For those of you that own the iPhone 4 or 4S or the iPad 2 there are some great interfaces and apps to help you practice as well as record.
I just picked up the new analog to digital converter from Apogee called JAM and it provides a very clean signal to the iPhone, iPad, and MacBook. I have GarageBand on my iPhone and iPad and combined with the Apogee JAM it is a great way to create your own music. I plugged my Roland HPD 15 electronic Handdrum into the JAM to lay down the drum tracks (much more fun than using a metronome) and then I added the chords with my Strat. Once I was happy with the play-along track I then added a 'solo' by jamming along using the pentatonic scale. The result made me happy and when I played my 'song' to a few guitar friends they were quite impressed with my progress.
I also have the AmpKit application which provides a large number of amps and effects pedals. AmpKit allows you to play music from your iTunes library and jam along. I can also watch the live lessons on UStream and play along either through the iPad speaker or through headphones.
I take my Traveller EG-2 to work everyday and practice using my iPhone or IPad with my JAM interface. Being able to practice whenever the mood strikes without disturbing others is really helping my playing. I am posting this in the hope that this will provide other's with a practice and recording option that they may not have been aware of.
Keep practicing, keep playing, and above all keep having fun!!!
I would also like to send a big THANK YOU to Steve for providing the Learn and Master guitar course, The Blues course (I'll be getting to it soon), and the live lessons ( tonight's live lesson was great).
I got a Traveler Escape EG-2 for Christmas and I love it.
Here are the specs:
Neck - Maple
Body - Alder
Fingerboard - Ebonized Rosewood, (Maple on Sunburst)
Frets - 22-Jumbo
Scale Length - 25 1/2 in.
Fingerboard Inlays - Pearloid
Neck Width at Nut - 1 5/8 in.
Body Width- 10 1/2 in.
Body Thickness- 1 3/4 in.
Overall Depth - 2 3/8 in.
Length - 29 in.
Weight - 5 lbs. 2 oz.
Pickup - 2 Single Coil
Hardware - Chrome 14:1 Gear Ratio (closed gear)
Electronics -Custom Pocket Rock-It Pre w/ Headphone Amp, Tone control, Clean/Distortion settings, 1/8″ aux-in for mp3 player
This guitar feels really good to play and it stays in tune even when traveling. I take it to work everyday so that I can get 15 - 30 minutes of practice in over the lunch break. When I travel for business I take it with me so that I can practice in my room in the evening. I also happened to be travelling home on a fairly empty plane and had the row to myself, so I pulled out my EG-2 from the overhead bin and practiced in the plane. It has a built in headphone amp so I can just plug in my headphones and play. It also has a second jack that allows you to plug your mp3 player into to jam along. I use the iRig with Amplitube on my iPhone 10 amps, 21 stompboxes all in your pocket.
My EG-2 came setup very well from the factory making it a joy to play. The neck is the same as a full size electric so it has been easy switching between my acoustic and the EG-2. Escape-EG-2-Black.jpg13.77KB79 downloads
I have had the course for a week now and I am still on Session two. I am playing all of the finger exercises from session one as well as all of the exercises from session two (bonus workshop as well). I am very eager to move on to the next sessions but I have found that when playing my current set of exercises I still get an occasional string buzz or I play the wrong note. Though I can look at the notes and identify the string and fret to play I feel that until I can play all of the exercises without any mistakes I am going to keep practicing. The purpose of these early lessons is to work on finger strength (no buzzing strings) and coordination between the right an left hand (correct picking and not missing any notes). If I were to give in to my desire to move on to the next sessions too early I will soon discover that I missed out on building the fundamentals that are required for the later sessions (been there, done that). For all my fellow newbies to guitar I think we will all be doing ourselves a favor if we remember to take the necessary time to master the skills that Steve teaches us in each session before moving on, rather than giving in to our desire to advance through the lessons as quickly as possible.
I hope everyone else is having as much fun as I am.
Here is a pic of my guitars.
Left - Seagull Performer Mini Jumbo Cutaway Electric Acoustic
Center - Traveler EG-2 Electric
Right - Squire Bullet Electric My Guitars Small.jpg169.95KB67 downloads
Hello all. I received a guitar for Christmas and so far I can play about a dozen chords and do some basic fingerpicking. My L&MG is sitting at the UPS depot scheduled to be delivered tomorrow and I can't wait.
I will be 49 this year so it seems I will be the youngster here.
I have been playing percussion(congas, bongos, djembe, cajon, etc) for the past five years and loving it. The only problem with percussion is that it is not really a solo instrument. I also play a little piano but it isn't an instument that you can bring camping to play around the fire. I decided to take up the guitar because it is an instrument that can be played alone and with others. Since I got my guitar (A Traveler EG-2) I have been practicing every day. The great thing about my travel guitar is that I can take it to work and put in 15 - 30 minutes of practice at lunch. It also is small enough that it is considered carry on luggage so I take it with me when I travel on business.
My goal with this course is to become a competent intermediate player in a couple of years. I have warned my wife that if I get really good I'm going to quit my job and form a band:)
Traveler EG-2 Electric
Seagull Performer Mini Jumbo Cutaway Acoustic
Squire Bullet Electric
Fender GDec 3 Amp
iPhone 4 with Amplitube 2