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Here’s a roundup of new courses for sale in the store created by members of the Soundslice community.

Enda Scahill’s Irish Banjo Tutor, Vol. 1 (@EndaScahill) — $19.99

Enda Scahill, one of the banjos of We Banjo 3, has brought the first volume of his popular Irish Banjo Tutor over to Soundslice. Thousands have learned to play Irish banjo through this book, which until now has only existed in print form with an accompanying CD.

Enda has modernized the experience for a new generation of learners. Each playing example from the book takes advantage of the Soundslice player and features performances by Enda himself.

Hup! Preview or purchase the course here.

Solo Blues Guitar Demonstrations (@swiftlessons) — $20

The blues progression is a simple three-chord situation. But there’s a big difference between playing those three chords at the right time, and playing something that sounds like the blues.

In this 10-lesson course, renowned YouTube instructor Rob Swift shows you exactly how to play solo blues on the guitar. Each example takes you through the classic blues progression — but with iconic riffs, nuances, intros and outros that make you think, that’s the blues.

Preview or purchase the course here.

Beginner Gypsy Jazz Guitar, Vol. 4 (@DenisChang) — $34.99

Denis Chang is the owner and proprietor of DC Music School, the definitive place on the Internet for high-quality lessons from gypsy jazz greats. For years Denis has played and studied with the best.

He’s distilled his knowledge of learning gypsy jazz guitar into a Soundslice lesson series, and this is his fourth installment. The course focuses on the repertoire and vocabulary you need to get into this genre.

Preview or purchase the course here.

Today we’ve launched a reasonably large redesign of our site’s navigation.

Why a redesign? Because our site has grown complex over the years, and it had become a bit unwieldy. Soundslice has a lot of different audiences these days — teachers with students, our community, our store, our embedding customers and people using our notation editor for self-study among other purposes.

In our old design, some of these audiences were served better than others. And it was difficult for new users to understand all the stuff Soundslice can do for them.

So here’s what we’ve changed —

New sidebar for logged-in users

If you’re logged into Soundslice, you’ll now find that most pages have left-hand sidebar navigation:

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This gives you quick access to the various things you might want to do — and it helps communicate the things you can do on Soundslice if you didn’t know about them yet. It also changes the feel of the site in a nice way, making it more unified and “appy.”

If you’re on a device with a smaller screen, you can access this sidebar menu by clicking the “hamburger” icon at upper left.

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New Overview page

When you log into Soundslice, we’ll now take you to a new Overview page. It looks like this:

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This new page gives you quick access to a bunch of things:

  • Your most recently edited slices
  • Your most recently bookmarked slices
  • Your most recently joined private courses (if you’re using Soundslice with a teacher)
  • Your most recently purchased courses from our store
  • The latest posts from people you follow in our community

We’ll only show you the sections that you’ve actually used on our site. For example, if you’ve never bought anything from our store, you won’t see a purchases section in the Overview page.

Previously, when you logged into Soundslice, we took you to your feed — the latest posts by people you follow in our community — whether you followed anybody or not. Now, the Overview page features the latest four posts from people you follow, and you can click Your feed in the sidebar to access the whole feed.

New slice manager design

The slice manager, which lists all the slices you’ve created, has gotten a nice visual refresh.

Aside from some aesthetic changes — such as tighter spacing, new icons and different typography — it also works a lot better on mobile and touch devices.

Quicker workflow for importing

Both the Overview page and the slice manager now have a new Import button:

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This saves some time for common workflows, such as importing a MusicXML file or transcribing a YouTube video.

Unified global search button

If you’re logged in, you’ll now see a prominent search box on nearly every page of the site. This will let you search either your own slices or community posts — you decide when you search, by selecting the appropriate option:

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Previously, if you wanted to search your own slices, you had to go to your slice manager first. Now, you can search your own slices from many other parts of the site.

New navigation and design for the store

The Soundslice store has a new look. We’ve given it a bespoke header, to communicate that this is really a standalone thing.

We’ve made various improvements here, such as including a consistent link to “Your cart” in the upper right, tweaking the navigation and providing quick access to your purchases.

New navigation on slice pages

When you’re viewing a slice, you’ll now get a contextual Back button at upper left, depending on where you accessed that slice from. For example, if you accessed the slice via your bookmarks, it’ll say “Your bookmarks.” If you accessed it from via your feed, it’ll say “Your feed.”

The header is also a bit smaller — providing more vertical space for the slice’s music itself.

We have some further plans here, too. Now that the slice page’s header has been cleaned up, this gives us a place to put other slice-specific controls in a consistent way. Stay tuned.

Notification icon always visible

When you’re logged in, you’ll now always have access to your notifications via the bell icon in the upper right of every page.

Previously, this notifications page was buried in the “Your feed” page and many people didn’t realize it even existed.

Note that we don’t actually change this icon’s display based on whether you have any notifications. We might do that someday, but for now you’ll need to click the icon to see the notifications.

