We’re excited to announce a new release of Guitar World Lick of the Day that adds The Beatles Lick Packs to our app for learning guitar on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. The new version arrives just in time to celebrate over one million downloads of Lick of the Day. Available on the iTunes App Store, Lick of the Day now offers two great new ways to learn cool guitar licks: Lick Packs and Lick Singles.
Since the launch of Guitar World Lick of the Day, users have requested licks from top artists as well as licks in specific styles. To deliver on those requests, we worked with our partners at Guitar World to create a new release of Lick of the Day that introduces seven Lick Packs: two The Beatles Lick Packs and five genre-specific Lick Packs that will help you master your chops in a wide range of styles. Each Lick Pack is available as an in-app purchase for only US$4.99.
The Beatles Lick Packs
The new release of Lick of the Day features two The Beatles packs. The Beatles: Vol. 1 includes ten classic riffs from “Blackbird,” “Yesterday,” “Ticket to Ride” and the last song recorded by all four Beatles, “The End.” The Beatles: Vol. 2 teaches you how to play ten timeless riffs from the Fab Four, including licks from “Paperback Writer,” “Day Tripper,” “Let It Be” and “Norwegian Wood,” the folk rock masterpiece that features the distinct sound of the sitar played by George Harrison.
When you watch Guitar World’s award-winning instructors demonstrate The Beatles licks, it’s practically impossible not to play along and learn the licks on your own guitar. Don’t forget to check out the Performance Notes that accompany each lick. You’ll find helpful tips that complement the video instruction.
Genre-Specific Lick Packs
In addition to The Beatles Lick Packs, the new version of Lick of the Day also offers five genre-specific Lick Packs as in-app purchases:
Blues Intro will help you master basic blues chops in the style of Jimmy Page, Johnny Winter, Billy Gibbons, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson and other blues greats. You’ll learn 12-bar shuffle rhythm patterns, walking bass lines, how to add fills and rhythm patterns, hybrid picking and palm muting, classic blues turnarounds, expressive elements such as finger slides, sweeps and bends, and more.
Acoustic Rock Essentials teaches you techniques used by acoustic rock’s greatest guitarists, including Pete Townshend, John Lennon, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, and Jimmy Page. This pack covers folk- and country-based rhythm and strumming patterns, how to spice up accompaniment patterns with hammer-ons and pull-offs, chord embellishments, Delta-style blues riffs, Eagles-style capo usage and more.
Classic Metal Essentials offers shred lessons in the style of Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Dimebag Darrell, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Yngwie Malmsteen, John Petrucci, and other British and American metal acts from the Eighties to today. This lick pack will teach you the techniques used by metal’s greatest guitar gods, such as thrash-style power-chord chugging, sweep picking, gallop rhythms, palm muting and more.
Bluegrass Essentials teaches you the basics of bluegrass such as standard strum accompaniment patterns in the keys of C and G, alternating bass lines, walk-ups, hammer-ons and pull-offs, flatpicking melodies, banjo-style forward and backward rolls, “old-timey” and traditional Irish fiddle-style licks with unison notes and “floaters,” and more. Plus, you’ll learn the tune “Whiskey Before Breakfast!”
Jazz Essentials will help you learn how to play licks in the style of Wes Mongontmery, Django Reinhardt, Les Paul, Al Di Meola, Miles Davis, and others. This pack includes lessons in modal thinking, playing bossa nova style, improvising over chord changes, performing walking bass lines, and more.
With these first seven Lick Packs, you can learn the Beatles riffs you’ve always loved and get in-depth instruction on your favorite playing styles. Keep a lookout for more amazing Lick Packs that we have in the works for Lick of the Day.
As if the Lick Packs didn’t provide enough new content choices, the new release of Guitar World Lick of the Day also introduces Lick Singles. Users from around the world have asked for the ability to pick their own licks. With Lick Singles, you can choose your own individual riffs from our extensive catalog of amazing licks. The catalog currently includes nearly 500 licks in a wide variety of styles, all demonstrated by Guitar World’s award-winning instructors or guitar celebrities such as Joe Satriani, Doug Aldrich and Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Each Lick Single is available for US$0.99. You can buy a set of twenty Lick Credits for only US$4.99 and use each Lick Credit to get a Lick Single at a huge discount.
With all the new content in Lick of the Day, we knew a key feature enhancement had to be more options for sorting licks. Thus, in the new version you can sort your licks by Recently Added, Recently Viewed, Favorites, Genre, Difficulty, Host, Techniques, Tuning, Lick Packs, and Subscription.
To help you learn and play licks more effectively, we added rhythm notation to the tabs for all licks. The new release also introduces A/B Looping which repeats a section of a lick’s tab or standard notation over and over again. You can touch and slide A and B markers to specify the beginning and end of the section that you want repeated. It’s great for practicing a challenging part of a lick that you really want to learn. Finally, we’ve also enhanced the sound font of Lick of the Day and added several new metronome sounds.
We hope you’ll download Guitar World Lick of the Day now. Check out the new Lick Packs and choose some Lick Singles that match your style. Let us know what you think of the new content and features by using the in-app tools for providing feedback.