JamPlay is a great program of video guitar lessons, but it was missing an iPad app. Until now. Here's a behind the scenes look at the new app.
JamPlay is one of the biggest and comprehensive programs of online guitar video lessons around. It has a ton of great content, and we covered most of it in this feature on JamPlay.
But one thing it lacked until now was an iPad app. As we've said elsewhere on Guitar Hive, the iPad is a brilliant tool for guitar players. It's an even better tool for learning new skills. Put the two together and an iPad app for guitar lessons is an obvious move for the likes of JamPlay.
So why take so long to put one out? Well, perhaps its because the guys at JamPlay wanted to do more than just rush out an app version of the website and wanted to make the most of the iPad's touch-screen interface. They've certainly achieved that.
Like the website, the app is split into sections; Beginners, Genres & Skills, Songs, etc. And each section is broken down by electric and acoustic, and arranged by teacher. It all makes finding exactly what you want very easy.
The other benefit of the iPad, is that, as well as watching videos full-screen, you can use iOS' AirPlay mirroring to send audio and video to an Apple TV (as I mention in the video below) if you have one. That means you can watch the lessons on your television, while you're sitting on the sofa with your guitar – much more comfortable than standing or sitting in front of a computer.
Not everything from the website has made it across to the app. Things like the brilliant chord dictionary and scales charts aren't here, and neither is the metronome. But we hope that they will arrive in a future upgrade.
In the meantime, as a free addition to your JamPlay subscription, it's brilliant. You can read more about JamPlay here or sign-up and take advantage of the money-back guarantee here.
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