A RHYTHM GUITAR PRIMER:
Keep that pick hand moving in time, until it becomes second nature.
A VITAL RESOURCE FOR PRACTISING AND IMPROVING RHYTHM GUITAR SKILLS:
Practice strumming complex rhythm patterns and get your timing perfect!
A USEFUL SONGWRITING TOOL:
Find the perfect groove for your next song!
• Practice with a click and one of 27 chord shapes.
• Save your favourite patterns
• Shake to randomise the pattern
• Different notation types
• Muted and ringing chords
Designed and produced in collaboration with guitarist and tutor Simon Nelson
This is a bit different from the dozens of 'dots-on-lines guides to scales which I can't remember' apps- which I refuse to post about unless they are something special. You know ... special dots...
8Strummer is a free app which lets you create your own guitar strumming rhythms with 8th or 16th timing and listen to the result. Just tap on each beat to define either a chord, a rest or a muted chord ( turn this on in the preferences ) and let the app play you the result! You can hear the strumming pattern at any tempo and with your choice from a selection of common chords. It's listed as an iPhone app ... but it runs fine on an iPad too.
The idea is to try to play along on a real guitar of course, but those song writers out there will just love the inspiration generated by an odd rhythm you'd never have made yourself ... or if you did, wouldn't be able to repeat it. Sound familiar?
Of course it would be nice to string a chord sequence together in the interface... but for free this is a great start. Download time!