Get started with Melodics

Tips & tricks to get you up & running with Melodics, quick quick!

The Melodics play screen

The Melodics play screen, showing the notes.

1. Different colour notes – what do they mean?

In a performance, when you play a note you'll see it represented onscreen in 1 of 4 ways:

In short: get them greens!


Preview before you play.

2. Preview is your friend, use it!

In the pre-play screen, before you perform the step, there’s a button to ‘Preview’ the step before you play it. Hit this, and the step will play through while the pads you’ll be hitting light up in time onscreen (and on your device, if it supports pad lighting).

Use preview to get a feel for what you’re gonna be playing, where your fingers need to go, and how to move around your controller.

Finger position

Switching between pad label & finger position.

3. Finger position

In the pre-play screen, above the Pad layout, there’s a switch to toggle to “Finger position” view.

Clicking this switches the labels on the pads oveer to things like “R1”, “L2” – these correspond to fingers, and hand diagrams pop up below to show you which finger is which.

For the lower grade lessons, you typically use the same finger on the same pad for each lesson. As it gets morew advanced though, the finger placement changes up!

Important to know:

These are guides only – roll with what you feel works best for you.

The 4 corner restart in action.

4. Four-corner restart

When you’re in the flow of a lesson and you need to restart the performance, you dont’t have to take your hands off your device to reach for the space bar…

Just hit all four corner pads at once!

If you’re on pre-play, this will start the performance, if you’re already performing, this will restart it. Easy pease.

Got a Push, Maschine, or Launchpad?

There are some extra hardware controls mapped by default – check them out here.

Practice mode: setting the loop & adjusting the BPM.

5. Practice mode is the best

Sometimes you just want to work on a specific bit of an arrangement, or you’d like to slow it down to get to grips with it – we got you!

Above the arrangement, there’s a switch to go between “Performance mode” (which you’re in by default), and “Practice mode”.

In Practice mode, you can set loop points, and the arrangement will play over that section until you go back to Performance mode. You can also pull down the BPM to make it more managable.

Auto BPM: build it up slowly.

Once you’ve pulled the BPM down, hit the “Auto BPM” button. When this is active, it will automatically ramp up the speed by 10 BPM if you do well on the loop, until it reaches the tracks natural speed.

Super handy.

Volume settings

Where to find the volume settings.

6. Volume settings

Too loud? Need to adjust the metronome volume (or turn it off)? At the top of the blue section in pre-play, you’ll find the “Volume settings” option.

Clicking that opens a pane where you can adjust everything, and the arrangement will auto-preview while you do so you can hear how it’ll sound in the mix.

Look ahead

Looking ahead at an arrangement.

7. Arrangement look ahead

As you get to more complex lessons, it can be useful to look over the arrangement before you play it to see what’s coming up. Moving your mouse down to the bottom of the screen will bring up a scrollbar, which you can use to view ahead.

If you find the streak animations (the green flash when you’re on a run of perfects) distracting, there’s also a toggle switch to turn them off – don’t worry, you still get the streak!.

How you’ll progress with Melodics:

Week 1

Basic rhythms, hand syncopation, accents, basic hand independence.

Weeks 2 – 3

2 & 3 finger syncopation, accuracy, swing & shuffle, 1/16 timing.

Weeks 4 – 6

Polyrhythms, fills, pocket playing, complex syncopation, finger independence.

Weeks 7 – 8

Ghost notes, endurance, unquantized “feel”, faster tempos.

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