Help for iPad

This help file is organized by topic.

i (Information)

Top left corner of screen: Tap the “i” in the circle. When tapped, a control panel will slide down with How To Play and Tell A Friend. Tap to select.

How to Play

→How to Play: Tap to display a Quick Start overlay with labels explaining each feature. Upper right corner of screen: Tap More Help to open online help at the Bandojo website. (If your device is not connected to the Internet, nothing will be displayed.) Tap About to see our icon in an extra-large, friendly size. To access Bandojo’s online Help outside of Bandojo, go to http://test.bandojo.us/ios/ipad or http://test.bandojo.us/ios/iphone.

Tell a Friend

i→ Tell A Friend: Tap Mail or Facebook. Ponder the sense of déjà vu.


Bottom left corner of screen: Tap Less to see only the Melody Palette. Tap More to see the complete Bandojo interface.


Upper right corner of screen: When tapped, a control panel will slide down with separate sliders that balance the Accompaniment and Melody. Master controls the combined volume. Note: The button on the outside of your iPad is a separate volume control that will not be affected by settings within Bandojo.

Mute/Unmute (Solo and Maestro Modes Only)

Upper right corner of screen: Tap Mute to immediately silence Bandojo. Bandojo will continue to create music, but you won’t be able to hear it until you tap Unmute.

Notes Off (Member Mode in Group Play Only)

Upper right corner of screen: Tap Notes Off to immediately stop a stuck note (a melody note that is continuously playing, even when you are not tapping it).


Upper left side of screen: Tap Start or Stop to begin or end the accompaniment. When you tap Stop, the accompaniment will complete the current measure before ending. For immediate silence, tap Mute (upper right corner).


Top left of screen: When tapped, a control panel will slide down with Accompaniments, Group Play, Solfege, App Settings, and Tell a Friend. Tap your selections. See each of these topics in this help file.

Accompaniment File

Options→Accompaniments. Tap the arrow to select additional banks (sets) of accompaniments purchased though the Accompaniments page of this website.

Auto Change Accompaniment

Options→Accompaniments. Tap the minus or plus to change the number of cycles completed before the accompaniment changes to a new accompaniment.Tap switch off for manual-only change of accompaniments.

Auto Play On Launch

Options→Accompaniments. Tap switch off for manual-only start of Accompaniments.

Random or Sequence Cycles

Options→Accompaniments. Tap your selection. Random = Random. Look it up. (◕‿◕) Sequence = plays all accompaniments from first to last.

Group Play

Options→Group Play: Tap one of three player modes.

  • Solo: network connection for Bandojo is turned off
  • Maestro: leader of networked collaborators
  • Member: collaborator networked to Maestro

Set up Group Play session:

  1. On the host device, set the player mode to Maestro and the Group ID to a number (1-20) not already in use by another Bandojo group on the same LAN or WAN.
  2. On all remote devices, set the player mode to Member and the Group ID to the same number as the Maestro. All devices of a group must use the same Group ID.
  3. Select Apply.

Member devices do not produce any sound. The Maestro’s device will emit the combined audio for the group. The group will share one accompaniment, which will provide the beat for Rhythm Lock, allowing all ensemble members to synchronize rhythms.

Laptop and desktop computers (Bandojo Pro) make better Maestros. They have more powerful audio synthesis, richer sound, a larger set of instruments, and can support Bandojo groups of up to 16. iPhones and iPads (Bandojo) make better members. If you use an iPhone or iPad as Maestro, you may only be able to host one or two other members, depending on the accompaniment.

Using Maestro/Member mode, you can use your iOS device running Bandojo as an extra controller for Bandojo Pro on your laptop or desktop. It’s the best of both worlds—the superior audio quality and greater variety of instruments of Bandojo Pro on a laptop or desktop combined with the touchscreen interface of an iPad or iPhone running Bandojo.


Options→Solfege: Display/hide Solfege on the Melody Palette.

Solfege Type

Options→Solfege: Tap Modal (do re mi, etc.); Indian (sa re ga ma, etc.) or Byzantine (Ni Pa Vu Ga, etc.) to select.

Solfege Display

Options→Solfege: Tap Off to hide Solfege. Tap Follow to display Solfege above the Melody Palette. Tap Full to display Solfege on the buttons of the Melody Palette.





Red Do Sa Ni
Gold Re Re Pa
Green Mi Ga Vu
Teal Fa Ma Ga
Blue So Pa Di
Purple La Da Ka
Magenta Ti Ni Zo


App Settings

Options→ App Settings. Tap Light = Pastel circles on white, or Dark = Jewel tone octagons on black.  Tap  “Tap to Reset Application to Factory Defaults” if desired.

Tell A Friend

Options→ Tell A Friend. Send email or post to Facebook.


Left side of screen: Accompaniments. Tap your selection. If you tap a new accompaniment, the current measure will finish before the new accompaniment begins. Stop by tapping selection or touching Stop. Scroll for additional accompaniments. Descriptions are on the Accompaniment pages on this website.

Measure Indicator

Top center of screen: Measure Indicator is visible only when accompaniment plays. A small number appears at left and a small dot moves across the screen from left to right. It indicates how far the current accompaniment has progressed through a cycle. The number indicates how many cycles have been completed. When the dot returns to the left, the tonic changes (if Auto Change Tonic is on).

