“…I love it!…that’s the funkiest stuff ever!“ – John Scofield
“GuitAfrica is a wonderful app: it enables you to discover the richness and beauty of Pan-African music. African guitar playing is a real science and GuitAfrica gives you its secrets in a fun way!“ – Angélique Kidjo
A collaborative project with world renowned guitarist Lionel Loueke from Benin, West Africa - GuitAfrica offers an informative and enjoyable way to learn African style guitar.
We believe that learning music should not be tedious, nor a chore - it should be fun, inspiring and fulfilling. So we invited Lionel Loueke to compose and perform 22 beautiful songs especially for GuitAfrica. They represent and are inspired by the traditional sounds of African ethnic groups spanning the entire continent.
Each song comes with a full score and individual parts for guitars, bass and drums.
The guitar and bass parts come with both, standard music notation and tablatures so that you can learn Lionel’s exact fingerings.
Each song also comes with a detailed information sheet describing the traditional music background, instruments and ethnic group that inspired it.
We believe in producing the best possible quality products, so we went into the studio with a great band and a great audio engineer to capture Lionel’s music and his playing.
Learning any of the songs is easy. Here is an example of how you could use GuitAfrica:
Start by solo-ing a part so that you can focus on it, and maybe leave the metronome and/or bass tracks turned on to keep you in time. You can even select a few measures to be looped and if that’s not enough you can slow down the tempo. Piece by piece in this manner, you can learn the whole part.
The next step is to mute the part you just learned, un-mute all the other instruments and play along just as if you were one of the members of the band.
If you want to further challenge yourself, you can also change the pitch of the song - perfect for learning a specific phrase in all keys.
It’s important to match not only the notes but also the feel of Lionel’s playing, therefore, close listening and repetition are key here.
African music is deeply rooted in rhythm so the drums and percussion parts will help you better understand the music.
GuitAfrica is perfect not only for guitarists but for all musicians wanting to learn and understand African music.
The iPad is perfect to read the music parts with its large screen but the iPhone can be used as well since you can zoom into each music staff and all the parts can be printed.
We had a hard time labeling or defining GuitAfrica as it’s a great learning tool, but we also constantly find ourselves listening to the music as if it was a recording. Perhaps it’s somewhere at the nexus of art and learning.
See a video demo of GuitAfrica on our website www.GuitAfrica.com
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superb app for musicians
gives you terrific compositions with ability to mute guitar and bass, drum and click, modify pitch tempo with real recordings with great feel. Totally cool learning and jamming. A must for bassist or guitarist who wants to expand his groove and chops. The composer has the goods, so does the app company (real book pro) SO GOOD
I just got this app today and have been pouring over it. Absolutely fantastic app. Lionel Loueke is one of the greatest guitarists/musicians alive and his bassist, Massimo Bialcati, is a great app designer as well as a great bassist. I was at a club hearing them a few years ago and Lionel said, "Massimo has a new app you should check out." It was IRealBook which is one of the best apps ever and has evolved beautifully.
This app shows the same level of care. The tunes are gorgeous and span a vast range of African countries and styles. The ability to mute and solo whatever parts you want as well as loop and slow down any section makes learning much easier. What a fantastic treasure trove of tunes and styles there are here. I've never seen a better learning tool for African Guitar (though there is a cool book with midi files called African Guitar styles I think that's pretty great, too).
Having audiobus so you can record and rearrange the tunes any way you want is fantastic. So many possibilities. I'm looking forward to many happy hours and much learning with this app.
Props to Loueke and the programmers.
First off, most software companies would charge the app’s price for each of the >20 songs featured in this app; as singular app purchases.
If you’re not familiar with Loueke’s virtuosity, you better start researching, i heard him for the first time playing in hancock’s band and been a fan ever since. ,
ALL songs are immaculately notated for all instruments, sheet can be followed synchronously w/ the music, or browsed/zoomed at user's own leisure.
Each instrument can be turned on and off, and bpm & tonality changed, w/o ever pausing the music, and without slightest lag.
Best of all? Coders involved demonstrate virtuosity on par with Mr. Loueke's , judging by the polished experience; 2 months of heavy testing, NOT a single lag/crash/glitch, ever.
I’ve been an IOS app junkie for 4 years, and this is by far my fav. App so far.
For the breadth of material being offered, 7 dollars is beyond cheap, it’s salvation-army pricing.
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- 133 MB
- Requires iOS 13.4 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 13.4 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 13.4 or later.
- Requires macOS 11 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip.
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