Guitar World Lick of the Day
Agile Partners Technologies, LLC
Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.
Requires iOS 3.0 or later.
Age Rating: 4+
Free (with in-app purchases for extra tutorials)
Guitar World Lick of the Day is a useful, well designed iOS app that offers just what its name implies: a fresh guitar lick every day for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch users who subscribe to the service through this free app.
A collaboration between Guitar World Magazine and Agile Partners (winners of a 2010 Apple Design Award for their Tab Toolkit app), Lick of the Day offers three subscription options: 1 month for $5.99, three months for $15.99, and 6 months for $23.99.
Lick of the Day offers a rich user experience, with text description, helpful video tutorials featuring Guitar World editors and celebrity musicians like Zakk Wylde and Joe Satriani, and notation that rolls along with a midi version of the lick played at the tempo of your choice, from one tenth to twice as fast as the original. On the iPhone and iPod touch, these pieces are on different screens. On the iPad, however, you can see it all at once, which is helpful. The iPad also offers two modes: Video Mode where the notation plays along with the video; or Practice mode where the notation plays along with the midi file.
The tutorials range in style from metal, to rock, to blues, to country and jazz and in levels ranging from Easy to Expert. If there’s a downside to this rich user experience, it’s the hefty size of the application. When purchased from the App store, Lick of the Day weighs in at a whopping 150MB – and that’s with just five sample licks. I imagine that with a month or three of daily videos, space on your iOS devices may become an issue. By default, the App is set to delete older licks first (you can always go back and redownload licks). It is also set to download new licks automatically, but you can choose to download manually instead.
I’ve really been enjoying this app and if you’re a guitar player, chances are you’ll like it too. The download is free and the included five tutorials give you a good idea of what to expect, should you decide to purchase one of the in-app subscription packages. A backing track would be a nice addition to this app, allowing you to apply your new lick instead of just repeating it, but then again, that would add to the overall size of the already large tutorial files.