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F.A.Q.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Genius Jamtracks a play-along?

Even though Genius Jamtracks was not designed to be used as a standard play-along it can most definitely be used as one. However, the main focus is on polyrhythms. It is the tool to guide you through the process of mastering rhythm in general and metric modulation over changes in particular. Up to now, play-alongs have focused on the harmonic part of jazz improvisation, while the tools available for the study of polyrhythms have had a mathematical approach laying emphasis on analogies and patterns. Genius Jamtracks puts the two together. With Genius Jamtracks, you can work on the polyrhythmic ideas consolidated by the masters of jazz improvisation, in the context of actual songs following the chord changes and the song form.

Do I need to buy new content?

New songs automatically appear in the online library and are free to download.

OS requirements?

For iOS devices the App requires 8.1 or later. For Android, 4.4 or later version. It is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch and Android devices.

Just got a new phone, do I need to buy Genius Jamtracks again?

No need. As long as you use the same account that you used for the original purchase, you can re-install GJT free of charge. 

I have downloaded Genius Jamtracks on my iPhone, do I have to buy it again to use it on my iPad?

Nope. As long as you use the same Apple ID on both devices, you can download it on your iPhone as well as your iPad from the App Store. 

I have downloaded Genius Jamtracks on my Android phone, do I have to buy it again to use it on my Android tablet?

Nope. As long as you use the same Google id on both devices, you can download it on all your Android devices from the Google Play Store. 

Is there a video tutorial available?

You can find a video tutorial here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eyz1y05mAIA

How do I update my version of Genius Jamtracks?

Easy-peasy! Simply go to the App Store for iOS devices, or Play Store for Android devices, look for Genius Clicks under Purchased Apps and download the latest version on your device.

Can I download all available tracks at once?

Yes. Click on the Select icon in the top right corner of the library and select the tracks you want to download. You can select all by clicking the “Select all” button that has now appeared at the bottom of your screen. Once you’ve made your selection click “Selected” and the download window appears. Click “Download”.

How can I remove a song from my library?

Swipe left and press “Delete”. If you wish to delete multiple tracks at once, press the Select button in the top right corner to select the tracks you want deleted, press “Selected” and delete.

Why is the Library categorised by song form?

Genius Jamtracks is not your standard play-along although it can certainly be used as one. Its main focus is rhythm and polyrhythms in particular. When studying such a subject, song form as well as the duration of each section makes a world of difference. Genius Jamtracks is set up this way to make sure you master jazz song forms and never get lost in them again.

Whats with the sections in the Polyrhythms page?

Typically, jazz musicians improvise over the song form and being able to follow that is crucial. Interaction is a key element of jazz improvisation and the build-up of polyrhythmic ideas usually happens with the ending of the song section as a checkpoint for the band members. Having the ability to follow the song sections while polyrhythms occur and being able to control where your musical ideas end will eventually free you.

What does the Polyrhythms button do?

 It opens the Polyrhythms section of the app. The Edit button appears (use this to setup the song). The polyrhythms map appears on the left following the selections you have made in the Edit section. 

Edit? What do I edit?

By pressing Edit the Apply Polyrhythms page will open. Here, you see a chorus of the song divided into sections (e.g., if the song form is AABA, you will see 4 sections named A, A, B and A). Here, you can choose a different polyrhythm for every section and for every instrument in each section. You can add more choruses and set each one up any way you choose – or remove any extra ones. The Randomize All button fills up the map with random polyrhythms.

Whats with the dots?

Here, you can follow through the selections you made in the Apply Polyrhythms page. Each dot represents a section of the song (e.g., if the song is AAB, there will be 3 dots for each chorus). Next to each dot you can see the polyrhythm assigned to each instrument. Click on any one of them to start playback from that section.

How do I assign different rhythms to the instruments?

On the Apply Polyrhythms page, press on the symbol corresponding to the instrument you want to edit. The list of available polyrhythms will appear and your selection will apply only to the chosen instrument.

Can I choose a Polyrhythm for all instruments at once?

On the right side of the Apply Polyrhythms page you will find the Section column. Press on the section you wish to edit and your selection from the list of polyrhythms will apply to all instruments in that section

How many choruses can I add?

As many as you like. 

Can I turn the metronome on/off?

On the top right corner there is a metronome on/off button. Just click on it. Additionally, you can access it from the mixer panel where you can also go to adjust the volume.

Does the playback always have to start from the beginning of the song?

Click on any of the dots found on the polyrhythms map and the playback will begin from the section you selected.

I play a transposed instrument, can I transpose the chord chart?

Click the Settings tab, (you can find it at the bottom of the screen below the library)There you will find “Instrument Transpose”. By default this is set to C, however you can change that and GJT will save your preference.

I found a setup that I really like for a song. Can I save it?

Yes. Click on the upload icon on the bottom right of your screen and press Save. Set a name for your track and press Save. You can access your saved tracks through the library. Songs and exercises with saved versions will have the text “Saved versions” written below them. Click on the song and choose between the original and saved versions.

Can I edit the chart?

Every song in Genius Jamtracks is created individually so that each one is as close to the feel of the original song as possible. For this reason, the ability to edit is not available. However, soon, in an upcoming update, you will be able to create and save your own songs with Genius jamtracks. Stay tuned! 

Where can I find the songs I saved?

You can access your saved tracks through the library. Songs and exercises with saved versions will have the text “Saved versions” written below them. Click on the song and choose between the original and saved versions.

Can I share one my saved songs with other people?

Yes. Open the file you wish to share and click on the upload icon at the bottom right. Press share and the message “URL copied to Clipboard. Paste it into the body of a post in the Genius Jamtracks Forums.” will appear. Go to the Genius Jamtracks forums and paste to the body of a post in the appropriate sub forum.

Something is wrong! What do I do?

If you are experiencing problems with the playback, first try restarting your device. If this doesn’t work, try deleting and redownloading your library. If none of these works, feel free to contact us.

If you have any further questions please get in touch with us at
support@geniusjamtracks.com

We will be happy to help you.