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4 Things Parents Need To Know About Children’s Guitar Lessons

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Sep 232016
 

There are so many benefits of learning guitar for children from improving their attention spans, memory, coordination and motor skills to making friends, learning a new skill and potentially lifelong hobby that can also unlock their learning in other areas.

It’s no surprise that parents want to find great guitar lessons for their children. So, if you’ve ever though about guitar lessons for your little ones. I’ve written this article for you.

Over the 14 years I’ve been teaching guitar I’ve been asked these questions by parents more than a few times…And since moving to Dublin I’d like to answer these questions for Dublin parents too:

1. How Can I Know My Child Will Be Safe?

I’ve not actually been asked this, but it’s obviously an important question!

I would ask to see proof that the guitar teacher is fully qualified, with a clear criminal record check. Here’s an example, It’s my Criminal Record Check (CRB) from the UK for my Job as a music college lecturer and course manager:

crbpic

I’d also recommend asking them if you’re able to sit in on the lessons in the beginning and be put you in touch with parents of previous young students for a quick chat.

I offer parents all of these things and I believe it all helps to reassure the natural concerns they will have : )

2. What Will My Child Learn In Their Guitar Lessons?

This depends on the teacher. Hopefully a lot! In my children’s lessons in Dublin. I focus on having fun and kindling a love of music and guitar by introducing the children to different age appropriate songs and melodies.

As well as playing and learning guitar tunes that your child will recognise, we’ll also focus on games and activities that develop their overall musicality, rhythm games, clapping and listening skills as well as self expression and how different parts of music can make us feel e.g. ‘major chords’ sounding happy, here’s what Adrienne Jolly the mother of 6 year old student Otto says: Testimonial-Slides-5

3. Will My Child Need Their Own Guitar?

To practice at home and improve their playing ultimately your child will need to have their own guitar.

The best guitar for a beginner child 6 – 10 years old would be a nylon strung 3/4 size acoustic guitar as they are easier on little fingers and require less strength to get clear sounding musical notes. They also an ideal size to hold and play comfortably at this age.

A full size nylon strung acoustic guitar would be suitable for children 11 years and older to begin playing guitar.

4. What Is A Good Age To Begin Guitar Lessons?

The youngest students I’ve taught were 6 years old when they started like Otto Jolly (Adrienne’s son). He’s now 13 years old and a great guitar player. I’d recommend lessons for any 6 year old who is curious to try it out.

A child’s attention span for one activity is usually their age in minutes plus 1. So, it’s more important that the lesson structure and pacing is child friendly and age appropriate. I keep children’s the lessons light and fun, changing activities frequently to break up the on guitar time with rhythm games, clapping, listening and other activities to develop their musicality. 35 minutes used well and kept fresh is a good amount of time for children from 6 to 10 years old to learn a lot.

I teach all ages and have separate classes for children, teens and adults too. Children between 6 and 10 will be in their own age appropriate class. So if you have older children too or you’d like to learn yourself you’re all welcome to book a place and learn to play guitar.

So, What Are You Waiting For?

I began learning to play guitar when I was 15 and I’ve never regretted it. It’s something I truly love and it has shaped my life. It unlocked a lot of learning for me in other areas, as well as leading me to life long friendships and a career in music. My only regret is not starting younger and sooner. So what are you waiting for? Why not give the gift of music to your children…

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6 Reasons Why It’s Not Too Late To Learn Guitar

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Sep 212016
 

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While I started playing guitar at 15 (before moving to Dublin), many of the players I know started when they were in their 40’s or 50’s and they do an amazing job.

Maybe when they were younger it just wasn’t the right time, they might have been busy with other areas of their live.

If you’re in your 40’s or 50’s yourself, you might be thinking: ‘I’m probably to old to learn.’ So, I wrote this article for you. To let you know that you absolutely can learn to play guitar now and in fact, it’s a great time for you to learn to play.

I think that you’re never to old to learn and that you grown old when you stop learning. Playing guitar is not about how old you are when you start, it’s about having fun and enjoying the playing and learning of it…
So, let me convince you why you should still learn to play the guitar and fulfil that dream that you’ve had for so long:

1. You Know The Type Of Music That You Like:

…And what you don’t. For youngsters learning to play guitar is a lot about exploring to discovering what music excites them and what doesn’t out of everything that’s coming at them. When you’re young choosing the right road can be confusing.
But as an adult guitar learner you’ve already straightened that stuff out. You know the music that you’re into and what you’d love to be able to play on guitar. Maybe you even have a song in mind now, that you can imagine yourself strumming away too?

2. You’re A Lot More Disciplined Than You Used To Be:

Let’s face it. Kids can be all over the place. You might let the dirty plates pile up once in a while but you’ve managed to accomplish a lot already, things like getting qualified, holding down a decent job, raising a kid or maintaining a home you’ve already proven that you certainly have the discipline to learn guitar. It’s just a matter of putting your mind to it, especially if you’ve always wanted to do it.

The most common theme that I hear from the adults who say they want to learn guitar but never do boils down to them not really believing that they can do it. But look around at the things that you’ve accomplished in other areas of your life and you’ll see that it’s really not true! If you really want to learn to play guitar and you can spare just 10 minutes a day, then you absolutely can!

3. Your Realistic Expectations Can Save You From Frustration

If you’re over 40 and learning guitar for the first time you’ve probably not convinced that you’re going to be the next Jimi Hendrix. While you can certainly go on to become a professional musician you don’t need to have been born with supernatural musical talent to play guitar to a respectable level in a short time.

As an older player, you can skip all the ‘making it,’ rockstar nonsense and just enjoy playing and learning a new hobby that you’ll love for the pure satisfaction of it.

4. Playing Guitar Reduces Your Stress

Everyone is stressed these days. I know I am. When I have 20 minutes to pick up my guitar it is just as good as 20 minutes in a hot tub.
Playing music does amazing things for your brain, body and soul. As an adult, approaching guitar as a life-affirming recreational activity rather than some kind of mountain to conquer can make you more likely to practice and will also improve the quality of your practice sessions.
You’ll find it much easier to learn guitar once you realise how much it does for your mood and stress levels. When you’ve had a tough day, you’ll always have the guitar to strum, chill out with and get you through it.

