Gibson partners with Amped to offer three months of free online guitar lessons

Featuring augmented reality guitar lessons.

Gibson has teamed up with Sweetwater and Amped to offer a free three-month premium subscription of guitar lessons on the latter’s iOS learning platform as more people find themselves in self-isolation due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Amped features a complete guitar learning system that covers basic to advanced techniques. Developed by a team of guitar teachers, Amped features hundreds of guided lessons that cover chords, soloing as well as songs from the catalogues of The Beatles, Santana and more.

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What sets Amped apart from other guitar tuition apps is its use of augmented reality. The app positions itself as a “two-way, online learning experience” that listens to what users play in order to “instinctively [adapt] the lesson”.

“In these unprecedented and uncertain times, we all could use a little inspiration for each other and for ourselves,” Gibson CEO JC Curleigh said in a statement. “With Gibson Gives, Sweetwater and Amped, we are literally providing that inspiration and opportunity for anyone who loves music and has always wanted to learn to play guitar.”

Amped CEO Daniel Katzenellenbogen called the partnership “one giant love letter to anyone wanting to learn [the guitar]”. “We’re proud to team up with Gibson and Sweetwater to help people learn guitar. Amped Guitar allows anyone to pick up a guitar and get an energised experience in their first lesson. We teach beginners without making them feel like beginners, which is a very powerful thing.”

Free subscriptions are only available in limited quantities – to register, search for Amped on the Apple App Store. An Android version of the app is expected to launch this year.

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