Quick tips

— Make sure you are in tune.

— Your responses are in the same octave as the call. You could be playing the right notes, but if they are in a different octave they are perceived as wrong.

— Does PitchBop have access to the microphone?

— We are in PitchBop but. . . pay attention to the rhythm as well!

How PitchBop works

PitchBop is based on a “Call-and-Response” model. There will be multiple calls in each session.
The first call will be preceded by a metronome count-off and then will play a two-measure phrase.  Immediately after the call, the user will respond by trying to play the same pitches and rhythms of the call.  For the rest of the session, the app and user will alternate between call and response. There will be no count-off after the calls begin.

Dr. Bop’s Game tab

PitchBop opens in the Game mode. The top heading, “Dr. Bop’s Game” will be highlighted in orange when the app is in Game mode. 
To begin a session, tap the waveform icon just below the top heading and the screen will change. Tapping the waveform will toggle the session on and off. When tapping the waveform during a session the user will have the opportunity to tap “Continue” to resume the session or “Quit” to return to the Dr. Bop’s Game tab.

Call and Response screen

This is what the app looks like when it is operating, playing things for you and listening to your response.
The animated waveform indicates the app is playing when the display is orange and listening when black.
In early levels, the name of the first note being played is displayed.  In more complex levels the first note will not always be given.

Pitch Complexity
PitchBop creates calls with varying levels of pitch complexity on a scale of 1 to 9.  Use this slider to set the complexity level.

Rhythmic Complexity
Use this slider to set the rhythmic complexity level between 1 and 9.

Tap the Metronome icon to set metronome options. Tap again to go back.

Practice Mode

In Practice Mode, you can modify many of the parameters to create exercises that develop specific skills that you designate.

Use this slider to set the tempo between 50 and 160 beats per minute.

Use the up and down arrows to set the key center.

Use the up and down arrows to select the scale or harmony area.

Lowest and Highest Pitch
Select the pitch limits of the call.  These might be greater or lesser than the limits set when selecting the instrument.

Always start on root
Toggle between always starting on the root or another pitch.

Calls per session
Use the up and down arrows to set the number of calls between 4 and 32.

Use the up or down arrows to toggle between Swing and Even beat divisions.

Chromatic notes
Toggle between using chromatic notes or only diatonic notes.

A quick guide by Lynn

Results screen

This screen provides Dr. Bop’s comments on the previous session and lets you know what is happening next. Based on Dr. Bop’s evaluation, you are either going to the next level, repeating this level, or going back a little.
You can either choose to go on immediately or just wait a few seconds and the app will go by itself.

Profile Tab

Here you can find information about your success rate. This information is only stored for Dr. Bop’s Game, not for Practice Mode.
For more detail, tap the up and down arrows next to “Scale” to select the various scale and harmony types the PitchBop uses for the calls.  PitchBop will list the total calls and perfect responses for each scale or harmony you have heard.  In addition, it will report the success rate and the Pitch and Rhythmic Complexity of your most recent “Call-and-Response” session.


Choose Your Instrument
Tap the instrument name to see a list of instrument choices, then tap the name of your instrument to automatically set your available range.

Lowest and Highest Pitch
If you want to change the Lowest and Highest pitches you can use the up and down arrows on the left and right to select other pitches.

Instrument Transposition
Tap the text and then use the up and down arrows to select if the key and note names will be displayed in concert pitch or transposed for your instrument.