For all the people who say the iPhone or the iPad aren’t worth a darn all I have to say is those people just don’t have a good use for the device. The fact is these innovations in technology are more facilators for people to connect with some of the great applications that are becoming available every day.
In this article I want to introduce you to three fantastic applications available for the iPad and iPhone that I feel all guitar players should have.
Amplitube and iRig
This is an amazing app and device that’s become available in the past few months. In a nutshell this app replaces the need for a modelling amp or device like the Line 6 Pod by providing a variety of amps, stomp boxes and cabinets you can play through on your device.
The option iRig device plugs into your earphone/output jack on your iPhone or iPad and provides a 1/4″ jack to plug your guitar patch cable into and then a pass through jack which you can plug earphones into or a stereo mini cable to plug into external speakers or a recording device. Check this out new irig hd from guitar center.
This is a great app for beginners who are learning to play guitar. The app streams live lessons from the web, provides access to chord and scales and is a great all around reference tool. While I don’t believe this app can replace the benefit of private lessons or more detailed DVD and online lesson videos, it’s a great tool to have with you while you’re on the go.
Another great reference and learning tool this one is good for players of all skill levels. Every want to know how that scale pattern looks, or exactly what the 4th shape of the pentatonic scale should look like? Maybe you’re trying to figure out a particular chord you’re not familiar with in a Tab. Guitarist’s Reference is the right tool for the job even if you’re using bogner shiva. It places all the knowledge you could ever need about chords, scales, tunings, triads and more right at your finger tips. This is a must have for all guitarist’s.
While these are essential apps I feel for most guitar players, there are tons more available which I haven’t mentioned here. I don’t believe these mobile devices will become a viable way to learn to play guitar even if they are quickly replacing chord charts and books.