Of all the things we’re launching today — including a notation editor, comments/covers and a new account plan — the thing we’re most excited about is a brand new part of our site: Soundslice Channels.
It’s a community for musicians to share musical ideas, to teach and learn from one another.
You can think of it as a “Twitter for snippets of music notation,” or perhaps “YouTube, but only for music performances, with awesome built-in practice tools.” In truth, there’s nothing quite like it, so have a look at some example channels to get a sense of it:
- Soundslice (our “official” channel, which has replaced Soundslice Licks)
- KasparJalily (guitar)
- RobertAraujoMusic (piano/synth)
- marklettieri (guitar)
- percuss.io (percussion)
- adrian (my channel) and corey (my Soundslice colleague)
A channel is basically a feed of music notation, synced with video or audio performances. You can follow musicians to get a personal timeline, you can bookmark slices you want to practice, and you can cover the ones you really love.
We’ve spent a lot of time making it a seamless experience navigating through a channel. It’s quite fun to browse, and of course you can click on a particular slice to dive into it full-screen.
Of course, everything is built around the top-notch Soundslice music-learning tools, letting you slow down audio/video, loop arbitrary sections, navigate by clicking notation, view a visual keyboard/fretboard and more.
The idea is to give you a steady stream of new musical ideas, licks and pieces to learn and practice.
Why would you want to create a channel? For many reasons — sharing your knowledge, building an audience, connecting with like-minded musicians, promoting your music-education business, or just for the love of music.
Speaking as a musician who has been posting to his channel for a few weeks during our beta-testing period: I’ve really enjoyed having the ability to make a curated, beautifully presented selection of musical ideas. Stuff I’ve been working on, stuff I’ve been transcribing, licks I’ve made up. Just having these things all in one place is great — and the fact that it’s contributing to a shared, public repository makes it even greater.
Soundslice Channels is completely free — posting, following, bookmarking, commenting, covering. We look forward to seeing what you come up with!