Coheed and Cambria's Travis Stever | The Big 5

How sweeping generalizations, a toy tape recorder, and a Gibson freebie loom large for the cosmic progger.

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This collection of apps can help you with learning tunes, mapping out the fretboard, navigating a tricky lick, or even inhumane metronome practice.

More than ever before, guitarists are on the go. Finding time to sneak in a bit of practice is tougher than ever. Below are a handful of apps that will not only open your musical mind, but make more mundane tasks a bit easier.

SØLO

Cleverly designed by fusion guitarists Tom Quayle and David Beebee, this app helps you visualize how to navigate chord and scale tones all over the neck. It comes loaded with tons of progressions and challenges you to snake through by hitting the correct notes.

$14.99

solotrainer.app

IREAL PRO

This modern, tablet-friendly version of the famed "illegal" Real Book that sprouted up in the '70s is a treasure trove of changes to thousands of jazz, pop, rock, and country tunes. The app also allows you to choose style, tempo, key, and more to create customized play-alongs.

$14.99

irealpro.com

1CHART

You don't have to be a session cat in Nashville to get the most out of this sleek app that aims to make your charts clean and easy to read. Using simple Nashville-style notation, you can create charts with either numbers or chord symbols, rhythmic figures, and much more.

$15.99
1chartapp.com

GUITAR NOTE ATLAS

Imagine this app is your handy travel guide to nearly every possible scale, chord, and arpeggio around. It features a bass mode, left-handed mode, and the ability to view both a single position and the entire fretboard at the same time.

$4.99
guitarnoteatlas.com

AMAZING SLOW DOWNER

If you're trying to get inside the licks of Vai, Satriani, Yngwie, or EVH, there will likely come a time when the notes are simply going by too fast. This app can tap into your streaming service and create customized loops, adjust the tempo, or even raise and lower the pitch of a tune.

$14.99

ronimusic.com

FENDER PLAY

The focus of Fender's instructional app is to get your favorite songs under your fingers quickly, while teaching the fundamentals of good technique. The extensive song library covers everyone from the Beatles to Billie Eilish, in addition to courses on bass and ukulele.

$44.99/year

fender.com

GIBSON APP

Inside this all-in-one app is a deep collection of instructional materials, song tutorials, a tuner, and a progressive learning path that uses augmented reality to help you better recognize what you're doing right and wrong.

$14.99/month

gibson.com

ULTIMATE GUITAR TABS

This app serves as an extension of the largest collection of user-sourced guitar tab on the internet. Nearly every style of guitar is represented here, and the app also includes backing tracks, transposable chord charts, and much more.

$5.99/month
ultimateguitar.com

GUITAR PRO

One of the more popular guitar notation programs is available in a mobile version that will let you view pro-looking tab on the go. There are 19 available sounds, support for 4- to 8-stringed instruments, a mySongBook portal to learn your favorite songs, a metronome, and extensive looping controls.

$6.99
guitar-pro.com

HUMANOME

Only the mind of Wayne Krantz could come up with this twisted take on a metronome. It's designed to not only improve your internal clock, but help you adapt quickly to sudden changes in tempo. If you're feeling adventurous, then make sure to check out inhumanome mode.

$2.99
waynekrantz.com

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A bold fusion of Santa Ana and Fullerton styles yields a wide range of vintage-to-modern sounds.

Daring styling. Transparent onboard electronics. Powerful tone controls.

No passive operation. Hard to access upper frets.

$699

Jackson X Series Concert Bass CBXNT DX IV
jacksonguitars.com

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I remember the extreme reactions when the PRS Silver Sky was introduced. The mashup (some might say, clash) of two well-known and classic designs was an earthly manifestation of sacrilege to some. The Jackson X Series Concert Bass CBXNT DX IV could be the Silver Sky's bottom-end equivalent: design elements from two legendary instruments fearlessly thrown together to create something new. The mix already has folks talking. But the real question is whether there is more to this bass than the mix of Fender-style P/J and Rickenbacker visual cues?

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As part of their 10th anniversary celebration, Positive Grid proudly announces Experience Jimi Hendrix Official Gear Collection for Spark and BIAS FX 2. Created in collaboration with Authentic Hendrix, LLC, this official, curated collection offers interactive access to the tones, historic gear, imagery and storied performance moments of the most celebrated guitar icon of all time.

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The new Orion Series guitar from the Aluminati combines lightweight aerospace grade aluminum neck with Lucite body for an instrument that offers more sustain and far less maintenance than any other guitar on the market. The ergonomically designed Orion guitars are produced with sustainable manufacturing techniques and contain high post consumer content materials.

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