Option to Hide or Show always notes/chords
I wish there was a way to help me improve memorizing song tabs.
Perhaps one way to do this is to hide a fraction of the notes randomly at a rate that is configurable. Maybe easy version would only show you which string the note is at but not which fret.
I think there is a great potential here for Yousician to help members improve not only playing skills but also memory skills.
I agree I hope they can configure a way to help us memorize the songs better. From my experience I can play the songs but if you were to ask me to replay the most basic song I couldn’t do it which is really discouraging.
I'd love this feature for my kids. It could be as simple as covering up the note area or hiding the notes. Once they've played a song enough, it'd help them focus on committing it to memory.
Eric Moss commented
Hi! i'm still learning guitar at this point, and i find it frustrating how yousician will sometimes show the chord fingering on screen, and other times won't show it but expects me to remember the chord instead. Several times i've found myself quitting out of a song because i couldnt keep the chords straight during the song, so it would be helpful to have an option to always show the chord fingering while still learning.
Odin Solvang Elvenes commented
I have noticed that even though I learn a lot of the physical skills required to play in your software, I struggle to memorize the songs I'm playing. I think the reason is that I never have to retrieve the memory of which note is next, as it is always provided. Retrieval practice is an easy way to produce robust learning results (I.E Putnam & Roediger 2018, https://doi.org/10.1002/9781119170174.epcn106).
My suggestion is to create "hidden notes", notes which are not revealed until it should be played (or should have been). Then, when one starts to become comfortable with the song, one could turn on "hidden mode" to start learning it by memory.
This feature went for a trial a while back but it never made it to the app permanently as far as I can recall.
I know a great workaround - don't look at the notes while playing. That's what people who use physical sheet music do.
Good idea! As a variation, it can show you only mistakes. So you first play the note and then you will be told if it was wrong.
The chord trainer is okay, but it doesn't help me remember the chords enough since the entire chart is staring me in the face as I play them. I want to make sure that I actually know the chords without the chart there. Hiding the chart would be good once I've been able to get through them with the chart. It could reveal the chart if I'm struggling with a certain chord after a few seconds.
Tom Moore commented
This is Gold!!
True Mastery could been acheived,with this feature...
I beg the Yousician guys to listen to this, maybe as a progressive feature... the closer the practice is to perfection,more and more notes to be hidden
Donavon Guyot commented
Wow... How eerie. I had a similar idea while practicing today. While I think the random note idea is interesting, I would love to see a toggle in practice mode called "memory mode" or something like that. This would simply hide all of the notes, but still play song (if toggled on) and also play the metronome (if toggled on). Having this function in practice mode makes it so that you can select small passages to memorize (thus no real need to randomize). It also still gives the ability to play to play the entire song at 100%, but still with the aid of the metronome and backing track... Or you could turn either off. Might be hard to score without either metronome or backing track, but nothing to stop you from counting and trying... Maybe leave the blank score and still have the rolling note bounce along. Only drawback is that practice mode doesn't include scoring, though I believe it is tracked in the data. I've looked at the sample data extract for ukulele and I can't think of anything this would mess up and it would be easy to add "memory mode" as meta data for any practice session. Ultimately, this addresses one of the largest objections that people have about Yousician style learning, which goes something like "sure I may get to where I can play along with the animation, but am I truly becoming a "real" musician? If you could ever get to the point where you could play everything in the curriculum at 100% from memory, you could do just about anything. This would ultimately be a huge shout out to the Suzuki community, since memory is such an integral part of that system.
Kellie Tyler commented
YES!!! That is my biggest complaint as well. I feel like I'm improving but I couldn't sit down and play any of these songs without my computer. We need to get this one trending!
Cosmic Iron commented
I think the following features can help us memorize songs a lot better (a sorely needed feature and THE BIGGEST problem with this sort of interactive training):
1. Automatically repeat the segment when user makes an error.
2. A memorize mode that doesn’t have the backing track and hides the notes. The notes should only appear when you play them correctly. Once you make repeated mistake the program can show visual hints, or simply allow the user to view the notes in advance.
3. Display the music as a guitar tab instead.