We lost count of the smartphone/tablet applications that promise to teach you guitar. Unfortunately for many of them , the promise is far from being held. With Guitar Masterclass , it is a more pragmatic approach: learn to play the guitar popular songs.
The application does not promise you you will play like a god in 10 lessons or improvise like an old jazzman in 2 days , no. It shows you how to play in video a popular song on the guitar from beginning to end . Simple and effective.
We all started playing guitar like that, by asking a friend to show us how to play Everybody Hurts by REM , Highway To Hell AC / DC or any other worldwide hit . With this iOS app it's a French pro guitar player, Yann Armelino who will be your "friend" to guide you .
Main features of the application
- € 1.79 Universal app iPad / iPhone (iTunes link)
- 3 free songs included
- € 0.89 each additional song
- multi-angle video shooting
- slow motion
- ability to flip for left hand players
- fast switching between he Masterclass version and the original
- rewind 10s
- navigation in the structure of the song ( intro, verse, chorus , etc.)
Important Note : In order to switch from the version of Yann Armelino to the original version , you must have it in your iTunes library. If this is not the case, the application offers to acquire.
The application on the iPhone:
What I liked
- The pragmatic and effective approach of the application
- The ability to switch with a tap from the original to the version of the app
- The well-designed interface of the application : not a lot of features but well implemented
- The immediate use for a beginner
- Video quality
- The fidelity of video versions played by Yann Armelino
What I liked least
- The necessarily limited nature of this type of learning but with which you can have fun right away
If you are a complete beginner or you simply want to expand your repertoire of songs, with Guitar Masterclass and Yann Armelino as a teacher you have a solution that works great. Mission accomplished for this application which fully plays its role in a very well done format with top level content.