Developer: Control Z
Price: $0.99
Version Reviewed: 1.1
Device Reviewed On: 3rd Gen iPod

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★☆☆
iPhone Integration Rating: ★★★½☆
User Interface Rating: ★★★☆☆
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: ★★★½☆

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

Twang puts the power of an acoustic guitar into the palm of your hand. It sounds fairly consistent with what a guitar would sound like, allows for multiple tuning options, and has a plethora of key combinations to play plenty of different songs. Even with all this though, it doesn’t get much past novelty status.

Twang is played using the chords and strings directly on the app. Outside of a few settings, and some tune change options, that’s all there is to this app. It is, simply, a guitar app. No tutorial videos, no how to, no recording options, just the guitar itself. The iTunes page points you to some YouTube postings that help teach you songs and walk you through using the app, but it’s not really helpful to you if you’re trying to learn to play without a computer sitting in front of you to watch the app.

I would have liked to see some pre-recorded stuff to play along with, almost similar to ArtStudio’s approach to teaching you how to draw. Step one, this chord combination and these strings, step two… etc. Those with guitar playing knowledge will find Twang to be a good fit, and you can see plenty of people playing on YouTube. Don’t expect it to be the way you learn how to play guitar however.

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