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Martha Dahlen
Jun 08
The Rhythmic Parrot asks me to tap too fast. How do I slow it? Setting the Tapping in the Settings has no effect on the bpm of the game.
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Cuantas Vacas
Jun 08
That's his thing, makin' tappin' hard for ya. He's a such a tiny feathered bastard who doesn't give an elf what bpm you think is fair.
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XIN 4tus
Jun 08
@martha Dahlen Which level are you on?
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Martha Dahlen
Jun 09
Level 10. I have the strong impression there is no adjusting the bpm. Too bad. As it is, the game is really not useful to me, a non-drummer!
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mic cullen
Jun 09
Rhythm isn't just for drummers, not at all!
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XIN 4tus
Jun 09
The BPM in this game is indeed non-adjustable.
Could you explain why it is the rhythms are too fast for you?
Does it have to do with your rhythmic feel, or is it a technical problem like not being able to tap quick enough on the spacebar?
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Eric Flior
Jun 09
Martha,

I would encourage you to re-consider your position that a rhythm game isn't useful to you as a non-drummer! (Having said that, I definitely understand your frustration with the stupid game on here). I would argue that a strong rapport with rhythm is the most important skill *any* musician can develop!

If you have good rhythm, you can play great sounding solos that have just one note. If your rhythm isn't good, if your groove isn't well developed, and you can't play in the pocket, nobody is going to enjoy listening to you even if you hit all the right notes!

Don't take it from me - Victor Wooten (one of the best bass players ever) talks about this in this video.
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Hugo Paris
Jun 10
I would second @Eric Flior and Victor Wooten on the importance of rhythm. It may be a technical issue, otherwise with some time you can get there!
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Ron Houben
Jun 12
Try to count with the rhythm, depending on the subdivisions:

Quarter notes:
1-2-3-4

8th notes:
1-&-2-&-3-&-4-&

16th notes:
1-e-&-a-2-e-&-a-3-e-&-a-4-e-&-a
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Cuantas Vacas
Jun 12
And, on top of all advice you ALWAYS receive whenever you place one of your questions, @Martha Dahlen , my dear, I would strongly encourage you to show a little gratitude for all the help these nice guys/gals bother to write down FOR YOU.

Until then, this is the only advice you'll get from me.
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Thomas Folks
Jun 12
It may also make a difference about the type of device that's being used for the Rhythmic Parrot. I've found it really hard to tap accurate 16th notes on my Ipad, but using a computer keyboard is much better.
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Josh Keisler
Jun 13
Make sure you're not using bluetooth for your audio output because it will cause some serious latency and make things basically impossible!
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Karyn Ellis
Jun 14
Yeah, cuz:

to quote @Cuantasvacas : That's his thing, makin' tappin' hard for ya. He's a such a tiny feathered bastard who doesn't give an elf what bpm you think is fair.

was such good advice. * eye roll *

Seriously tho, unless I'm missing some other thread.. why the smack down, @Cuantasvacas?
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Rhythm is a fundamental component of music for ANY musician, not just drummers.

The very point of the game is to challenge you to follow and repeat rhythms. Allowing you to change the BPM would be akin to allowing you to pick which intervals to test you on in the interval games.

I would follow the advice of others on possible technical issues and which device to use. I find a keyboard works best. Other than that, keep working on it, keeping challenging yourself. What level are you on?
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Cuantas Vacas
Jun 15
My advice might not be good, @Karyn Ellis , but that's just because it's not an advice at all...
However, in almost two years here (yes, I'm afraid you missed most of what I have posted) I've always tried to help anyone whenever I could as I've always received answers to my questions. This symbiosis works because this community is full of nice, kind people willing to share their knowledge asking for nothing in return, so I think whoever showing no respect for the others' time and effort to help them are threatening this delicate equilibrium.

I like to be thankful with who deserves it, but I might be wrong thinking everyone is like that...
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Cuantas Vacas
Jun 15
Ah, and the 'tiny feathered bastard' thing was plain sarcastic humour.
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Martha Dahlen
Jun 16
Thank you all, for all these fine answers. The problem is with my motor skills: I can't make 4 even taps per beat for multiple beats, esoecialky when there's no pattern. I heartily agree that rhythm is important. Actually, I like drumming. The only one of these games that I succeed at every time is the other rhythm game! Thanks again, everyone!
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Cuantas Vacas
Jun 16
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Karyn Ellis
Jun 16
Sure, I get that this is a community @Cuantasvacas. And it is an amazing interactive resource, where we can encourage and share our questions and knowledge with each other. But I'm a new member here, and I find it discouraging to read a thread where someone posts a question then gets insulted because they didn't, in your eyes, properly say thank you. It makes me wary of posting questions in case I don't get back to the thread for a few days and end up getting smacked down too.

Also, if people are really posting for free / nothing in return, that includes not expecting gratitude for everything they post. Just a thought to ponder.
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Karyn Ellis
Jun 16
Anyways, enough on that topic from me. Hope to see you in the threads and have some interesting musical conversations! 😎
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Cuantas Vacas
Jun 16
As all your judgement seems to be coming my way, I think I have a couple of things to say.

You don't know nothing about me or my presence in ToneGym, except for what I wrote as an answer to your question. So, if you want to say anything bad about me, please bother to read back my messages and count to ten before judging.

I'm sure you're not interested in doing that, because you might find you're judging too fast and too wrong, but I want you to know that I've always been nice to everyone who asked anything. The case we're discussing about just made me a little uncomfortable and I tried to open someone's eyes a little, mainly through irony and jokes. That's not 'smacking'.

I'm not even going to enter any ethical discussion about kindness and sharing without asking for things in return. I just like to be thankful but if you're not into that, I'll try to keep it in mind.

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Karyn Ellis
Jun 17
Just to be clear, I didn't ask the initial question. I came across the thread and saw your comment about the original poster not saying thank you l and it rubbed me the wrong way.

I absolutely can see you contribute a ton of excellent advice in these threads. I've learned a lot from what you've written. I appreciate your insights, @Cuantasvacas -.

But, my point is that yelling at someone for not saying thank you on a forum is strange and discourages new members like me from asking questions.

As I said in my very first comment, maybe there is a history with this particular poster... but since you seem to think it was me (and it wasn't), I don't think that's the problem here.

Also, what exactly about the original post made you uncomfortable, @Cuantasvacas -? She said the Rhythmic Parrot was too fast for her and she asked if it could be slowed down.