Old 11-10-2010, 09:54 PM   #1
rushyrulz
Digital Dancing!
Multiplayer ModeratorEvent StaffFFR Simfile AuthorFFR Music ProducerD7 Elite KeysmasherFFR Veteran
 
rushyrulz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: 72 billion club, NE
Age: 27
Posts: 12,377
Default The Official FFR Picture Dictionary

Hello and welcome to the Official FFR Picture Dictionary! In this thread, there will be several examples of the different terminology used in this game. All examples will include either a picture or a gif file to help you fully understand them.

NOTE: If at any time you run into a term you don't understand early in the post, it will probably be explained later in the post, so feel free to CTRL F it quickly and return to your previous spot once you understand the concept.

A quick reference: I will be using the number 1 in place of the left arrow, 2 in place of the down arrow, 3 in place of the up arrow, and 4 in place of the right arrow. So that's
Left: 1
Down: 2
Up: 3
Right: 4

I will also be using some terms in regards to the different playing styles with respect to some of the different patterns mentioned later on. Here is a quick reference on the different styles of play:

One hand 3-fingers: This style is generally adopted by new players and involves using your index, middle, and ring finger on the arrow keys.
Advantages: Allows new players to get a feel for the game.
Disadvantages: I find it rather difficult to hit speedy sections accurately using this method. It's also difficult to gain muscle memory seeing that certain keys might be hit with one finger some of the time and a different finger other times.

One hand 2-fingers: This is a very rare play style, but some people use it to simulate your two feet dancing on a dance pad. This style involves using your index and middle finger on the arrow keys.
Advantages: Gives you a challenge while still trying to maintain the challenges of playing with your 2 feet.
Disadvantages: This style can be extremely tricky when attempting some patterns. Only using 2 fingers (especially on 1 hand) translates to not having very much speed, and it's also extremely difficult to hit hands and quads with this style. Please keep in mind this is a keyboard game and most of the songs are not meant to be played on a dance pad.

Index: This is one of the more common play styles where you use your two index fingers on the arrow keys (or another key setup similar to the arrow keys).
Advantages: It gives you the "2 feet" feel as well as allowing you to have speed. Fast streams and tricky patterns usually aren't a problem. Trills and running men are very easy.
Disadvantages: The clutter effect: Your hands get in the way of each other trying to operate in such a limited space. Only having 2 fingers on the keys at any time provides some trouble with jumpstream and fast jump patterns as well as hands and quads. (all terminology you don't understand probably has an explanation later in this post.)

One hand 4-fingers: The placement of your hand with this style is quite tricky. Your thumb goes on the down arrow, index on 4 of the num pad, middle on 8, ring on 6.
Advantages: Allows for greater speed and muscle memory than the other 1-handed play styles. Considerable speed can be gained through practice.
Disadvantages: It's a very awkward to learn. Thumb/ring finger dexterity is less than that of your index and middle fingers, proving to be troublesome when attempting fast patterns.

Spread: This is one of, if not THE most common playing styles in FFR and StepMania. The index and middle fingers on both hands are used in this 4-finger style of play. All the arrow keys are usually assigned to different keys on the keyboard with the settings menu. Left middle finger goes with the left arrow, Left index finger goes with the down arrow, Right index goes with the up arrow, Right middle goes with the right arrow.
Advantages: This style provides opportunity for high speed play. Jumpstream, bursts, hands, and quads aren't a problem. Allows you to get better faster because muscle memory develops fairly quickly.
Disadvantages: Learning some patterns initially can prove to be quite challenging.

Split: This is similar to spread, except you use 3 fingers on one hand and 1 finger on the other. A big disadvantage is when a song becomes particularly dense in the hand where you are using the 3 fingers. Up-down trills become extremely tiresome, and the one-handed trill (an allusion to the spread play style where there is a trill on either up right or down left, thus making it a one handed trill) on your dominant hand is difficult to master. Loss of speed. Advantages include: ease of playing rolls, and big improvement in overall accuracy.

