Music lessons meet Guitar Hero with the new Jellynote learning app

jellynote guitar hero for learning instrument

The goal of learning a new instrument is the sort of bucket list item that all too often stays in said bucket. Maybe you bought a guitar a while back and noodled around on it for a few days, before placing it in the closet to gather dust. But a new French startup called Jellynote wants to change all that by making the process more like a video game.

The service provides you with the sheet music for thousands of songs, and uses the microphone on your computer or smartphone to gamify the process of learning an instrument, scoring you based on the percentage of correct notes you play for piano, bass, sax, violin, trumpet, or guitar.

“There are three key challenges when you learn to play an instrument,” Jellynote co-founder Baptiste Poirer told TechCrunch in a recent interview. “You need to find content, learn how to read it and stay motivated.”

The Jellynote process seems brilliantly simple. If you want to learn John Legend’s “All of Me,” for instance, you can pull up the sheet music (or guitar tabs), and then choose one of three modes: ‘listen,’ ‘learn’ and ‘practice.’

In listening mode, you can hear the song and follow along as the app highlights the current notes being played. In learning mode, Jellynote listens to the note you’re playing and waits for you to play the right note. In practice mode, you play along with the song after you’ve learned the notes.

Creating an account and engaging listen mode on Jellynote are free, but the learn and practice modes require signing up for a premium account. A premium account will run you $10 for one month, but Jellynote also offers discounts for longer subscriptions, priced at $8 per month for a 6-month subscription, and $5 per month for a full year.

The app itself is quite extensive, featuring user profile pages with your saved song scores, as well as the ability to follow and message other users. Jellynote also offers integration with YouTube cover videos, analyzing the audio track and synchronizing it with the song’s score. Jellynote’s primary selling point, though, is in its Guitar Hero-like practice model, which will keep you coming back again and again to try and beat your high score.

The program is available on the web, Android, and iOS and is currently still in beta.

Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Write music with your voice, make homemade cheese

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Gaming

Your PlayStation 4 game library isn't complete without these games

Looking for the best PS4 games out there? Out of the massive crop of titles available, we selected the best you should buy. No matter what your genre of choice may be, there's something here for you.
Home Theater

Throw away those EarPods -- we dug up the best headphones in every style

Trolling the internet for hours to find headphones is no way to live. Instead, leverage our expertise and experience to find the best headphones for you. Here are our favorites, with all the features you want.
Gaming

Relive Nintendo’s handheld golden age with the 25 best Game Boy Advance games

The Game Boy Advance was the swan song of the Game Boy era. It also happened to have a boatload of amazing games. We decided to countdown our 25 favorite GBA games from both first-party and third-party.
Home Theater

SoundCloud hopes to add listeners with 50 percent discount for students

SoundCloud launched a student discount for it's top-tier SoundCloud Go+ membership, dropping the price to just $5 a month. It's a good deal for students, but will it be enough to keep the music platform from going under?
Computing

Don't spend hundreds on Pro Tools or Logic. Try one of these free alternatives

Believe it or not, Pro Tools isn't the only digital audio workstation worth your time. Check out our picks for the best free recording software, whether you're looking for a lightweight app or a full-blown audio workstation.
Home Theater

iPhone owners can finally hear the highest-quality streaming music on Tidal

If you're an iPhone owner who is after the highest possible audio quality from your streaming library, you now have the best option out there: Tidal's Masters Quality Audio (MQA) is now available on iOS.
Home Theater

Get loud with the best outdoor speakers to rock your party in any weather

From rugged, solar-powered backwoods listening companions to floating pool party jam boxes, the best outdoor speakers partner with your lifestyle to let you listen to your favorite tunes wherever you go.
Music

Apple Music offers a few subscription options. We break them down here

Competition for music streaming apps is quickly dwindling with giants like Apple Music and Spotify dominating most of the market? But how much does Apple Music cost and what does a subscription to the music-streaming platform entail?
Home Theater

If you’re a Spotify Premium subscriber, you now get Hulu for free

Spotify Premium subscribers have yet another reason to love the Swedish streaming service, with the company now offering ad-free Hulu accounts to all premium users at no additional cost.
Music

The best free music download sites that are totally legal

Finding music that is both free and legal to download can be difficult. We've handpicked a selection of the best free music download sites for you to legally download your next favorite album.
Music

Apple Music vs. Spotify: Which service is the streaming king?

Apple Music is giving Spotify a run for its money, but which service is best for you? In our Apple Music vs. Spotify showdown, we compare and contrast all we know about the two streaming music services.
Home Theater

Apple Music completes its Amazon migration, is now available on Fire TV

Amazon's popular Fire TV devices are now compatible with the most popular on-demand music streaming service in the United States, thanks to a new integration with Apple Music that has finally hit Fire TV devices.
Emerging Tech

This streaming music service pays artists in Bitcoin, plants trees if you listen

Feedbands is an environmentally friendly subscription streaming music service that pays its artists in Bitcoin, and plants trees in exchange for authenticated listens from customers.