Getting Started

Installation
  • Make sure you have Java installed
  • Download the archive
  • Extract archive contents to the desired folder
  • For most systems double clicking the .jar file should work. If you get weird errors try launching it using one of the scripts (.cmd for Windows, .sh for Linux)
Single Sound Recognition

In this type of exercises the purpose is to identify each chord played. Click Play to hear a chord and try to guess which chord was played.

The Sound Sources buttons allows you to pick a different sound pack (for example an Electric guitar sample pack). If you press more than one source, each stage will pick a random pack source.

Clue Mode will pop out a window with all available chords in the current exercise. Clicking any of them will play that chord sample. This is useful when you don’t have your guitar handy. But I strongly recommend if possible to always practice with your guitar.

Single Sound Recognition Screen

Chord progression Recognition

This is mostly similar with SSR exercise but instead of a single sound, a random chord progression is played. That’s one more step closer to real songs ;). Click the chords in the right order to match the sound played. Click on any chord name to cancel that answer.

Chord Progression Recognition Screen

Keyboard shortcuts

You can use this program almost completely without a mouse.

In main screen:
  • Enter - will launch the selected lesson
  • Up Down - arrow keys will move the selection
In SSR/CPR screens:
  • p - Play
  • s - Stop
  • n - Next Exercise
  • c - Toggles “Clue Mode”
  • top numeric keys (1 through 0) will pick an answer

Customization

One of the most powerful feature of this tool is customization.

  • You can import or record your own samples: for examples you could record/import individual notes if you want to practice scales or import samples for a totally different instrument
  • You can create your own type of exercises combining existing or your customized audio samples
Record or import Samples

Open Manage Chord Samples screen (Configuration->Manage Chord Samples).

Click New Chord.

Chord Manager

Select a slot where to record/import the audio sample.

Enter a name for the sample. At this stage you can also rename the selected sound pack.

If you want to record, use your operating system audio mixer to select an appropriate input line and click Record. I recommend using a delayed recording.

Otherwise you can import an existing audio sample. The only accepted format is Wave PCM/44100/16 bit/stereo

Don’t forget to click Ok to save settings.

Add New Chord Screen

Create new lessons

Now it's time to create some lessons. Go to Configuration-> Manage Lessons. In this screen you can add new lessons or edit existing ones.

Also, you'll have the option to reorder (Move Up and Move Down buttons) or copy an existing lesson as a base for a new one.

Click New Lesson to create a new lesson.

Add New Chord Screen

The basic idea is to choose what chords should be included in the quiz. I call this the chord pool. Simply select the chord(s) and click the --> button to "move" them to the selected chords. You can add the same chord multiple times and increase the chances of that chord to appear in the quizz.

Select the lesson type:

  • Single Sound Recognition - During the quiz the program will randomly pick chords from the selected list and you will have to guess it
  • Chord Progression Recognition - For this type of exercise the system will play a sequence of chords and you will have to guess the order played. No of chords in progression determines how many chords the sequence will have. A good starting value is "4" (like a regular 4/4 bar). Chord delay is simply the delay between the chords in the sequence. It's measured in milliseconds - 1000 miliseconds = 1 second

In the Lesson options select how many questions should the quizz have.

Add New Chord Screen

Checking your progress

From the main screen go to the "Statistics" menu and choose the desired option: * Chord Accuracy * Lesson Evolution Chart. To see the chart select a lesson ;)

Using multiple profiles

By starting the program with the "Reset TME user folder" shortcut you are able to use a different "profile" for lessons/ chord samples/scores. You can even alternate between them whenever you feel like it. Just start the program with this option and select a different folder.

Uninstall

Although I made this program hoping it will be useful and you will like it, it is possible that you want to remove every trace of it. These are detailed instruction on how to do that:

Just delete the folder where the program is located. This will remove all the program files. It will not remove user data (samples & configuration database). To remove them manually read the next step.

In your home directory (c:\documents and settings\yourname in Windows XP or c:\users\yourname in Vista/7) there's a folder .gcet2 or .gcet if you’ve used an older version (prior to 1.x series) . Remove this and you're done.

If you used a different user folder other than the default you'll have to delete that too.