Custom Settings  - F11

Use custom settings to design random drills. Then use the Next button at the bottom of the activity to create random drills based on your settings.

You may choose a time signature, a drill length, one or two parts, whether ties should be included, and whether to use an ostinato. It is also possible, but not necessary, to set the page layout in measures per system.

When using the Repeat After activity, additional settings become active (see below).

Time Signature

The image above shows settings for 4/4 or common time.

The 3/8, 6/8, 9/8, 12/8 time signatures use rhythmic values and symbols that combine eighth notes into groups of three. Otherwise, eighth notes are combined in groups of two. These groupings reveal the pulse and make sight reading much easier. In this program, these groupings are referred to as ternary rhythms for groups of three, and binary rhythms, for groups of two. see also Select Binary Rhythms, Select Ternary Rhythms, and Time Signatures.

Add ties to top or bottom part

With this item checked, random ties will be added to the selected part.

Add 2nd Part

With this selected, a two part drill will be created. Brackets at the beginning of each line indicate a two part drill by combining two staves into one system.

Use Ostinato

An ostinato is a repeating pattern, for example, a one measure pattern that is repeated for the duration of the drill. You may create your own custom ostinato with the Ostinato Tool. Otherwise MusicGoals will create a random one.

Drill Length and Lead In

Drills can be from 1 to 32 measures in length. However, please note that more complex and longer rhythms demand more processing power from your computer. If you notice long complex drills taking too much time to draw on screen, consider simplifying and/or shortening them.

The lead in can be set from 1 to 4 measures. The metronome or drum beat sounds for this number of measures before the drill begins. This gives you a chance to feel the beat and get the count before you start playing or taking dictation.

Set number of Systems

This feature allows you to change the page layout by specifying the number of measures per system and the number of systems. Please note, if the total number of measures in the drill is greater than the numbers here allow for, your page layout may be altered.

Repeat After

For Repeat After activities, different options appear. Instead of setting the number of measures, you set the number of examples per drill and the number of measures for each example.

With examples of more than one measure, you may create drills that consist of repetitions of the first measure. This gives you a chance to hear a complicated rhythm more than once, select A A A A. Otherwise with A B C D selected, the examples will not be limited to repetitions.

Add Wait Measure

With this box checked, an extra measure of rest will be inserted between the example and point you must play it back.