I have several apps that will help your learning experience :) I really hope you dig them and if you do enjoy them please give the app a review (really makes a difference), we love feedback and if you have suggestions for improvement then please let me know so we can check it out - we want to make apps you love!
JustinGuitar Beginner Song Course (Musopia)
This is THE app to get you started if you are picking up the guitar for the first time, or if you been playing for a while and want to make sure you have not left any holes in your knowledge. The world's best guitar teacher Justin Sandercoe from JustinGuitar.com guides you through your first songs with this interactive step-by-step course that will teach you chords, strumming and hundreds of awesome songs. Follow Justin´s learning path with instructional videos, innovative exercises and amazing collection of songs that will be easy for you to play with the easy-to-follow FourChords guitar karaoke style.
Justin’s Beginners Course teaching method is the most effective, enjoyable and logically structured method available anywhere. Over a million people have learned to play using his free web-based course and now it’s available in a more interactive form! This play-along course starts at the very beginning and shows you all the basic chords, strumming and techniques to gets you playing great songs right from the beginning! It's a lot of fun :)
The Beginners Course Song Collection is hand-picked by Justin and supports your learning curve keeping you engaged and progressing through the course. By the end of the course you are able to play hundreds of awesome tunes. The songs are displayed in a play-along style display with backing tracks and lyrics as seen in the popular FourChords Guitar Karaoke app. The tempo and sounds are adjustable according to your taste. Music genres include Pop, Rock, Classic Rock, Traditional Music, Country and R'n'B. New songs are added regularly!
- Step-by-step play-along learning path to play the guitar: basic chords, chord changes and strumming patterns
- Over 25 exclusive Instructional Videos by Justin (well over 90 minutes!)
- Exclusive chord change counter and strum along chord changing songs
- Self-assessment system to track your improvement
- Song collection of over 200 hit songs
- Play-along style display with easy chords, adjustable backing tracks and lyrics
- Accurate and easy to use tuner
Time Trainer Metronome
Way more than a metronome, the Time Trainer adds five training tools to help you develop your own internal sense of time! This is an accurate and stable metronome (many metronome apps out there are not) and features:
- tap tempo (to work out tempos by tapping a button),
- countdown timer (for keeping your practice to schedule!)
- many different sounds (you like cowbell, wood or xylophone?)
- accent control (for odd time playing)
- visual metronome movement with a flash on the beat
- vibrate option (on each beat or just accent)
...but then we add to that with five training tools which will really help you develop your own time feel - essential for all musicians!
Bar Breaks will mute the metronome for a bar or more forcing you to keep your time solid and be perfectly synchronized when the clicks return! This is a superb exercise and will really help develop confidence in holding your tempo. You can adjust how many bars are solid at the start then how many bars are solid and how many bars are muted which will cycle for the duration of the session. You can also select "random" mode and a % of bars (that you set) that will be dropped for an even more challenging practice session!
Random Beat Drop does exactly what it says on the tin... some of the beats (clicks) will be muted at random, forcing you to be confident with your time and not rely on the click too much. Many people chase the beat or try and anticipate it, and this exercise will help you stop those bad habits! I've personally found that the "gradual" setting is most useful, a five-minute session starting at 100% with more and more beats muted up to the % that you set.
Speed Upper is a tool I have wanted for years for my own practice so now I made one. Often when working on scales, arpeggios or licks you want to start at an easy speed where you are playing it 100% correctly and gradually push your technique by playing it faster and faster. With this tool, you set a start tempo, end tempo and duration of your practice session and off you go, no more stopping to bump the bpm up a few notches every minute!
Step Upper is a programmable mode, most likely to be used to be able to move from one consistent tempo to another, rather than the gradual increase you get in the Speed Upper. You can program a tempo for X number of bars OR minutes :)
Subdivisions is another heavily requested feature was to add in subdivisions for those that need to hear them, and for super slow tempo's where having subdivisions can be really helpful!
