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We’re excited to announce we’ve created a comprehensive Help section that covers all aspects of our site: using our player, creating slices, teaching, embedding, posting to channels and more. Here’s the link.

Not only are many aspects of our product properly documented now for the first time ever, but this Help section also has a fresh new design and its own search engine.

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Some examples of what you’ll find in there:

We’ve spent a lot of time on this behind the scenes — writing, designing, coding, making screenshots/videos — and we hope it helps you use Soundslice even more effectively. We’ll continue to improve these pages and keep them updated over time.

Today we’re announcing a big change to the Soundslice store. We’re changing our revenue split so that artists get 85% instead of 70%. This means that for every course purchased, more money goes directly to artists.

Why make this change?

ArtistsA big reason is how the store itself has changed. In our early days, if an artist wanted to put a course together, we (the Soundslice team) handled the majority of that course’s production — from planning to video editing to meticulous transcribing. We didn’t yet have built-in tools that would let artists do it themselves. We’ve always wanted to open the store, making it accessible to artists beyond our own circle.

In last few years, we’ve rolled out features to make that a reality. Everything from giving artists a way to create coupon codes to launching our full-fledged notation editor. (We used to have to upload notation from other programs.) These tools have now been battle-tested by artists around the world, and the “Community-created” section of our store has grown beautifully.

Another reason is an acknowledgement of the fact that, for many artists, income from concerts and tours has all but vanished this year. We’re at a point as a company where we’re able to reduce our percentage cut and still keep the lights on, so we have an opportunity to positively impact artists’ livelihoods at a critical time.

The Soundslice store has always maintained an artist-first mentality. To date, artists have collectively earned more than $400,000 in sales on our platform. We are stoked about that, and we are stoked about being able to push this deal to an even better place for them.

We hope you’ll continue to support artists by buying Soundslice courses. And if you’ve got something to teach, we welcome you to make your own course.

Three new courses have found their way to the Soundslice store.

@Realalexhahn Vol. 3: Transcriptions (@realalexhahn) — $20

course coverThe award-winning Monk Institute grad Alex Hahn is back with his second Soundslice course. In the same vein as his previous release, this collection contains 20 saxophone solos in the jazz, blues and funk genres.

Though the etudes are performed on tenor and baritone sax, they can be transposed to any key at the touch of a button.

You can purchase or preview the course here.

Summer Solstice (@RonFranklin1) — $5

course coverHere’s a nice fingerstyle piece by Ron Franklin that’ll serve well the next time someone asks you to play something solo.

Like a few of his other originals, “Summer Solstice” uses an open tuning that lets the guitar get a big sound. (Open C in this case.) This piece is recommended for the intermediate guitarist who’s comfortable with Travis picking.

Watch Ron’s performance of the piece before, or click here to purchase the transcription.

Twelve Tone Box || 12 Major II-V-I’s (@pedrovelascomusic) — $6

course coverGuitarist Pedro Velasco of London as has put together 12 musical morsels with simple rules: (1) create space and (2) make use of as much sustain as possible.

These haunting and beautiful motifs follow major ii-V-I progressions through each key center, though they might not sound like it. See an example below for a taste of what’s in store.

Purchase or preview the course here.

Create and sell your own courses

Did you know you can create and sell your own lessons and transcriptions on Soundslice? We have a section of our store dedicated to community-created courses. You’ll also see any such course listed on its creator’s channel (as in the neighboring photo). If you’re comfortable creating slices and you’re interested in making instructional content, check out our guide on selling courses.

If you’re new to Soundslice, we recommend that you first get a feel for making a slice or two for your own channel before diving into course creation. Have a look at our “Getting started” video.

If you’re editing one of your slices, you’ll now see a button at the top of the screen that lets you quickly hide the editor.

It’s a little dropdown menu that says “Editing” by default. Click that, and you’ll be able to change it to “Viewing” to toggle off editing mode:

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We used to have a similar feature, but it was removed when we redesigned our editor a few months ago. Now it’s back, with a (we hope) clearer design.

Why might you want to temporarily disable the editor? A few reasons:

  • To give yourself some more screen space while using the syncpoint editor.
  • To practice the music instead of editing it.
  • To see your slice as students would see it.

We plan to expand this menu to include some more view options in the future. Stay tuned!

Here’s a nice new feature for those of you using Soundslice to teach beginner musicians. You can now enable automatic display of pitch names directly above notation.

If you enable automatic pitch names, anybody viewing your slice will be able to toggle them via the “Show pitch names” checkbox in our player’s settings menu. Here’s what it looks like:

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And here’s an example you can play with directly:

To enable automatic pitch names, edit your slice, open the slice details menu, go to the Teacher tab and set your preference:

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You can specify whether the pitch names should be visible by default or whether the student can opt into them manually. By default, pitch names aren’t visible or toggleable.

Of course, if you make any changes to your music within our editor, the pitch names will instantly update. Everything’s automatic and in sync.

We’d been surprised to hear from teachers who had been adding pitch names to their music manually — a tedious and error-prone process. Sit back and let the computer do the work for you!

This feature is now available for anybody in the Teacher or Licensing plan. Enjoy!

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