"simply the best way to learn the notes on the guitar neck"

An Idea Strikes

So somewhere around a year ago, after having played "recreational" guitar for over 20 years, I really decided to kick it into high gear and become a better guitarist. I'd actually played bass in a bunch of bands over a long period of time and, sadly to say, in order to accomplish that I only had to learn the open string notes and the notes on the first 2 strings for about the first three dots. Wow, rockin'.

So, being a new iPad owner, I thought it would be great to have an App to help me. I tried free ones and I tried pay ones and nothing ever really blew my skirt up. So I thought, "how hard could it be to write my own?" Turns out the answer is something along the lines of "Holy s&^t are you kidding me!?"

The Journey

Around August of 2011, I worked out the basic sub-routines and functions in and Excel spreadsheet using VBA. This was helpful in, at least getting some idea about what the thing should do.

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Screen shot from the first Excel prototype.

So in December of 2011, I signed up for an Apple developer account and began the painful uphill battle to learn Xcode and Objective-C.

"sorry--I just don't get it. OOP is like trying to learn to be a doctor in a different language while upside down on the back of a moving bus!"

I posted my whole log-journal here.

I'd say it took 4 months of so of early morning training videos and crash coding sessions to get the point where I could even start to have a credible conversation about Object Oriented Programming. I'm still a little foggy but getting there!



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