NAMM 2021: Gibson rolls out smartphone app with AR guitar lessons and play-along tabs

The app features licensed music from popular artists such as Billie Eilish, The Beatles and Foo Fighters.

NAMM 2021: Gibson’s new smartphone app aims to provide its users with guitar lessons at beginner to advanced levels. The Gibson App approaches music instruction with augmented reality lessons, play-along tabs and even has a direct link to its virtual guitar technician service.

Augmented reality learning

To make lessons interactive, the Gibson App features Audio Augmented Reality, which responds in real-time to user playing. All you need is a smartphone, an acoustic or electric guitar and a pair of headphones. The tech was developed in partnership with Sweden-based company Zoundio.

Lessons are categorised to either electric or acoustic guitar, with different genres and skill levels available. Each lesson is made up of play-along tabs, enhanced with audio-visual feedback.

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Gibson App Lessons
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Play-along tabs

Also offered are play-along tabs for licensed tracks from popular artists such as The Beatles, Foo Fighters, BB King, Eric Clapton and more. Each song can be set at different skill levels.

Virtual guitar tech

The Gibson App also links up with the brand’s Virtual Guitar Tech service, which launched last May. This lets players get a free one-on-one video consultation with a Gibson pro guitar tech, to self-perform basic guitar tune-up and maintenance tasks. However, you’ll have to own a Gibson, Epiphone, Kramer or Steinberger instrument to take advantage of the service.

Other handy features

Apart from the music education side of things, the app also has a built-in tuner that also covers alternate and chromatic tunings. It also links up to Gibson TV and various Gibson online stores.

The Gibson App is available for iOS and Android devices now for free.

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