Three Free Apps! | 02/28/2012
As a way of saying mahalo ("thank you" in Hawaiian) for downloading our apps, we're offering three of our best-sellers for free! From February 27th to March 2nd, Celebrity Hairstyles, Learn Piano HD and Cut the Rope Guide are yours to enjoy on your iPhone or iPad!
Celebrity Hairstyles is your cheat sheet for perfect Hollywood hair. Sassoon Academy-trained expert stylist Amy Panero shows you the best ways to transform your hair from drab to glamorous. Give yourself Audrey Hepburn's cropped look, Taylor Swift's curls, even Lady Gaga's hair bow updo!
If you've ever wanted to play piano but don't have the cash for lessons, you're in luck! The Learn Piano HD video course is taught by Peter Darling, a musician who has performed at Carnegie Hall and the Olympics. With lessons on finger positions, scales and several classic songs, you'll be on your way to becoming the next Mozart.
Sick of banging your head against the wall in the mobile game Cut the Rope? Try our comprehensive Cut the Rope Guide, and you'll not only beat the game, you'll also uncover hidden paintings and get all 600 stars. Walkthrough videos from gaming guru Dave Napoli will give some much-needed relief to that sore tapping finger.
These digital courses are only free for five days, so snap them up before it's too late!
Learn Piano HD
Cut the Rope Guide
Add Some Rhythm | 01/25/2012
You've taken a real liking to your guitar, learning each of its parts and anxiously awaiting picking it up again each day. The only thing that seems missing is your personal touch. You ask yourself, "How can I make this my music?"
Mahalo's Master Rhythm Guitar is the style guide you've been searching for, whether you realize it or not. Our dynamic host, Jen Trani, takes you deep into the trenches of guitar rhythm with 28 different styles of playing—from basic rhythm comprehension to engaging advanced lessons—guaranteed to help you find your own style.
Each lesson is accompanied by an exercise video, using different speeds and chords to move you and your guitar in the right direction. The lessons are split up into the basic rhythmic breakdowns, useful strumming techniques and popular rhythm styles so that you can put your skills to use regardless of your musical background.
By the end of the course, you'll have a comprehensive understanding of rhythm guitar and its most noteworthy styles, including Bo Diddley's blues, funky 16ths and Latin grooves.
So if you want to get movin' and groovin' with your guitar, it's time to join Mahalo's music team and learn to Master Rhythm Guitar.
Maps Meet Apps | 01/05/2012
How's that drawing hand of yours doing? Why do we ask? Because it's time for more drawing lessons! Mahalo's got an amazing new app, which you can also download as part of our How to Draw app. Either way, you'll take your artistic skills to a whole new level! Draw the USA is where you'll learn how to name, spell and draw all 50 US States from memory. Your Geography teacher just might give you a standing ovation.
On the other end of the spectrum, we updated our How to Draw app with a Draw the Lion King section, which will allow you to bring your favorite Disney characters to life. Eight in-depth video tutorials explore the basic shapes of Simba, Scar, Timon and Pumbaa, along with the complex details necessary to create perfect reproductions in a variety of poses.
After we witnessed Al Franken's mad map-drawing skills, we issued a challenge to drawing expert Ken O'Brien: Learn to draw the USA from memory so well that you can teach it. Ken accepted the challenge and crushed it like a steamroller. And when you asked Mahalo for lessons on drawing Lion King characters, we heard you loud and clear. With experience developing "American Dragon: Jake Long" video games for Disney, Kenny had no trouble drawing Lion King stars with the hand of a master artist. This engaging teacher is sure to give you your money's worth!
These new courses feature drawing and memorization tips, beautifully-shot videos and text instructions that'll have you drawing in no time. To help you tackle a project as advanced as the entire United States, we've split it into four quadrants: the Northeast, Northwest, Southeast and Southwest.
After downloading and using our latest drawing courses, tell us what you think! Did you find our memorization tips helpful? Were our lessons as clear as they could be? Let us know via email at firstname.lastname@example.org!
The Sweet Sound of Apps | 01/04/2012
It's a wonderful day for audiophiles everywhere! Mahalo's new Master Pro Tools in One Week app just hit the iTunes store like a cymbal crash, so let's get this session started! With an amazing 250+ video lessons, this course will take you from a knob-twiddling amateur to a confident audio wizard.
You'll begin with basics like creating sessions and using templates, then move on to learning the windows and their functions. We'll teach you how to use the tools and displays that have made Pro Tools the industry standard, then give you comprehensive breakdowns of the channel strips. By the end of this tutorial, you'll be putting other engineers to shame.
