That's a great question! We try to avoid changing our songs if possible, as we definitely understand it can be frustrating when you’re used to something being a certain way, and it suddenly changes. But, sometimes we’ll make changes if we think it’s important. It may cause confusion for those who are currently working on the song, but it hopefully improves the experience for those who play it in the future.
Here are some reasons why we make changes to our existing songs...
Fixing mistakes. We try to be as careful as possible with all our songs, and pass everything through multiple reviews to catch errors. But, occasionally, things slip through: an incorrect fingering, a typo in lyrics, or a wrong note. We hate to make mistakes like this (we know you need to trust us to get it right), so if you notice anything wrong, please let us know and we’ll fix it asap!
Adjusting the difficulty. The level system is very important at Yousician. We try to make sure everyone can trust the level as a useful guide when choosing songs to play. So, if we learn that a song is too easy or difficult for the level – either via feedback from you or by anonymous performance data – we sometimes adjust the song, or change the level it’s assigned to.
Adding a new feature. If we add a new notation feature or playing technique to Yousician, we may add it to existing songs to improve them. For example, when we added notation for ‘bends’ on guitar, we edited some existing songs to show bends as originally intended. Unfortunately, these brand-new bends surprised people who were already playing the songs, but hopefully it means that players in the future can have a better experience learning those songs.
Improving our educational impact. At Yousician we’re focused on becoming the best educators we can, and this means learning from our experience. If we learn that an existing song or mission isn’t meeting our educational standards, we may improve it. For example, when we heard feedback from many of you that a guitar mission on movable power chords introduced new chords too quickly, we changed the songs and mission structure to offer a more gradual learning curve. Similarly, based on feedback from Yousician players we’ve occasionally edited exercises when we find ways to write chords more clearly, or convey timing more effectively.
We realise there is a difficult balance between improving things for the future and being consistent for existing players, so if you have any concerns or feedback please let us know! You can do so via the Contact support link below.