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MELODY (PHRASES) WINDOW

The Melody (Phrases) window is where melodic phrases are made up for use in the Form (Melody) window.

You can make a melody phrase by incrementing the Pitches spinner.  The phrase created will move by Step (the default Movement) in a Rising Line (the default Contour) up notes of the major scale (the default scale).

The Melody (Phrases) window has these components:

Phrase 1 button view Phrase 1, color coded by the background color, orange
Phrase 2 button view Phrase 2, color coded by the background color, pink
Phrase 3 button view Phrase 3, color coded by the background color, magenta
Phrase 4 button view Phrase 4, color coded by the background color, cyan
Scr Help button
Help for this window (screen)
Item Help button
Help for any item - click this button and then click the item that you need help for
Phrase Start
slider
the upper horizontal slider, indicates the onset (beginning of sound) of the first pitch in the phrase.
The default position of this slider is the first beat of the first (full) bar.
This slider can be moved to the left or to the right to advance or delay the phrase.
Phrase End
slider
the lower horizontal slider, indicates the release of the last pitch in the phrase.
The default position of this slider is five major ticks (five full beats) from the Phrase Start slider.
This slider can be moved to vary the phrase length from zero to eight beats.
Bottom Note
slider
the left vertical slider, indicates the lowest pitch in the phrase.
The default position of this slider is at the tonic of the scale.
This slider can be moved from a fourth below the tonic to an octave above the tonic.
This slider positions at the bottom edge of the cell corresponding to the lowest pitch,
Top Note
slider
the right vertical slider, indicates the highest pitch in the phrase.
The default position of this slider is the same as that of the Bottom Note slider (i.e., the default number of pitches is zero.)
This slider can be moved to vary the range from unison to one octave.
This slider positions at the top of the cell in the grid representing the highest pitch.
Scale tabs on the left, for selecting among scales (major is the only currently enabled scale)
Interval tabs on the right, for setting the interval between pitches at:
Leap - intervals of a 4th or more,
Skip - 3rds,
Step - adjacent notes of the scale,
Stand- unison; no movement,
Reset- "null" interval; clears the grid of all highlighted cells and sets them all to gray.
The Onsets Spinner changes colors as follows:
green when the Onset Slots tab is selected
blue when the Onset Spread tab is selected
gray when the Pitch Placement tab is selected
flashing yellow when the number of onsets exceeds the default phrase length of five beats
flashing red when the maximum phrase length of eight beats has been reached
Density
combo box
sets onsets by half note, quarter note or eight note values
Fill From
combo box
inserts onsets into the phrase from the:
Front - the first available position in the phrase,
Back - the last available position in the phrase,
Middle - the middle position of the phrase (working outwards toward the ends),
Ends - the end positions of the phrase (working inward toward the middle).
Priority combo box sets the priority between positions of equal weight, to either, reading from left to right, the
First of them, or the
Last of them
This combo box is enabled only when the Fill From combo box is showing either the Middle (list) item or the Ends (list) item.
Repeated pitches can be converted into differing pitches by incrementing the Pitches spinner. In reverse, differing pitches can be converted into repeated pitches by decrementing the Pitches spinner. Pitches converted in this way can be set to appear first at the Front of, Back of or Even(ly) throughout a phrase, as selected in the combo box.
see also Basic Patterns, Melody (Phrases)