COOL APP ALERT: Coach Guitar

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If there’s one thing I learned when I was teaching guitar, it was that everybody learns differently. I had some students who needed to see things written down before they could internalise it. I had some who couldn’t get a grasp on tablature, and others who couldn’t quite tell the difference between a quarter note and an eighth note on the page. But interestingly, I found that some of the students who really took off with their playing were the ones who were able to turn off the ‘numbers and notes’ side of playing and to instead focus on the patterns, shapes, lines and contours created by the notes on the fretboard. That seems to be the same approach taken by the iPhone and iPad app Coach Guitar, which strips guitar down to its most basic element of ‘put your finger here and play the notes in time.’ You can check the app out here for free, and get four free guitar lessons (“Stairway To Heaven,” “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” “Beat It” and “Stand By Me.” Read More …