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A TuneLing is the most effective, powerful and FUN way to learn great music on a stringed instrument (guitar, ukulele, etc.), at any age or experience level.

The  TuneLings ecosystem is an open platform, designed to pay musicians!

(Non-Mac users – you can learn about TuneLings from this site now, and watch our lyrics-and-chords videos on YouTube. You’ll need a MacOS computer to use the free TuneLings App, and start playing NOW!)

Beau Bow de Lune is here! This is a brand-new, exceptional album from Val McCallum, Bow Thayer, and Greg Wells. We have TuneLings for all 10 songs for guitar, and a bit of ukulele and mandolin. With lots of (easy!) open tunings, these superb songs will expand your guitar knowledge and make you sound huge.

Read our blog post about this album, and hear audio previews of all songs, right here!

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Lickerish Quartet Threesome, Vol. 2 album cover

Now avalable in the TuneLings Store – Threesome Volume Two, by The Lickerish Quartet! This is the second Complete EP from the supergroup of Eric Dover, Roger Joseph Manning Jr., and Tim Smith – veterans of the legendary Jellyfish, and too many other bands and projects to mention. You will not be disappointed! (Of course we have Volume 1 as well!)

Both of these releases include high-quality permanent audio downloads and BAND-APPROVED TuneLings – on a pay-what-you-want basis! Mac users – get the free TuneLings App, and get to work!

For the non-Mac users, we have some new lyrics-and-chords videos on YouTube, including songs from these two releases. And more on the way!

The complete YouTube playlist for all our lyrics-and-chords videos is right here.

Announcing BYOA TuneLings!

Christmas Eve, 2020: For music from the excellent artists who participate directly in The TuneLings Project, TuneLings always include required audio files. But now, for the rest of the world’s music, BYOA (Bring Your Own Audio) TuneLings are here!

A BYOA TuneLing is one for which you provide the audio file (we make it easy). That means that we can offer TuneLings for literally almost any recording ever made. And we take requests!

Details about BYOA TuneLings are explained on the TuneLings Store page (in the App), and all TuneLings offer the same user experience, respect for copyright, and equitable commerce policies.

Our first batch of BYOA TuneLings features Jellyfish, Imperial Drag, Steely Dan, and Fountains Of Wayne – just for starters – and this list will grow fast, in many styles.

Skilled musicians: you can make and sell TuneLings for anyone’s music. Contact us so we can help you get started!

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For Learners

The TuneLings App is a play along power-tool, easy for beginners to use, but sophisticated enough for very advanced musicians.

Play songs correctly, learning at your own pace, using original recordings.

Discover and learn new music from extraordinary artists, as well as classic favorites.

Spend only what you want to – no subscriptions – and for now, you can name your price – even free!

Have more fun than you ever thought possible!

For Skilled Musicians

If you understand rhythm and can teach chords for a song, you can make TuneLings – for your music, or anyone else’s (without infringing copyright).

You set the price, and sell them to the world. Most of the proceeds are paid to you.

This is an entirely new way to increase your income, with you in control of your time and productivity, and TuneLings is Pandemic-Proof!

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For All Music-Lovers

Our initial catalog emphasizes serious, independent artists – for good reasons. Record sales are now so low, that most Indie artists can’t survive without live performances (never easy). But the pandemic has made that nearly impossible, and artists are suffering.

And yet, Indies are producing extraordinary music. Some of our artists are not yet well-known, and some have international reputations, but all make superb music. Using TuneLings is a great way to support them when they really need it. Please visit our Artists page to learn more!

But it’s not just about Indies – BYOA TuneLings are here! They can be made for almost any music, and we’ve started releasing incredible songs from major artists. Check out the TuneLings Store to see what’s available!

Because of hardships imposed by the coronavirus pandemic, most TuneLings
are  now available on a “name your price” basis – pay what you can, if you can.

100% of proceeds will be paid to participating artists.

The free TuneLings App is the only thing you need to get started.

Mobile device users! You can learn about TuneLings from this site right now, but you’ll need to revisit it using your MacOS computer to get the free TuneLings App, and start playing NOW!

Want more details?

Please check out the Frequently Asked Questions below, and explore the rest of this site!

A TuneLing teaches you how to play a song. You do not need to read music!