-All terms that you don't understand so far will probably be explained later in this post.-

Lets first start out with some of the possible outcomes you can get after playing a song:

Full Combo (FC):

A full combo is when you complete a song with 0 misses, thus hitting every arrow in the chart with a Perfect, Good, or Average result. It is still a full combo no matter how many boos you accumulate.



Single Digit Good (SDG):

It is considered a Single Digit Good, or SDG as it's usually referred to when the total amount of goods is less than 10, but greater than 1. (why it's not called a SDG with 0 or 1 goods will be covered next.) Although it's not limited to having a "clean score" (averages, misses, and boos totalling 0), it's generally only called a true SDG when the only flaws you've made were getting those goods.



Blackflag (BF):

The unfortunate anomaly of a blackflag is when you get a result of 1 good clean. (1-0-0-0) Nobody knows why it's so hard to avoid these, but people have joked that in order to get a AAA (see next section), you have to get a blackflag first.



There are also variations on the blackflag for scores where you might get (0-1-0-0 [avflag]), (0-0-1-0 [missflag]), or (0-0-0-1 [booflag]).

Omniflag / Rainbowflag:



This is a special case, and a rare occasion where you get 1 good, 1 average, 1 miss, and 1 boo exactly, hence why it is called an omniflag.

AAA:

A AAA (triple A) is achieved when you hit every arrow in a chart with a 'perfect' result. You will also receive rank 1 on that song, match the FFR Best and in theory, will never have to play that song again. (although you probably will anyway)



Sightread AAA:

AAA a song on the first time you've ever played it.

----------------------------------------------------------
Different types of notes:
4th note:



A 4th note is represented by a red arrow. These are the most common in the game since they represent whole beats. (They're the numbers in 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &)

8th note: (2x faster than 4th notes)



8th notes are represented by blue arrows and are almost as equally as common as 4th notes. They represent the off beat as I like to call it. (They're the &s in 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &)

12th note: (1.5x faster than 8th notes)



12th notes are represented by purple arrows. These types of notes are commonly used in polyrhythms (see next section) and are used to create 12 beats instead of 8 in one measure (4/4 time signature)

16th note: (2x faster than 8th notes)



16th notes are represented by yellow arrows and are very commonly used in streams and jumpstreams (see next section). They act as the off beat for 8th notes. (They're the e, a in 1 e & a 2 e & a 3 e & a 4 e & a)

24th note: (2x faster than 12th notes)



24th notes are represented by pink arrows. They provide the same function as 12th arrows, just two times faster. (24 beats per measure in 4/4 time signature)

32nd note: (2x faster than 16th notes)



32nd notes are represented by red-orange arrows. These aren't very common and can make for some very nasty patterns in the game. (They're the .s in 1.e.&.a.2.e.&.a.3.e.&.a.4.e.&.a.)

48th note: (2x faster than 24th notes)



48th notes are represented by turquoise arrows. The main application of these are being grace notes (see next section). If not used as a grace note, 48th notes can be very fast. (48 beats per measure in 4/4 time signature.)

64th note: (2x faster than 32nd notes)



64th notes are represented by green arrows. These are mainly used as grace notes as well, but if not used as a grace note, 64th notes can be brutally fast.(They're the 's in 1'.'e'.'&'.'a'.'2'.'e'.'&'.'a'.'3'.'e'.'&'.'a'.'4' .'e'.'&'.'a'.')

192nd note: (4x faster than 48th notes)



192nd notes are represented by white arrows. These are never used as a stream component (there will not be a 192nd stream). The primary purpose of 192nd notes are for voice-stepping and grace notes. Some step artists use 192nd notes as a technique to make their stepfile look more colorful (like the song Counting Snow), but for the most part they're the same thing as the note they're closest to.


