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We’ve just launched a gifting feature in the Soundslice store. This means you can buy a course for somebody else, quickly and easily.

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Here’s how it works:

  • Add a course (or courses) to your shopping cart.
  • When you’re ready to pay, click the “Buying as a gift?” checkbox.
  • Enter your payment details.
  • When the purchase is complete, you’ll get a gift code for the particular purchase — both in your web browser and via email.
  • When you’re ready, give the gift code to the lucky recipient.
  • The recipient goes to soundslice.com/claim-gift, enters the code and immediately gets access to the course(s) you’ve purchased.

We deliberately designed this to give you control over the delivery of the gift code. You can deliver the code on your own terms — in an email, printed in a greeting card, wrapped in an exquisite package or however else you’d like. Go forth and give the gift of Soundslice courses!

Here are some new features we’ve launched recently:

New speed changing interface

We’ve redesigned our interface for changing speed. The main difference happens when you click the current speed: you’ll see a little popup instead of editing the speed inline.

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We made this change because it gives us some extra space to add a new feature. If you’re using the synth player and have changed the BPM from its default value, we’ll now display a “Reset to [default]” button. This closes a loophole we opened about a month ago when we changed the speed to use BPM; it wasn’t possible to reset the BPM without knowing what the original BPM was.

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Count-ins each time through a loop

This was a much-requested feature. Previously, if you enabled the “Play with count-in” option and set a loop, you’d only hear the count-in one time. Now, the count-in plays each time through the loop.

“Supporting” badges

All paying Soundslice customers now get a nice badge next to their username throughout the site. It’s a modest way for us to give thanks.

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Editor supports copying/pasting across tracks

Finally! You can now copy and paste notation across separate tracks in our notation/tab editor.

Note: if you paste a non-tab track’s notes into a tab track, we’ll automatically figure out the tab. And if our automatic guess needs tweaking, you can use this other new feature...

Editor shortcut for shifting tab notes up/down strings

The new Option+Up and Option+Down keyboard shortcuts move tab notes up or down a string, retaining their pitch.

If you’re a paying customer, you can customize the keyboard shortcut. Look for “Move note up a string, retaining pitch” in the shortcut menu.

New recording type: MP3 URL

If you’d like to sync a slice with an MP3, but you don’t want to upload it to our servers for whatever reason (say, you already have a web host), you can use our new “MP3 URL” recording type.

When you add a recording, just select “MP3 URL” and enter the URL of your MP3. It works just like our “MP4 URL” feature if you do your own video hosting.

Improvements for store sellers

For those of you selling courses on Soundslice:

  • The account settings page now has a way for you to update your PayPal payment info for getting your payouts. Previously you had to email us to do this.
  • We now display courses directly on your user profile, for higher visibility. Previously they were accessible via the “Courses” tab (which is still there).
  • We’ve added a payout history page, which gives you a convenient summary of all the payouts you’ve gotten from Soundslice sales.

Today we’ve reorganized where your courses are found on Soundslice. Our goal was to make a clearer separation between courses you’ve purchased from our store, courses you’ve created yourself, and private courses you’re a student in.

Previously, the “Your courses” page listed all your courses — both as a student and teacher. Now, that page lists only the courses you’re a student in. And the page is split into two sections (if appropriate) — “Courses from the store” and “Private courses” — which should make it easier to browse for those of you who have lots of courses.

Courses you’ve created are now in a separate section. Click our new “Create” link at the top of any Soundslice page to access all the stuff you’ve created on Soundslice: slices and courses. You’ll see navigation tabs that let you toggle between your slices and courses.

As part of this, we’ve also redesigned the page that lists your created courses to give you some additional information on each course — the number of slices and students. We’ve also redesigned the course-management page to look nicer.

Finally, we’ve added the ability for you to upload a photo for any of your created courses.

We hope these changes make things easier and clearer for those of you making courses!

We’ve cleaned up our site’s top-level navigation, plus the structure of our store. These are the kinds of changes that are not particularly sexy but make for a simpler and more intuitive experience. Here’s what’s new:

Simpler navigation

For logged-in users, previously our site’s navigation had three options: “Library,” “Teach” and “Store.” “Library” was for content you’ve bought or were assigned, “Teach” was for content you’ve created, and “Store” was our store.

We found that many people tried clicking “Library“ to access content they’d created — only to find they needed to click “Teach” instead.

Today, that’s fixed. If you’re logged in, you’ll see two links: “Your library” and “Store.” “Your library” contains everything you’ve created, bought or been assigned. Much simpler.