No changes for embeds

If you’re using our Licensing plan to embed Soundslice on your own site, it will continue to look and work exactly the same way. Nothing has changed in our embedded player.

Feedback?

We’d love to hear your thoughts on these changes, plus any other suggestions you might have.

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.

Three new guitar courses have made their way to the Soundslice store this past week. The first two are beautiful solo compositions, the third is an instructional all about extended technique for acoustic players.

Waltz for Bireli (@antoineboyermusic) — $6

If there’s been a silver lining to the quarantine for Antoine Boyer, it’s that he’s been able to compose. His newest piece, “Waltz for Bireli,” is a solo guitar tribute to the great Biréli Lagrène.

The waltz’s main motifs have punchy and powerful chords that rise and fall — you can almost picture the string section of an orchestra. In between these moments are single-note explosions of pure guitar playfulness that make you think of Mr. Biréli himself.

Watch the full performance below. Click here to purchase the transcription.

This Moment (@klotzguitar) — $6

“This Moment” is a meditative fingerstyle composition by Chicago guitarist Eric Klotz. About the piece, he says:

I think we can all agree we are living through a historically difficult time. I’ve had many conversations with people about days where depression is getting the better of them, myself included. On the flip side, we have seen humans working together in ways that are inspiring and give hope that we will see better days.

This song was written in this context and for me carries both a deep sadness and moments of optimism. I decided to call it “This Moment” because when the last note is played, I feel very present in the moment. There is some relief in being fully in the present moment in that we aren't worrying about the future or past. I hope this brings a similar peace to you.

Preview or purchase the transcription here.

Advanced Acoustic Mastery (@SDPguitar) — $22

For those interested in acoustic guitar and music with a back beat, have a look at Simon Pratt’s new release, Advanced Acoustic Mastery. The two-hour course takes you through six mini compositions that use advanced tapping techniques, a variety of open tunings and hybrid picking ideas.

See the embedded slice for a preview of the kind of guitar flash you can expect. For more previews or to purchase the course, click 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.

July has been a busy month for new courses produced by musicians in the Soundslice community. Here are the four latest.

Daily Blues Licks (@jellybean) — $39.99

John Casson is a blues guitar instructor from Auckland, New Zealand. He runs a busy YouTube channel and Facebook group where he often posts daily licks for his followers to learn.

In this course, John takes you through 50 of these licks. He’ll show you how to execute them technically, and he’ll describe when to use them harmonically. See the sample below for a sense of a typical lesson.

Purchase or preview the course here.

Jake Fine | Tab Pack #2 | Creative Acoustic Pieces (@JakeFineMusic) — $10

If you dive through Instagram to find new musicians, you may have already come across guitarist and producer Jake Fine. Over there, he regularly posts mini-compositions for guitar that are built off unique patterns and beautiful tunings.

This new tab pack of his is an acoustic follow up to his first electric one. The collection contains transcriptions for five compositions that sound like a million bucks on the acoustic. You can purchase or preview the course here.

Melodic Dimension (@TeAiris) — $0

TeAiris Majors is a high school band director and percussionist in San Antonio, Texas. This free course of his serves as resource and source of inspiration for practicing mallet players. The course has challenging drills (workouts) for every major scale that are to be played side-by-side with a composed backbeat. Practicing scales does not get much more entertaining than this — see the preview below for proof.

In reality, you don’t need to be a keyboard percussionist to use these exercises — they work just as well on any instrument. In addition to the scale workouts are a collection of four-mallet exercises and unique arrangements by TeAiris himself. You can get the free course here.

Waterfall Sunrise (@RonFranklin1) — $10

Ron Franklin is a performing artist as well as a guitar and ukulele instructor at San Diego Community College. This piece of his, “Waterfall Sunrise,” is in slack-key tuning and sounds just lovely. You can listen to the full recording in the embedded YouTube video below. (The descending lines do make you think of a waterfall, don’t they?) To purchase the transcription, click here.

If you like what you hear from Ron, you might like this other solo guitar piece of his, “Happy Hoedown,” which uses an open C tuning.

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 the channel of its creator (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.

Selling courses on the Soundslice store? We’ve put together a brief video guide with presentation and marketing tips for you. We frequently help creators push their course over the finish line with these very tips, so we thought it was time to put the information together in one place.

The specific tips highlighted in the video are:

  • 1. Write a good description.
  • 2. Add a YouTube promo video. (Use YouTube tags.)
  • 3. Add preview slices.
  • 3a. Show only a portion of a slice as a preview.
  • 4. Publish preview slices to your channel.
  • 5. Share your course. (See our guide on sharing slices.)

If you’re making your own for-sale Soundslice courses and have some questions not answered in the video, comment here and let us know. We’re always looking for new things to (better) explain.

Here are three new courses in our store produced by musicians in the Soundslice community.

Classical Guitar for Beginners & Intermediates (@guitarrasinlimites) — $59

Felipe Munoz is a classical guitarist from Valencia, Spain. In addition to being a wonderful performer, Felipe is a well-regarded teacher in the Spanish-speaking world: He’s the mastermind behind the popular YouTube channel and instructional website of the same name, Guitarra Sin Limites. (Guitar without limits.)

