About Soundslice

Soundslice makes sheet music and guitar tablature beautifully interactive, to help you learn music more efficiently. Our goal is to be the best way to learn any piece of music.

The background

Soundslice was created by two people, Adrian Holovaty and PJ Macklin, to solve a major pain point in their lives as musicians: the process of learning a song is way too inefficient.

For example, Adrian has relied on tabs since learning guitar in 1995; like many amateurs, he doesn’t read sheet music well. As any guitarist knows, tabs are great at some things (namely, providing fingerings on specific frets/strings) but horrible at other things (subtleties of phrasing, rhythmic information, precise bending/sliding details).

When you learn from a tab, you end up having to listen to the recording to understand exactly what’s going on. And to an extent, the same is true for sheet music. There’s no way around that, no matter how accurate the notation is, because music can never be perfectly described in ink or pixels. Music is best learned by listening to it, not by reading about it.

With that philosophy in mind, we made a hybrid audio player / notation viewer that syncs notation with real audio. This way, you can hear exactly what the music should sound like as you see the exact notation that needs to be played. People all around the world love it.

The product

There are four parts to Soundslice:

  1. Soundslice For Teachers, where music teachers can create interactive sheet music using our tools.
  2. Soundslice Pitch Perfect, where we sell interactive sheet music.
  3. Soundslice licensing, where we license our technology to other companies.
  4. The Soundslice transcription community, where anybody can transcribe any YouTube video.

We’ve got a full page devoted to how our player works. Check it out.

The business

Soundslice makes money in three ways: charging for Soundslice For Teachers memberships, selling sheet music in our Pitch Perfect store and licensing our technology.

We’re incorporated in Chicago, Illinois, USA, as Soundslice LLC. We haven’t taken any outside funding and do not plan to. We’re trying to build a lasting business that benefits musicians for years to come.

If you’d like to partner with us, please contact us!

Social Media Fun™

We post updates on Twitter and Facebook.

Thank you

Thanks for checking us out, and please drop us a line if you have any questions or comments. We would love to hear from you.

Most importantly, we hope you learn a ton and KEEP PLAYING MUSIC! :-)

Happy practicing,
Adrian and PJ
Chicago, USA