Swan Song

19 November 2015

In 2006, we set out to make the world's best video song lesson website for pianists and guitarists. We believed that the experience of learning to play a song online could be much easier and more fun with video than with the traditional guitar TAB method.

Along the way, we worked with numerous wonderful people including professional music teachers, web developers, designers and content producers to create a website that proved this to be true.

We're proud of the product we built, and grateful to the community of students that made it grow. At every turn, your feedback shaped SongPond's development. Thank you for helping bring this idea into reality.

SongPond's story ends here. With the massive growth in the number of free online song tutorials on sites such as YouTube.com, we've failed to create a sustainable song lesson product. We've considered every option and have made the decision to end the product that brought us together.

As of today, it is no longer possible to create a new account and we are closing down the lessons portion of the website. For the next 3 months, our first priority is to help you transition to other services and get back to learning your favorite songs.

Thank you for the time and attention you've contributed to this community. It has been a privilege to learn together.

Jon, David and the SongPond Team


Can I still use the lessons on SongPond.com?

No. We will no longer be offering access to the lessons on SongPond.com. However, we will be publishing the entire SongPond lesson catalogue on our YouTube channel where you can access it for free.

What happens to my account data? Will my privacy be protected?

All of your account information will be permanently deleted after February 1, 2016. User information will not be archived, shared or saved in any way.

Help! I still have questions.

We're still here to answer your questions until February 1, 2016. Please use the help center here.

Here's how we did


Total users


Total views


Videos uploaded


View count for our most popular lesson: Hotel California

These are the songs we learned together

These are the top 10 song lessons in the SongPond community based on views and user ratings.

  • 1. Hotel California

    The Eagles

  • 2. Wish you were...

    Pink Floyd

  • 3. stand by me

    Ben E King

  • 4. Imagine

    John Lennon

  • 5. Sweet home Ala...

    Lynyrd Skynyrd

  • 6. Angie

    The Rolling Stones

  • 7. Stairway to He...

    Led Zepplin

  • 8. Wonderful to...

    Eric Clapton

  • 9. Hurt

    Johnny Cash

  • 10. Tears in Heav...

    Eric Clapton

These are the people behind SongPond

Hailing from New Zealand, the SongPond team was based in Christchurch. We've enjoyed working alongside Christchurch's many startups, musicians, and artists.

  • Jon Coursey


  • David McKinnon


  • John Peterson


  • Ruth Searle


  • Ben Edwards


  • Mark McKenzie

    Guitar Instructor

  • Ashleigh Southam

    Piano Instructor

  • Cameron Findlay


  • Daniel Orr

    Office Manager

  • Luis Tovar

    Customer Support

  • Moses Robbins

    Guitar Instructor

  • Simon Waterhouse

    Graphic Designer

  • Tim Driver

    Piano Instructor

  • Paul Ubana Jones

    Guitar Instructor

Thank you. Good-night.