Wednesday, June 8, 2016

5 Apps Every Blues Enthusiast Should Have - Part Two

Part Two.. (link to part one below)

From the days of roadhouses, slide guitars and Jim Crow laws, to the age of smartphones, MP3 and apps, Blues is unquestionably a genre that has stood the test of time. Its smooth transition into the twenty-first century means that it’s no surprise that what once would have required spending hours in a dusty basement digging through records can now be done in seconds with the power of your mobile phone.

While smartphone apps don't quite hark back to that stereotypical image of the brazen guitar player—cigarette dangling from mouth, bottleneck on finger—they are extremely handy tools for all blues lovers to stay up-to-date and part of a culture and music genre that have proved to be truly timeless.

It's only a matter of time before any blues lover gets the urge to pick up the guitar themselves. No matter what age you are, it's never too late to start music lessons, and with smartphone technology, it's never been easier. The BluesGuitar Lessons app offers a comprehensive course even if you've never touched an instrument before.

It offers eight video lessons, alongside a full list of all common blues chords and scales so you can bust out your own sizzling solos. Alongside this, you’ll also get to know some incredible guitar licks to impress your friends. The app works offline so you can take lessons anywhere, and there's a bonus manual with over 900 extras! For a free download, it includes an incredible amount and variety of helpful material to get you finger picking like a pro in no time.

Once you've got started with your lessons, it'll only be a matter of time before you get to share all you've learned with your close friends. Everyone loves that guy at the party who can pick up a guitar and rock out some awesome tunes, but unfortunately, almost every instrument you find will be in standard tuning.

Luckily, With G-Strings, you can easily get that guitar down into open G and serenade your friends with the haunting wails of the most common Blues guitar set-up. The app works like any standard tuner but has the benefit of being conveniently stored on your phone! It also has a great feature for more experienced guitarists, where you can create custom tunings and note ranges.

While smartphones are fantastic tools, sometimes they need a bit of support. Especially when running apps on-the-go, downloading from public WiFi and using your phone overseas, things can get a bit hairy. You might either find your phone contracts a virus, which could wipe all your apps and even your music library or that you can't access your favorite songs due to geo-blocking restrictions.

Fortunately, using a Virtual Private Network resolves all of these problems in one simple app. It will allow you to access music anywhere by bypassing licensing restrictions and protect your collection from attack. So while you're getting your daily fix of smooth blues riffs, install BufferedVPN to ensure access, safety and security and to allow you to carry on hunting down new tracks and collecting classic tunes.

Just because blues wasn't born in the twenty-first century, doesn't mean it can’t take part as well as its more contemporary successors. These five apps are a testimony to how the genre is still relevant and loved generations later and are essential downloads for any enthusiasts. These are only a few of the many blues apps available, but if you know of any others that should be on the list, then be sure to leave a comment below! 

..article written and submitted by Cassie, blogger at

see Part One HERE...

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