Roland has launched Guitar Friend Jam, a free, downloadable social media application for guitar players.
The software gives musicians the chance to improve their skills, network and showcase their talents with like-minded guitarists from around the world. Users can download free practice songs from Roland, share workout records on Twitter and even compete with others.
Available for Windows and Mac OS X, Guitar Friend Jam automatically downloads a suite of practice songs after the application is installed. The play-along songs cover popular musical styles such as rock, pop, jazz, metal, and more, featuring full-band arrangements minus guitars. Users can also upload MP3 files stored on their computer and jam with their favourite tunes.
Players are required to download the free software from this website, follow the instructions and connect a compatible GK-pickup equipped guitar – such as the GC-1 Stratocaster – to a Roland GR-55, VG-99, or VB-99 system. By connecting to a computer via USB, Guitar Friend Jam is then ready to use.
"Guitar Friend Jam is an amazing way to have fun and improve your guitar playing at the same time. The Roland GR-55 guitar synth is a great companion for Guitar Friend Jam," said Gary Lenaire, product and marketing manager, Roland Guitar Division and Boss U.S.