Social-ify your music

Am I the only one that didn’t know about Chordify?

When I attempt to learn a song on ukulele, my “old-fashioned” learning entails a myriad of open internet tabs with chords, fingering charts, lyrics, sound files, and tutorials until I finally find that perfect combination to begin strumming.

Chordify2The innovations of streamline this process into one cohesive place for musicians. Chordify prompts users to enter a song, and within seconds, the site presents the chords in a clear, user-friendly view. If the song is connected with a YouTube file, the video plays simultaneously as the cursor moves through corresponding beats and chords.

Features also include one-click access to simplified guitar, ukulele, and piano chord diagrams, and Premium subscribers have options to transpose the key and control the speed of playback. As the Chordify developers put it, “It’s like karaoke for your fingers!”

This original service is possible through the complex technology of the sonic annotator. A variety of software is utilized to extract the audio features of a song, analyze its tonal content, and determine its chords and their rhythmic positions in relation to standard Western harmony.

Chordify also offers users the ability to save the charts as PDF files and to share their chordified songs with friends via Twitter and Facebook, joining the social aspects of music which modern technology encourages. Social media has changed the way that music is both transmitted by artists and received by listeners, creating a unique conversation between them.

A popular platform for this social experience is Spotify, a program which, with a free download, opens users to a vast database of songs from the latest radio hits to the oldest baroque concertos. Users also have the ability to create playlists, shuffle through related artists and genres in radio mode, and discover new music from individually-tailored recommendations.

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Spotify’s website declares that “Music brings us together,” and its connections through social media make it possible. By linking accounts to Facebook, listeners can select friends to follow and view a stream of the music their friends are hearing (although users can also opt to listen in a private session to avoid those awkward texts from a buddy asking why you have been listening to nothing but One Direction all day…or, you know, whatever your guilty pleasure band may be). Friends also have the ability to message each other directly to share songs, artists, and playlists, joining together in the listening experience.

Artists whose music appears on Spotify are also encouraged to use the program as a means of social interaction with their followers by creating playlists and showcasing the music they enjoy. This communication through music presents fans with a deeper understanding of their favorite musicians’ inspirations and lifestyles. However, not all artists and labels, especially indie musicians, agree to having their songs available on Spotify due to disagreements in the artists’ earnings and the overall streaming model.

The integration of social media into the music scene has undeniably changed the accessibility of music and the ability to converse about it. However, despite all the advantages technology offers, there is still nothing more genuinely social than gathering for a live performance, whether as the member of a marching band or the attender of a concert, and collectively experiencing the true joys of music.


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