If there's one thing we love here at TUAW -- besides Apple, of course -- it's music. And it especially rocks our world when these two great loves meet.
So, when we got wind that Agile Partners (makers of GuitarToolKit and TabToolkit, which, by the way, are fantastic) and Guitar World Magazine were collaborating on an iOS app, well, you can only imagine, the TUAW offices were in a ruckus.
Today sees the launch of Guitar World Lick of the Day: an iOS app that teaches you a new guitar move every day, by the pros. With tutorial videos featuring Guitar World instructors, and the likes of Joe Satriani and Zack Wylde (to name a few), now you can have that master class you've always wanted!
So, how does it work? You download Lick of the Day free from the App Store. It comes preloaded with a few sample lessons, but the idea is that you subscribe to the lessons for either one-month (US$4.99), three-months (US$12.99) or six-months (for US$19.99).
Each lesson is video instructed with a corresponding practice mode. In the practice mode there are settings that control the music notation, tempo of playback, a looping option and playback with a metronome. A "dynamic fretboard" will show your fingers where they need to go, synchronizing with the scrolling music notation. It's all very sharp and effective. And if you're left handed, don't fret! You can invert the fretboard to accommodate. Finally, each lesson has a "performance note" that's written by a Guitar world instructor, too.
We've had a brief play around with the app and can safely say that we are already shredding it up like never before. The tutorials come in a variety of styles / genres of music for guitar: from rock and blues to jazz and country licks.
With iPad and iPhone / iPod touch versions, If you're a guitar player and you're looking to improve your skills and technique, we'd definitely recommend you go and check out Lick of the Day, now! However, if you've never picked up a guitar or you can only just manage Kum-ba-yah-my-Lord, you might need a more experienced friend to help you get your head around it.
Either way, Lick of the Day is an exciting and effective app that we can't wait to spend more time with.
Hit the read button for some PR shots of the app and a video about the app.