval (i.e., just two notes), rather than an actual chord.

Q. Why do some chords/intervals show an ‘at’ sign (@) before their name?

A. This indicates that the chord/interval uses one or more notes that reside outside of the currently selected musical key.

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