⋆ Guitar lovers and enthusiasts, experts or beginners, play strings on your device as if playing a real guitar! ⋆
Elite Guitar is an exceptionally crisp, lifelike collection of astonishing virtual guitars designed to fit both the beginner and the experienced guitarist. You can choose to play chord buttons or, like no other app, form chords on your device extremely forgivingly as Elite Guitar will always find a matching chord to the position of your fingers. Play the strings softly or strum loud. All sounds are studio recorded, note-by-note, from the very same guitars whose professional pictures make up for the user interface. It is the most realistic guitar feel on any mobile device.
When ready, choose to record your favorite songs and share with users all around the world. You can learn to play uploaded songs by just watching how they are played and save their chords and sequence for later use. Even enable mic to sing while playing and share your songs with friends and loved ones via email or SoundCloud.
⋆⋆⋆ Download with confidence. Elite Guitar is a Top 10 Best Classical Music App by AppPicker ⋆⋆⋆
• Simplification of options
• New app name
Keynote Star, the developer of Elite Guitar came across my radar with a neat app for playing keyboards called "Simple Music". It's a high quality alternate keyboard instrument that makes playing the right notes easier and it's really good to noodle around on. Elite Guitar, with its new name and "simplified options" is their guitar offering and it too is undeniably high quality, with the free version offering an awful lot of playability.
As you can see the app offers 8 acoustic and electric guitar models with all the famous styles represented. The sound of the instruments are really good ... a little quick on the sustain.. but it doesn't really get in the way.
The interface opens with the guitar selection, just tap to take one off the wall ... like in the Guitar Center! The instrument interface is very familiar .... ( note screen shots are from the Free ad-supported version ... worst case scenario! )
As you can see, strings to strum and 8 chord pads to select chords. Tap on a pad and play the chord, tap the strings. All very good. There are some differences from what you'd expect though. Strumming/Tapping the chord has to be done in the area directly above the sound hole or pickup to correctly play the chord. If you tap over the actual fretboard the guitar will play the actual note tapped! Yes, its kind of a solo mode which enables passing notes and wrong notes! Yay! Unfortunately these notes can't be held and pitch bent.... which is odd because the app does have a dedicated solo mode where this functionality is present. Solo mode shows selectable scales ... but there's no way to keep playing chords. So the compromise on the chords mode is great ... but can we have the pitch bend please? Why can't anyone get this right?
The chord pads also have a "Next Chord" arrow to the side, which plays the next chord in the pad sequence. Only one direction though? A reverse step would be nice!
Another innovation is the Pick Bar ( the column of downward pointing arrows ) over the sound hole. Each arrow actually triggers a strumming or picking pattern which can be integrated into your playing or looped continuously. It can be hidden if you don't want it. Thanks!
The chord library expands from the basics after you spend $2.99 ( good value ) to offer a decent selection. There's also preselected chord groups which sound good together, a bunch of scales to mess with on the Solo instrument, plus numerous ways to customize the app's graphic background and button highlights. Oh, a metronome too...
And if you are really keen you can put Elite Guitr into the "Guitar Player" mode and actually play the guitar like the real thing.... fret the strings on the screen with you actual fingers! Pretty awkward though!
Theres more to Elite Guitar too ... recording, MIDI output .... which make it a great package. It's full of ideas which I love, but on the whole just doesn't play quite as smoothly as I'd like. It's not a note latency thing ( thats great ), it's a GUI problem I think. Might have to do with my hand size ... but I find things just enough out of reach to prevent fluid playing. Is it that way for anyone else?
Oh ... one more thing... No AudioBus support.
Keynote Star have responded to my outreach before, so I'll be getting in touch with them soon! You should too.