What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Magic Guitar is a music app where players hold the iPhone sideways and play melodies by pressing down on beams of light as they scroll by, dragging fingers to bend notes, and shaking the device to create a vibrato effect. The game is free to play and comes with a handful of songs. Additional songs must be purchased using a premium currency called "Shred." Players can listen in on other players' performances from around the world, but there's no chatting. If players log in with their Facebook account, their Facebook profile picture will be visible to others using the app. Usernames sometimes include iffy language.
Is it any good?
MAGIC GUITAR teaches real guitar techniques like pitch-bending and vibrato, and lets players develop their sense of melody and rhythm while playing along to familiar tunes from pop artists like Coldplay and Lady Gaga, as well as traditional and children's tunes. The songs take practice to play in tune, and players can share performances via Twitter, Facebook, email, and online leaderboards. Overall, it's a unique and enjoyable app that encourages real-life musicianship.