Each slice in Felipe’s Soundslice course has three camera angles to select from. The lessons progress in difficulty, and they’re a good mix of both classic repertoire and fundamentals.

Purchase or preview the course here.

Five standards: Improvisation/Inspiration (@UffeSteen) — $16

If you’re a blues guitarist with an interest in jazz, Uffe Steen is your guy, and this collection of etudes is for you. Hailing from Denmark, Uffe approaches jazz improvisation with some of the tools that blues guitarists know well: bends and vibrato. That said, his melodic approach does not contain cliches that you’d hear in the 12-bar form. (Perhaps owing to his conservatory training as a classical clarinetist.)

In this collection of etudes, Uffe plays over the form of five standards — Blue in Green, Recordame, Misty, Afternoon in Paris and Alone Together — each with their own melodic focus. (E.g., Rubato, bebop lines, bends, etc.) You can purchase or preview the course here.

30 Melodies for Cello, Volume 1, 1-10 (@dcason) — $10

David Cason is a music educator who runs a real-world K-8 strings program, as well as a YouTube series called Cello from the Beginning. This Soundslice course he’s put together contains 10 short Berthold Tours cello pieces. Each piece comes with two recordings: a solo cello reference track for study (recorded by David) and a piano-only playalong track. No accompanist needed! For the intermediate cellist, this is an encouraging and, dare we say, fun way to practice these pieces.

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 the channel of its creator (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.

Though June’s just begun, there are already three new courses in our store made by musicians in the Soundslice community.

Waltz for Bill (@antoineboyermusic) — $6

‘Waltz for Bill’ is an original fingerstyle composition by the virtuoso guitarist Antoine Boyer, and is a tribute to one of his musical heroes. Antoine tells us:

“I composed ‘Waltz for Bill’ being inspired by Bill Evans’ deep musicality and fluent melodies. I used to listen his albums over and over again — he is one of the musicians I feel the most close to. I’m sure you will recognize the style of some of his compositions, like ‘Waltz for Debby’, which goes well with the guitar. So many little counterpoints are hidden in there; enjoy playing them!”

Purchase or preview the transcription here.

Jazz Vocabulary, 1st edition (@AnibalSeminario) — $0

We’ve been excited about this one. Anibal Seminario’s (free!) course is a collection of six jazz etudes for saxophonists. (We mentioned it’s free?) This course was originally a downloadable eBook from Anibal’s website, but it’s since been “sliced”, which means you can now play along with with Anibal, make loops, slow down the recording and transpose.

The etudes are melodic applications of arpeggios and modes that clearly outline the changes of the standards. Anyone interested in developing lines over chord tones would benefit from this etude pack — because the notes are transposable, you don’t need to play saxophone to absorb the information. You can “purchase” or preview the course here, though again, it’s free. :)

Sur la 20 (@Laflammec) — $6

Perhaps you know the harp guitar? (The instrument made famous by YouTube guitar stars like Antoine Dufour and Andy McKee.) This original composition by Claude Laflamme takes advantage of this beautiful instrument’s wide range that makes the guitar sound more like an ensemble. About the piece, Claude says:

“I composed this piece while I was driving on the highway after a gig at 2 AM. Do you think it’s dangerous to compose while driving? Don't worry, I did everything in my head. I never play harp guitar while I drive…”

Purchase or preview the transcription 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 the channel of its creator (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.

Two new instructional courses created by musicians in the Soundslice community went live in our store this month. One course, by Rodrigo Simões, is a detailed primer on learning to play Brazilian rhythm guitar. The other course, by Kaspar Jalily, teaches exercises and warmups to build technique specifically for electric guitar.

Bossa & Beyond (Brazilian guitar) — $30

Rodrigo Simões’ course is all about learning to comp Brazilian music with the guitar. Ten different styles are covered, including bossa nova, choro and baião. By the end you’ll have developed the right-hand technique, the left-hand articulations and the rhythmic knowledge to play in the style made internationally famous by Gilberto and Jobim.

Rodrigo is a wonderful instructor with a rich pedigree of teaching and playing this music. A particularly fun approach in these lessons is when Rodrigo uses percussion instruments to teach you the core rhythms at the heart of each style. Preview or purchase the course here.

Electric guitar foundations — $27

Kaspar Jalily has been a favorite instructor on Soundslice for a few years now. He’s previously put together courses of etudes that show off his contemporary guitar style that mixes fusion, rock and R&B. Now he’s back with a new course all about shoring up technique, specifically for the electric guitarist.

Kaspar was a classical musician by training, and this background informs how he addresses the specific challenges of the electric guitar, like right-hand picking, left-hand economy of motion and amplified sustain. Throughout the course, Kaspar also teaches key concepts of music theory that are most valuable to the modern electric guitarist.

The course is designed to leave no stone unturned in your electric guitar fundamentals. You can preview or purchase 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 the channel of its creator (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.

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