FourChords App Transforms Guitar Zeros into Heroes at SXSW in Austin

[] Helsinki, Finland – Musopia announces the guitar karaoke app, FourChords 1.3.6 for iOS. According to mobile startup Musopia, there is a fundamental problem with the traditional method of learning to play an instrument. Musopia estimates that between 50 to 85 percent of people who try to learn a musical instrument will quit before they learn to play their first song.

“It can be so difficult, boring and time-consuming that it gets frustrating,” says Musopia co-founder Paula Lehto. “A significant number of people give up, and we want to prevent that by showing them a faster way to get to the fun part.”

Musopia’s guitar karaoke app FourChords has generated impressive interest in the company’s native, tech-savvy Finland. Providing iPhone and iPad users with a more effective, and more importantly, fun way of learning how to play the guitar is just the beginning for this software startup. Now the firm is setting its sights on the U.S. market.

Downloads of the app have increased by 50 percent month-over-month for the past three months, and the timing could not be better for their visit to the Live Music Capital of the World. The FourChords guitar karaoke app is available to download for free from iTunes.

Founded in 2011, Musopia is a five-person company with an impressive pedigree. The company includes serial entrepreneurs, a lawyer who specializes in music and a former Nokia executive who was responsible for the mobile phone manufacturer’s music service.

According to Lehto, it is the company’s passion for music, combined with a solid app that changes the way people learn music, and the adoption of new technologies that sets the company apart. “We want to show people that anyone can play the guitar,” adds Lehto.

The team at Musopia Ltd. love getting together with friends and playing music. It happened too many times that the guitarist didn’t remember the chords of the song or the singer’s didn’t remember the lyrics – and the jamming session was over before it really started. So we thought there must be easier way to do this and ended up developing FourChords – an app that helps you easily play your favorite songs with a real guitar and shows the lyrics in the same display.

While developing the App we had a vision of creating something easier to replace the notes and tabs. We came up with a simple and attractive interface where each chord is represented with its own icon and the player is shown where and when to play the chord as FourChords takes you through the song enabling you to play your favorite songs literally straight away. This has certainly fired up our jamming sessions. We hope that you guys like the App and find it useful!

Attendees of the SXSW 2013 Interactive and Music streams can meet the Musopia crew personally, along with a contingent of equally promising Finnish startups that will be calling Austin home for the next two weeks. Musopia will showcase the FourChords app live during the SXSW trade show, March 10-13, booth number 1223/1225 (Pavilion 3). Guitars will be provided for visitors to unleash their inner rock star.

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
* Requires iOS 4.3 or later
* Universal app optimized for display on all iOS devices
* 34.7 MB

Pricing and Availability:
FourChords 1.3.6 is free and available worldwide through the App Store in the Music category.FourChords 1.3.6
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FourChords is built by a team of guitar enthusiasts and IT professionals at Musopia Ltd. Feel free to contact us if you have suggestions on how we can improve our product or have any song suggestions, ideas of partnerships, etc. Copyright (C) 2013 Musopia Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

###Paula Lehto
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