Guitar Jam Tracks - Scale Trainer & Practice Buddy
By Ninebuzz Software LLC
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Get the #1 jamming and improvisation app for guitar! Guitar Jam Tracks makes practicing and learning scales fun and easy.
FEATURED BY APPLE as a Best New App on Mac, and voted 'Top 25' by Guitar World Magazine, Guitar Jam Tracks is the go-to jam app for thousands of guitarists and music educators worldwide.
"Backing tracks! Learn to use them and you progress faster than you ever imagined, scales, zoom feature, key change, it's ALL here!!!" SnoopyinOhio, April 12, 2015
"I have played for years and this is the #1 best tool I have run into yet. Keep it up my fellow string benders." D L Campbell, Feb. 16, 2015
"This app completely opens up the ability of what is possible on guitar especially when a band is not available to do this with." Red9back, Dec. 29, 2014
"I've never been more satisfied with an instructional app. It's simple, approachable interface makes interacting to learn more simple and fun." Elmo, March 19, 2015
"Use this to practice chords, lead and bass guitar. So easy to use. So helpful to have tabs, and chords on the screen to help follow the tracks." Epixynet1, Feb. 21, 2015
"I had reached the end of my self-taught rope. Thanks for making this app! It helped me move on and become better." Palo2012, Jan. 20, 2012
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MAKES LEARNING GUITAR FUN
Practice jamming, learning guitar scales and soloing to 5 great sounding jam tracks right from your iPhone/iPad! Add more styles and scales with our in-app store. Our easy-to-read scale charts show you exactly where to put your fingers to start sounding like a pro. See for yourself why thousands of guitarists love this app!
NINEBUZZ AWARDS & HIGHLIGHTS
- "Essential Tools for Guitar" (WIRED Magazine)
- "Top 25 Best Guitar Apps" (Guitar World)
- "Best Apps of the Week" (Gizmodo)
- "Best New Apps” (Apple)
- "Top 5 Apps for Guitarists" (iPhoneAppCafe)
- A Major / A Minor
- B Major / B Minor
- C Major / C Minor
- D Major / D Minor
- E Major / E Minor
- F Major / F Minor
- G Major / G Minor
- Acoustic Blues
- Humbucker Blues
- Modern Rock
+ In-App Store!
- Major/Minor Pentatonic + Blues
- Major & Minor
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HOW IT WORKS
1. Pick a key to start playing the track.
2. Tap 'Chords' to see what chords are being played (rhythm)
3. Tap 'Scales' to see the scale charts for that key (lead)
CHANGE THE STYLE AT ANY TIME!
Learn the chord progression for each track, and then jump over to practicing scales. Guess what? There are only 5 'shapes' of a scale to memorize! Once you know them up and down, learn where they start for each key. Soon, you'll be able to solo like a pro.
TIPS FOR THE SCALE CHARTS
- Black dots are regular notes.
- Red dots are 'root notes'. These are notes of the key you are in.
- Blue dots are 'passing notes'. Including these notes puts you in a Blues mode.
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A GREAT INVESTMENT
You will get hours and hours of use out of this little app. Practicing guitar shouldn't be boring - download this app today and make practice fun!
SO EASY TO USE
We created the simplest, fastest and most enjoyable way to practice guitar on a mobile device. Just tap a key and hit play!
Practicing your scales is the best way to get comfortable with the fretboard. Once your learn the 5 different shapes of the pentatonic scale in every key, you'll be able to play along and solo to nearly any song!
CREATED BY GUITARISTS, FOR GUITARISTS
What's New in Version 3.5
Fixed 'Restore' bug with in-app purchases.
Fixed Audiocopy bug.
Fixed some incorrect Aeolian / Ionian scale charts.
Fixed some incorrect Phrygian charts.
So much less than it should be
Update: I found the app this should be and it's iReal Pro. It has the features I wanted. A little clunky and more expensive but not the disappointment this was.
I got this app hoping it would help me practice improvising over jazz chord progressions. I found it to be of little value because:
* For jazz, there is only one jam track (yes the description says this, but it's still not enough)
* When the track plays, it doesn't show you where you what chord is currently being played
* The scale presented for jazz is the pentatonic scale, which is a simple scale for the blues, not a common jazz scale to my mind
* There are no additional jazz tracks available for add-on purchase
* The scale modulations provided include only A-B-D-D-E-F-G. What about B flat, which with its two flats is more common than B with its five sharps? E flat? Etc.
* When I talked with Ninebuzz about the limitations, they expressed the opinion that my expectations are not appropriate given how the application is described. They have no plans to improve the application that were related to me.
With some simple changes like the inclusion of just a few more tracks, more representative scales, and a highlight of the current chord during playback, this would be a valuable app. Currently, I find it not to be worth having and it seems Ninebuzz is unlikely to improve it.
Jam Tracks Handy and with Edge
What I most like about the Jam Tracks suite is not only the handiness, go-anywhere on your iPhone aspect but the fact that the pre-recorded practice-along music is actually really good. Unlike the muddied, watered down drum mixes you hear in current pop, rock and on many instructional CDs the pre-recorded drums of Jam Tracks actually have energy, you can hear the individual pieces of the kit, the ride cymbal has a nice ping that cuts through and the snare sound has that snap/pop sound that really propels your rehearsing along. I recommend for anyone who wants to improve their playing.
Room for improvement
A helpful app to be sure. Not really for beginners, but if you're just getting your bearings with scales/improvising this can be a valuable tool.
That said, there's definite room for improvement.
My first recommendation to the developers is to allow users to change the tempo of the backing tracks. As both a programmer and a recording engineer, I'd argue that it wouldn't be that difficult to implement an update that would make this a possibility.
Another recommendation I have would be to enable users to design their own chord progressions. This might take some time for the developers, but I think it would really increase the value of the app. Perhaps this could be an add-on feature that would cost another few dollars. At the very least, users should be able to loop segments of the existing chord progressions, which in some cases may be too long for some players to follow right away. It would be helpful to be able to practice the sections of longer progressions one at a time.
- Category: Music
- Updated: Jan 24, 2015
- Version: 3.5
- Size: 338 MB
- Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese
- Seller: Ninebuzz Software LLC
- © 2010-2015 Ninebuzz Software
Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
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