5. You Have Enough The Time

It doesn’t take how long most people assume to learn to play guitar. I’m not talking about practicing hours a day. With just 10 minutes practice a day you can be playing your first complete songs on guitar within two months.

It can even be faster if you don’t worry about extra stuff like learning lots of scales or reading sheet music and just kick back and enjoy practicing and playing songs on your guitar.

6. You’re Now More Capable Than Ever Before!

So here it is, the best reason you are never too old to learn to play guitar.You are more capable right now than you have been at any other period in your life! You have more experience, more knowledge and more wisdom than you did when you were a kid. You know who you are and what you want. You’ve achieved so much in your life, and have been through a lot.
Maybe you’ve survived an illness, been through a divorce, beaten a bad habit or maybe you just feel like it’s time for a change. I’ll tell you the same thing I tell every adult who says they want to learn to play guitar: You can do it if you really want to, and you’ll never regret it.
If learning guitar is on your bucket list, do it now, because you are more prepared for the challenge now than at any other point in your life.

What Are You Waiting For?

I started playing guitar when I was 15 years old. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, and I’ve never regretted it. Over the years I’ve known many adults who said they wanted to learn, and I’ve always done my best to encourage them. I can’t imagine my life without the guitar, and I want them to have the same joy as I’ve been lucky enough to experience.
Some listen, and some don’t. I’ll never understand why some people are so reluctant to pursue their dreams, but then again I know some things they don’t. So, you’ll just have to trust me when I tell you that learning guitar, or any instrument that inspires you, will be one of the smartest choices of your life. You’ll never regret it, and it will benefit you in ways you can’t even imagine.
You’re never too old to learn to play guitar, so what are you waiting for?

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Feb 022016
 

72 Apps For Guitarists Blog Size

I’ll begin this with a warning.

This is a monster 72 app guide to the best apps for learning and playing guitar.

In fact, it’s the biggest guitar app guide on the internet – so before you continue, bookmark this page now because you’ll want to return to it later and try more of these awesome apps.

…We’ve separated the wheat from the chaff and chosen 72 the very best of them, organised them into 9 categories, explained what’s good about them, showed a video of each, chosen an independent review to show we’re not biased, and linked to the relevant app store to get the guitar app for your device.

…and If we’ve missed an app that you love. Let us know in the comments at the bottom : )

To begin…

Choose Your Section:

Misc Apps for Guitarists –

Players, Brands & More

 

Met Guitars

MetGuitars

This app complements The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s special exhibition Guitar Heroes: Legendary Craftsmen from Italy to New York. Through collaborations with musicians and experts, the app brings to life the guitar makers’ creative process and celebrates the enduring relevance of these instruments. It features museum-commissioned musical performances expressly designed for this exhibition, artist interviews, and rarely seen archival video footage.

The app may be used either as a guide to the exhibition or on its own, and once it is downloaded, no Internet connectivity is required to access its content.

 

Available for iOS

 

The Guitar Collection: George Harrison

GuitarCollection

The Guitar Collection: George Harrison is a ipad app that offers an up-close-and-personal, interactive look at Harrison’s most historic guitars. Through 360-degree imaging, rare audio and archival photography, this app highlights the sound and look of each classic guitar – instruments that should be familiar to millions of Beatles fans, such as Harrison’s Gretsch Duo Jet, his Fender ‘Rocky’ Stratocaster, the Rickenbacker 360/12 heard on A Hard Day’s Night and more.

“To all Harrison fans: You’ve got to get this app.  The 360 views on the guitars are spectacular and the videos are as well.  5 Stars All Day Long!!”

-5/5 by niL (independent app user review)

Available for iOS

 

Jimi Hendrix: The Complete Experience

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Jimi Hendrix – The Complete Experience let’s you explore interactive chapters of Jimi’s legacy through text, images and video. You can flip through the full collection of Hendrix’s albums, read about documentaries, live performances and other films about Hendrix with the option to download them directly from iTunes.

“A great app for beginner Hendrix fans.  One of the best interactive apps ever!  Incredible design and layout.”

-5/5 Check46 (independent app user review)

 

Available for iOS

 

The Art of Screaming

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Not strictly for guitarist but if you want to let off some cathartic yelps to accompany your rock and metal playing in a safe way this is just the ticket. The Art of Screaming helps you to warm up your vocal instrument for the stage and the studio just like the pros do with the new app from well-known vocal teachers Susan Carr and Wolf Carr

“I wasn’t sure what to expect with this app, but I am very happy with my purchase.  I took voice lessons for many years, and this app taught me some new tips & exercises.”

-5/5 archtype925 (independent app user review)

Available for iOS

 

ESP Guitar Experience

ESPGuitarExperience

ESP Guitar Experience offers exclusive content from ESP and its roster of artists, including free music downloads, ESP event coverage, tech tips from ESP’s head of guitar/bass design, and interviews and video lessons with ESP players like Gus G, Jeff Hanneman, Alexi Laiho and others. It also includes a full catalog of ESP Signature Series guitars and basses, a dealer locator, and a built-in chromatic tuner to help you
tune your own axe.

Available for iOS

 

Scape

Scape

Scape is an app that professes to create music that thinks for itself. It offers users deep access to its musical elements and those elements react to each other, changing mood together, while making new sonic spaces.

“Most Excellent!  As an interactive work as well as an ambient release by eno / chilvers”

-5/5 Danny McKee (independent app user review)

Available for iOS

Choose Your Section:

Feb 022016
 

72 Apps For Guitarists Blog Size

 

I’ll begin this with a warning.

This is a monster 72 app guide to the best apps for learning and playing guitar.

In fact, it’s the biggest guitar app guide on the internet – so before you continue, bookmark this page now because you’ll want to return to it later and try more of these awesome apps.

…We’ve separated the wheat from the chaff and chosen 72 the very best of them, organised them into 9 categories, explained what’s good about them, showed a video of each, chosen an independent review to show we’re not biased, and linked to the relevant app store to get the guitar app for your device.

