A cheat sheet for making music in Hopscotch
1. First, determine the tempo. Tempo is how fast the song is. It is measured in beats per minute (BPM). The higher the BPM value, the faster the song will be.
2. Calculate the wait values for each beat. Once you know the BPM value for your song, then you can calculate the appropriate “Wait” values for your blocks in Hopscotch. To do this, first find the value of one beat by using this formula: 60000 / BPM
3. Calculate the wait values for different notes. If your tempo is 120 BPM, then the wait value for quarter notes is 500 milliseconds (60000 / 120 = 500). If you know the value for quarter notes, you can use that for the other notes, too.
Quarter notes = 60000 / BPM
Whole notes = 60000 / BPM * 4 (or quarter notes * 4)
Half notes = 60000 / BPM * 2 (or quarter notes * 2)
Eighth notes = 60000 / BPM / 2 (or quarter notes / 2)
Sixteenth notes = 60000 / BPM / 4 (or quarter notes / 4)
How to enter your wait values
For the each note in your song, enter the wait value of that note in the wait bubble. So if your note is a quarter note, you will enter 60000 / BPM in the block’s wait bubble.
How to play a few notes at the same time
If you want to play a few notes at the same time (like a chord), enter 0 in the blocks that you want to play at the same time. The last note, however, will be the time value of that note. So you want have three half notes playing at once, the first two you’ll enter 0, and in the last one you will enter 60000 / BPM * 2.
Referring to sheet music helps a lot for knowing which values to use for each note, if you know how to read it! (Which I highly recommend that you learn if you can’t already).
I hope this is helpful. If you need any help or have any questions, just tag me @MR.GAM3R!