Finland’s music teaching startups is a sector that might be slightly overlooked when talking about the country. Yousician’s Guitar Bots is often featured as an editor’s choice in the app store, SongHi is building collaboration deals in the Spanish market, and now Musopia has raised €660,000 to build up their collection of apps that make it easy to learn your favorite songs.
Most known by Musopia is FourCords, a ‘guitar karaoke’ app that breaks down songs into simple chords and pairs the chord timing with the lyrics, allowing even basic guitar players to play hits and get that jam session going with friends. With the rise of the Ukulele, they’ve also come out with Ukeoke Ukulele Karaoke, which provides a similar function to FourChords, as well as Chordshaker, which allows you to learn guitar chord fingering just by holding your phone. All of these apps have been featured by Apple as “Best Apps” and reached TOP10 Music rankings in more than 40 countries.
The company is doing well on strategic partnerships – they’ve gotten together with Justin Sandercoe, of JustinGuitar fame, who has risen to mass popularity by providing video tutorials for beginner guitarists. Additionally they’ve partnered with Samick Music Corporation, one of the largest guitar manufacturers, to provide beginner guitarists a tool to learn their favorite guitar songs fast.
With the funding Musopia is talking new apps, saying that this spring they’re soft launching an app that combines together sound and video in an unseen way. They’re keeping that project under the radar but we’ll stay posted with the company. Until then keep Finnish music startups on your radar.