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Get The Grateful Dead – Europe ’72: Rock Prodigy™ App

Grab Your Guitar And Jam Along With The Dead!

Whether you are picking up a guitar for the first time or are a long-time rocker, the Grateful Dead – Europe ’72: Rock Prodigy™ will improve your skills as you play along, note-for-note, to Jerry Garcia’s guitar. The app acts as your personal music teacher, walking you through songs from the legendary tour and providing feedback as you hit each note.

In addition to featuring iconic songs like "Jack Straw," "Ramble on Rose," and "Sugar Magnolia," professional Rock Prodigy® lessons are included in the app to get you started with beginner lessons ranging from holding a guitar to groovy rhythms, chords, and scales. Every song has multiple skill levels and uses the actual re-mastered, live-recorded tracks. Take a trip back to 1972 with the band and jam alongside as they journey throughout Europe. Start off by learning the basic rhythms and chord progressions and work your way up to soloing along with Jerry!

Download the app here.

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my "review"

The app is pretty cool, but the transcriptions and performance-selections are inconsistent and somewhat confusing.

Both the performance and tab for Jack Straw are good. What is particularly good about the tab is that moves between Jerry's and Bob's parts exactly where you want: when Jerry is playing almost nothing, the tab is on Bob; when Jerry tosses off a lick, its tabbed out. Jerry's solo -- it's all there, and it's a nice one too. So far so good!

But then you look at the tab for China Cat and its all Jerry all the time. I would bet that nobody needs the tab to know how to move from the F to G chord while Jerry is singing, but I bet lots of people would like to know how to play Bob's signature riff throughout the tune, but you don't get it here. Similarly, the tab of Jerry's solos are fine (although I think the shift in positioning during the standard theme halfway through the second solo is wrong), but why not tab out Bob's playing on the third solo where Jerry is just knocking around some chords and letting Bob drive the train?

I suppose there are reasons to just stick with Jerry's part, but it would be nice to know whether that's what you'll get with a particular tune, or whether you'll get a broader and better picture like with the Jack Straw tab.

Then there is the actual performance (not song) selection. I have tabbed out many a Jerry solo. I would never take the time to transcribe the Bertha or UJB solo's offered here. Bertha's just a bit lackluster (first tune played in a studio setting, Jerry gets all the lyrics wrong, the solo is tepid) and features Jerry dropping a whole lotta turds. Similarly, UJB has a few cool riffs, but Jerry gets uncharacteristically out of position more than once, and much of his solo is just plain bad.

I have no idea why anybody would want to learn either of those solos note for note.

Bottom line: I wish Rock Prodigy were more consistent in what they were going to transcribe from tune to tune, and I REALLY wish they were more thoughtful about the performances that they chose to transcribe.

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iPod touch user

hi 9mileskid,

Sometimes if there is a interruption with the server when the app is downloading it can cause corruption to the files. We have had a few reports of this and the 'fix' is to delete the app and re-install from the Apple App Store. Sometimes it takes a couple attempts.

Also please verify that you are running iOS version is 5.0 or later, and that there is at least 1.0 GB of free space remaining.

Sorry again for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

Also, please feel free to email us at contact@rockprodigy.com for further trouble shooting.

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If I turn off Wifi, the game works, when the Wifi is on, it comes on breifly the returns to the incon...

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iPod touch user

I bought the app a couple of days ago, same issue. I've tried all the suggestions to fix it. Did you find out what the problem is? Operating system?

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Bertha

Bertha (Bremen, West Germany 4/21/72) is now available in Grateful Dead - Europe ’72: Rock Prodigy app!! http://bit.ly/GDU72-RP

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Europe ’72: Rock Prodigy App UPDATE

Some people have been experiencing "quit-outs" with the app. We released an app update this week. Please delete the app from your iOS device, then go to the Apple App Store and "update" the Grateful Dead - Europe ’72: Rock Prodigy.

With the new update you will also be able to get access to a new song from the Europe '72 tour! This week we released "I Know You Rider" (Newcastle, England 4/11/1972) and next week will be Bertha (Bremen, West Germany 4/21/1972).

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Bass version

ranan,

We hope to develop a bass version in the future. Thank you for your patience as we develop Grateful Dead - Europe ’72: Rock Prodigy.

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additional tunes?

augustwest,

We just released the new update v1.0.1 today. With the new update you will be able to access a new song every week. Real-time interactive songs are $1.99. Today's release is I Know You Rider! Here is the link to the Apple App store: http://bit.ly/GDU72-RP

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additional tunes?

In the video, the guy says they'll be making an additional tune available every week. Have they started doing that yet? What are they charging per tune?

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I have..

..no idea what this is!

I'd better phone my son and have him explain.

Keep up badger!

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