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Aside from the new Paged layout feature (which got its own announcement), here’s a roundup of other improvements we’ve made to Soundslice recently:

New homepage

We’ve completely redesigned our homepage. It does a much better job of communicating the various things you can do with Soundslice — we hope you’ll agree.

While we were at it, we also added a page about selling on our store.

Improvements to player’s settings menu

We made two small usability improvements to the settings menu:

  1. The “X” button at upper right will now always stick to the upper right, meaning it’s always accessible to quickly close the settings. Previously, if you scrolled downward within settings, you wouldn’t have an easy way to close. This was especially annoying on mobile devices.
  2. The background of the settings menu is now partially transparent — meaning you can still see a bit of notation behind it. This can be helpful when you resize music or switch to Paged layout.

“Replay repeats after jumps” feature

You can now specify whether repeat barlines are honored after a jump such as D.S. al Coda. This one will be appreciated by anybody who frequently creates music in AABA form. :-)

For more, see the new “Replaying repeats after jumps” section in this help page.

Visual improvements to Horizontal layout

We made two subtle improvements to Horizontal layout. Can you spot the differences in these before-and-after animations?





The differences are:

  1. The music now goes “flush” against the left edge — removing that inelegant horizontal space we had previously.
  2. We now add a subtle gradient/shadow effect to communicate that there’s more music offscreen.

Accessibility improvements to player

Thanks to some user feedback, we’ve improved the accessibility of our player for people using it with assistive technologies. Various parts of it are labeled in a clearer way and we hope it’s easier to navigate and use.

Editor: Usability improvement for text entry

When you use our editor’s text features and change the font parameters, we’ll now retain your changes for any subsequent text you add. A nice little productivity booster.

Smarter transposition of tablature

If you use our player’s transposition feature on tablature tracks, we now disallow downward transposition if it would result in unplayable music.

For example, if your tab has a note on an open low E string of a guitar in standard tuning, we no longer allow transposing downward — because that low note can’t go any further down.

Fortunately our transposition works an octave in both directions, so you can always transpose upward if needed.

Improvements to mouse scrolling

Previously our player had some weirdness when scrolling with the mouse — especially noticeable when you tried to scroll diagonally with both horizontal and vertical scrollbars active. This is much smoother and more natural now.

New player JavaScript API methods

We’ve added a few methods to our JavaScript API:

The latest community-created lessons include instruction for banjo, flute and snare drum. (Separately, of course.)

Enda Scahill’s Irish Banjo Tutor, Vol. II (@EndaScahill) — $21

Enda Scahill of the famous We Banjo 3 is back on Soundslice with his follow up to Learn Irish Banjo Vol I. We are pleased to say that his previous release has been a hit, and that we’ve gotten positive feedback from trad musicians all over.

Enda’s second course features new tunes, and an incredible array of techniques to improve rhythm, phrasing, ornamentation and style. He lamented while recording these performance videos, “No joke, there’s a lot more playing in this one!”

Preview or purchase the course here.

Kenneth Chia's Beginner Flute Course (@KennethChia) — $79.99

Kenneth Chia is a talented performer and flute pedagogue in Malaysia, where he runs the in-person music academy Tuning Fork Music. His impressive credentials include degrees in flute performance from Carnegie Mellon and Indiana University.

This course of 231 lessons is a comprehensive guide for the beginning flutist. You learn how to the properly care for the instrument (anatomy and assembly), the essential tone-production techniques (posture and breathing), musical concepts (notes, rhythms) and most of all, you have fun learning a robust repertoire of music.

There’s nearly 3 hours of instruction for you to learn at your own pace. Preview or purchase the course here.

Applied Essential Rudiments (@repppeter) — $20

Peter Rudd is a middle and high school band director as well as a talented percussionist. He’s put together a collection of 38 snare drum etudes that showcase the essential rudiments.

This is a great musical workout for both beginning and advanced students. Each rudiment includes 5 different tempo goals for you to practice — great for differentiating between grade/ability levels.

Since the pandemic started, we’ve been in contact with Peter as he’s used Soundslice to create various etudes for his remote students. We can vouch for him as a standup guy and a talented teacher. As a bit of good will, he’s directed 100% of the proceeds from this course go to the St. Louis-based charitable music education organization Pianos for People.

Preview or purchase the course here.

Black Friday sale

This Friday through Sunday, more than 80 courses will be on sale in the Soundslice store. Each course will be 50% off its list price.

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As always, purchasing lessons from the Soundslice store is a great way to support the artists you love. 85% of the profits of every sale go directly to them.

Starting Friday, you can see all the participating courses here.

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:


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.


New Overview page

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


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:


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:


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.


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.

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