Musopia is very happy to announce a new partnership with Zivix, the technology company and creator of the jamstik smart guitar. Both Musopia and Zivix share the mission to make music accessible to everyone. The collaboration adds full jamstik+ integration into the FourChords Guitar Karaoke app, and players learning to play guitar with the jamstik+ will now be able to learn more than 1000 popular songs in a simple, fun and interactive way.
“Many of the jamstik+ users are first-time guitar players, and after they learn the basics and their first chords with our jamTutor app series, FourChords is the perfect next step for them to start playing their favorite songs,” said Matt Cannon, producer at Zivix LLC. “What’s better motivation to keep learning an instrument than playing your favorite songs?”
New technology provides interesting possibilities to accelerate the learning process, ” said Topi
Löppönen. By combining the new ways of learning chords with jamstik+ as well as new way of learning to play entire songs with FourChords, we can offer an incredibly fast track for users to play their favorite music in record time!
When playing the songs from the karaoke-style display of the FourChords app, the player will get real time feedback on his performance: jamstik+ smart guitar has a infrared light-sensing technology that “sees” the finger placement, among other useful features.
FourChords Guitar Karaoke app is available in iTunes App Store and Google Play for free. It has been featured by Apple and Google and liked by individual players and teachers alike. This summer Little Kids Rock, the national nonprofit dedicated to unlock children´s inner music makers, started a partnership with FourChords, offering it as a teaching tool for fast and fun learning.
Beginning in September 2015, customers who purchase a jamstik+ will receive a free 30 day VIP subscription to the FourChords App, included in the box ordered at retail or online.
More info on jamstik+: jamstik.com
There has been alot of suggestions for the Android version since the launch of FourChords in iOS.
We are very happy to to announce that the Android version is ready now and launched in the Google Play Store! It´s available in the same 30 countries than the iOS version, except China.
Rock On, Anroid people!
Download the Android version here:
In an effort to create a greater community of guitar players Samick Music Corporation has teamed up with Musopia to offer the popular FourChords guitar teaching app free with the purchase of any Samick guitar in US.
“While Samick has long been known as a great guitar manufacturer, we also understand how critical it is to connect with new and future players,” stated Tony De La Rosa, Product Manager/Artist Relations. “The FourChords app looks as cool as a video game, is easy to use, and is mobile – the perfect combination for connecting with a culture that wants and expects mobile access to just about anything that’s displayed on a screen.”
A 30-day VIP Subscription to the FourChords app will be included with the purchase of any Silvertone,Greg Bennett, or Samick brand guitar purchased, including the top-selling Silvertone electric and acoustic guitar packages. The subscription includes full access to hundreds of the most popular songs from multiple genres.
FourChords VIP codes will be available in the Samick guitar boxes by Q2/2015 in US.
About Samick Music Corp:
Established in 1958, Samick Musical Instruments Co. Ltd. has over 50 years of experience manufacturing high quality musical instruments. The craftsmanship developed over the years has made Samick one of the largest and most knowledgeable producers of musical instruments in the world today. The company sells its guitars under its own brand names, including Samick, Silvertone, and the Greg Bennett Signature series. With a manufacturing capability of more than a half million guitars per year in factories located in Korea, Indonesia, China, and the United States, Samick ranks as the world’s leading piano and guitar manufacturer. Samick’s pianos are sold under the Samick name and under a variety of brand names, including Seiler, Wm. Knabe & Co., Pramberger, and Samick Digital. For more information, visit www.smcmusic.com.
Musopia’s series of music apps, starting with FourChords Guitar Karaoke, are designed specifically to help everyone learn to play guitar easily and quickly ( and to inspire the Guitar Gods of tomorrow 😉
We´ve received feedback from the beginner guitarists that they love the idea of FourChords, but as they cannot strike any chords yet, they can´t get started with their playing.
So we started to develop an app that would be the first step to learn what to do with the guitar -that is being able to finger the individual chords. From learning initial chord finger positions to playing from the in-app song selections, players develop muscle memory for their fingers and then transfer their new skills to a real guitar.
Developing ChordShaker was super interesting, as it pushes the boundaries of the iPhone by using five simultaneous touch points on the screen allowing the player to hold it just like a real guitar neck to play the chords. In the end of the development -process we decided to add the “jam mode” so once players have learned the basics, ChordShaker then becomes a virtual guitar with its ‘jamming’ function helping fast track those guitar solos to perfection.
ChordShaker is designed as the first stage in Musopia’s guitar app series, where beginners learn the chords, then progress up to the next stage with the FourChords Guitar Karaoke where they learn to play over 800 hit songs with easy chords and lyrics.
Thank you for the feedback and keep the good ideas coming in – they are our inspiration and vitamin!
We’re very pleased to announce that our support for the national UK Learn To Play Day 2014 really helped aspiring guitarists ‘learn to play’. Our 10,000 song giveaway, featured at over 100 UK guitar and music stores, was snapped up within the first five hours of the event!
We’d like to thank Paul McManus, CEO from Music for All and organiser of Learn To Play Day and many others for all their support and guidance and we’re already looking forward to helping again in 2015!
In addition to our success with the UK Learn To Play Day, we secured a long awaited feature within the Apple App Store globally. Discoverability on any app store is a developers biggest challenge, but with our recent features, FourChords downloads have gone up between 1,000 – 2000% across all markets (even in some markets we’ve never received downloads for!). So, here’s a big thank you to Apple as well.
On Saturday 12th April 2014, the UK’s National Learn To Play Day returns to invite the general public to participating music stores and venues across the country to have a free “taster” lesson on a musical instrument.
