iPad App Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com
We talk a lot about our other hobbies and interests, as well as our other jobs on occasion, but you know what—we just don’t care! You see, that’s what we, as reviewers are bringing to the table. And if our additional expertise can help you out, then by golly we’re gonna tack it in there!
I say all of this now because today’s review of String Wars, from Aynur Tech LLP, is a good one. As a lifelong guitar player and frequent professional with the same axe, I’m very excited to introduce the readers to what the title is offering.
In essence, it’s one of the slickest ways I’ve seen yet to learn guitar. When it works, it’s a masterpiece. And no matter what your skill level, if you’re looking for a solid way to get the job done, this is your ticket.
Concept and Functionality
Any guitarist who learned on the ye olden tab-and-record method will take one look at String Wars and balk at the sheer magnitude of what it wants to accomplish. So here’s the list:
String Wars is an app that uses crowdsourced tablature (like notes for the musically illiterate, with a guitar focus) to listen to you, the user, playing an actual guitar. It interprets the sheet and lays it out in a very Guitar Hero fashion, meaning you’ll need to hit the notes at the right time to score points.
You’ll have the same score multipliers and everything, which can be quite fun. In essence, the app is taking your favorite songs and turning their learning process into a game. That’s an incredible feat, and trust us when we say that it works. And when it jams along well, it’s absolutely phenomenal.
Design and Performance
Better still, the app looks phenomenal, too. Finding songs is easy, as is setting up your account to play or compete with your friends for points. On the subject of performance, considering the app uses a lot of complicated programming under the hood, the results are incredible.
It does seem to “read” tabs quite well, and we didn’t have a problem with the mic recording us once. In fact, we faired much better with String Wars than we ever did Guitar Hero—buttons are not strings, my friends. All in all, it’s unbelievably solid, which is downright impressive given the scope of String Wars.
Overall Value (& Pro-Tips)
So at the end of the day, what do I think of String Wars’s value? Considering it’s free, you can hardly go wrong there. And considering it works as well s it does, it may just be the key to your shredding success.
If an additional game is enough to get you to learn to play the instrument, and do it well, then snag this app. However, I’d be lying if I didn’t say that perhaps you might yet be better off with just your ear and a record.
After all, you won’t have pre-fabricated rhythm patterns to follow in a band set. Eventually, you will need to learn to use your ear and your soul. In the in-between, though, String Wars is still a beautiful introduction to the art of playing the guitar.
String Wars requires iOS 5.0 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.
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