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Published on October 2nd, 2018 | by Kirk Hiner


Bring It! Songsterr Tabs & Chords for Apple TV

There was a time in my youth when I paid a local musician for bass lessons. He was a great guy and I did learn some important things, but for the most part my lesson time was split into two 15 minute segments. The first half was watching him write out tabs for me, and the second half was him playing the tabs for me. I’d then go home and practice until I had the song down.

For what I paid for three months of lessons I could’ve had a year’s worth of access to Songsterr Tabs & Chords. And approximately 499,988 more songs.

Songsterr provides subscribers with access to over 500,000 “high quality” guitar, bass and drum tabs. What’s more, it does this legally. Apple gets its 30% cut of your subscription fee, and the rest is split almost equally between Songsterr and the artists who created the music your paying. I’m fairly sure my bass teacher never sent checks off to Queen and Billy Joel.

Whether you sign up through the iOS app or the Songsterr website you’ll get an impressive list features that includes:

  • The service’s realistic guitar engine
  • Tabs for individual instruments (guitar, bass, drums, vocal, etc) with most songs
  • The ability to slow down tab playback to 15%
  • The ability to loop selected measures
  • Offline mode
  • The option to hear just the instrument you are learning

It’s a pretty slick system, and it opens up songs you may not otherwise learn to play simply because they’re available to you. But the one thing the iOS version can’t give you is screen size. The notes often slide by very quickly and can be very hard to see on the iPhone. It’s a little better on the iPad, but reading the tabs doesn’t really become comfortable until you’re on your computer.


A tvOS version would instantly solve this problem. Throwing the notes, chords or tabs onto your widescreen TV would make the music much easier read and could allow multiple guitarists to view it once…great for rehearsals when your band is learning some new songs. It could also display more of the music at once, making it easier to follow along and anticipate changes.

The app should also be easy enough to control with the Siri Remote—tap to play/pause, swipe to rewind and select songs, or simply use voice commands.

We have an email out to Songsterr to see if we can expect an Apple TV version, and will update this article once we find out. In the meantim, you can learn more about the service at, and the iOS app is available now free download in the App Store.

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About the Author

has been writing for the Apple web since 1997, having served as editor of Applelinks and the Technology Tell Apple Channel. In addition to his work with BEST Apple TV, Kirk currently contributes to Mac Gamer HQ and Pure Nintendo. He lives with his wife and three children in small-town Ohio where the land is cheap and the air is (relatively) clean.

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