FourChords: Written and Video iPhone App Review
We hardly ever get to talk about it—after all, it was a long time ago—but once upon a time we used to make a living playing guitar and crooning into microphones. As such, we’re quite fond of any application that floats across our desk involving music, especially the guitar. This is why we’re pumped to be bringing you a review of FourChords by developer Musopia. The app makes it easy and fun to learn songs on the guitar, as well as how to play the guitar itself. If you’re a beginning musician yourself, there’s no app we’d recommend more. For our full review, you need only to slide on down below the break!
Concept and Functionality
If you’ve ever used a karaoke machine before in your life, then you’ve already got a fairly good handle on how FourChords works. The app keeps things simple, allowing you to pick one of any number of popular and traditional songs, and then get rolling with it. From the app’s songbook, simply tap a number you’d like to learn, and you’ll be taken straight to that song’s chord sheet. This provides you with open chord diagrams for your review, as well as the option to choose simpler power chords. Then, it’s away to the music!
The app is a fun cross between a tap-tap style game and a karaoke machine. Chord notes swing by, and a metronome ticks in the background. The idea is that you use the rhythmic bubbles to your advantage in order to learn to play the song. Want the vocal melody, too? You’ll have your cake and eat it, too! How about a recording of your performance for your reviewing pleasure? Simply press the record button and either video or audio are good to go.
Design and Interface
Best of all, FourChords is simply designed to compliment the simplicity it offers the beginning guitar learner. It takes all of three clicks to get you from the main menu to playing a song. Furthermore, it’s been stuck with a wonderful tuner to help you get rolling straight out of the gate. Additionally, the app doesn’t just come with a load of boring traditional songs. You’ll also get a full roster of popular music to choose from—though you’ll likely have to pay to enjoy that new Taylor Swift tune.
Which brings us to a discussion about price. Obviously, the app is an absolute steal as a free app in the App Store. That being said, you can expect to pay at least a dollar a pop for further songs. However, if you’re an instructor, you’ll obviously make a killing off this small investment. For the student proper, it’s still not too much to ask for the guided assistance you need to become a guitar wizard. All in all, FourChords is still an easy recommendation from us.
FourChords requires iOS 3.2 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review, as well as a video production fee.
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