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Guitar Chords and Tablature
The high level of portability offered by a Windows Mobile device makes it an ideal repository for all sorts of information you might want to take with you – making your Windows Phone a superb way to recall guitar chords!
Using your Windows Mobile for guitar chords might seem a crazy idea to begin with – but given that the high quality graphical display is perfect for relaying all sorts of information, with the right software it should be a simple matter to learn guitar chords from your Windows Mobile.
You don’t even have to stop at chords – there are apps available that will help you learn what notes are where on your guitar, allowing you to learn to make your own way up and down the neck.
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Windows Mobile Guitar Chords
For learning just guitar chords, Chords uses the RoadLingua dictionary system and is available for download from Softpedia. Using Chords is simply a case of selecting the relevant chord from a list and following the illustration in the lower portion of the screen.
Unfortunately, Chords isn’t 100% free – but it does feature a huge number of chord diagrams so a purchase of this app might be worth your while.
There are alternatives however – SongBook can be installed both on Windows and Windows Mobile and this features an even larger selection of chords. Again as with Chords, SongBook is Shareware.
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As well as using rocking out with Windows Mobile guitar chords, a freeware app is available to aid with learning just what note is where on the neck of a guitar. Becoming familiar with what note is where on a guitar is one of the key steps to becoming a competent guitarist, so a tool like SightReader for Guitar is invaluable.
SightReader for Guitar can be used to test your knowledge of notes and chords (no scales are preset – however you can set the app to test you on a preselected range of notes) – it does this by displaying a note in traditional musical notation and asking you to tap the corresponding note on the on-screen guitar neck.
Part educational game and part tool, SightReader for Guitar is available from FreewarePocketPC.net. It’s also customizable – additional chords can be added!
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Read Guitar Tab on Windows Mobile
An alternative to straightforward chord diagrams is guitar tab - chords are represented on notation designed for guitarists by a series of numbers rather than circles, with the numbers indicating which frets to play the strings at.
TablEdit is a tablature (also known as "tab") format with a Windows Mobile app to accompany the Windows desktop version. Unfortunately, the application is quite expensive ($59) so you should only really consider it if you plan to create and edit your own tabs.
Demo versions of TablEdit for desktop, mobile and other platforms are available from www.tabledit.com.