By Andy Patrizio
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Guitarists have long had the option of a wallet-sized amp with a headphone plug, so they can plug in their guitar and no one else hears them play. But what if you are stuck on a six-hour plane ride? You can’t take a nail clipper on the plane these days, let alone a guitar.
Well, if the TSA doesn’t confiscate your iPad, yo uczn use MoForte’s Power Chord, an app that turns your tablet into a guitar. All you need to do is strum the screen. You can strum or pick strings, adjust the effects and even shake your iPad like using a whammy bar to channel your inner Hendrix. You can even do string scraping, where you simulate the effect of running a guitar pick down the string for that descending screech sound.
It has a built-in composer, so you can either record your strumming or simple create songs by picking from its library of 5,000 chords and then telling the song to repeat X number of times before moving on to something else. With a few taps and strums of your iPad, you can compose a song, all without picking up a guitar.
Power Chord will be available as a free download from MoForte this quarter. MoForte eventually plans to sell songs, sound effects packs and other add-ons to the app.