…and If we’ve missed an app that you love. Let us know in the comments at the bottom : )

To Begin…

Choose Your Section:

Guitar Amp Modelers, Stompbox Modelers

& Effects Pedal Apps

AmpKit & Ampkit+

Ampkit

Plug your guitar in with Peavey’s AmpKit LiNK adaptor and AmpKit+ will replicate the sound of four different amps — the Peavey ValveKing, Peavey 3120 as well as vintage “British” and “Colonel” amps. It also replicates the effects of 10 effects pedals, plus mic and cabinet options for the amps.
In-app upgrades include more options, such as the Peavey 6505+, although the free version of AmpKit offers the ValveKing and a pared-down selection of effects.

If you play guitar and you don’t have this app, you are missing out! So simple to use, no need to carry tons of equipment such as cables and pedals, this thing is amazing! The only think I can ask for is an interface where you can easily interchange set ups for real time jamming!

– 5/5 – aa083 (independent app user review)

Available for iOS

Amplitude

Amplitude

With the full version of Amplitude you can mix and match from 11 effects pedals, five amps, five cabs and two mics and in the free edition of the app a more basic rig. In-app upgrades also include a handy four-track recorder and a few more effects for writing on the go. Also available are branded versions of AmpliTube that offer the unique sounds of Slash, Jimi Hendrix and Fender amps.

A great collection of amps and effects. A bit pricey perhaps but still cool to have such a compact tone rig in your pocket. Although it might not sound exactly like the original amps it also only cost a small fraction of the costs of owning all those expensive amps. Still a highly recommended app for iOS guitar or bass players.

– 5/5 – TheRealDutchee (independent app user review)

Available for iOS
Available for Android

JamUp Pro XT

JamUp Pro XT

This virtual amp and effects simulator contains over 100 amps, stompboxes and other effects plus through in-app purchases, you can add up to 36 amp simulations, 30 different stomp box effects, and an 8-track recorder. There is a built-in tuner, a metronome, and iTunes playback from your device’s music library. It is also Audiobus compatible so you can add your JamUp Pro guitar licks to Loopy, or some other sampling app.

Finally I found this amp way better than amplitube and agile when it comes to presets and sound quality!

– 5/5 – Mckoy3838 (independent app user review)

Available for iOS

Flying Haggis Guitar Amp

Flying Haggis

Flying Haggis is a virtual amp that aims for great old school tone and includes a selection of vintage FX. Plus, the digital interface is direct, simple and easy to use.

I’ve tried many guitar amp sims, many of them good, some of them dunning you for in app purchases. This is the most accessible, the most useful and musical that I have found by far. Thanks, Haggis.

– 5/5 – Bobbo924 (independent app user review)

Available for iOS

 

BIAS Amp

BIAS Amp

 

BIAS amp is an amp designer, modeler and processor for iPad. It features 36 amp models and organises them by music genre and sonic impact: clean, blues, twang, crunch, metal, acoustic and bass. It also has customisable preamps, tone stacks, power amps, transformers, cabinets, mic selection and placements.
BIAS amp! also includes a noise gate and room simulator reverb and you can save and recall 8 of your favourite settings in turn with just one tap of the screen.
BIAS amp can also integrate with JamUp XT, JamUp Pro XT and GarageBand via Inter-App Audio and Audiobus.

I’ve tried Amplitude and Tone Stack, and those amp sims sound good respectively, but they don’t compare to the harmonic warmth, tube-like feel and versatility of Bias FX. I really like the way it almost feels like a real tube amp, they nailed it!

– 5/5 – Jz20051 (independent app user review)

Available for iOS

DigiTech Stomp Shop

DigiTechStopShop

This app is used for configuring the DigiTech iStomp guitar pedal. Connect the pedal to your device using the DigiTech Smart Cable and you’re ready to go. You can configure your iStomp pedal with a variety of e-pedals using the Stomp Shop app then when you disconnect the Smart Cable you can use your iStomp just like you would any traditional pedal.

When my synth player introduced and coaxed me into the IStomp, i was hooked and had a lot of fun trying out pedals, all you need is the cable and transfer and test it out and you are good to go. The impossible pedal is one of my favorites, it’s just insane to play with during a gig leaving people wondering “how i played something like that”.

– 5/5 – ongsborn (independent app user review)

Available for iOS

StompBox

StompBox

Using StompBox you can turn your iPad into a Multi FX Processor. It features 17 effects as well as a 4-Track Recorder and Media Player. StompBox supports both AudioBus plus Apple’s Inter-App Audio. With StompBox you get a rack of stereo effects and a foot controller to access a tuner and all your patches.

This app is awesome, it has constantly improved as long as I’ve owned it. The sounds are as good as they come on an iPad or even a desktop setup.

– 5/5 – EMPmodulator (independent app user review)

Available for iOS

 

Choose Your Section:

Feb 022016
 

72 Apps For Guitarists Blog Size

 

I’ll begin this with a warning.

This is a monster 72 app guide to the best apps for learning and playing guitar.

In fact, it’s the biggest guitar app guide on the internet – so before you continue, bookmark this page now because you’ll want to return to it later and try more of these awesome apps.

…We’ve separated the wheat from the chaff and chosen 72 the very best of them, organised them into 9 categories, explained what’s good about them, showed a video of each, chosen an independent review to show we’re not biased, and linked to the relevant app store to get the guitar app for your device.

…and If we’ve missed an app that you love. Let us know in the comments at the bottom : )

To Begin…

Choose Your Section:

Apps For Recording Guitar

GarageBand

GarageBand

This really is a powerful and fully featured program. It turns your iPad, iPhone, iPod (or Mac) into a mini recording studio complete with it’s own a collection of instruments. This app also makes it easy for you to plug an electric guitar in and play through classic amps and stompbox effects. You can build backing tracks with a variety of separate instruments and jam over them or record your own guitar parts and songs.

The most recent update has went far beyond my expectations. The ease of use is still there, but with many more instruments! They’ve added an FX feature which allows you to do studio quality effects, that bottom end you’ve been missing, and there’s a grid control so you can preset loops by recording your own samples in to the grid with what you’ve composed in the classic UI! If you’re a guitarist or bassist, you can get an adapter for like $20(USD) that allows you directly connect through various amp models, guitar or bass, with the ability to preamp your current setup, or use with headphones, AND you can use it to record your guitar and bass tracks! THIS IS A POCKET STUDIO. Seriously. It is an amazing bargain investment for musicians. Can’t go wrong for $5! Do it! Get it! Click buy!

