Tempo Dial FAQs

Tempo Dial Demo

Tempo Dial Demo

This dial looks ordinary at first sight, but its simplicity hides secrets to help your practice in many ways. See also Tempo Features

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Can I set a tempo higher than 208 bpm, or set fractional bpm?

Yes. Enter any tempo as a number in the centre of the dial.

You can also configure the dial to show any range you like. You can even show your own custom tempo names on the dial too, and set a new tempo range for each of your custom tempo names.

Can you help me find the tempo of a song?

It's easy to find out. Just start up Bounce Metronome Pro and tap in time with the song with the backspace key (large and easy to use).

This "tap at tempo" feature sets the dial to the tempo of your taps.

Can it go silent briefly to help me test my timing?

Yes, the Play then Silent feature lets you do this. This feature lets you test how well you can keep a steady tempo without the metronome - plays for several measures then goes silent for a few measures. You have to keep playing, and see if you are still in time when the metronome starts to play again.

Can I step quickly through a list of rhythms?

You'll find an option Up / Down arrow key cycles through list of tempi in Tempo Dial - Options (Ctrl + 223).

When selected, the up and down arrow keys cycle through the list of tempi you set for it. You can also cycle through time signatures at the same time as you change tempo - e.g. 80 bpm in 4/4 then 30 bpm in 3/4 with 2 subdivsions then 120 in 6/8 or whatever.

This is useful if you have several pieces with different tempi and / or time signatures that you want to practice in a single session. I added this feature in answer to this question at Yahoo Answers: Where can I get a good metronome for my PC?

When unselected, up and down arrow keys adjust by one tempo dial notch at a time.

I would like to automate the conductor so it conducts all the rhythms in a complex piece of music, can it do this?

Yes - this is a feature for more advanced users, you can make a script with all the tempo and time signature changes for an entire musical piece. It can change rhythm and tempo automatically at any desired measure numbers - and with support for repeats, and flow directions (like Da Capo Al Coda etc).

Don't worry - this isn't that technical, the script is simple and easy to understand.

Then you can just click the play button and watch it conduct all the rhythms for the piece.

How easy is it to set the dial while practising?

Yes - this is a good point, because while practising you don't want to have to stop and focus on the mouse to click at a point on your computer screen. It is generally much easier to use the PC Keyboard.

You can tap at the desired tempo with the backspace key (chosen because it is large so easy to use when practicing). So - listen to the music in your mind's ear before you play - or play a recording, and tap at the same tempo with the backspace key and the tempo dial will automatically adjust to show the correct tempo.

The tempo shortcut keys are carefully thought out with the attention to detail that characterises this program. Most are large keys, or easy to find on your keyboard.

Keyboard shortcuts - use the left and right arrow keys to increase tempo by 1 BPM at a time or up or down arrow keys to vary by one notch at a time. This works throughout Bounce Metronome Pro. This is very useful when you want to play the same piece again one notch faster or slower.

You can use the Return key to stop or start the metronome - again this is a large key on the keyboard so easy to use while practicing, when it could be fiddly to click on an on-screen button with the mouse. Just click on the large return key when you want to stop or start play.

Can you set the dial to gradually change tempo?

Yes, you can set the dial to vary the tempo gradually over a number of seconds or minutes. As you play you will see the pointer on the dial gradually move up or down as the tempo changes automatically to play faster or slower as desired, so you can see what tempo you have reached at any time.

This will help you to practice a piece at faster and faster (or slower and slower) tempi as you become more proficient. It will also help you when you want to practice the difficult art of professionally smooth slow and gradual tempo changes (shown in scores as Ritardando and Accelerando). One of the things that marks out a professional player is that when you want to change tempo gradually, you can do it in a regular way with the utmost smoothness. Bounce Metronome Pro can help you to learn this difficult art.

What about a tempo "stepping progression" for speed drills?

Yes, you can do this too. You can set up a stepping progression such as to go up by 2 bpm, then down by 1 bpm, and repeat.

Each time around INCREASE TEMPO by in Tempo Dial - Options (Ctrl + 223).

E.g. suppose you have set it to automatically increase by 2 bpm, gradually, over a number of seconds or minutes - then drop down again gradually by 1 BPM. Now you can also set it to repeat that endlessly as e.g. 100 102 101 103 102 104 ... Then you can set a maximum tempo to stop the stepping progression at, and also set what happens when the progression ends.