It’s an animated visual presentation, perfectly synchronized to a recording, showing you correct chords, notes, lyrics, annotations, and more. You can customize both the content and the layout of what you see. You can change the speed and/or pitch of the song, use loops (pre-made, or your own), and much, much more.

A TuneLing’s visual content is not “carved in stone”, like a video, because it’s created as you see it. That means that you can change it – even while it’s playing!

TuneLings are always made by skilled musicians, not algorithms or “artificial intelligence”, so they they make musical sense, and they’re accurate.

You need three things to use TuneLings:

  1. The (free!) TuneLings App, from this site – click the blue button. (It’s currently available for MacOS computers.)
  2. The TuneLing for a song. You get that from the TuneLings Store, which is built into the App.
  3. A recording of the song (an audio file). Usually, that will be included with the TuneLing, other times you may provide it yourself.

The App is very powerful, but very easy to use, and there’s plenty of Help information built into it.

TuneLings can be made for literally almost any stringed, fretted instrument, in any tuning – including ones that don’t yet exist, or custom-built oddities. Capos are supported too!

All currently available TuneLings are made for guitar, and many support ukulele and mandolin as well.

Parts for new instruments can be added to existing TuneLings, and we take requests!

(And yes, we do plan to support keyboards and percussion, as soon as we’re able.)

Sure! If you know how to hold the instrument, and you understand a chord diagram, you’re good to go.

It’s all about developing “muscle memory”. That is, the ability to quickly move your fingers to the correct positions (or “shapes”) to form a chord, and to switch between chord shapes quickly.

A beginner makes rapid progress with a TuneLing, because they’re playing real music, so gratification is immediate. They just slow the recording way down to start, then speed it up, bit by bit, as they develop muscle memory.

Looping (repeating specific sections of a song) helps a lot too. TuneLings usually come with musically useful pre-made loops, and making your own is really easy.

(And yes, TuneLings teach much more than just chords, for you non-beginners!)

No – we love music teachers, and we expect they’ll love TuneLings too, because we increase their income opportunities.

TuneLings can be created by anyone with the knowledge and skill to teach about music, and making a TuneLing is not difficult.

So if you have those skills, please consider becoming a TuneLing author. And remember, the people who make TuneLings get PAID.

Private music teachers can use TuneLings as a learning tool for students they meet with regularly. But of course, many musicians never study with a teacher at all. TuneLings provide a way for those learners to benefit from a teacher’s skill, anywhere, anytime. And those teachers get to connect with students who they otherwise would not reach.

YES — this is very cool — BONUS!!!

The TuneLings App can play audio files in all of the common formats, like MP3, AAC (that’s the iTunes flavor), AIFF, and WAV – even if there’s no TuneLing available for that recording!

Of course, there’s no visual component to the experience when you do that, but the play along features, like independent speed and pitch controls, and looping, will all work. You can even save your loops!

So any musician can use the App as a powerful audio play along tool, for free, no matter what instrument, or what style of music they play.

(You’re welcome! Please tell your friends!)

Right now, you need a MacOS computer (version 10.10 Yosemite or newer) to run the TuneLings App. We plan to bring TuneLings to iOS devices, Android and Windows, at our earliest opportunity.

But we still have something great for non-Mac-users: we sometimes make what we call “Lyric and Chords” videos, and host them on Youtube. These are video mashups – we combine an artist’s existing video with animated chords and lyrics from a TuneLing, blending them into one, in a pretty cool way.

These aren’t interactive, so they’re not nearly as powerful as the App, but you can still play along with the song, and they work on any device, they’re free, and some of them are visually stunning!

(Artists, if you’re interested in adding Lyrics & Chords to your existing videos, contact us!)

You can get to the Youtube playlist of the ones we’ve made so far from this page – check them out!

The TuneLings App is uniquely capable. A few of its advanced features are:

  • Independent speed and pitch controls, metronome functions, and looping, for any recording, with or without a TuneLing
  • Unlimited number of completely customizable visual display layouts
  • Display of chords, notes, lyrics, scales (diatonic and pentatonic), arpeggios, annotations, and artists’ comments
  • Easy support for multiple ways to play any song
  • Arbitrary combinations of simultaneous instruments

But rather than list everything a TuneLing can do, we suggest you look at the information under the “Capabilities” menu at the top of this page, or better yet, get the App now!