5/5 – OG Iggy (independent app user review)

Available for iOS

FourTrack

FourTrack

FourTrack is a multitrack audio recorder and a handy songwriting and practice tool for guitar players, and others that will let you capture your riffs, licks, songs and musical ideas on iPhone and iPod touch wherever you are. Record with FourTrack in 3 steps: Arm, Record, Repeat.

This app is very good due to its size and its simplicity. Couldn’t find a better one myself. Great work!

5/5 – Tiago Avila (independent app user review)

Available for iOS

Available for Android

Overdub

OverDub

Overdub is a multi track sound recorder and sequencer. Use the microphone on your iPod/iPhone/iPad to record and layer guitar, drums, bass and vocals etc.
Overdub can also be used for adding commentary on top of a recording, or editing a recorded interview on the go.

Obviously the best recording APP out there with regards to ease of use, interface, capability and just plain editing quality. Nothing else compares. Be sure to back your music up though as glitch while importing song from ITunes froze the APP and now won’t open without crashing. Any advice on how to avoid losing over 4GB of recordings would be much appreciated!!!

5/5 – Hanna up (independent app user review)

Available for iOS

Voice Memo

VoiceMemo

This is a super handy audio recorder to capture your guitar ideas on the fly. It supports multitasking and will record while using other apps.

This app has some string credentials too. It was featured in Engadget, Gizmodo’s Essential iPad Apps and Apple’s “What’s Hot” list.
You can record unlimited, high quality audio with Voice Memos for iPad using the built-in microphone, your headset, or an external mic and voice Memos can even continue to record while you’re using other apps.
You can also share, export and email your recording. It supports iTunes File Sharing and you can share it to SoundCloud (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Foursquare) and Dropbox.

Instead of writing, speaking is better

5/5 – Sthandiwe Nkoosi  (independent app user review)

Available for Android

AudioCopy

This is a handy app started out as a catalogue for your sounds and recordings (guitar ideas!) which also let you directly upload them privately to Soundcloud. It’s since been updated and is now also a fully featured sound recorder and gesture based audio editor compatible with a range of other audio apps.

It’s free, and includes a powerful audio editor. An essential tool for music makers.
5/5 – Monad (independent app user review)

Available for iOS

 

Choose Your Section:

 

Feb 022016
 

72 Apps For Guitarists Blog Size

 

I’ll begin this with a warning.

This is a monster 72 app guide to the best apps for learning and playing guitar.

In fact, it’s the biggest guitar app guide on the internet – so before you continue, bookmark this page now because you’ll want to return to it later and try more of these awesome apps.

…We’ve separated the wheat from the chaff and chosen 72 the very best of them, organised them into 9 categories, explained what’s good about them, showed a video of each, chosen an independent review to show we’re not biased, and linked to the relevant app store to get the guitar app for your device.

…and If we’ve missed an app that you love. Let us know in the comments at the bottom : )

To Begin…

Choose Your Section:

Guitar Backing Track & Jam Track Apps

Guitar Jam Tracks

GuitarJamTracks

 

An app to help learn guitar scales and improvisation. Guitar Jam Tracks has 5 backing tracks to practice with. They’re called: acoustic blues, humbucker blues, jazz, modern rock and reggae. It includes an in-app purchase option for Garage Rock and the ability to load in tracks you’ve written in GarageBand and other apps.

I just wanted to learn my major and minor pents and this is great to put in some hours working the entire neck of the guitar. This a great tool for practice and over a week I’ve already broken out of my little box I was always playing in. I only wish there were more tracks to jam with or at least the ability to change the tempo or also the ability to change the chord progressions. But for the price of a burger you get a great tool. Buy it.

-5/5 – David Rodriguez (independent app user review)

Available for iOS
Available for Android

GarageBand

GarageBand

 

Turns your iPad, iPhone, or iPod into a mini recording studio complete with a collection of instruments. This app also makes it easy for you to plug an electric guitar in and play through classic amps and stompbox effects. You can build backing tracks with a variety of separate instruments and jam over them or record your own guitar parts and songs.

The most recent update has went far beyond my expectations. The ease of use is still there, but with many more instruments! They’ve added an FX feature which allows you to do studio quality effects, that bottom end you’ve been missing, and there’s a grid control so you can preset loops by recording your own samples in to the grid with what you’ve composed in the classic UI! If you’re a guitarist or bassist, you can get an adapter for like $20(USD) that allows you directly connect through various amp models, guitar or bass, with the ability to preamp your current setup, or use with headphones, AND you can use it to record your guitar and bass tracks! THIS IS A POCKET STUDIO. Seriously. It is an amazing bargain investment for musicians. Can’t go wrong for $5! Do it! Get it! Click buy!

–  5/5 – OG Iggy (independent app user review)

Available for iOS

Jammit

Jammit

 

Jammit contains multi-track versions of popular songs from the past 50 years and using these you can isolate or remove an instrument from the mix, and jam with a band’s original master tracks. Other features include scrolling scores for the songs, the ability to loop a section, variable slow mode and a recorder for you to capture your own performances.

First off, I’ve had the pc version of jammit since it became available and it had all the bugs and problems everyone is complaining about here. I just replaced my kindle fire with a new iPad air and bought a line 6 sonic port at the same time. I downloaded the Kashmir app for ipad, logged in and all the songs I had purchased before were there. I tried the sonic port with those and it worked great. I’ve since bought a new song, Judas Priest, Devil’s Child. It downloaded with no problems, and works flawlessly with the line 6. No airplane mode, no fighting. It sounds EXACTLY like the guitar tone on the record. In just a few hours I’ve learned a song that has been one of my favorites for over thirty years. Next weekend I’m going to start working on the solo. That will be my first attempt at a solo and only because of how great this is working for me

– 5/5 – Mont-starr (independent app user review)

Available for iOS

DM1 – The Drum Machine

DM1

 

DM1 turns your ipad, iphone or computer into a beat making drum machine. It’s loaded with 99 electronic drum kits and is intuitive, fast and easy to use. You can quickly get together beats and grooves to play guitar to for jamming or composing ideas.

