Let your BlackBerry 10 smartphone teach you to play the guitar with Guitar Box

By James Richardson on 19 Sep 2013 10:06 am EDT
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Fancy learning to play the guitar? Well, if you can get your hands on one you may want to download Guitar Box for BlackBerry 10 which is a great place to start as the free app will teach you the basics and get you rocking in no time at all. 

Available for all BlackBerry 10 handsets, Guitar Box will teach you right from the basics - such as how to tune your guitar. This section does more than just visuals though, as you can touch the different notes which produce a sound - enabling you get your guitar in tune. 

Then it's on to the lessons and there are eight in all. Things start of with learning about the different parts of the guitar - which you will need to know. Then as the lessons progress they will teach you the basic chords and strumming techniques. 

As you get further into the lessons you'll be taught about barre chords and even finger pickin' styles. The diagrams are neatly displayed and even I can understand them. Clearly, the app will have its limitations, but rather than pay for guitar lessons from the off, why not give the app a go and see how you get on. As the app is free - what have you got to lose? 

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Let your BlackBerry 10 smartphone teach you to play the guitar with Guitar Box

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Good luck. Learning the guitar takes hard work for most of us. Not something an app is likely to help with.

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Thank you! As someone who's played guitar for basically my whole life, it takes a ton of practice to do well. If you want to figure out some basic chords, then I bet this app is a ton of help. But if you actually want to play well, you need lessons. Sorry, but there's not an easy route for everything.

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Indeed... And do be prepared for some discomfort on your fretboard finger tips for a short while. Playing any instrument is seriously rewarding. Go for it!

Not everyone aspires or should aspire to the level of proficiency that will get gigs with a band. Some are happy learning to strum chords and sing. There's nothing wrong with that and I'm betting the app can get you there. A lay-musician should enjoy the journey and accomplishment as much as (or more than) the applause.
Keep in mind that not everybody has the money or begins with the commitment to take private lessons. Also, some take pride in being able to teach themselves skills to some level. That is one of the most important skills in life, if you ask me. Personally, I think it's better to encourage people to learn through every avenue possible than to discourage them from starting. When they hit that plateau and they feel sufficiently motivated, they are likely to look for ways to move forward and progress.

An app has the possibility of generating interest in people who never realized they had an interest. Any information on playing guitar can help. Lessons are good, but definitely not needed. Loads of people have learned to play the guitar at an above average level without a single lesson. And some of the greatest guitar players of all time, and especially the pioneers of genres, learned simply by picking one up, and practicing with friends. All the way back to delta blues slide.

Find a guitar, get together with friends, and practice with the help of this app.

Posted via CB10

I don't know. I've been playing for about 20 years and learnt using tools just like this.

Posted via CB from my LE

Hey this is my app. Thanks so much for the article! I'm working on an update to the app right now, to be out by early October

Posted via CB10

you did a great job, thanks for your hard work. newbies like me appreciate your effort!

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Keep up the good work. I'll check it out. Love when CB highlights some interesting apps, as it is sometimes difficult to sort out what's good and what isn't.

I just downloaded this app and I'm looking forward to trying it out. Thanks for putting it all together.

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