----------------------------------------------------------


This next section will contain some of the patterns you might encounter during a song on FFR. The key to mastering these patterns is practicing them often and challenging yourself by striving to perfect them.

Jumps:



A jump is when two arrows need to be hit simultaneously. It's a term coined in DDR because in order to hit a jump, one would be required to physically jump in order to hit it.

Jumpglut: A jumpglut is a term used to denote several jumps in rapid succession over a period of time.

Jump Chains:



Jump chains are when there are jumps on every 4th note connected by a single 8th arrow between each jump. The connecting 8th arrow must be the common arrow between the two jumps. (For instance if there were two jumps at [14] and [13] the connecting 8th arrow would have to be a 1.

Hands:



Hands are jumps with 3 notes. They're called hands because if you were attempting one on a dance pad, you would need to use both feet as well as a hand to hit it.

Quads:



Quads are jumps with 4 notes.


Grace Notes:



Grace notes occur as notes of short duration before the sounding of the relatively longer-lasting note which immediately follows them. Grace notes are generally a 32nd or higher note paired with a 24th or under note. (shown above) During gameplay, these can usually be hit as a jump because of the close proximity of the notes.

Trills:



Trills are pretty tricky to master if you play with 4 fingers (spread), but are generally pretty easy with index (index fingers only). A trill is any pattern where you're alternating between the same 2 arrows. ( 1 4 1 4 1 4 1 4 1 4 1 4)

Jump Trills:



Trills except instead of 2 alternating single arrows, there's 2 alternating jumps.

Jackhammers (Jacks):



Jackhammers (or as commonly referred to, jacks) are when you have to hit the same arrow repeatedly for 3 or more arrows. There are definitely jacks with more than 3, but if there's only 2 in a row, it's considered a mini jack.

Mini Jacks:



Mini jacks are just jacks that only consist of 2 of the same arrow in a row. These are more common than full-blown jacks and might be found in streams or jumpstreams. (shown next)

Stream:



A stream is a continuous string of single notes. In the example above, it's a string of 16th notes, but there are also streams with 24th and even 32nd notes. Any string of slower than 8 key taps per second isn't considered a stream.

Jumpstream:



Jumpstream is one of the most difficult patterns to master, especially for index players. A jumpstream is a stream with 'jumps' within it that usually occur on drum beats or any other emphasized beat. Jumpstream is usually only found in songs difficulty 50 and above.

Handstream:



A Jumpstream with hands instead of jumps.

Triplets:



Triplets are a general term of any pattern that consists of *pause* 3 single notes *pause*.
Like stream and jumpstream, this is usually only associated with 16th notes and up.

Gallops:



Gallops are similar to triplets, but they only have 2 single notes instead of 3. (*pause* 2 single notes *pause*). Only applies to 16th notes and up.

Running Men:



This difficult to master pattern is a variation on stream, where there's 1 recurring arrow (also known as anchor) that you need to keep hitting every other note. The other notes are alternating between 2 or 3 notes, if it's only alternating with 1 other note, it's considered a trill. The best way to explain this pattern is through the gif above.

Crossovers:



Crossovers are a variation on running men. In crossovers, the anchor is on either the down or up arrow and follows the pattern in the gif above. It's called a crossover because if you were attempting this on a dance pad, you would need to cross one foot over the other to hit it correctly. (Try it.)

Rolls:


Alternate:


Another variation on stream, rolls consist of either a (4 3 2 1 4 3 2 1) pattern or a (1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4) pattern. Rolls are generally used in a song when the music is going from a low pitch to a high pitch or vice-versa.

Staircases:



Staircases are a pattern that create kind of an ascending/descending feel by going left to right to left to right on the arrow keys (1 2 3 4 3 2 1 2 3 4 3 2 1). They are similar to rolls, but they change direction at every right or left arrow instead of starting the pattern over again.

Bursts:



Bursts are a very tricky pattern. They consist a very rapid succession of notes and are used with fast drum/synth beats.