Simpler store

Previously, we had two online storefronts — a byproduct of how Soundslice has organically grown:

  • Pitch Perfect — transcriptions verified by original artists
  • Soundslice Lessons — video lessons

These had separate payment systems and separate visual designs — overall, a potentially confusing experience.

Now, everything has been combined into a single store. Pitch Perfect as a separate brand no longer exists.

To help you explore our offerings, we’ve added a filter at the top of the store page. You can filter by genre, instrument and type of material (video lessons vs. transcriptions).

If you’ve bought instructional material from us, you’ll now find a simpler, better-looking page that lists all your purchases — whether from the old Pitch Perfect system or from our newer video-lessons system. It’s all just the store now.

With more and more people making Soundslice video-lesson courses, we figured we’d start documenting the best practices.

Check out our new page: Optimizing your video lessons for Soundslice. It goes into details on how you can best take advantage of our player for your lessons.

Note that it’s intended primarily for people who are creating new video lessons for Soundslice, as opposed to people who are adding Soundslice to existing videos. But even if you fall into the latter category, you might get a few ideas from it.

Introducing Soundslice Lessons

We’re launching a big new thing today! It’s called Soundslice Lessons — a marketplace for selling video courses using our awesome interactive music-education tools.

We already have five courses available. They’re fantastic.

Here’s our new music catalog page, too.

Why Soundslice Lessons?

Since we started licensing our technology, we’ve met many independent musicians who are trying to make a living selling music lessons. Many of them struggle with all the barriers to entry — finding/installing a content-management system, hiring expensive developers/designers, credit-card processing, etc. — instead of focusing on their teaching.

With Soundslice Lessons, teachers don’t have to worry about any of that. We take care of all the technical details, the payment processing, the user accounts and the web hosting — saving teachers time and money.

Sure, you could post stuff on YouTube, but the economics there don’t make much sense. Sure, you could sell stuff on general-purpose lesson sites like Teachable and Udemy, but those sites are one-size-fits-all. Soundslice gives you tools, like synced notation, specifically made for music education.

How it works

Starting today, anybody with a Soundslice teacher account can create lessons and make them available for sale in our system. You set the pricing for your courses and pay $20/month to be included in our marketplace. We take a 30% cut of sales after credit-card fees. That’s it.

The cool thing about this is that it’s open to anybody. We fully expect a wild diversity of great lessons, for all sorts of instruments, teaching styles and price points. Can’t wait to see what people do with it.

Finally, as part of this, we’ve changed the way Soundslice teacher accounts work. Previously, there was a 15-day free trial, after which you had to start paying. Now, we’ve removed the time limit, and you can create up to 20 scores free. Our intention here is to let you create a course without needing to pay until it goes live.

If this sounds interesting to you, get started here. And please help us spread the word!

Koran Agan, a great gypsy-jazz guitarist in New York, has composed five waltz etudes that develop guitarists’ left- and right-hand technique. Starting today, we’re making them available on Soundslice Pitch Perfect, our marketplace for high-quality interactive sheet music.

For each etude, we sync the tablature and standard notation with Koran’s real studio recording, so you can hear exactly how it should sound. Koran also provided backing tracks, so you can play along with his rhythm section.

By the way: as a guitarist myself, I’ve gotta say these etudes are really awesome.

Here’s a preview of the first few bars of one of the waltzes. Check the full list here. Enjoy!

We’ve just launched a new interactive lesson on Soundslice Pitch Perfect, and this one is especially cool: “Juice,” by Loren and Mark.

“Juice” is a guitar duet by Loren Baringar and Mark Mazengarb, who are rising stars in the fingerstyle/thumbpicking world. (They’re currently touring with Tommy Emmanuel, and the Soundslice team saw them play in Chicago this past weekend. Check out their site to see whether they’re playing near you!)

This marks the first time we’ve used our multitrack feature in a Pitch Perfect transcription. When you buy the transcription, you’ll get access to the individual multitracks of Loren and Mark’s guitars. This means you can isolate just one of the guitars at a time, which makes it much easier to hear what’s going on. Loren and Mark sent us the original studio multitracks to make this happen.

To switch between multitracks, use our audio-source selector at the bottom:

“Duo” is the original studio recording. Choose “Loren” or “Mark” for the individual guitar parts. As always, we also have a “Synthetic” version that generates MIDI audio based on the notation; it’s useful if you want to play it really slowly while hearing the correct notes.

Check out the demo, and buy the full Juice tab here. Happy picking!

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