Strum-strum

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for iPhone and iPad

So much fun! ★★★★★ -- fxsister
Great app! So much fun. No need to lug your acoustic guitar to the campfire anymore.
Love it! ★★★★★ -- G*2014*G
Love this app! Super fun!

Version 1.1 now available!

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Using Strum-strum

Making music with Strum-strum is pretty straightforward. You can swipe up and down across the fretboard, tap the strings individually, or use the provided buttons for different playback features.

Strum-strum on the iPhone.

The large arrow buttons on the right perform fast (solid strums) in the down and up directions and enable you to play complex, convincing rhythms by alternating between 'up' and 'down'. Note that the lower button plays one or two fewer strings in the chord, simulating the lighter touch of an upstroke on a real guitar.

The left and right arrow buttons at the bottom left cycle through the chords in the currently selected group.

The chord names on the top left also function as buttons, providing an easy way to skip from one chord to another.

The small 'x' button at the right edge stops all currently playing sounds.

Using the Chord Editor

Strum-strum comes with a simple yet powerful chord editor for selecting and defining chords to be used in groups. To start the Chord Editor, from the main screen tap the pencil icon at the bottom and choose "Chords".

Strum-strum chord editor.

Inside the Chord Editor, you can simply tap the strings at the location where you want to place a fingering. Tapping an existing fingering clears it, and long pressing the string will mute the string when the chord is played.

To place a fingering higher or lower on the fretboard, simply drag the neck of the guitar to the desired location.

By default, a chord called "UC1" is created which allows you to play around in the editor without affecting any "real" chords. When you are ready to start making your own chords, tap the ellipsis ("...") button beside the chord name and select "Create New". After you have entered a name for your new chord, changes you make in the editor will now automatically update this new chord.

To edit an existing chord, tap the chord name from the list of available chords and start making your changes. Edits are saved automatically.

To delete an existing chord, tap the ellipsis button and then the small 'x' beside the chord name in the list.

To rename a chord, tap the chord name itself to bring up the keyboard and give it a new name.

To test the current chord, tap the "Play Chord" button.

Using the Group Editor

The Group Editor is where you can organize chords into groups which typically represent songs or families of songs in a particular key. A group can contain up to 12 unique chords. To start the Group Editor, from the main screen tap the pencil icon at the bottom and choose "Groups".

Strum-strum group editor.

If you like, you can modify the default group by adding and removing chords to it. Before too long, you will most likely want to start creating new groups, e.g. "Hotel California", "Jazzy Chords", etc.

To create a new chord group, tap the ellipsis ("...") button beside the group name and select "Create New". After you have entered a name for your new group, you will have a new blank group where you may add your chords.

To delete an existing group, tap the ellipsis button and then the small 'x' beside the group name in the list.

To rename a group, tap the chord name itself to bring up the keyboard and give it a new name.

Note that the default group cannot be deleted or renamed.

To select a group in the main (player) screen, tap the group name on the top right to display the list of available groups.

Using the Tuning Editor

The Tuning Editor is where you can select and edit tunings. To start the Tuning Editor, from the main screen tap the pencil icon at the bottom and choose "Tunings".

Strum-strum tuning editor.

To create a new tuning, tap the ellipsis ("...") button beside the tuning name and select "Create New". After you have entered a name for your new tuning, you can use the step buttons next to each string to tune that string up or down from its original pitch.

To delete an existing tuning, tap the small 'x' beside the chord name in the list.

To rename a tuning, tap the tuning name to bring up the keyboard and change the name.

To select a tuning in the main (player) screen, tap the tuning name on the bottom right to display the list of available tunings. Note that changing tunings requires a rebuild of all the chords in the current group, and this may take some time.