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Fender is working on guitar apps for beginners and pros alike

Engadget Engadget 9/08/2016 Billy Steele
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Mobile apps that help you keep your guitar in tune are nothing new, but now a big name in the instrument game is getting in on the action. Today Fender announced its Tune app for iOS, offering yet another option for tuning your guitar or bass with your trusty handset. The software is part of the iconic guitar maker's quest to provide tools to players at all skill levels through its Fender Digital subsidiary. The tuner app is the first product to launch from the effort.

Fender Tune is available for iOS devices free of charge, and like other options that are already available, it provides guitarists of all levels a way to keep an instrument in tune without having to carry a separate piece of gear. The company says that unlike those other apps, Tune helps beginners learn the importance of tone, from basic strumming to setting up an amplifier. There are both automatic and manual tuning tools, with the former being the feature where the app "listens" as the player hits a string and guides them to the proper note. Manual mode plays an audible tone so more advanced users can tune by ear.

There's also a chromatic tuner for getting a string to a specific spot on the scale and step-by-step guidance for those who are picking up a guitar for the very first time. In addition to Open G and 20 other preset tunings, the app also lets you store any custom configurations for easy access. This means that if you're trying to learn some Deftones riffs, you can have the app direct you to Drop C# with ease during a practice session. If you're looking to try it out for yourself, Fender Tune is available now in Apple's App Store.


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