Guitar Practice for Android devices
Guitar Practice is a small guitar that fits in your Android mobile device. It includes electric and acoustic six string guitars, a four string bass guitar, a fun vibrotar, a chord player and a chord reference, all easily accessible from a single app. The guitar neck width and position, together with the string spacing, are all adjustable to suit the different screen sizes found on Android phones and tablets. There's also a skin chooser, so you can customise the look and feel of the four guitars.
You can also adjust audio settings within the app, including adjusting the pitch for each individual guitar and player for effect or to provide alternative tuning. As if that isn't enough, Guitar Practice allows you to link your accelerometer to the volume, pitch/playrate and stereo pan of all the guitars and the chord player. You can even set the sampling speed for the accelerometer effects, for creating some fun sounds.
Guitar Practice allows you to practice playing melodies when on the move, and may help you learn to play the guitar. As most Android devices aren't multi-touch capable, you can only select one fret/string at a time. To make life easier with your single touch device, tapping any of the four frets (from the top of a guitar neck) will play the same note that you would get on a guitar if you were fingering that fret/string.
To play an open string you just use the fret at the bottom of the screen. Also, even though there's no multitouch, you can glide your finger over strings to strum them. Guitar Practice supports the playing of more than one note at a time, so you don't have to wait for one note to finish before playing the next. In fact, why not try gliding your finger around the guitar neck to see just how rich a guitar sound can be achieved!
Guitar Practice requires Android OS v1.6 or higher to run, and should work on QVGA (320x240 pixels), HVGA (480x320 pixels) and WVGA (800x480 pixels) devices, as well as many other screen resolutions.
If you like Guitar Practice, why not take a look at the app store page at www.geocomputing.co.uk. Or, if you want to try one of the guitars before buying, you can also try Guitar Practice Lite.
25th March 2011. v1.1. Removed unnecessary internet permission.
12th March 2011. v1.0. This is the first version of Guitar Practice. Please leave a comment if you think of anything you'd like to see in future updates.