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Brilliant new iOS app is a musician’s dream come true

Published Jul 10th, 2014 2:21PM EDT
Best iOS Apps Capo touch

If you play guitar, then you’ll definitely want to check out an incredible new iOS app that can transcribe chords for just about any song you have in your iTunes library. Per 9to5Mac, music software company SuperMegaUltraGroovy, Inc. has just released its Capo touch app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch that comes with brilliant software that’s capable of picking out chords as they’re being played in a song. This way, you won’t have to use unreliable guitar tabs on the web that are often either written in the incorrect key or that don’t correctly transcribe songs that use more complex harmonies than those found in the standard major and minor chord progressions.

Using Capo touch is incredibly intuitive as well: The app’s chord library pops up whenever you launch a song from your iTunes library and shows you both the chord type and proper fingering for each chord as the song is being played in real time. The app also has automatic beat detection as well so you’ll never get tripped up by tricky 5/4 or 7/4 time signatures.

We’re very curious to try this app out and see just how far we can take it when it comes to transcribing complex music. We have no doubt that it can handle most popular music with ease but the real test will be whether it can accurately give us chord progressions for jazz or classical music. We’ll put it like this: If Capo touch can accurately pick out the harmonies for the Esa Pekka Salonen Violin Concerto used in the “Your Verse” iPad ad, we’ll be extremely impressed.

The app costs $4.99 for a limited time, which is cheap for an app that promises to help you learn how to play all your favorite songs. Check it out by clicking the source link below.

Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.