Tempo Slider

Top center of screen: Tap and drag the Tempo Slider to the right to speed up the accompaniment, left to slow it down. The vertical line at the center of the Tempo Slider marks the original tempo.

Tonic Controller

Bottom left corner of screen: Tap Tonic to reveal two rows of numbers. Tap a number to raise or lower the tonic by the corresponding number of half steps. The letter name of the key appears in blue in the center. Tap Tonic again to hide the Tonic Controller.

Auto Change Tonic

Bottom left corner of screen: Tap Auto Change Tonic to switch to manual-only change of the tonic of the selected accompaniment. Tap again for automatic change.

Melody Palette

Center of screen: Melody Palette. Sweep one or more fingers across it or tap it with one, two, five or more fingers.

(In order to use more than one finger to play melodies, exit Bandojo, select iPad Settings, tap General, and turn off Multitasking Gestures.)

Right to left: plays a scale (consecutive notes).  The scale will automatically match the chosen Accompaniment, even if it is not playing. Scales and modes include major, minor, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, and Mixolydian. There are also a few examples of non-Western scales or modes, such as Melakarta Marva (India) and Byzantine hard chromatic (Greece).

Most accompaniment names reference the mode; a few do not. For example:

Island Sun Major
Minor Mystery Minor
Dorian Dots Dorian
Phrygian Chase Phrygian
Lydian Lights Lydian
Banjo Mix Mixolydian


Either three or four octaves are available (depending on Pitch Map selection), arranged diagonally from bottom right to top left.  Some diagonal rows have two, three, or four identically colored notes. These notes sound the same. The next diagonal row up plays one octave higher.

Button color indicates scale note (i.e. red is always the tonic). The tonic is always the current key, and changes when the key changes. Go to Options Solfege, and set Solfege Display to Full to see the mapping of buttons to scale notes.

See Pitch Map in this help file for additional information.



Right side of screen: Instruments (played on Melody Palette). Tap your selection. Most are melodic instruments, with two exceptions:
Power Drums is a set of percussion instruments. Within each octave, buttons of different colors play different percussion instruments. When you move up or down the Melody Palette into a higher or lower octave, you will find additional percussion instrument sounds.

SFX Kit is a set of sound effects. Placement of the different sound effects follows the same pattern as with Power Drums.

When the tonic changes, the buttons will be associated with different percussion instruments or sound effects. These may vary somewhat from tonic to tonic.

Melody Range

Bottom right of screen: Tap Low, Medium or High on the Melody Range selector to shift the range of the Melody Palette. Medium shifts the Melody Palette up one octave from the Low setting. High shifts it up two octaves.

Examples of use: Flute sounds most realistic at High, Violin mimics Viola or Contrabass when set to Medium or Low, and Distortion Guitar is gnarliest set to Low.

Reveal/hide: tap the arrow in the lower right corner.

Pitch Map

Bottom right of screen: Tap Pitch Map selector to change the number of scale steps between vertical (or diagonal) adjacent buttons on the Melody Palette.

Default (selector to left): play a scale diagonally from bottom right to top left. Move vertically to play consecutive thirds (“skipping” one note in the scale). Move diagonally from bottom left to top right to play consecutive fourths (“skipping” two notes).

Expanded (selector to right): move diagonally from bottom right to top left for consecutive thirds (“skipping” one note in the scale). Move vertically to play consecutive fourths (“skipping” two notes). Move diagonally from bottom left to top right to play consecutive fifths (“skipping” three notes).

The bottom row of the Melody Palette is not affected by changing the Pitch Map.

Go to Options Solfege, and set the Solfege Display to Full to see themapping of buttons to scale notes.

Reveal/hide: tap the arrow in the lower right corner.

Rhythm Pulse

Center of Melody Palette: The blinking dot represents the Rhythm Pulse; it blinks the underlying pulse of the selected accompaniment.

Measure Pulse

Center of Melody Palette: The Measure Pulse is represented by four blinking dots forming a square around the Rhythm Pulse dot. All five dots blink on the first beat of a measure. Accompaniment time signature or meter is ratio of Rhythm Pulses to Measure Pulses (e.g., if the center dot blinks five times for every blink of all five dots, the meter is 5/4).

Emphasis Slider

Bottom left of screen: Tap and drag Emphasis Slider to the right to make the melody instrument louder, left to make it quieter.

In Group Play, this slider affects only the melody of the group member who controls it. This allows separate volume control of each group member’s melody.

Reveal/hide: tap the arrow in the lower right corner.

Rhythm Lock

Bottom center of screen: Tap Rhythm Lock switch to force notes played on the Melody Palette to align with pulses and subdivisions of the pulse, and to synchronize with other Bandojo players in Group Play. To set the rhythm subdivision value, tap on a number (1 to 9).

When Rhythm Lock is on, there may be a delay before a note sounds if it doesn’t align rhythmically with your chosen number, or subdivision of the pulse. To reduce delays, try tapping a higher number. To play freely, turn off Rhythm Lock by tapping and dragging the switch to the left.

Try Rhythm Lock: slow down the tempo, tap 1 on the rhythm subdivision bar and play on the Melody Palette.

Reveal/hide: tap the arrow in the lower right corner.


Available only on Bandojo Pro for desktop or laptop computer.

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