Song Mode — Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the Song mode?

A. The Song mode is a utility that helps the user learn to play the chords of a selected song. When this mode is engaged, the keys for playing the first chord of the song are highlighted in pink. When that chord is played, its keys are unhighlighted, and the keys for playing the next chord of the song are highlighted, and so forth. Chords can be played automatically by the Verti-Chord Keyboard app, or they can be played manually by the user. For automatic playing, simply double-tap the pink Play control at the top of the screen. The chords of the song will then begin playing automatically in sequence, and their corresponding keys will be highlighted in pink so that the user can follow the chord progression visually. The automatic playback speed can be adjusted using the Slow/Fast slider that appears at the top of the screen during automatic play. Automatic playback can be further controlled using the pink Stop, Pause, Skip Forward, and Skip Backward controls, which also appear at the top of the screen during automatic play. For manual playing, do not double-tap the Play control; rather, press the keys already highlighted in pink to play the first chord. When that chord is played, its keys will be unhighlighted and the keys for the next chord to be played will become highlighted, so as to prompt the user as to which keys to play next. With this prompting method, the chords for an entire song can be played at the user’s own pace.

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

A. Make sure that the Chord mode is OFF (Chord button color will be White), that the Professional mode is OFF (Pro button color will be White), and that the Advanced mode is OFF (Adv button color will be White). Then double-tap the Song button to toggle the Song mode ON (Song button color changes from White to Blue) and OFF (Song button color changes from Blue to White).

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

A. With the Song mode engaged, using the different reels of the Options Picker (which can be displayed by double-tapping the Picker button), the user can select which song to play, the section of the song from which to start playing, the line in the song from which to start playing, and whether or not to loop the currently selected song section. Whenever a new song is selected with the Song mode engaged, the built-in preset values for the instrument, octave, musical key, thumb key start note, and thumb key end note are effected. To change any of these preset values, the user can disengage the Song mode (at which point a new Options Picker will be available with reels for selecting those values), make the desired changes, and then re-engage the Song mode to effect the currently selected values in place of the built-in preset values.

Q. What control do I have over the automatic playback of a song?

A. During automatic playback of a song, standard functioning Stop, Pause, Skip Forward, and Skip Backward controls are displayed at the top of the screen. Simply double-tap any one of these controls to activate its function. You can also drag left or right the similarly displayed Slow/Fast slider to adjust the playback speed.

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Q. Why are some songs grayed out in the Options Picker?

A. Copyrighted songs are grayed out in the Options Picker to disable their selection for playing until they are purchased from the iTunes store and downloaded to your iPad, at which point they will no longer be grayed out.

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 the musical key of the currently selected song, 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 note sequence is, in fact, an interval (two notes), rather than an actual chord (three or more notes).

Q. What is the Track button?

A. If the selected song contains an accompaniment track, e.g., a bass line accompaniment as in the song Heart and Soul or a full music accompaniment as in the song Let It Be, the Track button enables the user to toggle whether that track will be sounded whenever the song is played. With the Track button selected (Blue), the accompaniment track of the song will start to play when the user selects Play (>). If the Auto button has also been selected (Blue), the chords of the song will automatically play in sync with the accompaniment; otherwise, the user can play the chords along with the accompaniment manually using the Song mode prompting.

Q. What is the Auto button?

A. If the selected song contains an accompaniment track, e.g., a bass line accompaniment as in the song Heart and Soul or a full music accompaniment as in the song Let It Be, the Auto button enables the user to toggle whether the chords of the song will be sounded whenever the song is played. With the Track button selected (Blue), the accompaniment track of the song will start to play when the user selects Play (>). If the Auto button has also been selected (Blue), the chords of the song will automatically play in sync with the accompaniment; otherwise, the user can play the chords along with the accompaniment manually using the Song mode prompting. With the Track button not selected (White), the Auto button is then automatically selected (Blue), such that the chords of the song, without the track accompaniment, will be sounded whenever the song is played.

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