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By Any Other Name

By Any Other Name
by Gary Woods

Years ago I had a program running on the Atari Computer of all things called Band in a Box. What the program does is play the background for a piece of music in any key and with an amazing array of styles so you can practice along with it. The cool part is you can slow the tempo down without changing the pitch so you can work out what you want to do then bring the tempo back up to where you want it to be. Well that program is still around but now it retails for about $100.

When I see anything these days I naturally assume there’s an “App for That” and with a little digging in the iTunes store I came up with Capo Touch by SuperMegaUltraGroovy, Inc. which sells for $10 with versions for both OSX and iOS version.

The wrinkle that Capo touch brings to the table is chord recognition. The feature works pretty well but it is definitely not perfect however you can go in and edit chords that it gets wrong. If you’d like to go over a certain section of a song with Capo Touch you can break the song into sections such as verse, chorus, bridge etc. and then transpose those sections into the key and tempo you’d like to play them in.  One thing Capo Touch doesn’t do however is print out a Chord Chart which means you’d have to watch the screen and write out the chords as they go by.

If you’re a budding musician or just like to have fun playing an instrument Capo Touch is a simple reasonable way to get your dreams off the ground.

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors and he is a Broker/Associate at Sotheby’s International Realty.