You may remember the course's dynamic host, Joey Biagas, from our Learn Garage Band 11 app. Joey, a phenomenal musician and expert audio engineer, was an Audio Recording major at California State University Dominguez Hills. For examples of his sonic mastery, listen to self-produced albums from his band, Setting Sunrise.
This course's numerous detailed text lessons, photos and videos are designed to guide anyone, from beginners to experts, through the world of Pro Tools 9. And this course is just the beginning! We're planning on rolling out additional in-depth installments in our Learn Pro Tools 9 educational app series, so if you weren't excited a minute ago, you're welcome.
After you've tried out this app behind the digital boards, give us some feedback—not too loud! We value your input, so send us an email at email@example.com.
So don't delay! Amp up your Pro Tools 9 skills today!
Mahalo's Apps Rebooted | 12/19/2011
Here at Mahalo, we've always got something brewing. Seriously, you should see how much coffee we drink! Lately, we've been gearing up for two eagerly-anticipated releases: new iPad designs and iPhone versions of our apps! If you didn't have an iPad and couldn't take our courses, we're sorry we left you hanging. But believe us, this was well worth the wait. We're about to take the mobile education market by storm, so get ready to learn on the go!
If you want to make get fit on the go with Learn Pilates, don't lug that iPad to the gym. Just look on your phone! Or maybe you want the inside scoop on singer Jasmine V. Her official app is also now available on your iPhone.
And these apps just keep looking better and better, thanks to our team of dedicated video editors, writers and developers. With custom-made app themes and tons of new features, layout v2.0 is about to knock your socks off and make learning even easier!
Let's start with our landing pages. If your new app has downloadable content pack options, you'll see each one with a lovely photo, title, description and price. Select the course you want to take to get your purchase started. To see more downloadable courses, swipe to the right, or to start your purchased course, just select "Start Course"!
If your new app doesn't have any other downloadable courses just yet, you'll be taken right to the course's landing page, which contains beautiful photos from the course and a clear title with the name of your host.
Now, onto the chapters. We've got a horizontal layout. Just like the downloadable courses, each chapter features a photo, the chapter title and a short description. Clean, clear, easy. Perfect. Keep swiping to the right to reveal more chapters.
Once you've decided which lesson to start on, there are a few buttons at the top of each page to familiarize yourself with. A Back button to take you back to the chapter's table of contents, a check mark for when you've finished a lesson, a heart to save a lesson as a favorite and a blue download button to store lessons on your device for off-line viewing.
On the course navigation page, we've got a progress bar, the number of lessons you've completed and the percentage of the course you've finished. Each completed lesson will be checked off and highlighted in green. The layout will be vertical, so you can swipe down to see more chapters.
We're proud of all our apps and the variety of new features, and we can't wait to hear what you think. When you tell us what you like and don't like, we listen. If you've got any issues or suggestions, send them our way at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Up Close and Personal | 12/16/2011
As of today, we've hit another big milestone. We released our first "Up Close and Personal" app—this one featuring singer Jasmine Villegas (aka Jasmine V). And we're quite proud of this one. Not only are we featuring a new set of designs for the app (check back Monday for more info on that), but we at Mahalo feel that this app really showcases the talent of each of our teams at their best.
Two of our video editors—Billy and Dallas—spent hours upon hours getting every detail of these beautiful HD videos ready. From the two days they spent shooting with Jasmine (see the app for behind-the-scenes footage), the week they spent editing to perfection (associations were drawn to MTV) and the time they put into the finishing details like photography, the high quality of these videos reflects the time they spent.
As for the app itself, there's tons of great content (both for fans and casual consumers alike). Although it's specifically targeted towards Jasmine's loyal fan base (900,000 Twitter followers and counting), there are tips and advice that anyone would find useful—from fashion to skincare with more content in the works.
So check it out! We definitely think it's worth more than the $1.99 you'll pay for it. Then once you have a chance to go through it, let us know what you think! What do you love about the app? What more do you want to know about Jasmine V? What can we do better in the future? We'd love for you to email us at email@example.com with your feedback!
Behind the Scenes: 12 Songs of Christmas | 12/12/2011
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around the Mahalo studios! This photo was taken by one of our music writers while Jen was filming videos for our new app "12 Songs of Christmas on Guitar." You can buy it as a standalone app or if you already have our Learn Guitar app, you can install it as an additional content pack.
We figured that because music is such a big part of the holiday season, there'd be a lot of you out there who would want to learn how to play your favorite carols. From the classics—"Jingle Bells" and "O Christmas Tree"—to the old standbys like "12 Days of Christmas" and "Joy to the World," Jen's tutorials will get you on your way to being the life of the holiday party.
