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Guitar Chords app review: learn to play the chords

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Introduction

Guitar Chords by App Camelot is a music app that will help you learn how to play a guitar. Transform your iDevice into a six-string, 15-fret guitar thanks to this app. You'll learn how to play the chords and sound incredible in the process.

There's no need to own a guitar or pay for expensive lessons when you've got this app instead. The app was updated on Mar. 7, 2013 and is available in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, and Spanish.

Guitar Chords - 6 string guitar with fretboard and chord learning tool

Free

User Experience

The first thing you’ll notice when you launch this app is just how beautiful the graphics are and how much it feels like a real guitar. The app is incredibly simple to use and navigate through making for a fluid, smooth, and enjoyable experience. If you don’t own a guitar you can still enjoy the experience and fun of playing music on one.

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Features

Features of this app include a scrollable fretboard complete with 15 frets and a chord table that maps on the guitar fretboard. The app can be used in left- or right-handed mode, and you have the ability to enable/disable the strings so you can strum with precision.

The whole goal of this app is to teach you how to play the guitar chords while using a very sleek user interface. There are different guitar sounds that you can pick from, and the app has been tested to perform well on the most current iDevices. The app also supports sharing with friends on Facebook.

In order to play the guitar all you need to do is tap on the fretboard to pick the one you want. Next, swipe over it moving to lower and higher frets. If you want to strum and pick at the guitar strings you'll need to press the strum button. To pick a chord to learn, select it at the top of the screen.

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Guitar Chords - 6 string guitar with fretboard and chord learning tool

Free

In-App Purchases

There are a number of in-app purchases that range from $0.99 to $3.99. If you purchase the Lifetime Pack for $3.99 it removes all the ads, gives you access to all the guitar sounds, and you will receive all future updates for free.

Update Info

Version 2.0 featured a number of bug fixes for better overall performance.

Customer Ratings and Feedback Comments

The current version of the app has 30 customer ratings with an average rating of 3.5 out of five stars.  Users seem a little less-than-impressed with the sound quality of the guitar and the ease-of-use.

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Personal Comments by Reviewer

When launching the app I found it had a very sleek and modern look to it, yet at the same time, it’s quite basic. There aren’t a lot of features here and I’m not sure if this app is really able to teach you how to play the chords. It’s fun to use but that’s about the extent of it. I also didn’t like that many of the sounds aren’t available for free; you’ll need to make in-app purchases to get all the features and sounds.

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Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Teaches you how to play guitar chords
  • User interface is sleek and modern-looking

Cons

  • Many of the sounds aren’t available for free
  • Basic list of features/functions
     

For: iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation), and iPad with iOS 4.3 or later. Guitar Chords is optimized for iPhone 5.

Guitar Chords - 6 string guitar with fretboard and chord learning tool

Free
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