Ok I do know a little something about Blues music but my ignorance in the subject matter of playing the guitar, I will admit made this review a little bit tougher. To be exact it was trying to get my head wrapped around the musical terminology used in the app that was difficult. However I know for you guys that play the guitar or are learning, this is something that will not phase you in the least. Actually you artists and Blues music enthusiasts are going to appreciate this app because it will enlighten you with a new and unique approach in learning to play the blues lead guitar.
Comparing “Blues Masters” to other apps in the same genre, G-Men Productions have harmonized theirs with a more entertaining theme and added some innovative factors which sets it apart from the rest. The innovativeness comes in how the interface integrates so well and pleasantly with the apps’ guitar teaching methods to develop a more engaging and interactive experience for the user. In regards to the entertainment aspect, the developers incorporation of teaching actual licks from 16 of the greatest Blues musicians (ex. B.B. King, Eric Clapton, T-Bone Walker… ), plus the how and why their solos were composed the way they were makes using the app even more engrossing and exciting.
Not only should developers in this category of apps take note of how well integrated and smooth that “Blues Masters” runs but so should many other developers for different types of mobile apps. Usually I will get lost using apps with a lot of content but I did not experience this with this app. All the features seemed to be intuitively placed and categorized very well. For sections that a user would might need help with, there are notes and tips available to get them familiar in using that area, the Hot List section is a good example of this.
I say the Hot List is the most fundamental part of the app. This is where much of the user engagement with the app takes place and aids in bringing out a creative side to those learning to play the guitar by having the user construct their own 12-Bar solo. Personally for one that does not know anything about playing the guitar, the Hot List got me familiar with many of the musical terms (chords, licks… ) In both the Hot List and Music sections, the key buttons used for learning are well positioned. There is the play and rewind buttons also you have a repeat feature and a tempo changer which can be useful in slowing down the pace of the licks so to make it easier to follow for those just starting out learning to play the guitar. I will mention that I did encounter some slowdown and a crash when creating some of my own 12-Bar solos, so make sure you use the given save feature often to store your favorite ones.
Having the added features of instructional videos and a guitar tuner in the app are a plus for the user. The instructor in the videos offers great guidance and there are two camera views of his hands working the guitar to further help the user learn how to get the technique down. There was no slowdown in the videos and they could be enlarged without any loss of quality. For the tuner basically it was very easy to use and sounded crystal clear.
“Blues Masters” is a great example of a beneficial tool created from the convergence of technology and the arts. If you are into playing the guitar and want to add another resourceful supplement to your current learning experience then this app is a must to download.