Thanks for keeping this alive and up to date for so long. I use it every day. The interface just makes sense to me, more than other tools on the App Store. The only feature missing is the ability to import my own samples like in the iPad version.

-5/5 – ZacharyReese (independent app user review)

Available for iOS

 

Animoog

AniMoog

 

Not strictly for guitarists but if you wanted to create some drones for improvising modes over or synth style backings this is for you. Moog synths are analogue classics and with Animoog they’ve come to the Ipad. Powered by Moog’s new Anisotropic Synthesis Engine, Animoog captures the huge sonic vocabulary of Moog synthesizers and applies it to the ipad enabling you to quickly sculpt fluid and dynamic sounds that live, breathe, and evolve as you play them.

This is an absolutely superb synth, with incredible flexibility, wonderful presets, and fantastic tones. And it’s so much more than a synth; it’s a versatile sound manipulator and recorder. One of my absolute very favorite apps in the whole store. The design of the keys alone is revolutionary. With frequent updates and a built-in manual. Buy it at any reasonable price. Then buy the Minimoog, Devine, and Monster Moog expansions.

-5/5 – 1000 Splinters (independent app user review)

Available for iOS

Yamaha TNR-i

YamahaTNR1

 

This is the iOS version of the inspiring TENORI-ON synth/sequencer instrument. You can use it to lay sounds on a 16×16 grid of buttons that combine rhythms and melodies to produce music. TNR-i can produce 16 types of sounds at the same time, and can produce up to 16 blocks. It also features an intuitive a draw mode in which you can create and perform music by tracing your finger across the buttons as if you’re drawing a picture. It is great for quickly putting together an experimental track to jam with and fuse electronic sounds with your guitar playing.

Available for iOS

Geo Synth

GeoSynth

 

Geo Synth is a musical instrument and MIDI controller that is fast and easy to use. You can use it with any external MIDI instrument. It also has a virtual MIDI feature that allows you to control an app running in the background on the same device.

Hooray, Geo Synthesizer is back in the game for the iPhone 6s!

The stuttering (due to the 6s higher native 48k sampling rate) is now gone.

Kudos to the developer, who was very responsive to the issue. Great support on their part.

-5/5 – KayEssKay (independent app user review)

Available for iOS

Tachyon

Tachyon
Tachyon, is a dual-instrument synth for both iPhone and iPad. Developed by serial audio app developer Jordan Rudess (SampleWiz and Geo Synthesizer), Tachyon, much like Biophilia, features a space-inspired visual interface which reacts to user input. The app’s uniqueness comes from the ability to access two different synth instruments simultaneously – one at the top of the screen, one at the bottom.

Mr. Rudess is the wizard of music! While its not as customizable as the other amazing apps you offer, it gives control over notes in yet another intuitive and expressive way. The best commonality between all these apps are the ability to isolate keys and scales. Beautiful work gentlemen. I’ll try to upload stuff at some point 😀

-5/5 – Tweakout321 (independent app user review)

Available for iOS

 

Mugician

mugician app

This app was recommended by an old school friend it’s a very low latency experimental synthesiser with an interesting and intuitive interface using an 11 string bass guitar layout. Another feature for the experimentalist or traditionalist is that it can work in microtones.

If you’re using Mugician you’re in good company as it features on both Underoath’s ‘Disambiguation’ album and ‘The Fall’ by Gorillaz.

Available for iOS

 

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Feb 022016
 

72 Apps For Guitarists Blog Size

 

I’ll begin this with a warning.

This is a monster 72 app guide to the best apps for learning and playing guitar.

In fact, it’s the biggest guitar app guide on the internet – so before you continue, bookmark this page now because you’ll want to return to it later and try more of these awesome apps.

…We’ve separated the wheat from the chaff and chosen 72 the very best of them, organised them into 9 categories, explained what’s good about them, showed a video of each, chosen an independent review to show we’re not biased, and linked to the relevant app store to get the guitar app for your device.

…and If we’ve missed an app that you love. Let us know in the comments at the bottom : )

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Virtual Guitar & Guitar Simulator Apps

Steel Guitar

SteelGuitar

This app will give you that country twang. It has easy-to-operate emulations of lap, eight-string, Nashville- and Texas-style steel guitars, as well as a number of distortion and effects options. You can select among the Lap Steel, Eight-String Console or either of the traditional Nashville or Texas setups. You can also use it as a plain slide guitar (turn on the six-string “Lap” mode, and turn off the accelerometer) or use the full ten-string monster along with configurable “pedals”. Slide, pick, dip device to bend. Wire up the volume pedal and swell.

A few minutes of playing with the free version was all that it took for me to instantly upgrade to the full version! This app is fantastic and is another great addition to any mobile musician’s arsenal. Don’t hesitate, try it out and see and hear for yourself. This app sells itself pretty much.

– 5/5 – TheRealDutchee (independent app user review)

Available for iOS

iamGuitar

IamGuitar

iAmGuitar by savageapps is a virtual guitar app that lets you choose between a six string, a twelve string, and an electric guitar. Features to help the app feel real include Easy Keys where you can then choose the key you want to play in thus limiting the chords you want to play and Velocity Strumming where you can strum or pick strings individually and strum or tap in the center of the screen for full volume, and at the edge for quieter notes.

 

Available for iOS

Guitarist

Guitarist

This is a guitar simulator app that …offers four ways to “play” guitar: Manual Fret (fret notes and strum the screen), Hammer On (touch individual frets to hear the tone), Tab (program note sequences into the app) and Scale Guitar (choose a key and corresponding scale). You can pick from acoustic and electric sound patches as well as various effects, including wah, which mimics rocking a foot pedal by being is controlled by tilting your iPhone.

