Today, when I was looking for some youtube videos to play along with, an ad popped up before the video played. Now normally I begrudgingly wait the required 5-15 seconds and skip the ad, but this one had my attention.
Presenting yousician.com where you can learn how to play the guitar with a series of video tutorials and games that test your skills, earning you points so you can move up levels. Games + Learning? Cool! I’m in!
So, I checked it out. Turns out it’s made by the same folks who make GuitarTuna (the tuner I learned about a few weeks ago in this post). Now, I had tried to check out the GuitarBots site, but you had to keep adding friends to the site in order to unlock anything, even the very first lesson. Yousician doesn’t have these same restrictions and I could sign up and play right away!
It started off very quickly introducing ideas of reading TAB music (which took other lesson sites a while to get to), and playing along with music to a beat in a game-like fashion. You do have to download a utility driver for the program to work, but it’s well worth it. The videos are nice and short, and you can replay them if you want to, and then it goes right into playing a game! The platform accesses your computer’s microphone and can tell if you’re playing the right note at the right timing to the music. Only downside I can tell so far is that you either have to keep the background music soft, play loud, or wear headphones so that the computer can pick up your guitar sound.
Here’s a little screencast of me playing along with one of the levels I unlocked. Yes, that’s really me playing!