It's become apparent that iOS Guitar news actually about guitars isn't as prolific as I'd like! So I mulled it over a bit and thought I might run a few posts about Apps that enhance the guitar player's overall playing experience. One thing that sprung to mind was accompaniment. I mean who hasn't sat down with their guitar, strummed a few chords and wondered when the rest of the band was going to come in? You know you have...
Playing along with something fun isn't as easy as it might seem. A metronome ? Nope. Maybe throw on a record ( lol ), try to play with that and if you're like me discover just how bad your playing is! Buy some 'backing tracks'? Ugh. Start a band ? Hmmmm .... other people, yuk. What about one of those drum machine app things? There's plenty on the App Store, but most sound like a Berlin Dance Hall at 4 in the morning and that's once you've spent so long programming the thing you've forgotten how to play the guitar. It happened to me!
So I thought I'd start posting about some drum machines that perhaps walked the line between being professional yet are still fun to use and flexible enough for a guitarist to whip out and find a beat that meets the mood.
Before I could even get one post out, some developers called Tin Pan contacted me with a sneak preview of new App still under development called Tin Pan Rhythm. Now that's Kismet. ( maybe ... I don't know what Kismet actually means ).
Anyway turns out their app is a really promising backing track creator. I say creator because it allows the user to easily set up some custom patterns to play along with in a way that a programmable pattern machine just can't match. At least not in the time it takes to get Tin Pan playing!
Firstly Tin Pan allows chords to be grouped and ordered into a harmonic sequence ... right off we're songwriting! These sequences are then played as a short loop in the form of five rhythm track generator tracks. The track sounds include Piano, Bass, Rhythm Guitar, Drums and Percussion. More than that though, some ingenious swipe gestures allow each bar in each track to have different playing patterns and playing ranges! All adjustable on the fly! So if you were wondering when the band comes in ... it just did!
As I said this is still in process ... no word on a firm release date yet. But check back here and you'll be one of the first to know when it hits the store and find out about all the features inside. There's plenty more to come!