Little Composers Piano : Help

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1 Overview

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This HELP page has a brake-down and detailed explanations of everything you should know in order to get the most out of this app.
After the app loads, the main display is empty except for the six vertical lines that separate the eight containers. Containers are bars but for those who never had any musical training, containers are easier to grasp than the concept of bars or measures. The note names won't display until you actually start recording.

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2 New Song

Not every recording you make will be a keeper and sometimes it's faster to start over than to perform massive edits. Touch the NEW SONG button to erase everything and start over.

Please read "5 Save song" before you erase everything. If you are not sure then take a screenshot or write down the note names on a piece of paper.

3 Record

Touch RECORD when you are ready to make a composition. The menu button will change color to show you that the app is listening and ready to record whatever you play. During recording, the SONG button will be replaced with the new REST button. This way, you can add rests to your melody.
image showing the little composers piano menu with new option.Here is what a finished recording looks like. To get up to speed fast, I recommend that you recreate this recording a few times.

image of a sample recording which helps you to get up to speed on how to compose a song with the Little Composers Piano app

How to edit the melody

Before you start editing (making changes), you should press the [ PLAY ] button and listen at least once to your composition. The most important part of composing is making edits and changes to your new melody. Here are the steps: While still in recording mode, tap on the note you want to edit. This will zoom in on that portion of your compositon and the menu changes to schow you new functions which you can use to make your edits. Here is what the edit window looks like:

image showing the edit mode which allows for making changes to your composition

Erase & Replace

To erase a note, touch the note name (letter) and then select REST from the menu.
To re-record a note, touch the note name and play a new key. You can do this as many times as you want. Press DONE to go back to your composition and select another note group that needs to be edited.

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4 Mentor (optional)

New composers need a little help which is why we included a smart feature that guides you while learning the art of composing music. To see how this works, press the NEW SONG, RECORD and MENTOR buttons. MENTOR will not activate unless you are in RECORD mode!
Once activated, you can play any keys that have a letter and continue doing so until the composition is finished.

image showing the MENTOR feature which helps new composers to make a nice song by suggesting which keys to play

Note: The "Mentor" is meant for new little composers. Music students may choose to compose freely.

5 Song

IMPORTANT! Touch the RECORDbutton to turn off record mode and show the SONG option.

How to store a composition

  1. Select one of four slots by touching it once
  2. Press SAVE (menu)
  3. Play saved composition
  4. Play all saved compositions

To save your composition, you must first turn off the RECORD button. Once it is off, press the SONG button which will bring up a new window like the one shown below.
Then touch slot 1, 2, 3 or 4 and press SAVE. The image below shows that slots 1 to 3 are full and slot 4 is still empty. Empty slots show XXXX's instead of letters.
Besides saving, you can also LOAD songs and clear slots you no longer want to listen to.

image showing how to store and save your compositons in any of the three provided slots

Being able to store a composition nice because it gives you to option to experiment and make changes without losing the original composition. More advanced users can also store up to four different parts and use the play all button to listen to all of them as if it was one long song.

6 Play

PLAY is by far the most often used button. Every time you finish a recording, you should listen to your melody a few times because it is while we listen that we get inspired to make changes.
If you are new to playing the piano then play back the melody at a slow speed and watch the keys which move as the song plays. This simple feature can teach you how to play your composition which is something you should aim for. At first, it might be hard but after a few days you can master this skill if you don't give up.

image showing the tempo slider that changes the play-back speed of songs composed with the Little Composers Piano app The tempo slider changes the play-back speed of your composition. While learning how to play your song, you might want to listen at the slowest setting. While you edit, you might want to pick a faster speed. There is no right or wrong speed so it all depends on what you feel is best. Music teachers often listen at the fastest (top) setting but when teaching a child how to compose, they use the slowest setting because it helps watching the keys which move during play-back.
Please keep in mind that finding the right song tempo is crucial to how others judge your composition. Generally, most listeners will prefer a faster play speed. Think of the slower speed as a learning mode and use it only for that. We've implemented three speeds but depending on your feedback, we might add more down the road.

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