Free Guitar App

guitar app.pdf (audio-visual download about 363k; it may play straight from browser. If no sound use a different browser such as IE or Firefox. Otherwise download the .pdf and play from file)

Learn to play guitar in minutes, anywhere – no guitar needed!  ’Sound crazy?

Well the catch is you still have to practice. This .pdf acts like an app in that when you press the fret corresponding to the 1-finger chord it plays the sound of that chord. So, for example, if you press the outer string (lower left in the above thumbnail pic) it plays the special version of ‘G’, which in this case is more like a G6/9 chord which serves in place of a G chord.

Clearly it is much better to learn the system with a real guitar but that might not always be convenient. The .pdf app allows you to try out some chord sequences to get the idea of playing by ear. It may also be useful to flesh out a song to see if it fits the simple chord sequences of this system.

The main value of the .pdf app is for teachers wanting to demonstrate the system in class where guitars aren’t available. It loads onto most laptops and pads or whiteboards that have Adobe Player installed. It can be used to demonstrate the system so that it can be discussed and tried before using it in a music room or as a home exercize.

In terms of music theory it can demonstrate how a simple movement of one finger can actually result in 4 changes: lifting a finger from a fret deletes the note that was playing and creates a new note in its place, hence two changes. Placing that finger in a new fret position deletes that position’s current note and replaces it with a new note, hence another two changes.

This movement of one finger thus can produce quite noticeable changes. After all, a guitar only has six strings so a maximum of 6 different notes. You’ve just made 4 changes to this.

Because these special chords rely heavily on ‘drone’ strings (those strings that are not changed) the chords often fit in quite well with the conventional full chords. This means that beginners using the 1-finger system can play along with more advanced players who play the full chords. The advanced players, in turn, are not held back to the lowest common denominator of the beginners – hopefully, a ‘win win’. Using the oz-rock system, a group or class of any age could begin playing by ear in minutes.

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