The Magic Guitar app lets you strum your fingers across the screen of an iPhone or iPod Touch and produce electric guitar sounds that make you feel like a rock legend. The Palo Alto, Calif.-based company is positioning the free app as the instrument that will help you climb the stairway to heaven or the highway to hell. You can learn how to play it just in time to entertain your thrilled relatives as Christmas dinner.
The app joins Smule’s other music apps including Magic Piano, MadPad, I Am T-Pain, Ocarina, Glee Karaoke and Magic Fiddle. You play the Magic Guitar by holding your hone like a guitar neck. Beams of light appear to guide you and you strum songs from The Rolling Stones to KISS. Shake the phone to create vibrato, drag your fingers to bend the pitch, and choose from different sounds and speeds. “No practice is necessary,” Smule says, unless of course you want to be listened to for a long time.
Smule provided videos of the Magic Guitar in action. Those YouTube videos are great marketing vehicles for the company’s apps, as they show users just how simple it is to play them. The song book includes a catalog of artists including The Rolling Stones, Coldplay, KISS, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Sublime, Credence Clearwater Revival, Santana, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Styx, Poison, Bruno Mars, Train and more.
You can score your way to the top, getting rewards for playing and leveling up to unlock achievements and badges. You can look at the Smule globe and see others near you playing songs, and you can share your performances on the Smule globe, Twitter, Facebook or email.
Check out the faux Jimi Hendrix playing the Star-Spangled Banner:
And Smule co-founder Ge Wang playing Scarborough Fair.