There’s not much you can get for $0.99 these days. If you are a banjo player, you’d be lucky to get a single banjo string for a buck, much less a new pick, or some new licks to learn.
But wait… That’s just what you get from Pocket Lick Banjo 2, created by Bennett Sullivan and Jiri Markalous for iPhones and iPads.
The original Pocket Lick Banjo app sold for $2.99, now with 60 different licks, phrases, and backup passages in both Scruggs and melodic style. It displays the lick in tab, has audio playback of each phrase, and video to watch it being played in real time.
Banjo 2 offers 35 new licks taken from banjo masters like Earl Scruggs, Scott Vestal, Noam Pikelny and others. Like its predecessor, there is loopable video of each example played slowly, plus audio of it played up to speed with guitar backing, and the lick displayed in tab.
It is expected to be released in the next few days in the iOS app store for $0.99. Such a deal!
Bennett and Jiri are also working on a new app called Tunefox. They say it will help intermediate-level banjo players move from an all-tab learning method to playing more by ear.
Look for both new banjo apps in the very near future. Pocket Lick Banjo 2 will be available on December 17. Tunefox is scheduled to hit in Spring 2016.