I'm so excited to share Tunefox is launched for guitar, mandolin, and banjo on the web and iOS devices (iPhone + iPad). If you're an Android user, we've made the app available on your phone's browser so you won't miss out on the fun.
Tunefox is an interactive tab-based learning tool to help prospective and current musicians become more creative.
If you've taken lessons from me in any capacity, you know that I'm all about unleashing the student's potential to learn on their own and to create on their own. I believe and know that every single student has the ability to not only become a great musician, but become a creator on their instrument as well. Tunefox was made with this goal in mind.
I'm pretty outspoken about learning by ear being superior to tab. So why create a tab-based platform? There are a few reasons:
- Meeting students where they're at and taking them beyond - Tab is an incredibly popular learning tool in bluegrass and mainstream music circles and the majority of students know how it works and how to use it. At first glance, our software may look like a curated list of songs and arrangements, but there's so much more under the hood if you peek around a bit. For example, there's a feature called "Hide Notes," which covers some of the notes in the music, giving you the chance to learn by ear. This is a great way to transition from tab learning to ear training.
- The software could help us accomplish our main goal - fostering creativity. The lick switcher is our main feature because it allows the student to check out several different lick variations in the context of the song, giving them an idea of what is possible to use at jam sessions, shows, etc. We thought that the best way for us to communicate this was through a tab-based software vs. video lessons.
- Everyone is making videos - Video lessons and Youtube are all the rage right now. You can literally find tutorials on anything you want for free on the internet. I get the value of a video lesson - I make them almost every week! - but Jiri (Co-founder/CTO) and I wanted to do something with tech that was different than a video lesson website. We will be adding in some video to Tunefox for beginners and within different sections of songs and there will be blog posts featuring video with free tab.
All in all, I have struggled with the idea of developing another tab-based software but I believe what we've made is unique and is a super valuable option for those looking to improve their playing not just from a technical standpoint but from a creative one as well.