Gibson: Guitar lessons & songs - Interview with the developer of a fantastic app

Did you have any prior development or coding experience?

Yes, around 25 years.

What was the most challenging aspect of developing mobile app?

The technology around the gameplay - detecting that the user’s notes and have been played correctly or not.

Zoundio is a music tech team consisting of musicians, developers and creatives. Their focus is to enable music creation and learning through technology in an inspiring, educational and interactive way. They run their own portfolio of products, or team up with partners to co-create. They are based in Stockholm, Sweden.

Name a few of your favorite apps and reason you love them.

Duolinguo: They have been able to make it very addictive by adding some clever and subtle game modes with rewards, challenges and leaderboards.
Spotify: After years of struggling with the format of this app they have found a clear structure to show and manage a huge database of songs in a very easy way.

How long have you been working on this app?

Two years.

What need of the user did you have in mind when developing this app?

For someone who wants to learn guitar the conventional ways it can be very hard at the beginning. It takes a lot of time and energy, it can be very expensive, and the progress is slow. It’s hard to stay motivated and a lot of people just give up. With this app the user can learn in a very engaging and fun way and at his/her own pace. App users will have a gamified experience, collecting stars and points while learning. There is a full learning curriculum with songs, guides, lessons and more developed by professional guitarists. Everything necessary is included to understand, practice and finally learn the guitar techniques, you can progress step by step but also you can search and play your favourite songs based on your skills and the genres of your choice.

In what way do you think your app is better than similar apps on the market? Please describe in detail what innovation you think you bring and what you are proud of in your app.

The notes and chords detection technology is better and more advanced – giving users more accurate feedback. And the videos, guides and techniques to learn guitar are very well elaborated. We’re still quite new on the market and while competitors spend a lot of effort on marketing to keep their users, we are still investing heavily in quality improvements and innovation, making it a better app.

What are your future plans and expected features of the coming new versions of this app?

On the tech side, we’re doing a lot of tweaking, e.g. around our no headphones-mode. On the content side, we’re adding a lot of new courses, songs and guides. We’re also introducing a more gamified experience in a couple of months.

Assuming new users of your app are reading this page. What do you want to ask them to do (contact you about X, Share the app, etc.)?

If you like the app, please spread the word and give us good ratings / reviews.

And we also love getting opinions and constructive feedback on what we could improve. Our roadmap is to a large extent built on ideas and feedback from our users. So please send us and email and share your experiences – good and bad.

Gibson: Guitar lessons & songs

About App:

The ultimate guitar learning app! Interactive and engaging guitar lessons with instant feedback. Learn at your own speed with detailed guidance from some of the world’s best guitarists. Perfect for beginners and full of famous songs.

The Gibson App has everything you need on your guitar learning journey. And it delivers it to you in a fun and immersive way so you’ll always enjoy learning.

The interactive lessons make each learning step an engaging and fun experience. It listens to you play and gives you feedback in real-time. And you’ll learn without ever feeling like a novice. You’ll get optimal learning conditions, never too hard, never too easy - just right for you.

From beginner to pro. Follow a step-by-step learning saga developed by expert teachers. Learn at your own speed and track your progress. Learn to read tabs and practice chords. When ready, head for the famous songs where you can dive deep into each song and the skills needed to master it.

Learn skills and songs in bite-sized parts, and get detailed video guidance for each part before you play the interactive game play.

The song catalogue includes Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Santana, Aerosmith, Tom Petty, Dolly Parton, The Beatles, Lynyrd Skynyrd and many more. Find your favourite band. New songs are added regularly.

Detailed video guidance from world-class guitarists and teachers, combined with an interactive gameplay will keep your engagement and motivation on top!

GIBSON TV: Watch Gibson’s original TV series about guitars, music, and culture. Watch, learn, and get inspired.

TRAINING CALENDAR: Try to play a little each day. Short regular sessions are better than one long session. Use the training calendar to set a structure and get gentle reminders.

TUNE: The built-in tuner supports standard tuning and loads of alternative tuning options, including chromatic tuning. Choose between automatic string detection or manual. If you’re a beginner, there’s a “how to tune” video that will guide you.


Nail the rhythm with this metronome that includes all the standard features. The Gibson App - The only guitar app you need.

Enjoy, and good luck!

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Categories: Education

Date: September 6, 2023

Developer: ZOUNDIO AB.

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