All about Player's Toolbar
Updated on May 28th, 2020
First, let’s take a look at EDIT menu, this is where you can find customization of tines and change instruments.
1. Layout and Coloring tines
Tine Layout window has a list of tines with pitches in letter notation. Number notation can't be used here as you can modify pitches here (for Sheet Composer).
Below each pitch has a checkbox. Checked box means that tine is highlighted (like you do it when sticking decal on a tine). Unchecking the box to remove its highlighted color.
2. Adjusting Gap and Playable tines' height
You can alter the amount of spaces between tines, value can be changed from 0 to 20. Try it yourself to see whether a no-gap or a spaced-gap layout suits your style better!
Playable tines’ height can be changed from 65 to 200. This is especially good if you are on mobile and need some more space for the falling notes~
Oh, here you can also see the current number of tines in this window (read-only). Use this to check if your physical kalimba has enough tines or not.
3. Adjusting Waiting Gap
Waiting Gap is the "dark measure" at the beginning of a sheet. It's there to give you some time to grab your kalimba for practice. By default this gap is 2 quarter notes long. You can change to any amount between 0-10 quarter notes for the Waiting Gap. 0 means there will be no waiting gap at all.
4. Changing color of thingsChange Colors section provide you with full customization over tine and note colors.
- DEFAULT: Color for unmarked (not highlighted) tines.
- TREBLE: Color of notes belonging to the first part of this sheet.
- BASS: Color of notes belonging to the second part of this sheet.
- MARKED: Color for marked (highlighted) tines.
5. Restore defaults
Anyone could mess up once and not know what to do next... “You calling upon me?” – says the RESTORE DEFAULTS button. It’s here at your service when you prefer our default settings over your customization... we’re glad!
Oh, and make sure to press the APPLY button to apply them to Sheet Player~
- Kalimba 1 – this might sound a bit too awesome so it should be at top position.
- Kalimba 2 – this sound like a real kalimba, so it’s the default selection.
- Piano –
blame those who told me kalimba is thumb pianowe added it with a wild ambition to allow pianists to compose on our platform!
Here you can find more information about the sheet, like what Key Signature and Tempo is it currently at, and they’re editable!
This shows the sheet’s current Key Signature and how many
sharps/flats it has AND you can use this to transpose
the current sheet to any keys/by any intervals you want.
Note: It’s recommended to learn some music theory about Key Signature and Interval to fully make use of this feature.
1. Transpose by Key
The first things you see here are the 3 directions to transpose by Key.
- Closest – transposes to your selected Key
that is closest to the current one.
- For example: You have a B major kalimba but the current sheet is in C major. Simply select B major / G# minor and click Transpose. The Player will immediately decrease all tines down by 1 semitones (half steps) for you to have a B major sheet.
- It is essential to know what scale/key your kalimba is tuned into!
- Up – transposes up by the difference between current Key and your chosen Key.
- Down – transposes down by the difference between current Key and your chosen Key.
Below those 3 options is a dropdown showing the sheet’s current Key Signature. Clicking on it allows you to choose a destination Key from 14 others (28 if you want to put it correctly for both major and minor scales).
2. Transpose by Interval
To transpose by interval, you first need to tick the By Interval checkbox.
Unlike transposition by Key, this one only has 2 directions: Up and Down.
Select your direction, then select the interval you want to move the sheet to, then click Transpose. You must have some music theory learned to understand what interval suits your use case. We add to the right of Interval name the number of semitones (half steps) it’s going to change to help you remember these better~
You can customize the current sheet’s Tempo (BPM – Beats Per Minute) using this option.
Current BPM indicates the current number of beats per minute. You can change this value between 40 and 200.
Beat type is actually the type of note the above BPM value is calculated into.
Say if you want to play this sheet at 76 quarter notes per minute, then type in 76 for Current BPM, and select Quarter Note icon for Beat type, click OK and it’s set!
Getting kinda lost? This option takes you to our knowledge base filled with guides to get the most out of the Sheet Player.
Customizes how you see Sheet Player.
Show Grid (toggle)
Toggle this option to show/hide grid lines if you find them annoying. These grid lines are used to show how many smaller parts Sheet Player can divide a measure up to – particularly useful when composing.
Fit To Screen
Choose this option to tell your browser to scroll so that it shows from the Toolbar only. We hope this is a life saver for mobile users!
Select from a list of percentages to zoom in/out the Sheet Player’s measure area – particularly useful when composing, again, but you can use this to make those notes shorter/longer~
Right now kalimba has 2 ways of creating sheet music: Letter notation and Number notation. Both notations are enabled by default. You can hide or show one notation by selecting it.
That’s it for Sheet Player’s Toolbar! We’re planning on adding more features here when they’re ready. So stay tuned!