Option to toggle the bouncing ball
The bouncing ball is great, but it is too much of a visual aid for keeping the beat.
I would like to have an option to turn it off, and listen to the metronome instead.
Stefan Mens commented
A major problem with Yousician is: The students learn music graphically and not with their ears. They dont play a note rhythmically correct because of what they hear but because of what they see. This is very unmusical and could solved easily by a feature that can switch on/off the white ball. Like this the player has to rely on his ears and count the bars/beats correctly himself.
Mark W Horn commented
I got to lvl 9 on bass, and then started back over at lvl 1 with only notation enabled. The ability to learn to read music is in the software, you just have to turn it on.
I think the bouncing ball that's supposed to keep us in time is very distracting and vague as to when we should strike the note, I would suggest having a static line on the far left side of the screen to indicate when the note should be struck
I think the scrolling tab would still be useful, but without the bouncing ball (which we should be able to disable). We need to be able to read and play according to SOUND not SIGHT.
Radu Pascal commented
better have an option to hid the the bouncing ball if you don't want it.
Actually, I find that this should in no way be a forced task. It is actually quite hard to play along to the musical notation. (I mean not the bouncing ball but what you do in a orchestra on paper.)
Rather we should be trained to read notes fluently. This would be even better.
Great idea Dave H! I am chased by my wife to play a song alone... It is still a challenge for me and with your idea Yousician could support me to this status and make my wife proud of me. :D
This is an EXCELLENT idea, and I completely agree. I am an absolute 'n00b' to the guitar and I have found myself wanting exactly this same idea. Using practice and pausing/unpausing is not an option. It is very awkward to have to put down the guitar to interact with my iPad.
I'm using 3 of my votes for this idea.
Just go to practice and pause... ? I've learned my second song this way
Dave H commented
The biggest complaint you hear about Yousician is that it only teaches you to play along with the bouncing ball and not really play on your own.
It would good to have one or two songs in each mission where sections are repeated note for note but where the tab and bouncing ball disappear for while you play the repeated part. That would force us to get comfortable committing songs to memory and getting our time nailed with the tab/ball assisting us. The repeated sections could get longer as skills develop.
I try to do this now by forcing myself to look away from the screen but, honestly, I peek quite a bit :(
Jose Rebola commented
Since this is a music LEARNING software, it would be nice to check if you really LEARNED a song, I mean, play it with no help. The song would still give you a score and show you feedback AFTER you played (immediately after or in the end of the song). This would be great as a challenge to give to my students. An intermediate version of this could be to just show you the rhythm or the strings to be played without showing the frets.
I find myself unable to remember the songs when I'm not in front of my device. I think there should be a mode where there are cues for tempo and nothing else so that you can learn the songs. The tabs can gradually fade away until you're ready to play without them from start to finish.
Exactly. It is a great app to get you playing, but without the scrolling notes I am completely lost. I would love to be able to go to my monthly music club at the local pub and play something on my guitar (I play cajon/Bodhran), but I can't remember the songs! Help with this would be really useful.
Mitch Lindgren commented
+3. I have the same song as Julien. There are several songs I can play perfectly in Yousician but can't play at all without it, so in that respect it's not really helping me learn.
Indeed, I noticed that my biggest problem with Yousician and GuitarBots was that I could master a song in the game, but still be unable to play it without the game.
In Rocksmith, as you get better and better, more and more information about how to play the song disappears. This is great for memorizing the music and being able to play without any help from written sources. I would love for youcisian to have a similar feature.