Frequently Asked Questions
Can you add support for sheet music (standard notation)?
Yes, this is on the to-do list! We didn’t get it in for our site launch, as it would have delayed us, but we definitely want to open it up to our non-guitar-playing musician brothers and sisters.
How can I find all of the transcribed videos sitewide?
Check out the completed page for all of the videos that are completely transcribed. Beyond that, you can log in, go to your homepage and click “Works in progress” to page through everything that’s been worked on lately.
How should I specify slides / hammer-ons / pull-offs / bends?
For now, there’s no special treatment or interface for those. You can simply type the various characters directly into your annotation, like this:
How should I specify alternate tunings?
For now, there’s no special place to put that information, but you can fake it in the meantime by putting it in the track name. Edit your track name by double clicking it, then change it to something like "Tab (D A D F# A D)".
How should I specify whether to use a capo?
For now, enter it in the track name. For example: "Chords (capo on 4)".
What about tabs for other stringed instruments like bass, banjo, ukelele or mandolin?
Those are all supported! When you create a track, you specify whether you want 4, 5, 6 or 7 strings.
What should I do if I see an error in somebody’s annotations?
We’re trying to figure out the best interface for this. For now, you can create a separate track with the correct version of the fingering/strings/notes/whatever.
I run a music education site and would LOVE to use this technology. What do I do?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org immediately! :-)
The site doesn’t work with the HTTPS Everywhere plugin. What do I do?
This is a known issue, and we apologize. For now, the only solution is to disable the plugin for soundslice.com.
Can you please add other speeds beyond half and full speed?
Unfortunately, YouTube supports only 50% and 100%, and we have no way around that. But our upcoming Soundslice Pro accounts will let you upload any song and get much more fine-grained control over speed.
Soundslice Pro accounts? What are those?
They don’t exist yet, but they’ll be a way to upgrade your account to get a lot of great additional functionality, such as better slowdown, the ability to upload any sound file, automated note guessing, etc. If you have a Soundslice account, we’ll email you to let you know when this becomes available.
Can Soundslice create tabs and annotations automatically?
For now, no -- everything’s manual. But adding an automated first-pass is on our to-do list and will likely be a Soundslice Pro feature.
Where can I learn more about the technology behind the scenes?
Watch this hour-long presentation we gave at 37signals in early 2013. Lots of juicy technical details in there about our usage of HTML5, etc.!