Essential Blues Guitar Licks HD is a fantastic iPad app for all you budding guitarists out there who are looking to add a few basic Blues licks to your bag of tricks; with its video, tab, and text-based content you’re sure to find everything you need to start banging out some tight grooves in no time at all.
As a preface to this review I’d like to mention that I’ve been a guitarist for around 11 or 12 years so I like to think I know what makes a decent educational resource in this field.
This app isn’t the most comprehensive of its kind in that it focuses on just a handful of licks, but the amount of detail the developer has gone into is actually quite impressive and should give you a very solid background understanding so that you can comprehend the techniques that are involved.
This is a very cool app that has been designed to teach you five simple Blues guitar licks that you can incorporate into your repertoire and use when jamming along with your friends or playing to backing tracks.
Each lick comes complete with a video overlaid with the music notation and guitar tab so that you can play along, as well as an auto-scrolling on-screen section for musical notation and guitar tab that allows you to solo individual tracks. This should help you hear very clearly what’s going on.
Play the blues!
Master the Basics
Essential Blues Guitar Licks HD also allows you to view and play the licks at various speeds until you can achieve full speed, so if you’re struggling I would definitely recommend going down to half or even quarter speed until everything is flowing like the Mississippi herself!
If you want to get away from your iOS device and practice without a screen in your face then you’ll be pleased to know that each lick comes with a printable lesson including details of the techniques involved in playing them as well as the musical score and guitar tab.
Learn five basic Blues guitar licks to show off to your friends
Each lick comes complete with a video overlaid with the music notation and guitar tab so that you can play along, plus...
...a scrolling musical notation and guitar tab that allows you to solo individual tracks
Licks also allow you to play them back at various speeds until you can achieve full speed
Zip right through to specific passages of music to focus on the sections you find challenging
Print each lick lesson including information about techniques used to play them
Print the musical store and guitar tab for each lick from directly within the app
There is nothing negative to say about this app
Learn with tabs
Essential Blues Guitar Licks HD for iPad is a great addition to the Education category of the App Store; I think it would be better suited to the Music category but aside from that I definitely give it a strong recommendation.