January 13, 2011

Review: Rock Prodigy App

Rock Prodigy app a fun new way of jamming with technology

A new application for Apple's line of app bearing products was released on the eve of the 2011 NAMM Show in Anaheim California that takes games like Guitar Hero to a whole new level.

Rock Prodigy was developed by Los Angeles, California-based The Way of H, Inc. and is turning Apple's iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices into a new way of learning how to play guitar.

The application merges the concept of Guitar Hero into practical use with a real instrument.  A user can just use the built-in microphone, or even go as far as buying hardware to plug their guitar into one of Apple's devices to use it.

As an experienced guitar player for over 15 years I can honestly say this application can be used for any level of guitar player.  However, it does not go as far as to teach me to be a more skilled musician as it does just teach me an entire new way of reading music for the guitar.

A beginning or even mediocre guitar player could definitely find a use for this application to hone in on their skills.

The device is similar to Guitar Hero in that a user plays along to the music as it places numbers on the screen that coincide with the guitar's strings and frets.  It even goes as far as to not play the notes that are missed during the rock session.

A more advanced player might be able to use this application for more of a game than anything, but a less-advanced musician might find it useful in trying to get their left hand up another skill level.

Rock Prodigy is available for free in Apple's App Store, but there is a paid version for $9.99 that has additional features like more songs.

This application would not be something that someone would use to replace guitar lessons.  But it is an interesting and fun way to help users sharpen up their skill level. 

If for no other reason, the free application also has a built-in tuner, which is always a handy tool for a guitar player to have sitting in their pocket.

Overall, Rock Prodigy is definitely worth the free download to check out, and there are great things to expect from this kind of technology merging into the realm of rock-and-roll.


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