What's New

● a lot more songs
● a lot fewer bugs

App Description

It’s time to completely rethink the way we learn music. Before you know a single note name, chord, or scale fingering, you can instantly play along with all your favorite songs by ear—and that’s just the beginning.

The Play Shapes app features interactive lessons that show you step by step how to improvise along with thousands of music videos.

Shapes is perfect for:
● Music fans who want to improve their ear
● Jazz students or musicians who want to get better at improvising
● DJs who want to start playing their own tracks
● Anyone who wants to start a band or play music with friends

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How does Shapes work?

When experienced musicians interact with music, they seldom think in terms of notes, scales or keys. Instead, they’ve translated years of experience into natural shapes and patterns on their instruments. Shapes lets you experience this broader way of thinking right from the start.

++You already know a lot++
Most people can easily hear when a note sounds “right” or “wrong” with a song, even with no musical training. This means that we hear music in terms of broader groupings of notes, and that we develop this ability naturally.

++A new set of musical ideas++
Shapes identifies the broadest group of notes that sounds good with a song, arranges them in a way that’s super easy to remember, and translates them directly to an instrument, making it possible to instantly play by ear.

++Playing is just the beginning++
You'll learn a ton just by playing, and then you can take your new skills as far as you like—the principles you pick up here will open a whole new way to read and write music, improve your musical ear, and finally understand music theory.

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Known issues in this version:
- At the start of Lesson 3, the first Anchor Note example doesn't play on beat. This makes it a little harder to hear, and we'll make sure it's fixed for the next version.

Have an issue? Email us at [email protected]

Note: YouTube music content is blocked in some countries (like Germany). Interactive Lessons will still be available. Please make sure YouTube music content is available in your country to get the most out of Shapes.

iPad Screenshots

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App Changes

  • November 07, 2013 Initial release
  • February 19, 2014 New version 1.3
  • February 19, 2014 Price decrease: $4.99 -> FREE!
  • May 18, 2014 New version 1.4
  • May 24, 2015 New version 1.5
  • May 24, 2015 Price increase: FREE! -> $6.99