Polyrhythms:


Alternate:


Two rhythms simultaneously sounding, resulting in a confusing pattern known as a polyrhythm. 8ths/12ths, 12ths/16ths, 16ths/24ths combinations are common for polyrhythms.

WALL OF DEATH



Kids, don't try this at home.
Wall: A cluster**** of arrows.

Note: Keep in mind that patterns sometimes fit the criteria of more than one basic pattern (example: jumptrill = trill of jumps) and who knows what kind of crazy names people will come up with.
----------------------------------------------------------
Pattern Demonstration video:


Now that you know most of the common terminology here on FFR, there's nothing stopping you from becoming a true FFR master! Practicing these common patterns should accelerate your skill development very quickly and you'll be on the leaderboards in no time!

Here is a useful tool to practice some of the above listed patterns : http://mzrg.com/stepmania/stream%20s...ster%20v2.html
^credit to qqwref for coding this applet.

Good luck, and don't forget to have fun!
__________________


Last edited by rushyrulz; 07-3-2017 at 07:36 PM..
rushyrulz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-11-2010, 11:51 AM   #2
psychoangel691
Event & Social Media Manager
All the things
Game ManagerForum ModeratorEvent StaffSimfile JudgeFFR Simfile AuthorFFR Veteran
 
psychoangel691's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Bel Air MD
Posts: 9,763
Send a message via Skype™ to psychoangel691
Default Re: The Official FFR Picture Dictionary

Lookin good
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by Charu View Post
My dick is good, thank you very much. It gets love and attention no matter what <3 <3 <3
Quote:
Originally Posted by DaBackpack View Post
also a fucking helicopter is the absolute last place I'd go to find out how big my dick is
Quote:
Originally Posted by Shadow_God_10 View Post
Dawg you don't even know. It's so fuckin' small I can use a pen cap to jack off

Quote:
Originally Posted by hi19hi19 View Post
yeah I'mma go for the Rave7 route she's just perfect, stiff on the top, thin in the middle, and has a BIG THICC END that I can just jack on all night UwU best girl
psychoangel691 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-11-2010, 11:52 AM   #3
customstuff
♥C.S. + A.M.♥
FFR Veteran
 
customstuff's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Nova Scotia, Canada
Age: 25
Posts: 4,679
Default Re: The Official FFR Picture Dictionary

You should add Jumptrills in this. Otherwise, great
__________________


Quote:
Originally Posted by MrMagic5239 View Post
Placements are final, custom will not be moved to D6, just because he is good at jacks, and mediocre at just about every other FMO in the game.
Quote:
Originally Posted by customstuff View Post
Quote:
Originally Posted by MrMagic5239 View Post
welcome to D6

start playing
customstuff is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-11-2010, 11:54 AM   #4
sakura080789
Sukiru#11148
FFR Veteran
 
sakura080789's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Xepherverse
Age: 30
Posts: 1,729
Default Re: The Official FFR Picture Dictionary

nice rushy
__________________
sakura080789 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-11-2010, 11:55 AM   #5
Superfreak04
Gainz
FFR Veteran
 
Superfreak04's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Age: 28
Posts: 2,403
Default Re: The Official FFR Picture Dictionary

Very good, love the graphics made, makes it very easy to understand the terms.
__________________
Superfreak04 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-11-2010, 12:52 PM   #6
rushyrulz
Digital Dancing!
Multiplayer ModeratorEvent StaffFFR Simfile AuthorFFR Music ProducerD7 Elite KeysmasherFFR Veteran
 
rushyrulz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: 72 billion club, NE
Age: 27
Posts: 12,377
Default Re: The Official FFR Picture Dictionary

