JPM Register.com!!!

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Welcome to JPMregister.com! The object behind this site is to track and record all of the John Petrucci model guitars that exist. Currently we are only tracking the Ibanez JPM guitars, but tracking for his new Ernie Ball Music Man guitars is in the works. This site will undergo constant changes for a while, while new features are added, and the design is changed. If you own an Ibanez JPM guitar, pleas register it with the register link above. If you do not have a place to host pictures, you can email them to me here.

The Top 5 Free Guitar Effects Apps Available

When I started looking into guitar effects apps I the sheer amount of information overwhelmed me. I found it easiest to just try each one of them out and then decide. If you’re also struggling to find the right fit for you, try out one of my top 5 picks:

5. Guitar Gym Guitar Gym

If you understand the importance of fitness for musicians and endurance Guitar Gym is the app for you. The outstanding app provides you with simple 2-minute exercises that keep you sharp. It’s full of practice exercises which help your technique progress and aid you in your path to glory.

You can customize the workout, but no matter your choice it will test both your left and right-hand capabilities to the limit. Various segments of exercises with three difficulty levels will hone your skill, as you’re playing along to the tab player. The timer and adjustable metronome are there to keep you on track. It lives up to the hype and its rating of 9.9 on appcrawlr.

4. iShred iShred

iShred provides you with a full experience, no matter the type of sound you want. The interface is very accessible, and the app makes for a good learning platform. It even provides support for left-handed guitarists.

It has an enormous library of 2000+ built-in chords, scales and frets positions you can use to create your songs. You can export songs as WAV or MIDI AIRPLAY and send them to your computer through iTunes file sharing. All in all, I give it a solid gold star.

3. Stompbox Stompbox

If you’re one of the people, who love experimenting with effects pedals but runs on a tight budget this app is perfect for you. It has 17 effects, a 4 Track Recorder and a Media Player, making playing around on it fun and exciting.

While some apps are unsuitable for acoustic guitars (due to amp EQs), this one lets you bypass the EQs allowing your sound to shine through. Stompbox also improves your control over the foot pedals, as physical pedals mean limited control. For a price lower than that of one effects pedal, you gain an indispensable tool for your musical progress.

2. GarageBand GarageBand

Let’s be honest, who hasn’t dreamed of starting up a band in their garage? The fact that  GarageBand app gives you a feeling of having a band in your pocket is a huge part of its appeal.

The choice is yours: choose one of the four instruments offered or plug your guitar in and start jamming. You can even play and record sessions with your friends, no matter their location, using just Wi-Fi, the app and the power of friendship. It’s a full-blown recording studio just for you, completely free of charge.

1. Songsterr Tabs & Chords Songsterr Tabs & Chords

This app (Songsterr Tabs & Chords) is simply amazing! The free version lets you poke around and access all the features via 15sec song previews, while the full version has over 500,000 tabs and chords. If you’re already subscribed to a paid plan on their website you can get the full version for no extra charge.

It’s perfect for somebody learning to play as it has a slow down tab playback which comes in handy for learning tricky parts of songs. It also gives you a few seconds to prepare after pressing play, unlike some other apps.

I found their chromatic tuner excellent, and their sorting system blew me away. I definitely recommend trying out the free version and checking out what the fuss is about!

I hope this list was useful and helpful for you! If you would like to share your experience using one of these or other effects apps leave a comment.

Get Fit In the Great Outdoors

Exercise is good for your health. You can choose from different forms of exercises, including running, cycling, weightlifting, etc.

A combination of cardiovascular and strength training exercises is most ideal if you want to lose weight and tone your muscles. You can enroll in a gym or exercise in your own home, but if you want to get the most of your workout, you should choose to exercise outdoors.

 

You can take a walk, jog around the park, or hike in the mountains. Hiking is especially beneficial since it allows you to see nice views, breathe fresh air, smell nature, and get fitter all at the same time.

It is a great cardio exercise that can reduce your risk of heart diseases, improve your blood sugar levels and blood pressure, boost your bone density, and strengthen your quadriceps, glutes, and hamstrings.

Hiking also tones the muscles in your legs, strengthens your core, improves your balance, boosts your mood, and helps maintain a healthy weight. Researchers have found that hiking is effective in fighting against anxiety and stress. In fact, being around nature is ingrained in your DNA.

In order for you to get the most of your hiking experience, see to it that you wear the right clothing and bring the right gear.

You have to be particularly meticulous with the shoes that you wear. Since you will be spending hours traversing treacherous and rough paths, it is crucial for you to wear a pair of good hiking shoes.

You can choose from trail shoes, light hiking boots, mid-weight hiking boots, mountaineering boots, and backpacking boots. Keep in mind that foot protection and durability are your priority. Your shoes should be able to protect your feet from the elements and prevent injury, as well as last for a long time.

The most comfortable hiking shoes are typically made of rugged materials, such as full-grain leather, suede, nylon, and split-grain leather.

You can go with standard hiking shoes if you prefer to hike in mild conditions. However, it may be best to go with waterproof hiking shoes in case it suddenly rains or snows.

Take note that no matter how sturdy the shoes are, they are useless if they do not fit you properly. Good hiking shoes feel snug around the balls and insteps of your feet but are loose enough to let your feet flex forward comfortably.

They should also have enough room for your toes to wiggle in. They should not be too wide or too large for your feet, and your heels have to stay in place inside them.