GhostGuitar is an app that will revolutionize the air guitar industry. No longer do you have to imagine the awesome sounds that you’re pumping out of your imaginary axe. Instead, you can use your talented hands to pump out actual power chords. As the promo blurb says, “Finally. A real air guitar.”
The app uses the front-facing camera in your iPhone or iPad 2 to track your hands, and then you strum with your right hand whilst fretting chords with your left. Sometimes, you can even pick individual strings.
Once you get used to it, the tracking works surprisingly well. It is most accurate at a couple of feet away – I had trouble getting it to see my hands from, further away, although if I put on a black t-shirt (the official air-guitar uniform) then I’d probably be ok.
You can pick guitars, choose chord progressions, use effects pedals, and there’s even a “Ghost Band” to accompany you.
There’s more. If you can sing (or not, I guess) then you can also record vocals on your masterpiece. Did I say “record”? Yes. You can record your work, and if you make a particularly excellent performance, you can save it as a sound or video file and then share it with whoever you love (or hate) the most.
I was a complete skeptic coming in, but the game turns out to be pretty awesome. It’s no Garage Band, but you’re pretty much guaranteed to get more than $2 worth of fun out of it. A bargain.