TabToolkit Intro from John Berry on Vimeo.
A new app from the people who brought you Star6. Here’s what it does:
With TabToolkit, you can take your music tablature files with you. For the iPhone and iPod touch, TabToolkit allows you to view Power Tab, Guitar Pro, text and PDF files.
Tablature files (or tabs) are a very popular format for composing and transcribing music, especially for guitar players. Tab files are a great way to learn new music or practice a song.
Tablature & Standard Notation
With “rich” tab file formats (Power Tab and Guitar Pro), you can view both standard musical notation and tablature notation.
Synthesized Instrument Playback
That’s right, TabToolkit has a built-in synthesis engine to let you hear the music for your score. The ability to hear an instrument play notes is a huge help in learning new music. If things are moving a little too fast, you can slow the tempo down to a crawl and learn tricky parts one note at a time.
The current version of TabToolkit is limited to synthesizing one track at a time, but we’re hoping to add multi-track soon!
In addition to tab and standard notation, for Power Tab and Guitar Pro files, you can show either a guitar fretboard or keyboard to see finger placements in real time. This serves as a tremendous aid in learning new songs.
Upload & Download
If you’ve got tab files on your computer that you’d like to move into TabToolkit, no problem. Using your home wireless network, you can upload files directly to your iPhone or iPod touch. Need to get a tab file from somewhere online? There’s a built-in web browser with tab download capabilities.
Power Tab and Guitar Pro files allow you to specify different tracks for different instruments. TabToolkit has full support for this feature, allowing you to learn the lead guitar, rhythm guitar, bass guitar and keyboad if you’d like.
TabToolkit automatically adjusts its layout based on your iPhone’s orientation, so you can keep it in the dock, or lay it down on your music stand.
Practice Content Included
You can always add your own tab files, but we’ve pre-loaded TabToolkit with some useful practice exercises to help get your warmed up.
Enabling lefty mode reverses the fretboard to reflect the layout of a left-handed instrument.
It actually sounds really useful and probably what I need to get my guitar playing back on track so I may give this one a go next month as my app store habit is a bit out of control this month.
TabToolKit at the app store:
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