Wednesday, December 16, 2009

New Feature: Hide songs without bass track


We've just launched a new feature allowing you to filter out songs without bass lines. No more loading the song just to find out that there is no bass track in it.

The link to hide songs without bass tracks is shown on artist and search results pages. Your selection will be remembered. Hope this saves you some time and effort.

Songsterr Plus - perfect Christmas gift

We've just added an option for you to buy a Plus account for someone as a gift. After purchase we'll give you a gift code that you can either email or print out in a post card. The recipient of your gift then goes to the gift activation page and types in the code. Easy!

Gifts are available in three variants: 3, 6 or 12 months of Plus account. Prices start with as low as $29. The more months you buy - the less you pay per month!

Buy Gift of Plus now!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Songsterr Goes Green: Partial Printing

We've just introduced small yet very useful feature - Partial Printing. Now, when you click on the print buton, you'll see a small dialog window that will allow you to:

  • Print the whole tab of the current track (this was the only option before).
  • Print only the selected measures of the current track.
So no more wasting tons of paper to print just these freaking hard 4 measures! Print less - save trees - stop global warming!;)

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Write review - get FREE Songsterr Plus account

We will present a free 3-month Songsterr Plus account to you if you write a review of Songsterr on your own website, blog, magazine or column! Don't hesitate! Write immediately!

What are the requirements?

Just share your experience and write in your own words:
  • why do you use Songsterr
  • what features do you like/miss
  • how did Songsterr help you to improve your guitar skills
When can I get the FREE Songsterr Plus account?

Once you write a review, please post a link to it along with your Songsterr Account nick as a comment to this post. And you'll get a FREE Songsterr Plus account right away!

P.S. Thanks for all your reviews. The contest is closed.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

New Feature: Zoom

We've just introduced new zoom feature which is now immediately available to all Songsterr Plus subscribers.

Just look at the dropdown menu in the left bottom corner of the player. This list allows you to select current zoom mode. You can choose from values of 50%, 75%, 100%, 125%, 150% and 200%. Each of these zoom levels can be useful in certain cases. You can work in 50% zoom mode when you know the part well and just need to see certain visual "anchors" while playing. And 200% can be used when you're standing far away from the display.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

New Feature: Tags Navigation

Tags are not exactly new on Songsterr. We've been showing them on artist pages for several months already, but today we've added two new tag features - a navigation bar with most used tags and a tags list page.

Tags in list are shown sorted by popularity. We have more than 2100 tags including some interesting ones like:
Browsing Songsterr tabs now gets a whole new dimension and we really hope you find it useful. As always, feedback is welcome!

Friday, July 31, 2009

New Feature: Keyboard Shortcuts

The latest update of Songsterr Player introduced a really useful feature: Keyboard Shortcuts. While this feature is probably not a major one, it can be really handy sometimes. By using the shortcuts, you'll be able to use Songsterr in much faster and convenient way. Here is the list of available shortcuts:
  • Space - starts/stops playback
  • Shift+Space - starts playback from the beginning
  • Backspace - rewinds to the beginning
  • Left Arrow - move cursor one measure backward
  • Right Arrow - move cursor one measure forward
  • Up Arrow - move cursor one line up
  • Down Arrow - move cursor one line down
  • "L" - turn looping mode on/off
You can also use shortcuts to adjust the selection in the looping mode:
  • Shift+Left - move border of the selection one measure backward
  • Shift+Right - move border of the selection one measure forward
  • Shift+Up - move border of the selection one line up
  • Shift+Down - move border of the selection one line down
  • Left/Right/Up/Down Arrow - reset the selection to the size of one measure and move it in the given direction
These are all keyboard shortcuts to date. But we have a lot more in the plans - one for each new feature! Stay tuned!

New Feature: Looping Mode


We've just updated Songsterr Player with a major new feature (that will be available to all Songsterr Plus users) - the Looping Mode. Looping can be very helpful for training when you're learning particular part of the song.

To use looping on Songsterr just click on the "Loop" button and select the area to loop using your mouse. Note, that you can either drag the selection by holding the left mouse button down, or you can adjust the selection borders by clicking within the tablature with keyboard's shift key pressed.

When you're in the looping mode, only the selected area will play - over and over again, until the power runs out (or you press the pause button). If you have the count-in mode turned on, then player will count in using the metronome before each iteration.

Well, hope you like the looping mode and... stay tuned!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

New Feature: 100% Width Fullscreen Mode

We've just updated Songsterr's tablature player - and we have a great new feature to announce: 100% width fullscreen mode.

Now, when you click fullscreen button, the tablature will stretch across the whole screen. In some cases you will even be able to see the whole tab at once! This feature is especially handy when you're learning particular song with the guitar in front of your computer.

This release also contains tons of small improvements and bugfixes. Some highlights among them:
  • Player was optimized for better performance. It will load faster and will produce smoother sound.
  • Toolbar was redesigned and "forward" button was removed.
Stay tuned!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

New Feature: Support of Guitar Pro 3 and 5 Formats

Till now the only supported format of submitted tabs was Guitar Pro 4. This was really a show stopper if you wanted to submit a tab in Guitar Pro 3 or 5 format from the net (e.g. from 911tabs.com) but didn't have a Guitar Pro software to convert it to Guitar Pro 4 format.

Starting last week this problem is solved. Songsterr now supports all the major Guitar Pro formats, so you can submit tabs without worrying about their versions.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Limiting Flash 9 Support: No Audio

Sad news for Flash Player 9 users - we won't play audio in ninth Flash Player anymore. Everything else will still work, though.

This is another reason not to postpone the upgrade to the Flash Player 10.