I'm sure you will find all of the tools very useful, and of course, you will find full support on the justinguitar community forum - please take the time to rate and review it, good things will help promote it and anything negative will help me improve it!
* please note that the Android version has a slightly different interface and does not have all the same features, please read the description on the Play store. Will be updated in the near future!
One Minute Changes - FREE!
The One Minute Changes app is a free app to help beginner guitarists using my Beginner's Course keep track of the number of chord changes they can do in one minute. Doing One Minute Changes is an incredibly effective and fun exercise which makes changing chords really fast, really fast!
All the chords used in the course are built in, but you can add in your own too, see statistics and it will automatically pick the chords you struggle with most if you ask it to!
If you dig it, please check out my other apps :)
Blues Licks App
The Blues Licks app from JustinGuitar.com brings together over a year's worth of content from Justin's weekly Blues Licks series into a single, easy to use app. Playing blues is a LOT about learning licks and how to use them, so as a blues guitarist you need to be constantly on the lookout for new material. This app contains fifty-six of the finest blues licks showcasing the styles of famous blues players like B.B.King, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan and more.
Justin breaks down each lick in detail in a high-quality video describing not only how to play it but also when to use it most effectively. Each lick video includes a performance by Justin at normal and slow speed, followed by a detailed note by note explanation of the notes and techniques used. The final section of each video includes tips from Justin on how the licks work musically and the concepts behind them.
There is a music score and TAB for each lick which follows along as the lick is performed. An animated fretboard is also available that clearly shows fingering on a virtual fretboard in real time as Justin performs the lick on video (for both left or right-handed players). You can also loop the video playback using the app's controls to target a specific part of the lick when practising.
Learning to play blues is one of the most fun things you can do on guitar and it's a solid foundation for other styles too. The Blues Licks app from JustinGuitar.com is the perfect way to further your blues education with one of the most popular guitar teachers on the planet!
The Blues Licks app includes:
- 56 blues licks in the styles of the most famous blues players
- A high-quality video for each lick including performance and detailed explanation of the notes and techniques
- Follow along TAB and fretboard diagrams
- Loop controls to target specific parts of the lick during practice
- Links to the popular JustinGuitar.com Blues Lead Guitar course at JustinGuitar.com
The Guitar Note Trainer is an app to help you learn the notes on the guitar neck - an essential skill for any progressing guitarists!
This app has four training modes:
• Name The Note where you have to name the note shown on the neck,
• Find A Note where you have to find a given note on the neck in all 6 positions,
• Memory Quiz 1 where you have to name a note having been given it's position, and
• Memory Quiz 2 where you must name all the notes across a given fret (a tough one!!).
There are some "Easy" options for those just starting out to limit your range of answers. You also have an audio option to hear the notes as you select them! If you really need to cheat you can swipe your finger diagonally across the fretboard and all the notes will show for a second :)
I'm sure you'll find this app very helpful, all you need to add is practice time!
Every musician should work on Ear Training (or Aural Training) and Interval Ear Training is a very important element of ear training. To put it very simply, you will learn to recognise the relationship between two notes (by distance), when they are played together or apart!
There are two types of interval listening, harmonic and melodic. In harmonic intervals, the notes are played at the same time and in melodic the notes are played one after the other. Easy to remember: Melodic Intervals make melody, Harmonic Intervals make harmony!
Many of you will probably want to understand how the names are found and how to work out the interval note names in every key. For this info, you probably want to check out my Practical Music Theory course which will explain all the theory related to this.
This app deals specifically with Interval Ear Training, both melodic and harmonic. It will start very easy and gradually get harder as you get more answers correct and pass each stage. You can choose from Piano or Guitar Input for your answers, and you can choose to hear the notes and guitar or piano. Personally, I'd recommend getting used to both.
In the Training Mode you can select specific intervals to work on if you are struggling with just specific intervals or types of interval.