Lick of the Day from Agile Partners

UPDATE: Since writing this review, Guitar World and Agile Partners have apparently parted ways and the Lick of the Day app now features material from TrueFire and JamPlay. I’ll be taking another look at the app soon to see how it’s changed

Ratings_3Agile Partners is continuing their commitment to iOS loving guitar players. This time they have partnered with Guitar World magazine to create a universal app for both the iPhone, iPod and iPad called Guitar World Lick of the Day. The app delivers a new lick every day and promises to cater to a variety of styles and skill levels.

The interface of the iPad version combines video of Guitar World and celebrity instructors with a panel showing the standard and tab music notation for each lick that scrolls in sync with the video. Users of Agile’s Tab ToolKit will also recognize the dynamic fretboard that shows finger positions that are also synchronized with the tab and video. Lefties will be happy to know that they can invert the fretboard too. Continue reading

AmpKit Backing Tracks

I’ve had a few people ask me for sources for good guitar backing tracks that you can upload to the AmpKit app and use for practicing your solos. A great little source for some tasty jam along tracks is my friend Marty Schwartz’s site, Guitarjamz.com. If you go to this URL and sign up for his mailing list, he’ll give you access to the tracks for free – http://www.guitarjamz.com/mp3jamtracks/ The messages he sends out are few and far between and he doesn’t share your info with anyone else.

Jamming along to backing tracks is an awesome way to beef up your soloing and improvisation skills. If you’re not doing it already, give it a try. AmpKit makes it easy to import these tracks straight from your computer through a Web interface over your Wi-Fi network. Then you can play along with the gear modeling setup of your choice.

GuitarJack vs. AmpKit LiNK – Sound Samples

There's a dramatic difference in sound quality between the GuitarJack and AmpKit LiNK iPhone interfaces.

There’s a dramatic difference in sound quality between the GuitarJack and AmpKit LiNK iPhone interfaces.

Update: Please stay tuned for the full GuitarJack review I’m working on. An astute reader pointed out that it sounds like the GuitarJack sample below might simply be missing a big chunk of the high frequencies. That may be my inexperience with the device so I need to play with it a bit more to be certain that the comparison you hear below is a fair one. Continue reading