So grab your guitar and iPad and start learning!
Once you've mastered these songs, shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know what you think. Did we miss your favorite song? Have an idea for what we should teach next? We want to know!
Master Guitar Solos iPad App | 12/12/2011
You've mastered the guitar basics, breaking through all the barriers of being a beginner guitarist. Your knowledge of the chords is solid and your strumming has never been better. Now there are song ideas floating around in your head, slow melodies met by unique chord progressions and upbeat rock songs with your distortion turned way up. So what's the best way to take your skills to the next level? What's the best way to make these songs come alive? Check out Mahalo's latest guitar installment, Master Guitar Solos.
The course is set you up to help you build a solo from scratch, so as you follow along to the lessons, you may not notice it at first, but you are slowly piecing together a solo using all the essential techniques, such as bending, sliding, hammer-ons and pull-offs. In addition, the lessons are accompanied by practice videos so you can immediately implement the skills you've just learned with your guitar while they're still fresh.
Mahalo's guitar instructor, Jen Trani, has more than 15 years in experience and more than 15 million YouTube views. Her knowledge of music and her understanding of its learning process are the perfect combination to get you well on your way to soloing. Then, she goes the extra mile by applying each skill into a one-on-one exercise of every single lesson she teaches.
Just like building a house, nobody wakes up one morning and knows how to play a guitar solo, but with Master Guitar Solos and the right motivation, anything is possible. From the foundation to the highest point, along with some finishing touches, you are slowly becoming the solo architect to your own music. Whether it's straight rock and roll or a classic ballad, the skills to build your masterpiece are all a finger tap away.
If you complete the course with a full understanding of guitar solos and frequently practice the exercises along with Jen, you will have no choice but to churn out some rocking solos. Once you've gone through it a few times, email your comments, questions, concerns and other feedback to email@example.com.
Now let's shred!
Worry-Free Breastfeeding App | 12/05/2011
So you've given birth to a beautiful, newborn baby—and now the fun begins. With the never-ending list of new tasks, it's easy to rush through a very important decision: breastfeeding or bottle-feeding? With Mahalo's "How to Breastfeed" app, you don't have to worry about another breastfeeding question.
Our course takes you from the first stages after birth to common problems and medical questions, and then finally the weaning process. Along the way, you'll learn all the time-tested methods as well as the newest techniques for nourishing your baby through breastfeeding. Give your new baby the nourishment to grow up healthy with tips for latching, best practices for pumping and many others.
Mahalo's board certified lactation consultant, Kimberly Durdin, helps you with the important process of breastfeeding. Kimberly's more than qualified when it comes to raising babies. She's been helping mothers breastfeed for over 20 years and has had six children of her own. She's also the Director of Lactation Services at the Sanctuary Birth & Family Wellness Center in Los Angeles.
In this five-chapter course, Kimberly walks you through 28 of the most pressing questions new mothers have. There's a lot to know that you may not have considered. Is breastfeeding better than bottle-feeding? Does it limit my lifestyle? Can I go back to work? Kimberly has seen countless mothers through these stages and has endless wisdom to share with mothers old and new.
Check out this app and give your baby the gift of life-long health! If along the way you find there's anything else you'd like to learn from Kimberly, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Now get back to that precious baby of yours!
Let's Get Social | 12/01/2011
Your online presence is becoming increasingly important in business. Whether it's tweeting with someone you met at a conference or adding a business acquaintance on LinkedIn, it's important that relationships be maintained both through social media and face-to-face interactions. Jason Calacanis—entrepreneur and CEO of Mahalo, This Week In Startups and LAUNCH—has learned what it takes to build a strong, effective social media presence, and he's willing to share what he knows with you.
Tomorrow, Thursday, December 1, Mahalo is hosting our second two-hour class on the best ways to gain quality followers and establish yourself as a reliable expert in your field. It technically starts at 6:30, but if you're planning on attending, you'll want to get here early and stay a bit later to take full advantages of all the networking opportunities that are sure to arise.
More of the details are available on SkillShare, but the main draw of this class is the real-world social networking we'll be doing as Jason talks. He'll walk you through what you need to know to setup your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Tumblr as well as what it takes to flourish in those spaces.
Even if you came last time, this will not only be a good review for you, but there will also be new information, examples and tips. Plus, social media is constantly changing and shifting with its user base, so the learning never stops!
RSVP through SkillShare and shoot us an email at MasterSocialMedia@Mahalo.com to let us know you're coming. You can also find us online at any of our social media hangouts:
Hope to see you there!