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Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Innovative, versatile, and futuristic emulator.

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This app can be tough to learn because of the unconventional chord structure and layout. Plus, there are no tutorials or demos to listen to.


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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that OMGuitar is an innovative emulator with six different guitar sounds to choose from, dozens of effects, and more than 300 chords to master. While the app has a bit of a steep learning curve, it sounds great and lets you record your playing to listen to at a later time.

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Is it any good?

What do you get when you cross a guitar, synthesizer, and a touchscreen tablet? The answer is OMGUITAR. The neon-infused app has you strumming strings as you would a real electric guitar, but the interface for choosing chords is radically different. Only one finger is needed to play all the common chords, and one additional finger is needed for special chords -- totaling more than 300 in total. You can pick, pluck, bend, and mute strings like the real thing. You're encouraged to hold the iPad on your lap so you can use both hands on the screen at the same time. The app offers six guitars along with effects, such as distortion, reverb, delay, flanger, and wah-wah. You can record your handiwork and play it back later. Too bad there's no easy way to share the recording, though. Overall, OMGuitar is a versatile and great-sounding guitar simulator -- but be prepared for a learning curve as you tackle the unique interface.

App details

  • Device: iPad
  • Price: $2.99
  • Release date: January 12, 2011
  • Category: Music
  • Publisher: Amidio Inc.
  • Version: 1.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.2 or later
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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