How does Limouzik work ? Even if it’s possible to play a part of the clasical repertory, Limouzik is particularly adapted for the popular and folk music.
Limouzik is based on the principle of the classical harmony. It is on this principle that is founded polyphonic music and it is this principle which is still used for the current popular music. The majority of the songs are based on a limited number of chords. These chords have a tonal relation which is always the same.
For example, the three tonic chords / dominant / under dominant (yellow / blue / red) make possible to make thousands of songs. Specially blues, rock’n’rolls, children’s songs….
Limouzik is limited to the most used chords. Only nine function keys of the keyboard are available, representing the chords which are allocated. Thanks to this code color (or alphabetical), no rudiments of music are requiered for playing Limouzik.
The second characteristic of Limouzik comes from the location of the notes on the keyboard. Each time a note of function is pressed, the keyboard is entirely reconfigured according to this new chord.
Complete chords can be played with only one key. By principle, the technic and the fingering are simplified considerably. Where one needs three or four fingers on a piano, one only is enough with Limouzik.
Limouzik stays a live instrument because each note listened has been played by the user.
The fundamental keys
This is the main part. It’s composed of the function keys (chord keys).
Each key represent a chord.
Correlation table between colors, note names and keys to press :
GreenMi / E
||Ré m / D m||3||3|
|Fa / F||Z||W|
|Purple||La m / A m||E||E|
|Do / C||S||S|
|Black||Si / B||W||Z|
|Pink||Ré / D||X||X|
|Gray||Mi m / E m||C||C|
Si (B), Ré (D) et Mi m (E m) could be replaced with Fa m (F m), Fa #m (F #m), Sol# (G #), La (A), La # (La #) or Si m (B m).
To do this, you have to change the chords in the settings page.
The accompanying keys
Each keys represents a chord or a particular note from the selected chord. With only one key, the user can play the right chord (“accord parfait”) related to the fundamental.
For a unique fingering (most of the time on the « T » « R » and « Space bar» played with the right hand, you just have to change the fundamental note with your left hand to make the harmonics’ sequence of the musique track chosen.
Space bar = tonic chord
T = fifth
R = octave
4 = chord of sixth
5 = chord of seventh
F, left directional arrow = chord of second and fourth
ALT GR, CTRL, V, ENTER = inversion of the tonic accord to the acute one
Up directional arrow = decreased chord
Right directional arrow = chord of fourth and fifth
Down directional arrow = chord of third and sixth
“melody” and improvisation functions
It’s possible to play some melodies on two and a half octaves (chromatic range of twelve semitones).
In the Limouzik’s melody keys part, from “G” to “enter” you have the accord parfait notes of the selected chord and the other keys just complete the chormatic range.
If you play only between “G” à “*”, you’ll always make a right improvisation.
This part represents the basses notes. Each one correspond to a specific bass note.
The basses notes are played upper than the fundamental (lower note of the triad played by the function key).
CTRL = third minus a half tone
Shift = third
A = fifth in an AZERTY keyboard
Q = fifth in a QWERTY keyboard
& (or 1) = seventh minor
= seventh major
ALT = octave
Q = passing sevent in an AZERTY keyboard
A = passing sevent in a QWERTY keyboard
FIN = low-pitched octave