My only issue with this is that I just renewed my yearly membership for the app last month, so I’m really hoping that I can use that money towards the lifetime.
I’ve been doing JustinGuitar for a couple years now on and off. I’ve completed the first two grades through the app and started on three, but three felt too focused on conceptual stuff for me at the moment, so I’ve gone back to further solidify my grade two stuff before continuing.
I do actually see myself still using the app (especially if I can get lifetime) well into the future, past the point where I actually need it. I likely don’t even really need it now.
But it’s actually just fun to use.
I like being able to get home from work, load up the app, pick a random song that I’ve flagged on my favorites, but I’ve never played before, and just play along. There are many songs that I’ve played that I would never take the time to look up on my own as there would be other songs that would take priority over them, whereas with the app, it’s zero effort. If I end up not liking the song, I just move on with no wasted effort. And if I really like the song, I might then decide that it’s worth the effort to learn it off app.
Usually if there are new songs that come out, I’ll give them all a test run, and I find that I like playing quite a few songs that I wouldn’t normally even have listened to, let alone take the time to learn how to play.
Furthermore, I often find that some songs I really love are a lot easier to play than I thought they would be and I’m like, wow, I can already play that.
That said, I do realize there is a point that one can achieve in skill where you can just listen to a song and know the chords and basically be able to play it on the spot, but I think I’ll get many years out of the app before I ever reach that stage.
So yeah, it does have some benefits that some might not think about…
I would absolutely love it though if they made advanced versions for all the songs, where it stays in the original key, so you could manually choose between basic and “real.” That would be truly awesome!