Quote:
Originally Posted by customstuff View Post
You should add Jumptrills in this. Otherwise, great
Added jumptrills, as well as an alternate polyrhythm gif.
__________________

rushyrulz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-11-2010, 02:43 PM   #7
leonid
I am leonid
FFR Simfile AuthorFFR Music ProducerD7 Elite KeysmasherFFR Veteran
 
leonid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: MOUNTAIN VIEW
Age: 30
Posts: 8,069
Default Re: The Official FFR Picture Dictionary

Awesome thread.
__________________



Proud member of Team No
leonid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-11-2010, 02:45 PM   #8
Jtehanonymous
Hunger Games Hunty
FFR Veteran
 
Jtehanonymous's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: La Florida
Age: 27
Posts: 3,678
Send a message via Skype™ to Jtehanonymous
Default Re: The Official FFR Picture Dictionary

I love the wall of death!
__________________


I buy all FFR Trading Cards I don't own:
See My FFR TCG Binder





Quote:
Originally Posted by badman7772 View Post
Jtehanonymous

You have completed the Lucky Achievement and will be awarded 25k credits.

seriously what the fuck.
Jtehanonymous is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-11-2010, 02:49 PM   #9
Shikari
FFR Player
 
Shikari's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Age: 27
Posts: 2,042
Send a message via AIM to Shikari Send a message via Skype™ to Shikari
Default Re: The Official FFR Picture Dictionary

Hey, Rushy, why don't you refer to longer bursts, like the 48ths one at Hardkore Atomic, as "walls", to avoid misunderstandings? Just sayin'


Edit: I don't know, seems like only that specific section can be referred as wall.
__________________

Quote:
Originally Posted by gold stinger View Post
Shikari for resident profile artist
Shikari is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-11-2010, 02:50 PM   #10
HoneyMelonCalibrator
Arrow Theory™
FFR Veteran
 
HoneyMelonCalibrator's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Illinois
Age: 29
Posts: 905
Send a message via AIM to HoneyMelonCalibrator Send a message via MSN to HoneyMelonCalibrator
Default Re: The Official FFR Picture Dictionary

Déjà vu. Nonetheless, epic thread. 5/5

Does anyone know if there's a term for when there's a constant flow of jumps? Like in "World of Dreams"? It's not a jump chain because they're not connected by single notes.
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by ?
祇園精舎の鐘の聲、
諸行無常の響あり。
娑羅雙樹の花の色、
盛者必衰のことわりをあらはす。
おごれる人も久しからず、
唯春の夜の夢のごとし。
たけき者も遂にほろびぬ、
偏に風の前の塵に同じ。

Last edited by HoneyMelonCalibrator; 11-11-2010 at 02:55 PM..
HoneyMelonCalibrator is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-11-2010, 02:51 PM   #11
rushyrulz
Digital Dancing!
Multiplayer ModeratorEvent StaffFFR Simfile AuthorFFR Music ProducerD7 Elite KeysmasherFFR Veteran
 
rushyrulz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: 72 billion club, NE
Age: 27
Posts: 12,377
Default Re: The Official FFR Picture Dictionary

Quote:
Originally Posted by Shikari View Post
Hey, Rushy, why don't you refer to longer bursts, like the 48ths one at Hardkore Atomic, as "walls", to avoid misunderstandings? Just sayin'


Edit: I don't know, seems like only that specific section can be referred as wall.
I don't quite understand what you're getting at..

The section at 350 is a roll, the sections near 750 are definitely bursts.

Everything else is jackdump.

Walls are usually reserved for high BPM 64th junk.
__________________

rushyrulz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-11-2010, 02:57 PM   #12
Shikari
FFR Player
 
Shikari's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Age: 27
Posts: 2,042
Send a message via AIM to Shikari Send a message via Skype™ to Shikari
Default Re: The Official FFR Picture Dictionary

Quote:
Originally Posted by rushyrulz View Post
I don't quite understand what you're getting at.
I always refer to long bursts as "walls", when I'm discussing charts with other players. Something like "That 48ths wall at Hardkore Atomic is kind of hard to hit sometimes" or "That big 32nds/64ths wall at One Minutes Oni/Edit ending is really tricky". The way you put on OP seemed like only that gif could be named as "wall".


