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On the Music Path

“Learning your instrument doesn’t get any better than this

This app, although free, has the potential to set you back more money than many of you may be willing to spend but I would be remiss if I didn't mention it

On the Music Path

by On the Path LLC
Removed from the App Store

This app, although free, has the potential to set you back more money than many of you may be willing to spend but I would be remiss if I didn't mention it. On The Music Path offers users the unique opportunity to view lessons with well known performers such as Jackson Browne, Eric Johnson, Richard Thompson and Eric Tennant, to name a few. The lessons aren't cheap. They range from anywhere between two dollars to twenty dollars and last anywhere between 45 and 85 minutes. The lessons include musical notation, chord charts, lyrics (if applicable) and tablature notations that are synchronized to what is being played in the lesson. Some other nice features include both standard and tablature notation, the ability to set looping start and end points as well as adjusting the speed of the playback. I personally shelled out twenty bucks for the Eric Tennant lesson and I have been completely satisfied. I do understand though that the artists featured on this app are not going to appeal to a lot of players out there. I'd recommended downloading the app for free and seeing if any of the lessons or artists appeal to you. I would also suggest going to YouTube and doing a search for "on the music path" to view some sample videos including a nice demo video with actor Jeff Bridges (who actually does play guitar, as demonstrated in His Academy Award-winning performance in the film Crazy Heart). If the price isn't too much for you and you find the artist selection to your liking, I would be hard pressed to find a more enjoyable way to learn how to play music -- from the artists themselves.

What is it about?

“Learning your instrument doesn’t get any better than this.”

App Details

Music Education
Last updated
April 25, 2011
Release date
April 25, 2011

App Store Description

“Learning your instrument doesn’t get any better than this.”
Jac Holzman, Founder of Elektra Records.

“Equal parts intimate concert and music class, On the Music Path has to be one of the most ambitious iPad apps for guitarists built yet.” - Fretboard Journal

“Great app from great musicians” – Appolicious

Imagine getting a private guitar lesson from JACKSON BROWNE or RICHARD THOMPSON, jamming with ROSCOE BECK and ROBBEN FORD, learning to play ukulele from JAKE SHIMABUKURO, bluegrass from SEAN and SARA WATKINS or jazz piano from RUSSELL FERRANTE.

These are just a few of the extraordinary experiences made possible by “On the Music Path.”

“On the Music Path” offers beautifully filmed, in-depth lessons from a star-studded cast of world-renowned musicians.

Each lesson costs between $1.99 and $19.99 and includes 45-85 minutes of one-on-one lesson time with a master musician accompanied by musical notation, chord charts, lyrics and guitar tablature synchronized to the teacher’s playing. There are no subscriptions charges. And you can try out the first few chapters of any lesson for free.


In an age when more people are learning to play virtual pianos and plastic guitars than the real thing, On the Music Path wants to help you learn to play a real instrument from a real master.

There are no flashing lights to follow, no polyphonic note detection algorithms, no game leaderboards and no jam tracks laid down by a machine. Just carefully structured, one-on-one instruction from a master musician. Our user-interface lets you focus on learning to play an instrument instead of learning to use an application:

Tap anywhere in the notation to jump to that exact spot in the lesson. Swipe left or right to skip through a lesson’s chapters. It’s as simple as that.

You can even slow the video down and practice at your own pace or record yourself and hear how well you’re doing.

And in “practice” mode, you can view notation and tab full-screen, synchronized with either the teacher’s demonstration or the metronome. Use the metronome to automatically turn pages at any tempo you choose. Or manually turn pages with a single swipe or tap of the finger. Set in and out points to practice particular sections. And then when you’re ready, record yourself playing and email the recordings to your agent...


• JACKSON BROWNE breaks down the essential elements of his distinctive style in “Fingerpicking and Alternate Tunings”, a master class for intermediate guitarists

• RICHARD THOMPSON, named one of the Top 20 guitarists of all time by Rolling Stone, gives an advanced class on “Folk Rock Guitar”

• ERIC JOHNSON teaches the art of the electric guitar (featuring his solo "Cliffs of Dover" at both half- and full-speed with full transcription)

• JAKE SHIMABUKURO teaches Peace, Love and the Ukulele (featuring Jake’s amazing solo arrangement of George Harrison’s tune, "My Guitar Gently Weeps")

• Martin Signature Guitar Artist, KENNY SULTAN, gives beginners a step-by-step introduction to blues guitar and teaches intermediate students the secrets of “Fingerstyle Blues”

• Grammy®-award winner, SCOTT TENNANT, introduces beginning guitarists to some of the most beautiful pieces in the classical repertoire, including Pachelbel’s “Canon” and the “Romanza” by Tárrega

• And for those just getting started, singer-songwriter and guitarist, STEVE POSTELL, introduces all the fundamentals—from how to read chord charts to how to take a solo—and will quickly have you playing tunes such as “Teach Your Children” and “Peaceful Easy Feeling.”


We hope you enjoy.

And please send us your suggestions for how to improve the app or who you’d like to see included in our lineup: [email protected]

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