What is this website about?
During rainy Amsterdam winter of 2018 I was spending a lot of my evenings with friends playing guitar and singing. I have quite low voice and often struggle to sing moderns songs which are mostly written for tenors. In that kind of situations normally transposition helps.
Technically, transposing chords with guitar is pretty straight forward process. You just have to put the capodaster on the proper thread, and voila! The issue is that finding the proper key normally takes some time. Especially if you haven’t tried to sing the song before.
So how the process would normally go for me. My friends would ask me to play another recent masterpiece. I would google some chords and start identifying my key. In the meantime the audience would be waiting for me and yawning.
Me - struggling to find the key for so long, that all my friends left somewhere else...
The process of finding that key was almost every time frustrating. I have an engineering degree and work for more than 10 years in the IT industry. As you might imagine I have a tendency to automate things. So at some point, while struggling to figure out where to put my capo, I thought: “It would be great if there would be a service for that”.
I tried to search for one on the internet but I didn’t find any. So I decided to create one.
The problem looked fairly simple. I know what my vocal range is. If I know what is the range of a song that I want to sing, then I can make the computer tell me how much to shift the notes! Eurica! I started collecting the database of vocal ranges for songs.
While I was busy with preparing the database I talked with some musicians that I knew personally to check if they had any similar problems to mine and if they were looking for solutions. Here is where community power showed itself. People started giving me suggestions on what other features might be useful to add to my service after I prepare my database.
Some people wanted to find which songs they can comfortably sing in karaoke, some were looking for challenges, some for a part in a musical. One of the vocal teachers I talked to was struggling to put together repertoires for her students based on their musical genre preferences and singing capacities. There was one common thing in all of these requests. People wanted to find songs to sing based on their vocal range. And that’s what I’ve built.
Right now the website basically has two main features. Both features first require a user to enter their vocal range. After that either users can explore songs based on the song genre and difficulty or they can find any particular song through the text search and check in which key it will be optimal for them to sing the song.
On top of that I'm trying to add more features which can come at hand along the way. I’ve already added links to youtube videos, lyrics, music sheets. I will be adding more things if people will be actively using the service.
I really hope you will find this website useful. If you have any feedback or suggestions please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org I will be happy to hear from you.