Ok this is a great app but please can you put different tunings for the tab like especially drop C and E and all the rest please and thank you and for the tabs portion please put in slides and hammer ons and all that good stuff

– 5/5 – Killswitch42 (independent app user review)

Available for iOS

Available for Android

iSHRED

IShred

This is a virtual guitar app that lets you feed high-quality guitar samples through eight effect units—including fuzz, treble boost, wah and distortion—and an overdriven amp simulator. You can record your jams and share them via AirPlay. Or, like the guitarist from Atomic Tom, use the app to rock out on a New York City subway train with your bandmates when your instruments get stolen.

By the first strum you realize that iShred is a virtual guitar like no other – it is infact the tool for ultimate guitar supremacy on an MP4 scale.

– 5/5 – TouchMyApps (independent app user review)

Available for iOS

 

PocketGuitar

PocketGuitar

There are a ton of apps on the market that turn your phone into a virtual guitar, but the creators of PocketGuitar believe it is the easiest. Simply press your fingers on the “strings,” strum your hand across the screen, and the notes come out. Virtual guitars include acoustic-electric, classical, bass and ukuleles, as well as various effects.

I think this app is very well done, nothing can beat having a real guitar but this comes close if you want to just pick a little, work on something on the go or just mess around. Totally worth $0.99. Would like more effects

– 5/5 – Slingenink (independent app user review)

Available for iOS

 

Guitar Free with Songs

GuitarFreeWithSongs

24-fret guitar is a virtual guitar with multi-touch that uses emulations of strumming, fretting, chords, damping, vibrato, hammer-ons and pull offs so that you can play along with the songs in the library. It includes a metronome, left handed mode, support for 4-8 strings, resizable frets and resizable strings.

Playing around with app is fun even for someone who knows how to play guitar. Simple to use and an uncluttered interface. I play mostly chords and rhythm guitar so this app is helping me pick out melodies and get better at playing ear.

– 5/5 – La4Music (independent app user review)

Available for iOS

 

Guitarism

Guitarism

Guitarism is a virtual guitar app that focuses on quality sound as well as artwork courtesy of graphic artist Ryan Hemeon. It has EQ and Reverb to shape the sound that’s powered by the AUFX series of effects apps. You can play along with songs from your music library, save chord presets per song and record and share your performance with the community and your friends.

For an app, it’s surprisingly satisfying for a real guitarist to play (when no real guitar is within reach), and it’s sound, although far from a perfect replica of a real guitar, is quite convincing at times

– 5/5 – Guitarot (independent app user review)

Available for iOS

Available for Android

Guitar: Solo Lite & Solo 2

GuitarSoloLite

Guitar solo it’s sequel solo 2 is a virtual guitar that aims to make it easy for you to play your favourite songs or create your own ones. The free demo version only has the acoustic guitar but the full version has classical, acoustic and electric guitars.

Great app. Good chord library for reference. Fun and at the same time useful for real guitar. Droid

– 5/5 – Darsha Irugalbandara  (independent app user review)

Available for Android

Robotic Guitarist Free

RoboticGuitaristRoboticGuitarist2

Robotic Guitarist is a virtual guitar and chord guide for your smart phone. This application will be useful both for those that already play the guitar as well as beginners.

There is also a paid version, with every sound pack bundled and ad free.

The main features include a multitouch guitar emulator and the ‘Guitar lab’ where you can choose among the sound of a lot of different instruments and map them to the whole guitar, or even pick a different one for each string.

Awesome.. Awesome app. Handy for musicians and a great learning tool too! Recommended.

– 4/5 – Alex Mann (independent app user review)

Available for Android

iFretless Bass

iFretlessBass

iFretless is a bass emulator that has algorithms for sensing touch force, aiming to give the user more control. It features three different bass styles and sounds. It also has a music player that allows you to play along to songs from your iTunes library, to help create your own personal sound when mixing in the bass volume.

Convenient way to lay down quick, nice sounding bass lines. You won’t be disappointed.

– 5/5 – Fusionarts  (independent app user review)

Available for iOS

 

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Feb 022016
 

72 Apps For Guitarists Blog Size

 

I’ll begin this with a warning.

This is a monster 72 app guide to the best apps for learning and playing guitar.

In fact, it’s the biggest guitar app guide on the internet – so before you continue, bookmark this page now because you’ll want to return to it later and try more of these awesome apps.

…We’ve separated the wheat from the chaff and chosen 72 the very best of them, organised them into 9 categories, explained what’s good about them, showed a video of each, chosen an independent review to show we’re not biased, and linked to the relevant app store to get the guitar app for your device.

…and If we’ve missed an app that you love. Let us know in the comments at the bottom : )

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Guitar Apps For Learning Songs,

Riffs & Licks

JamPlay

JamPlay

JamPlay features video guitar lessons to help develop your playing. It has a variety of lessons for beginner, intermediate and advanced players and features songs from a range of genres from heavy metal to country taught by 74 different professional instructors. The guitar lessons are clear, well presented and filmed with multiple HD cameras so you can see clearly what the instructor is doing with both of their hands.

I have been playing for over 35 years and am a decent player. This app has not only improved my playing but has opened a thousand windows. It fits any style of playing. If you don’t download you are a fool. Thanks jamplay. Outstanding

– 5/5 – Buster9982000 (independent app user review)

Available for iOS

Available for Android

 

Beginner Guitar Songs

BeginnerGuitarLessons

Created by Guitar Jamz, the Beginner Guitar Song app uses easy to follow video lessons to help you to learn the basics of playing guitar including important guitar chords for beginners, how to strum them and easy songs to get started playing.

To me, this feels like the best way to start playing the guitar, the instructor teaches really well and knows how to slow the lessons down to actually teach and not just play and hope for the best

– 5/5 – Zach Piper (independent app user review)

Available for iOS

 

Lick of the Day

LickOfTheDay

Lick of the Day is an app for guitar players who want to continuously improve their repertoire of licks. It combines video lessons from guitar instructors with matching interactive tab, notation, text explanations and backing tracks.

