Respected print music publisher Cherry Lane Music proudly presents its first-ever app for iPad. Blues Masters offers players more than 115 authentic licks from 16 legendary guitarists: Duane Allman, Wayne Bennett, Dickey Betts, Kenny Burrell, Eric Clapton, Albert Collins, Warren Haynes, Albert King, B.B. King, Sammy Lawhorn, Gary Moore, Jack Pearson, Stevie Ray Vaughan, T-Bone Walker, Leslie West and Zakk Wylde.
Each lick consists of a two-measure phrase, and these phrases are organized by where they would fall in the traditional 12-bar blues form. But this rich app is far more than a lick dictionary; it allows users to mash up their own 12-bar blues solos by plugging the licks into their proper places in the progression.
In other words, the app puts you in command of your own guitar supergroup. You can create a solo in which the first two bars are an Albert King phrase, B.B. King takes bars 3-4, Clapton comes in on bars 5-6, bars 7-8 feature an Albert Collins phrase, bars 9-10 are á la Stevie Ray Vaughan, and the turnaround is courtesy of T-Bone Walker.
This unique feature makes for an interesting listening and learning opportunity. Guitarists can experiment with different combinations to see what sounds cool, and then put those ideas to use right away in their own blues improvisations.
Each lick has matching audio and is displayed in both standard notation and tablature. You can slow the speed of the lick to 1/2 or 3/4 – to help master tough portions – and the audio player has a looping function for easy repetition. If you really like a particular lick, you can add it to your “Hot List” for easy retrieval. Fifteen of the licks also come with top-notch video instruction, and there is a built-in guitar tuner.
Created in partnership with Arizona-based app developer G-Men Productions, Blues Masters is an all-in-one app, so no WiFi or cellular signal is needed. It is compatible with the iPad (iOS 4.2 or higher) and costs just $9.99.
To learn more or to purchase the Cherry Lane Blues Masters app, please visit the iTunes Store.