Bridge Window

    The Bridge Button shows and hides the Bridge Window.

The Bridge Window shows the assignment of the notes in the notation to the strings of the instrument. In connection with the Beats per Minute tempo adjustment the Bridge Window is a universal Kora teacher for the notations played.

When the notation is played or the cursor is moved over the notation the strings related to the notes are displayed with flashing colors. Thus it is shown which finger (thumb, index finger), of which hand (left, right) plucks which string in which way (sounding, dampened).

By clicking and dragging the strings the appropriate Wave Sound Samples or Midi Notes will be played. Left click plays long sound, right click plays short (dampened) sound. This serves for checking the tuning.

Wave and Midi Configuration

Moving the cursor over a string name (note) brings up the Midi configuration (note, program, channel) and the Wave configuration (long and short sound samples) of this string.

Clicking on a string name with the left button opens the configuration window, depending on the selected sound output device: Wave or Midi. The string may be tuned and several sound properties (volume, panorama) may be changed individually for this string.

The string name "x" stands for the percussive sound of knocking on the wooden handle of the Kora (Bulukondingo Podi). With wave sound output this is a sound sample of the knock. With midi sound output it is a percussive sound produced by the soundcard's synthesizer. According to General Midi Standard the Midi Channel 9 is reserved for Percussion Sounds (in Extended Midi Standard this is Channel 15). Notes played in this channel change the sound and not the pitch of a sound. The Midi Program has no relevance for this channel.


Clicking on a string name with the right button will mute/unmute the string. Muted strings are indicated with an X and dont sound when played. This feature is useful when learning a notation step by step.

Clicking on a finger symbol will mute/unmute all strings to be played with this finger. Muted strings dont sound when played. This may also be helpful when learning a notation step by step.

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