This year, Learn To Play Day has teamed up with mobile guitar app FourChords, to give away 10,000 free songs to help budding guitarists play on the day.
Organised by Music for All, the charity of the UK musical instrument industry. Learn To Play Day works hand in hand with its partners, instrument manufacturers, music shops and other venues, celebrities, musicians and many more, to encourage everyone to join in this unique musical learning experience.
Paul McManus, CEO of Music for All and organiser of Learn To Play Day said; “Our goal is to inspire people to learn and enjoy musical instruments and having Musopia’s support with the 10,000 FourChords songs is a great opportunity to reach more aspiring musicians. Many consumers are using smart devices for leisure activities and now having the ability to help them learn an instrument through an app is a great fit for Learn To Play Day.”
The 10,000 song downloads will be available for free within the FourChords App from Learn To Play Day on the 12th April 2014 (only in UK). For more information, visit www.learntoplayday.com
As part of our mission to simplify music instruction and bring people together, Musopia is partnering with the music-based nonprofit organization Music for Life to support kids living in urban neighborhoods.
We are offering a recommended play list defined by Music for Life within FourChords Guitar Karaoke App, and for each download of a song from that playlist, we will make a donation to Music for Life.
We believe that an app like FourChords can be used for more than just having fun and learning to play guitar. With this program, the FourChords app can help raise money for a worthy cause too.
It’s a win-win for everyone. You receive a great song to learn, and at the same time provide the gift of music to a person in need, helping to foster a lifelong passion for music and a better life!
Music for Life is a nonprofit organization operating in the Washington DC area in the U.S. Their mission is to help children living in difficult conditions, such as poverty or dysfunctional families, so they can overcome adversity and grow up as happy, responsible members of their communities. They fulfill this mission by offering opportunities to grow and flourish, promoting education and teaching the children to express themselves in a fun and productive way by operating an after-school music and mentoring program in these communities. You can learn more about them at www.musicforlife.org.
Research shows a strong relationship between music education and a person’s success in life. In fact, kids involved in a quality music program tend to do better in school, are less inclined to engage in risky behavior and are more inclined to take advantage of positive opportunities made available to them.
Learning music is also an excellent release for stressful emotions that are not easily expressed in other ways. Music is particularly effective in today’s society because it appeals to kids of any age, gender, race, religion or cultural background. There are no stereotypes associated with who can learn to play.
You can support this important mission by downloading a song from the Music for Life play list in the FourChords App – available for free on the App Store: http://taps.io/OTQ4MzI.
We announced today a collaboration with one of the world´s leading online guitar instruction sites, JustinGuitar.com, to enhance support for beginning guitarists in the FourChords Guitar Karaoke app.
JustinGuitar´s Chord Tutorials offer instruction to FourChords’ users on how to play all 11 easy chords needed to perform the 250+ popular songs in the FourChords songbook. Guitar players using FourChords can find the video tutorials within the app, so they can easily learn how to play each chord while practicing the song without leaving the app. Justin Sandercoe´s video tutorials are well-known among guitarists worldwide, with more than 130 million YouTube views to date.
Justin is one of the best guitar coaches in the world, and it is great to be working with him. Many of us in the Musopia team have learned to play by his instructions so we know that he is the man to teach FourChords app users too. Combining Justin´s tutorial videos with the app creates a fusion of interpersonal teaching and the latest technology, so guitar players benefit from the best of both worlds.
Aspiring guitarists can now find everything they need to learn a substantial repertoire of contemporary songs in the FourChords app. The iOS app is designed to make playing guitar as easy as possible, replacing notes and tabs with a simple karaoke-style interface in which each chord is represented by its own icon along with the song lyrics. Songs are rearranged in simplified versions to be played with only a few easy chords. An acoustic backing track helps guitarists keep the beat, and the pace can be adjusted as needed.
More info about JustinGuitar.com
Justin Sandercoe created justinguitar.com nearly ten years ago and since then has had over 130 million views of his YouTube videos and receives over 25,000 unique visitors to his web site every day! Before teaching millions online, he taught in the flesh at The Guitar Institute in London and has written for Guitar Techniques and Total Guitar magazines. As well as teaching he plays in We Came As Strangers, previously played in the Katie Melua band and has worked with Cathy Dennis, Carla Bruni and many others. For more information and to check out over 600 completely free guitar lessons, please see www.justinguitar.com
The purpose of GAMA is to build a robust guitar industry through the promotion of guitar playing, and Musopia is working to further this objective as a member of the 80-year-old industry association. GAMA pursues its goal through the introduction of programs that support guitar education in schools. Through its support of GAMA, and with its educational music app offerings, Musopia is ensuring a strong market for guitar products for years to come.
We are very proud to be GAMA´s first app developer member. Many of the best guitar manufacturers are members as well so we are in a great company.
Our mission is the same as GAMA´s – we want to give people a better chance to enjoy making music. FourChords Guitar Karaoke app makes learning to play new songs easier than ever before, which keeps beginner guitarists motivated and having fun. The faster they can learn to play the songs they love, the more excited they are to learn more.
Musopia has received excellent feedback from classroom music teachers as well as private guitar instructors who use the FourChords app as a teaching tool. In fact, according to a Finnish Music Startups survey of people who play an instrument as a hobby, as many as two-thirds (68%) of the respondents reported using some kind of music software to assist them in singing or playing an instrument.
The music education revolution has started; the Internet and mobile technology are changing the way people are learning music.
We are very excited to be the first app developer member in GAMA, and we want to support music teachers to explore the possibilities of these new technologies in the classroom.