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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.

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!

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