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Wanna Be The Next Slowhand? There’s An App For That

Legendary Fender fingerer Eric Clapton is the latest Rock God available to worship digitally. Both Slowhand and Bob Dylan have lent their art to an app for iPhone and iPad. The apps, from Little Black Songbook, include lyrics and chords for dozens of their tunes. There are even chord libraries and audio samples, just in case you were born yesterday and have never heard the chords for ‘Cocaine’.

Clapton’s app includes an array of his vintage work, like “Layla,” “Badge,” “Bell Bottom Blues,” “Crossroads,” “Cocaine,” “I Shot the Sheriff” and “Tears in Heaven”. The Bob Dylan app includes words and chords for “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall,” “Just Like a Woman,” “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door,” “Lay Lady Lay,” “Mr. Tambourine Man,” “Like a Rolling Stone,” “I Want You,” “All along the Watchtower” and “The Times They Are a-Changin’.”

Clapton has supplied over 80 tunes from his monster body of work, while the Dylan app has around 60. Playing guitar like Clapton is kind of a pipe-dream, and I doubt a simple app can give you the blues and the fluid magic EC has flowing through his veins. However, there’s a distinct possibility the Dylan app can teach you how to warble off-key and incoherent-like.

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