Greetings, fellow beginners (and all others!).
Have any of you discovered any apps that you’ve found particularly useful/motivating thus far toward learning to play the guitar? What would your dream app do?
I have kept in mind the warning to not get too wrapped up in apps and instead to focus on the guitar. That said, I have found a few apps that indeed focus my attention on the guitar, which has been great.
I have Justin’s app and am enjoying it: Practicing chord changes to backing tracks and designing and using a practice routine have been GREAT.
Before I discovered Justin’s app, I had found the following apps (I have an ANDROID phone): Fretboard Quiz, Harmony City, and Guitar Chord Trainer.
Fretboard Quiz tests you on your learning of fretboard notes via PLAYING THEM on your guitar. It prompts you for a note and listens out for you to play it. You can control which string(s) you want to learn, which notes, which part of the fretboard, etc.
Harmony City listens to you play chords while backing tracks play in the background. It assesses each chord you strum. It’s an educational app for kids. I got it before I discovered Justin’s app with the backing tracks.
Here’s a screen captured video from my phone as I strum to “Zombie” (I couldn’t get the sound to record):
Harmony City has been FUN to use, and my chord changes have DEFINITELY improved via practicing with the app. My only issue with this app is that I’ve found it somewhat easy to TRICK the app. For example, if a chord calls for all 6 strings to be played, sometimes playing just a few of the strings will satisfy the app. I have found that to be true of almost all apps that claim to detect and assess chords. I think it just might be an issue with where the technological state of chord detection is. I’m not sure.
Guitar Chord Trainer
Guitar Chord Trainer is an app that listens as you practice chord transitions. It counts the number of chord transitions you do. You can set a few different time limits. You can customize which chords you want to practice.
I reallllllly, really like the concept of this app . . . but it runs into the same issue as the Harmony City app: It’s not hard to trick the app.
My Dream App at This Stage Would . . .
I’m a complete beginner, so I’m working on such things as:
- proper fretting of chords,
- achieving sound clarity of chords,
- strumming the correct strings for various chords,
- chord transitioning,
Given the above, my dream app would have the capacity to listen to me strum a chord and then give me feedback about how well I played the chord. (Technologically, that’s a BIG ASK, I know. LOL. As it is, I will continue to rely on my own ear. Not a bad thing.) This app would also allow me to select chords between/among which to transition, and it would count my transitions. It would record how I’m doing so that I could see my progress over time.
Well, thanks for reading! It’s been good to join this community, where I can discuss the guitar journey with fellow travelers.
I hope this post finds you well. I look forward to hearing about any apps anyone else has found particularly helpful or motivating.