Solo’s chord library page
YOUR PHONE CAN RECORD YOUR RIFFS,
help tune your guitar, and even provide
chord patterns to play against. The legion
of iPhone apps is legendary, but Androidbased
phones are surging—in 2Q 2010,
they outsold iPhones—and you’ll now
find enough free apps to warm a guitar
One caution: There are multiple
Android variations with different operating
systems, and not all apps work on all
phones. These were tested on a V1.5
Motorola Backflip. Also, check the Settings
and Help, as user comments in the Android
Market about how an app “doesn’t work”
are often due to pilot error.
This accurate and useful tuner also
provides a “pitch pipe” function. Sophisticated
features include optimizing for
specific instruments, shifting the tuning
reference (e.g., A=443 for orchestras),
and adjusting mic sensitivity. Since
installing this, my acoustic guitar is never
out of tune. www.cohortor.org/gstrings
Yeah, you can choose chords and “strum”
them on the screen’s virtual guitar
(switchable to lefty), but the cool part
for me is the Chord Library page. This
lets you choose a chord, shows the fingering
on a virtual fretboard, and the
chord plays when you tap it. Can’t
remember the fingering for an E9b5? No
Chordbot Lite chord progression creator
This elegant app offers tap tempo, support
for just about any time signature,
choice of various metronome sounds,
beat division, visual beat counter, and
more. The timing is solid, too.
gStrings chromatic tuner
You’re playing guitar, and get an inspiration—
record it! This no-frills app
(name file, choose sample rate, start/stop
recording) can record 44.1kHz WAV files
to a built-in SD card without data compression.
The quality is outstanding
compared to the usual apps that save as
3GPP files. For electric guitar, I tested
this with Peavey’s Ampkit LiNK—it
works great as an Android audio interface
(although you need to adjust the
input level on the guitar itself, and of
course, Android can’t use the associated
iPhone amp sim app).
Mobile Metronome offers advanced features
Here’s another stellar practicing tool:
Create a chord progression (with a fairly
complete chord library), choose the
tempo, then play back the results with
various instrument sounds. The full
version ($5) lets you randomize progressions,
as well as export them as WAV or
MIDI files. www.chordbot.com
If you like these, consider donating or
buying the full versions that offer more
features to encourage these people to
keep developing cool apps!
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