More music theory exercises
Love the idea, but doesn't have much to offer an intermediate player looking to become more advanced (other than learning complex songs).
Add more exercises covering
*sight reading exercises (read musical notation)
*music theory lessons
*lessons/workouts for improvisation
*right hand notation drills
Niamh Kelly commented
Yes, I would love some more theory lessons on Ukelele. I never played an instrument before Yousician & can now comfortably play a range of chords (which is awesome) but I still don't understand why they are named the way they are.
Ben K commented
add courses for music theory
I think the new course feature of the app offers great potential to really improve learning with the app.
Instead of artist courses i would highly appreciate if yousician would add courses about music theory.
Like a caged System course or a pentatonic scale course. Or a course about blues or whatever Genre. Which really help you understand certain topics instead of just learning technic and Songs.
Those types of courses should also be way cheaper to make and be useful for a lot more users. Most users would benefit from those types of courses, while only a small fraction of the users might have intrest in the artist.
Bob Griffith commented
This would certainly be very helpful as I have to go to other apps/YouTube to.get extra.explanations and help for these (pianote is very good but I dont want to switch entirely)
Ollie Galbraith commented
I am looking for help in regards to your scales lessons. I have progressed to minor pentatonic, but there is no clear picture of the scale to practice. All we are given is the scale as notes written like a normal set of tabs to be played. We need a clear image of the scale, allowing proper practice and repetition of the notes in the scale, seperate from the scale played like a tab to be followed.
Fabio Claudio Maghini commented
spider legs and all similar exercises all along the fretboard at increasing speed
It also would be great to see the actual bpm and not only %. I know that later levels are being played at a faster pace, but it would be nice to be able to speed up things in all workouts, as it now caps at 125%.
Jaz Dosanjh commented
agree its too basic. Needs whole neck scales and also needs exercises for bass. They could be all the stuff from guitar just for bass. Def need arpeggios as well. Would like to have more chord choices for the chord trainer to. We need more chord extension, 9th 11th 13th etc.
There is a similar archived request: https://yousician.uservoice.com/forums/296820-feature-requests/suggestions/34050010-let-us-have-name-of-the-fingers-t-1-2-3-etc – I support this, but want to request that it use standard right hand finger notation (p, i, m, a, c) rather than the notation suggested in that request (t, 1, 2, 3, 4) as that would conflict with the left hand fingering that I would also like to see added.
Pete F commented
Agree. Too much emphasis on playing tabs across a screen and almost no explanation at all as to how/why a song or exercise has been selected and what you will learn from it
The scale lessons are pretty basic. They might show a pattern and have you play it in different keys. I would like to see it have you play the scale in the same key up and down the neck. Or even let you pick the key then play it up and down the neck. Or maybe a backing track you can play the scale over freestyle and it just tells you if you hit a wrong note,
Charley Borremans commented
I am actually quite surprised this isn't supported in an otherwise excellent app. I think it is absolutely essential to properly master fingerpicking, especially for anyone starting with fingerpicking for the first time.
I second that.
Also I feel like it would make sense to arrange the "Workouts" section in way similar to the "Missions" one.
Then all the workouts would be arranged both by level and purpose, so that it'd be easier to practice skills relevant to your current goal and level, and this way the progress would be more gradual and smooth.
I am aware there is a section for scales in workouts, but there needs to be much more in depth learning here. Workouts that include similar and parallel motion in octaves, contrary motion, separated by thirds, sixths, triads, arpeggios etc. Scales are the foundation for all playing and as an app that is supposed to help people learn, these foundations should be a
major part of a learning app (even if its just for the premium members). I enjoy the fun, popular songs that get people interested, but some people want more theory and foundational work which is lacking here.
More generally, the problem is that the "Lessons" are not really lessons in a cohesive and consistent fashion. There are lots of scales and "workouts" but they do not get incorporated into all "lessons" or the "Level". There is plenty of technical material, but no automated syllabus to put you through it. You have to seek it out and go through it yourself. A good teacher would add it too your learning path, as part of mastering each level. Yousician does not. You would think items like scales and arpeggios and the "Workout" modules would be sprinkled amount the Levels much more than they currently are.
Add lessons regaring Music theory and reading musical notations
On this, using the correct description of terminology. A scale is not just 'a bunch of notes that sound good' it's actually a set of notes that follow a specific pattern starting on the note that the scale is named after. A major scale has one pattern, a minor scale has a different pattern. And then you have the other types that I can't remember the name of but aren't as important because you don't really use them.
Chords are notes 1, 3 and 5 (sometimes 7, I think) of a scale, played simultaneously. It's not just 'notes that sound good played together'.
Broken chords are chords played unsimultaneously (which technically means all guitar 'chords' in piano terms are broken because the strings all start ringing at different times).
Arpeggios are a specific type of broken chord were the notes of a chord are played in order either ascending or descending. They also follow a pattern, since they are derived from a pattern.
Yousician, please up your music theory (guitar) game.
I would love it if you have a feature where you can practise random notes that you select before hand, just like you have in music tutor. That way you can really improve note reading
Here's what seems like a relatively simple improvement, in that it wouldn't require much if any new content. Add a few more levels to the Knowledge track, and use the existing "Major Scales" and "Minor Scales" workouts (in Learn -> Workouts). Right now, knowledge ends at level 6.
For example, imagine a new Knowledge level 7 that required playing all major scales at a modest tempo, one octave, each hand separately. Level 8 adds 2 octaves, 2 hands. Level 9 adds minor scales. Some scales do get touched on in the Classical and Pop knowledge paths, but not as a cohesive curriculum.
The arpeggios and scales section are great but you do need to add more exercises focussed (both with and without a guitar) focused on straight, flexibility, speed and a warm up stretching section. This will improve the playing skills of the student way faster also a hand health and tips (like the one you have for te singing lessons) would hep many ;)
I agree with this one. I found out with a couple of songs that there's an easier way to play the song if you know which finger to use.