Friday, April 10, 2009

New Feature: Favorites

One of the most requested features of our Feedback Forum - Favorites - has just went live.

Click on the heart icon near the top right corner of the player and current song will be instantly added to your personal list of favorites. This list is accessible from the menu in the top right corner of every page.

You will have to sign up for a Songsterr Account to use this feature. Sign up is absolutely free and almost instant.

You can use favorites for quick access to songs you like, songs you currently learn or would like to learn some time later. Hope, you'll find this feature useful.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Follow Songsterr on Twitter

You can now follow us on Twitter. We'll be posting quick daily updates on project status, news, tips, etc.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

New Features: Metronome, Count In Toggle, Tuning Helper, 'How To Read Tab' Manual and more...

We've been working on several new features in Songsterr and it just happened that they all became production-ready in approximately the same moment. That's why this Songsterr Player update contains not one or two but six new features:

Metronome
Metronome can be an essential tool for learning particular songs. Most beginners use it on different stages of their guitar training. Now it's available on Songsterr for Songsterr Plus users. You can turn metronome on and off and tune its volume - metronome will adjust itself automatically to the current song's time signature and tempo.

Count In Toggle
During previous Songsterr Player update we've added the Count In feature. While it can be very helpful sometimes, sometimes it's just not needed. That's why there is a special toggle button now in the Mixer. By the way, this toggle will remember its last state each time you open a new song.

Tuning Helper
This feature was requested on our Feedback Forum. Now to hear the particular note in the current instrument's tuning, just click on it. This is not an ideal solution for tuning a guitar, but it should be convenient enough for those who can tune by ear.

Extended 'How To Read Tab' Manual
At the moment most of the guitar playing techniques that are present on Songsterr are covered in this manual. Besides, you will notice the "watch video" link near many titles. We hope that in its current condition How To Read Tab page will be really helpful for those who are currently learning to play guitar using tablatures.

Playing Track Indicators
You'll probably notice small jumping bars in the Mixer. Simply speaking, they indicate the amount of sound in the output of a particular track. In multi-track songs with several guitars these indicators will greatly help to determine which tracks produce the sound at the moment.

Lyrics Indicator
Small 'L' letter to the left of the track's title in the Mixer will indicate the presence of lyrics in this track. Small, but helpful indicator.

Monday, March 16, 2009

New Features: Count In and Recommendations

Today we have two exciting new features to announce.

Count in
Now when you click "Play" the player will count in for a length of one measure and then start playing. With this feature you will be able to sit comfortably with your guitar and prepare yourself for playing after hitting the "Play" button. The count in is based on the time signature so it also should give you some impression of what rhythm is used in the song.

Recommendations
Now on every song's page there is a "See Also" section. There Songsterr will display titles of the songs that are relevant to the one that you're currently viewing. We hope that this will ease the process of browsing the Songsterr catalogue's contents - that is about 22500 tabs at the moment.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

New Feature: Lyrics Support

We're glad to announce that we've added lyrics support to the vocals tracks of the songs. Unfortunately only about 10% of tabs on Songsterr have lyrics embedded, but we're working on increasing this number. Use mixer to switch to the vocals track where available. Check out some of the examples:
Another small bonus addition is that from now on player allows viewing not only guitar tracks but all kinds of tracks except drums and percussion. They all will have standard tablature look - even if piano is used. By the way, support for standard note notation is planned - but it will arrive some time later.

Friday, February 20, 2009

New Features: Palm Muting and Let Ring

We're glad to announce that we've added support for the palm muting effect to Songsterr. Right now we're updating audio data for all songs with palm muting so that you can hear it as well as see it. If you don't know what palm muting is you can read about it here.

Palm muting is indicated with "P.M." in tablatures. What's interesting is that you will see this abbreviation in 25% of Songsterr's tabs. To hear how palm muting sounds on Songsterr, you can check Basket Case by Green Day.


And another small addition - "let ring" effect indication. While all songs on Songsterr actually supported "let ring" effect for a very long time, you could only hear it - as there was no visual indication.

From now on, if you see the "let ring" label in tablature you will know that it's really there. You can check Wanted Dead Or Alive by Bon Jovi as it uses "let ring" heavily in the intro.

Friday, February 13, 2009

New Features: Tags and Sorting by Popularity

As of now Songsterr library contains 21718 tabs and is growing rapidly thanks to submissions by our users. Navigating that many songs and artists using search and A-Z links became more and more cumbersome. We've made two important improvements to solve this issue: Tags and Sorting by Popularity.

Tags are shown on artist's page and can be used to discover new artists similar to the current one.


Clicking on the tag opens a list of artists by this tag. Artists are sorted by popularity - most popular artists go first:


Artists by letter are now also sorted by popularity, so you can easily find new tabs to learn.

Monday, January 12, 2009

New Features: Rhythm Notation, Ties and How To Read Tab

We are glad to announce that we've added several new features to Songsterr:

1. The rhythm notation. Rhythm notation is a set of special symbols that describe the lengths of the notes. With these symbols you can determine the length of particular notes not only by listening to the track segment, but also by looking at the rhythm notation. While users of GuitarPro are probably well aware of such notation, it can be a bit confusing for novices. But don't worry - we'll add the detailed description soon.

2. In order to make rhythm notation look right, we had to add ties to tablatures. From wikipedia: "In music notation, a tie is a curved line connecting the heads of two notes of the same pitch, indicating that they are to be played as a single note with a duration equal to the sum of the individual notes' note values".

3. How to read tab - you will notice this link on a small bookmark under the player. The "how to read tab" page is currently quite small, and we'll update it to become much more helpful soon. Stay tuned!