The FourChords App for iPhone and iPad was originally developed to provide a “short cut” to playing the guitar, allowing beginners to quickly play their favorite songs. More than 50 percent of people who start learning guitar give up lessons soon afterwards. FourChords saw there was a need to engage people and help them get over the initial frustration of the learning period to actually begin playing real songs. The app does that by showing the user how to play easy chords in a Karaoke-style display with acoustic backing tracks.
Elliot Manson, a guitar teacher from the UK, introduced the FourChords app to his students to help them master the basics of playing guitar. “There are so many songs that can be played by just learning the simple Em, G, A, D, Am and E chords, and the app is perfect as it helps them learn chord progressions,” said Manson.
Music teacher Soili Koskelainen from Porvoo, Finland has adopted this teaching technique. “I think that FourChords helps me to engage students in an interesting way,” said Koskelainen. “As a teacher it feels that the iPad app is an extra ‘helper’ in the classroom. It is easy to combine different instruments with the guitars and make separate groups according to the students’ skill level. FourChords works particularly well with the beginner guitarists.”
One of Ms Koskelainen’s pupils summed up what FourChords brings to the process of learning to play the guitar: “It’s much easier and more fun.” Exactly what music should be.
FourChords marketing director Paula Lehto notes that the company is working with a number of educational bodies with the goal of making guitar teaching and playing an integral part of music education. “The FourChords karaoke app has been a great success for us and continues to build momentum in countries around the world,” said Lehto. “The fact that music teachers have adopted our app to assist in the classroom, and that pupils are responding so well, is fantastic.”
* iOS 4.3 or later
* iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad
Pricing and Availability:
FourChords 1.3.7 is free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Music category.
FourChords is built by a team of guitar enthusiasts and IT professionals at Musopia Ltd. Feel free to contact us if you have suggestions on how we can improve our product or have any song suggestions, ideas of partnerships, etc. Copyright (C) 2013 Musopia Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.