This is the best App I have when it comes to it’s worth for what it can teach you. That why I give it a 25 and not just a five. I been playing since the mid-60’s and I am still learning some with each lesson I go thru. There just isn’t enough hours in the day to play all the different styles of licks this App offers. Absolutely the best bang for the buck

– 5/5 – Jett Joxx (independent app user review)

Available for iOS

 

Gibson Learn & Master Guitar Application

Gibson learn

This app not only provides essential tools: al chromatic tuner, alternate tuning settings, a standard mode tuner, metronome and an extensive chord library. It also comes preloaded with video lessons that cover a variety of things from beginner and intermediate playing to more advanced rock, jazz and blues techniques.

Also, there’s a quick link to Gibson’s website, where you can keep up to date on industry news or check out their Les Pauls, SGs and 335s.

Everything you need to play guitar I started learning guitar with this app just over a week ago. I went from nothing to making vast improvements and I’ve only watched four lessons.

– 5/5 – Rob Lager (independent app user review)

Available for Android

 

RR Guitar Fretboard Trainer

RR GuitarFretboad

This app will help you learn the fretboard while away from your instrument.

It works by repeatedly prompting the user to find and identify notes on the guitar fretboard.

Features include: Customisable game profiles, Right and Left handed fretboard, Standard 6 string guitar, or any number of strings 4 (bass) up to 10 strings, sound (optional) customisable alternate tunings, full screen or scrollable fretboard, statistics tracking and automatic game creation using your individual trouble spots.

Great app. The perfect thing for the player who wants a less boring way to learn the fretboard than drills. Does NOT take place of the drills; boring or not, they are the only way to gain speed and accuracy. But this is a perfect app for learning the note

– 5/5 – Dennis Holcombe (independent app user review)

Available for Android

 

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Feb 022016
 

72 Apps For Guitarists Blog Size

 

I’ll begin this with a warning.

This is a monster 72 app guide to the best apps for learning and playing guitar.

In fact, it’s the biggest guitar app guide on the internet – so before you continue, bookmark this page now because you’ll want to return to it later and try more of these awesome apps.

…We’ve separated the wheat from the chaff and chosen 72 the very best of them, organised them into 9 categories, explained what’s good about them, showed a video of each, chosen an independent review to show we’re not biased, and linked to the relevant app store to get the guitar app for your device.

…and If we’ve missed an app that you love. Let us know in the comments at the bottom : )

To Begin…

Choose Your Section:

Apps For Learning Guitar Chords & Scales

Chord!

Chord

Chord! is a simple but complete chords and scales app for guitar that aims to show a variety of fingerings for a chord without using music theory. It’s suitable for both beginners and advanced players and it also has modes for bass, ukulele and banjo.

The pictures don’t quite show it, but there is no other app quite like this. This is the only truly modular chord finder. You do not pick from a preset list of chords, you build your own with the harmonic qualities YOU want. You can build and find chords that other apps don’t even consider. The results are dynamically generated. This is the only chord app that thinks for itself. Beautiful interface and excellent features.

5/5 –  jameswenzel (independent app user review)

Available for iOS
Available for Android

Learn Guitar Chords

LearnGuitarChords

This app is best suited for beginner and intermediate players as it shows you how to play the most used chords for the guitar. You can choose between Electric and Acoustic guitar. For Android. Cost: free.

If you’re just beginning or an expert needing to sharpen up on your chords, great app to do so. I like how you can play the chord on screen so you know what it’s suppose to sound like. Could have a bit more content, but i like as is. Cheers for the skill upgrade team!

5/5 – Madz Walker (independent app user review)

Available for Android

Chords Free

ChordsFree

Chord! is an extremely complete chords and scales app for guitar or other fretted instruments like bass, ukulele, banjo, etc.

Unlike other chord chart apps, Chord! doesn’t use on a database of charts. Instead, it computes and analyses all the possible fingerings and you don’t need know music theory to use it. Although we recommend al guitarist learn how to build chords so that they can create their own.

You don’t have to be an advanced player to use the app, you can however take a look under the hood and tweak the parameters if you want to.

The free version features a fully functional chord search, but only 5 scales instead of 400 and 8 tunings, no reverse chord and scale search and no custom tunings database.

I used to just go on ultimate guitars website but now they’re constantly telling me to pay for their stupid app. I decided to give this a try and it surprisingly has a lot of songs. I wasn’t expecting to find Temples on here but there it was. Highly recommended tab app.

5/5 – Levi Herron (independent app user review)

Available for Android

The Chordinator

Chordinator

This app is designed to let you view, organise, edit, share, download and transpose guitar chords and tab sheets. It also has an auto scroll mode to leave your hands free to focus on your guitar. All songs are stored on your phone so no need for internet after you download the app. You can organise your songs into sets, transpose instantly and the key is remembered the next time you view the song. The Chordinator supports ordinary text files as well as the popular ChordPro song format.

Perfect for Working Musicians. application works great for musicians who need to learn a lot of new material constantly- the only problem with this and its not even the developers fault is that most of the chord charts are incorrect but its easy to edit so not a big deal.. thanks

5/5 – Cody Walker Jr. (independent app user review)

Available for Android

Reverse Chord Finder for Guitar

ReverseChordFinder

Yep, this app is not simply a chord finder, it’s a reverse chord finder!

Use it by tapping on fretboard to find the name of the chord. It will then find meaningful chord names for your chord and present the most common one first! You can also bookmark and organise your favorite chords. It features left handed support and provide inversions too.

This app is really great! Its detailed and will give you all the possible chord names for anything you play. Plus you can view the note names, fret numbers, or chord note intervals and switch between those options seamlessly for teaching yourself and expressing chords to others! I really like this app!! Works great on guitar or piano.

5/5 – Bassrunner5 (independent app user review)

Available for iOS

Available for Android

Robotic Guitarist Free

RoboticGuitaristRoboticGuitarist2

Robotic Guitarist is a virtual guitar and chord guide for your smart phone. This application will be useful both for those that already play the guitar as well as beginners.

There is also a paid version, with every sound pack bundled and ad free.

The main features include a multitouch guitar emulator and the ‘Guitar lab’ where you can choose among the sound of a lot of different instruments and map them to the whole guitar, or even pick a different one for each string.

