2008-04-04

iPod Fingerpicking

My current favourite homebrew application on my newly hacked iPod Touch is “Guitarist”. It turns the iPod into a tiny 6-string acoustic guitar with four frets visible at once. It can be a bit clunky at times, and there’s no way to strum it at the moment, but it’s a fun little toy.

Guitarist Fretboard

I’ve been trying to come up with some some interesting-sounding fingerpicking tunes to play on it. It’s not easy to fingerpick on a touchscreen that offers no tactile feedback, is annoyingly vague about where one string stops and the next begins, and when you’re actually playing with two thumbs instead of fingers, but I think I’ve got there:

You are my Sunshine (iPod)

Even better, here’s the tab.

          A                 D
|-------|-----------------|-----------------|-----2---0-------|
|-----0-|-2---2-----2-1-2-|-------------0-1-|-3-----------3---|
|---2---|-----------------|-2---2-----2-----|---2---2---2---2-|
|-2-----|---2---2---2-1-2-|---2---2---------|-0---0---0---0---|
|-------|-0---0---0-------|-0---0---0-------|-----------------|
|-------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|


  A                       D                       A
|-----------------------|-----2-------2---2-0---|-----------------------|
|-2-------2-------2-0-2-|-3-------3-----------3-|-2-------2-----------0-|
|-----2-------2---------|---2-------2-----2-0---|-----2-------2-----2---|
|---2-------2-----2-0-2-|-0-----0-------0-------|---2-------2-----2---2-|
|-0-----0-------0-------|-----------------------|-0-----0-------0---0---|
|-----------------------|-----------------------|-----------------------|


  A       E         A
|-----------------|-----------------|
|-2-2---2-0-0---0-|-----2---2-------|
|-----------------|-2-----------2---|
|---2---2---------|---2-------2-----|
|-0---0-----2---2-|-0-----0-------0-|
|---------0---0---|-----------------|

Comments

ant on 2008-04-14 at 07:07 said:

Download iJailbreak, run it, follow the on-screen instructions, wait 45 seconds whilst it installs. Easy!

The latest apps I’ve installed are a Genesis emulator and an ear trainer for musical inversions and chords. I’m tempted by the utility that will play music from anywhere on the flash disk eliminating the need for iTunes.

Worth it? Until the official app store opens in June, I don’t think it’s worth having a Touch that isn’t jailbroken.

Jeff on 2008-04-14 at 07:52 said:

My wife just bought herself an iPod Touch and I’ve been wondering whether its worth the stress of jailbreaking it.

How did you do yours? And was it worth it?

About the only thing she’s missed so far is syncing of Notes, and of Delicious Library content (which used Notes)