Previously, I've posted something on playing live or learn music with one Android phone, which received some feedback about how to do it exactly.
So in this post, I'm gonna introduce in steps, on how to set up your Android band, with the physical system and Android Emulator. Furthermore, I'll recommend two songs which are interesting and worthy to play on your device.
It's sure that you'll be able to show off with your friends, no matter you know the instruments or not after reading.
Let's get started.
First off, I'll list the name of the songs, so that you could keep it in mind about the melody, lyrics, and rhythm.
Holiday -- Greenday
Unintended -- Muse
OK, finished listening to both of them? Time to play.
Visit Google Play Store, search Walkband and VMOS, get them downloaded.
Open VMOS and tap the icon beside "Settings" at the bottom. Click VMOS, then tap import.
Now you've got Walkband on both physical system and VMOS.
What's the main usage of Walkband? Play chords. So, we have to check which chords are included inside the song, and what's the timing and order for them. I'll set Holiday as an example.
Visit www.google.com and search "holiday chords".
Open the first website, you'll get the information like this:
We can see that there're mainly 5 chords in the song: Em, C, G, D, B.
Let's go directly to the next step.
Click Walk Band and choose "Guitar"
The screen will be like this:
Tap the small Guitar icon on the top left corner, choose "Clean Electric" to get a more suitable tone.
Then, tap the icon with 3 lines beside the small Guitar, click "Select Chords".
Delete all pre-set chords, and replace them with the chords we found out on Google.
*For Em, just find it in the "E" column.
Now your guitar's already well prepared.
What about Drums? Keep reading.
Open VMOS, and chick the installed Walk Band inside the emulator.
You've got 2 choices for drums. A real drums surface, which you could play by fingers like this:
Or a Drum Machine like this:
Personally, I recommend Drum Machine for newcomers, as it's more convenient and could turn the speed up/down easily.
Tap the triangled "Play" button at the top, you'll get a beat. Tap the Dice button until you find a comfortable one.
For Holiday, it's recommended to set the speed to around 130. But if you haven't played before, just turn it down to 100.
Keep the beat playing and get back to the physical system by "minimize" function inside the floating ball of VMOS.
OK, the drummer's ready.
Open Walk Band in the physical system again (I suppose you haven't shut it down), and play according to the beat and order of the chords.
The method of playing these chords is like this, tap a particular chord on the left, it would turn yellow. Then tap the oval-shaped blue area with your right hand according to the beat.
If you feel the beat's a little bit annoy, tap the floating ball of VMOS, click the window to get back to the Walk Band in VMOS and stop it.
For Unintended, we could see that the song's consisted of broken chords. Basically, you'll get the same result by tapping the blue area according to the beat. But if you'd like to be wiser, here's the way to play these broken chords:
Still, choose the chord on the left side.
Then, tap the circled area string by string:
Let's name these strings with 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 from up to down, and you can tap them in this order: 6, 4, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, 4; or this order: 4, 3, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, 4.
Quite easy, isn't it? Now, time to rock your friends!