Edit: Anyway, great thread you did. Will be a great help for beginners to understand some "playing slang" and get used to some patterns/playing styles.
__________________

Quote:
Originally Posted by gold stinger View Post
Shikari for resident profile artist
Shikari is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-11-2010, 03:00 PM   #13
HoneyMelonCalibrator
Arrow Theory™
FFR Veteran
 
HoneyMelonCalibrator's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Illinois
Age: 29
Posts: 905
Send a message via AIM to HoneyMelonCalibrator Send a message via MSN to HoneyMelonCalibrator
Default Re: The Official FFR Picture Dictionary

Sticky worthy? I think so.
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by ?
祇園精舎の鐘の聲、
諸行無常の響あり。
娑羅雙樹の花の色、
盛者必衰のことわりをあらはす。
おごれる人も久しからず、
唯春の夜の夢のごとし。
たけき者も遂にほろびぬ、
偏に風の前の塵に同じ。
HoneyMelonCalibrator is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-11-2010, 03:03 PM   #14
rushyrulz
Digital Dancing!
Multiplayer ModeratorEvent StaffFFR Simfile AuthorFFR Music ProducerD7 Elite KeysmasherFFR Veteran
 
rushyrulz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: 72 billion club, NE
Age: 27
Posts: 12,377
Default Re: The Official FFR Picture Dictionary

It's already a sticky, honeymelon.

@Shikari:

Rolls:


Wall:
__________________


Last edited by rushyrulz; 11-11-2010 at 03:13 PM..
rushyrulz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-2010, 05:15 PM   #15
garfield220
FFR Player
 
garfield220's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: S'toon
Posts: 3
Default Re: The Official FFR Picture Dictionary

Great guide! It helped me understand what i was playing a lot better.
garfield220 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-2010, 05:30 PM   #16
TheSaxRunner05
The Doctor
FFR Veteran
 
TheSaxRunner05's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Age: 30
Posts: 5,975
Default Re: The Official FFR Picture Dictionary

Yea rolls go left to right or right to left (fingers roll in order) while a wall is just a cluster**** of arrows.
__________________


TheSaxRunner05 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-2010, 05:34 PM   #17
kmay
Don't forget me
FFR Veteran
 
kmay's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: USA
Age: 27
Posts: 6,318
Default Re: The Official FFR Picture Dictionary

Quote:
Originally Posted by HoneyMelonCalibrator View Post
Déjà vu. Nonetheless, epic thread. 5/5

Does anyone know if there's a term for when there's a constant flow of jumps? Like in "World of Dreams"? It's not a jump chain because they're not connected by single notes.
those are simply jumps. they arent fast enough to be considered anything else...
__________________


kmay is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-2010, 05:42 PM   #18
C@!
zןnɹ oןos
FFR Veteran
 
C@!'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: AZ
Age: 26
Posts: 448
Send a message via Skype™ to C@!
Default Re: The Official FFR Picture Dictionary

Love the guide. By the way, I've always wondered, what is cb?
__________________
C@! is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-2010, 05:47 PM   #19
DragonIIDX
Not dragon, but dinosaur
FFR Veteran
 
DragonIIDX's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Wherever You Aren't
Age: 27
Posts: 904
Send a message via Skype™ to DragonIIDX
Default Re: The Official FFR Picture Dictionary

Epic guide
DragonIIDX is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-2010, 05:49 PM   #20
i love you
Live a wonderful life~
FFR Simfile AuthorFFR Veteran
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 7,213
Default Re: The Official FFR Picture Dictionary

Wow, much better than the older one
__________________
Single Release Dumps:

2. High School Musicial (Click banner to download~)


1. NBA ON NBC THEME

-------------------------------------------------------
i love you is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:46 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright FlashFlashRevolution