Known algorithm shortcomings
- Rhythm is only assessed properly if the notes change. Mistakes in rhythm are very often not reported if the note played does not change.
- If creating rhythm exercises, we recommend having the student alternate between two notes instead of playing it on a single note
- Algorithm does not work properly for exercises <5sec in length.
- We do not report tuning differences as long as the instrument is relatively in tune and tuning error is no more than ~40 cents
- Meaning, if the reference is tuned to 440hz, the student instrument can be tuned to anything from 430hz to 450hz
- This is actually a feature to allow hard-to-tune instruments some lee-way, but may be a problem if you need the student to be absolutely in tune.
- Consonants like "S", "F" and "T" produce non-pitched areas that look like noise/silence to our algorithm and cause small yellow spots at the beginning of those syllables on the feedback line
- This is only a problem with synthesized MIDI reference files, as they do not take account of lyrics
- We recommend using real audio reference files, or asking students to sing all notes on just "A" or "O" instead of "do-re-mi" syllables
- There is NO SUPPORT WHAT SO EVER FOR DRUMS, i.e. non-pitched percussion instruments
- Glockenspiel is also known to be very problematic, even if real audio is used as reference
- Xylophone and Marimba should work, assuming the student also plays the same instrument