A must have for music lovers. Really cool instrumental abilities

5/5 – Arthur Bouvier (independent app user review)

Available for Android

GuitarToolkit

GuitarToolKit

This is a collection of go to tools for every guitarist. Featuring a very accurate tuner, a metronome, plus a 200-strong chord, scale and arpeggio library. It’s also got Apple’s seal of approval and is in their App Store Hall of Fame. It includes a left handed mode and supports for 7 string guitar, as well as 4-6 string basses, ukuleles, banjos and mandolins.

Still surprised that it took so long for them to fix the issue, but super happy that the app is back on track. Guitar Toolkit is the only comprehensive collection of tools that’s worth having on my phone and iPad.

5/5 – Sean_Burgess (independent app user review)

Available for iOS
Available for Android

Guitarist’s Reference

GuitaristsReference

A chord and scale learning app featuring a 3,000-plus chord encyclopedia and information on more than 40 scale types—from major to diminished to harmonic minor, in any key. A great feature is the chord/scale reference guide: pick a chord and the app recommends corresponding scales; choose a scale and it will suggest chords to play underneath.

Loads of help for someone wanting a mastery of the fretboard.

5/5 – Greg White (independent app user review)

Available for iOS
Available for Android

Gibson Learn & Master Guitar Application

Gibson learn

This app not only provides essential tools: al chromatic tuner, alternate tuning settings, a standard mode tuner, metronome and an extensive chord library. It also comes preloaded with video lessons that cover a variety of things from beginner and intermediate playing to more advanced rock, jazz and blues techniques.

Also, there’s a quick link to Gibson’s website, where you can keep up to date on industry news or check out their Les Pauls, SGs and 335s

I started learning guitar with this app just over a week ago. I went from nothing to making vast improvements and I’ve only watched four lessons.

5/5 – Rob Lager (independent app user review)

Available for Android

 

Guitar Tools

GuitarTools

Guitar Tools combines several of Planet Waves’ other apps, including Chordmaster – for learning chords – and Scale Wizard – for learning scales. You also get a tuner and metronome.

A bonus feature is the app provides access to guitar instructors in your area as well as the location of nearby music stores—a nice resource if you’re out on the road and break your last string.

Love it! Works great! 

5/5 – Tammie Schritter (independent app user review)

Available for Android

7 Chords

7Chords

This guitar-chord library app is best for players looking to add a little chord theory knowledge to their repertoire (who doesn’t?). Choose a chord, and the app displays the name as well as what frets to play and fingers to use. Then a quick tap of the screen plays the chord. 7 Chords is a nicely laid-out app that will help you differentiate your sus2’s from your maj9’s in no time.

This is a great tool for those who struggle to play certain chords on the guitar. It’s very easy to use, intuitive, and the sound of the chords, when played is clear and has a good quality. The application is intuitive to use and very helpful, especially when alternate chord fingering is sought. A nice addition would be if a chord name could be derived when fingering positions are defined.

5/5 – LeChard  (independent app user review)

Available for iOS

Guitar Suite HD

GuitarSuiteHD

With this app you can test yourself on 50 scales and more than 25,000 chords, plus it features a metronome and support for bass, guitar, ukulele, banjo and lute. It also comes with a guitar tuner and a tune-by-ear option so that you can learn this all important skill.

Love the metronome on this bad boy! Works great for  drumming. The chord finder is nice for the times I feel like whipping out the guitar and writing a few songs every now and then because I always forget the fingering.

5/5 – Drummer dood (independent app user review)

Available for iOS

 

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Feb 022016
 

72 Apps For Guitarists Blog Size

 

I’ll begin this with a warning.

This is a monster 72 app guide to the best apps for learning and playing guitar.

In fact, it’s the biggest guitar app guide on the internet – so before you continue, bookmark this page now because you’ll want to return to it later and try more of these awesome apps.

…We’ve separated the wheat from the chaff and chosen 72 the very best of them, organised them into 9 categories, explained what’s good about them, showed a video of each, chosen an independent review to show we’re not biased, and linked to the relevant app store to get the guitar app for your device.

…and If we’ve missed an app that you love. Let us know in the comments at the bottom : )

To Begin…

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Guitar Tab Apps –

Tab Libraries & Guitar Tab Players

Tab Tool Kit

TabToolKit

TabToolKit loads tab as well as standard notation and best of all, features a virtual fretboard that shows where to put your fingers for each note in a guitar line. A built-in audio engine enables users to hear and control audio for all instrument tracks individually as well as speed up and slow down the tempo of the music:

I’ve tried pretty much every drum tab and sheet music app out there for iPad, and this is by far the best.

– 5/5 – Chris 83 M (independent app user review)

Available for iOS

Ultimate-Guitar Tabs

UltimateGuitarTabs
This app let’s you access a massive tab selection where you can pick from a daily updated library of over 800,000 tabs or chords charts with lyrics.

The app can also play the music to the libraries’ 150,000-plus Tab Pro offerings with loop and tempo control. Plus it also has a tuner, metronome and chord library:

Handy Quick reference to millions of songs, some are spot on and some are a bit amateurish but made with total enthusiastic commitment nontheless! overall all its a really handy tool.

– 5/5 – Graeme Lang (independent app user review)

Available for iOS

Available for Android

 

Songsterr Guitar Tabs

SongstarrGuitarTabs
Songsterr Guitar Tabs is a simple tablature downloading app with access to a library of 500,000 high-quality guitar and bass tabs. When the tabs are loaded you can play the tracks from them, change the playback instrument sounds and play along:

Every tab I need, right here. You perform a valuable service to the guitar community with apps like this!

– 5/5 – Kieron Ross (independent app user review)

Available for iOS

Available for Android

 

The Chordinator

Chordinator
This app is designed to let you view, organise, edit, share, download and transpose guitar chords and tab sheets. It also has an auto scroll mode to leave your hands free to focus on your guitar. All songs are stored on your phone so no need for internet after you download the app. You can organise your songs into sets, transpose instantly and the key is remembered the next time you view the song.  The Chordinator supports ordinary text files as well as the popular ChordPro song format:

Wow I’ve only uses the application for a few minutes but I am in awe. Music lovers everywhere should use this application it is amazing.

– 5/5 – Yigal Alalouf (independent app user review)

Available for iOS

Available for Android

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