"Tunefox is a superior way to learn songs and licks in the privacy of your own home. A clear method of teaching all styles of bluegrass banjo; enough to keep you busy for years."
- Steve Martin (Actor/Comedian/Musician)
Tunefox is a web and app based learning tool designed to help people learn bluegrass songs and licks for guitar, mandolin, banjo and bass. Each song in Tunefox has 3 versions - Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced (or Backup, Scruggs, and Melodic for banjo) - and each of those arrangements has switchable licks.
For example, let’s say you get a basic arrangement of a tune under your fingers. With Tunefox you can shuffle the measures of a song to create a new solo based on the original you just learned. We think it’s a fantastic way to approach improvisation. Included are all of the normal practice tools - tempo slider, backing tracks, chords, and looping/measure selection as well as special tools like speed up, hide notes, and memory-train (these special tools are available on the web version).
Our goal is to help students become real musicians. We don’t want you to just learn an arrangement of a tune and then only be able to play that arrangement. There’s so much more to a solo and a lot of it has to do with hearing the bluegrass vocabulary and then learning how it fits into a song that you know.
"It's a great jumping off point for making up my own licks."
- Graham Sharp (Steep Canyon Rangers)
"Tunefox is the best digital learning tool for banjo I've ever encountered. The interface is intuitive, and the content is musical and well thought out. Everyone learning bluegrass banjo should get this app."
- Wes Corbett (Molly Tuttle Band)
Try Tunefox out with a free 7-day trial and then become a member to get access to:
- Unlimited access to all instruments, songs and licks
- Tunefox on your computer, iPhone or iPad
- Revolutionary practice tools
- New songs and licks added every month
- PDF printing
*At the end of your trial you will not automatically be charged for the subscription. You can choose what subscription period you'd like when you are ready to become a member.
Subscribe for One Month - All Instruments for $15.99
Subscribe for Three Months - All Instruments for $24.99
Subscribe for One Year - All Instruments for $89.99
- Your payment will be charged to iTunes Account at confirmation of purchase
- Subscription automatically renews unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period
- Your account will be charged for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period, and identify the cost of the renewal
- Subscriptions may be managed by the user and auto-renewal may be turned off by going to the user's Account Settings after purchase
Here are the new songs for March:
When the Saints Go Marching In
Hunting the Buffalo
Turkey in the Straw
Black Mountain Rag (Monroe style and Up the Neck)
Black Mountain Rag
The Old Home Place
Turkey in the Straw
-Team TF (Jiri, Kuba, and Bennett)
Ratings and Reviews
It’s Key To How I Learn
I’ve been an early user of TuneFox and love the new app and the ease with which I can learn new songs, either solely by ear or with some of the tools (ease of isolating measures, hidden notes, ability to switch in different licks, Scruggs/melodic and backup playing styles). With TuneFox, I’ve stretched myself like never before, and it’s all self-paced. When i’ve got a tune I want to master, as happened this week at a jam session, TuneFox was my first stop. I love being able to isolate one, two three measures until I have them nailed and then move on. In the past, I’ve always started at the beginning of a song and as a result, i don’t get to the back of the song as much. That’s all changed and I am seeing progress I’ve never seen before! I’m now using it for mandolin and plan on using it to learn guitar.
This a great and helpful app. The layout is fantastic, and the ability to switch song segments to pentatonic scales, chromatic, etc. is an unexpected boon. The Lessons are great, but regrettably limited, and don’t take you very far. There are a few things that could be added, for sure, such as expanding the song library to include more than folk/bluegrass music (though I understand that’s the primary genre for the target instruments, mandolin can easily transition to more classical melodies). It would also be nice to switch from numeric tablature to a standard d musical notation (staves and noteheads).
All things considered, if you’re learning your instrument for bluegrass or folk, this is the perfect app. And even if you’re not interested in that genre, the mechanics and techniques learned can generally carry over to any other.
I rarely ever write reviews, but please take a minute to read this if you can.
Ever since I started using Tunefox, I've been continually blown away by the quality and size of the repertoire available on the app. The app design is incredible, and I was amazed to find out that a sole programmer (go Jakub!) put this together. As a student at Georgia Tech, some of my friends who are working for Apple were blown away by how well done the app is.
To Bennett and Jiri, thank you so much for bringing this tool into the world. Tunefox has helped me learn the banjo in such a fun and creative way. From the backing tracks, to the lick switcher in songs, to the chord charts, to the great videos, to the lessons, to the licks, to the different song styles, Tunefox is the aspiring bluegrass musician's dream and I can't thank you enough for making Tunefox a reality.
To anyone else reading this review, go ahead and download the app. There are the perfect amount of free songs to really get a feel of the interface and see how everything works. Definitely consider subscribing as the cost of a subscription is very fair compared to the value of the app. Thanks again Bennet, Jiri, and Jakub!
- Listen & Learn, Inc.
- 137.6 MB
Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © 2018 Listen & Learn, Inc.
- In-App Purchases
- TuneFox Membership $9.99
- TuneFox Membership $19.99
- One month - one instrument $9.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.