Technology is amazing. Not only can you surf the internet on your phone, but there are millions of applications to help you do just about anything. One of the categories I am always interested in is those that teach. From learning languages to even an instrument. Coach Guitar by Boris Douarre is one such app that wants to make a musician out of everyone.
Coach Guitar promises to easily teach anyone to play some of the most popular songs on the guitar. With it’s simple video tutorial system and color coded fingering chart, anyone with an iPhone and a guitar can learn their favorite songs easily and on the go. One thing I especially liked with the Coach Guitar app is how the songs were broken down in the videos. Songs were sectioned into Intro and then Parts. As the video plays it also automatically stops after each fingering, giving the user the ability to practice before moving on to the next bit. A slow playback can be selected to slow down the video for parts that take some extra examination.
The app is free and comes with two full songs, “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin and “Wake Me Up When September Ends” by Green Day. Coach Guitar has included a difficulty scale key for each song, rating them from 1-5 guitar picks, 5 being the most difficult. Additional songs can be purchased in the app for $3.99 each. I think this is a little steep for an IAP, but they are full lessons with HD video, so it would depend on how much a person wants to learn whether it would be worth it to spend the money. On the other hand, if this technique works for you, it is definitely cheaper than paying for guitar lessons.
The settings of the app are very versatile for any user, with the ability to change the configuration of the videos for left hand or right hand and several languages to choose from. Once you are a pro, you can play the backing track to accompany you while you play. Here is a full list of features straight from Coach Guitar:
CoachGuitar shows you how to play popular songs on acoustic guitar with videos and animated fretboard. No music theory, no tablature, no guitar chords, you can learn to play Guitar Hits all around the world. Choose your favorite song and learn to play it!
GUITAR LESSONS Library
– “Back in Black” by AC/DC
– “No Woman No Cry” by Bob Marley
– “Tears in Heaven” by Eric Clapton
– “Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd
– “Dust in The Wind” by Kansas
– “Hotel California” by Eagles
– “Nothing Else Matter” by Metallica
– “Yesterday” by Beatles
– “Knockin’ On Heavens Door” by Gun’s N’ Roses
* No music theory
* Learn to play popular songs
* Videos lessons (HD)
* Animated color-coded Fretboard
* Slow motion and Loop
* Step-by-Step approach by professionals
* Left-Handed or Right-Handed views
* Backing track with voice
* Structure and chords diagram
The black fretboard represents your guitar. The colored dots represent your fingers. The dots will show you where to put your fingers and which strings to strum.
Overall I thought this app was very well thought out. Explanation and videos were very detailed, even for a beginner. The songs might cost you a bit, but it would definitely be worth it to see if the guitar is the instrument for you. Coach Guitar is available for free on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.