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  • Yousician’s Metallica guitar course can help unleash your inner Eddie Munson
    por Nathan Ingraham el 19 agosto, 2022 a las 14:00

    Just as it is to Eddie Munson in Stranger Things 4, Metallica’s «Master of Puppets» is, to me, the “most metal ever.” I spent my teen years obsessively learning the guitar, and Metallica was one of my biggest influences. The combination of vocalist and rhythm guitarist James Hetfield’s thrash riffs and progressive song structures along with lead guitarist Kirk Hammett’s shredding gave me plenty to try and master. I was never quite fast or precise enough to fully nail Metallica’s hardest songs, but I could do a pretty decent impression when I was on my game.Some 20-plus years later, I am decidedly not on my game, having only played sporadically over the last decade. I’ve tried getting back into playing in fits and starts, but nothing has really stuck. Just recently, though, Finnish company Yousician came on my radar thanks to a collaboration with — who else? — Metallica.At a high level, the Yousician software listens to your guitar playing and matches it to the lesson or song you’re trying to play, giving you a higher score depending on how accurate you are. The app features courses and songs for guitar, piano, bass, ukulele and vocals, but my time was only spent on the guitar section.For people who’ve never played before, there are loads of introductory lessons — but the most interesting thing about Yousician for someone like me are the song transcriptions. The app is loaded up with tons of popular songs that have, in my limited testing, fairly accurate transcriptions that help you learn to play along with the original recording. Queuing a song up brings up a continuously scrolling tablature overview of the song; play along with it and Yousician will try and tell you if you hit a chord right on the beat, whether you’re a little early or late or whether you blew it completely.From what I can tell, the vast majority of the music on Yousician has been recorded by session musicians — so you’re not playing along to the original Nirvana or Foo Fighters tracks, but a well-recorded, though somewhat soulless, reproduction. That’s OK, as these exercises work well enough for learning a song, and then you can just go play along with the original once you have it perfected.But the Metallica course is different, and far more compelling. Yousician got access to the master recording for 10 of the band’s songs, which means you’re learning from and playing along with the original songs you (presumably) love.The Metallica portion of Yousician isn’t limited to learning specific songs, however. There are three courses to play through: Riff Life, Rock in Rhythm and Take the Lead, each of which dives into a different aspect of the band’s music. Each of those courses, in turn, has a handful of lessons focused on a song and the skills needed to play it. There are also videos featuring members of the band talking about the overarching concept. While James and Kirk aren’t literally teaching you the songs, it’s still great to see them play up close and personal and hear about how they approach writing and performing.For example, the «Rock in Rhythm» course has a whole section on downpicking, a more percussive and aggressive way of using your picking hand that has come to define much of Metallica’s riffs and heavy metal music in general. Seeing James Hetfield perform some of his most complicated and fast riffs in great detail is an absolute treat.Mixed in with these videos are lessons that focus on a specific part of a song. The Riff Life course starts things out extremely simple, with the key riffs to songs like «For Whom the Bell Tolls,» «Nothing Else Matters» and «Enter Sandman.» These lessons follow a pretty standard format. First, you’ll listen to the isolated guitar part to get it in your head, sometimes accompanied by a Yousician instructor showing you how to approach the song. After that, you play the part in the context of the song, starting out slowly and then gradually speeding up to play it at full speed. Then, to complete the lesson, you perform the complete song.For that last option, Yousician offers multiple ways to move forward. If you’re a beginner, you can play simplified versions of the song — but Yousician also includes full versions of the rhythm guitar track or a combo of the rhythm and lead parts. If you’re just learning the song for the first time, you’re not going to want to jump right into those versions. But if you’re up for the challenge, the practice mode helpfully divides the song up into sections like intro, verse, chorus, solo and so forth. You can slow the song down, work on those sections, and then string the entire thing together. The app uses time stretching so that the music’s pitch isn’t affected.As someone already familiar with the Metallica songs included, I can tell Yousician has done an impressive job with these full transcriptions. I’ve already picked up some tricks and learned a few improved ways to play these songs, even for very simple parts like the opening riff to «Enter Sandman.» I’ve known that song basically since I first picked up a guitar, but Yousician identified that Hetfield plays the riff with his left hand in a fairly unconventional finger position, one that is not simple but makes the notes ring out clearer once you master it.The lead guitar parts are also impressively detailed, considering how fast and complex some of Hammett’s solos can be. This is a case where I’m sure it helped to have access to Metallica’s master recordings for these songs; being able to isolate parts and slow things down makes the learning process much more accessible and also likely made a difference in the accuracy of the transcriptions. While I can’t say that the notation for extremely fast solos like those in «One» or «Battery» are 100-percent accurate, they should be good enough for a convincing performance.A screenshot of the guitar tablature for the guitar solo in the Metallica song «One.»Unfortunately, I ran into some problems when trying to tackle the aforementioned epic, “Master of Puppets.” While I was working my way through the downpicking lessons, I was presented with the riff played during the main verse. Whether through my own ineptitude, Yousician not “hearing” me well enough or some other unknown issue, I simply could not play the riff accurately enough to move forward. It’s definitely a fast one, but even at slowed down speeds, Yousician consistently didn’t recognize that I was hitting the sliding power chords that anchor the end of the riff. A colleague of mine had previously tried Yousician and had a similar problem with the app not recognizing his playing, which can be a major bummer if you’re trying to ace each lesson.I can’t say why this happened with this particular riff. Yousician did a good job at hearing me play the song’s introduction, which is equally fast and pretty complex in its own right. There seemed to be something specific to those sliding chords that the app had a hard time picking up. I’m not well-practiced enough to attempt the fastest solos the Metallica course offers, so I can’t say how well it’ll pick those up, but it did a fine job of recognizing the quick, arpeggiated licks near the end of the “Fade to Black” solo. Yousician did a better job of picking things up when I plugged my guitar straight into my computer using the iRig 2 interface. But since I don’t usually go straight into my computer, I didn’t have any virtual amps or effects set up, which meant playing wasn’t nearly as much fun as it is through my amp.Despite these occasional issues, I really enjoyed the Yousician Metallica course. Whether it’s worth the money is another question altogether – Yousician costs $140 a year or $30 a month. That’s not cheap, but it’s less expensive than the private guitar lessons I took 20 years ago. Obviously, Yousician can’t tailor its lessons to me, but I’m still impressed with the attention to detail and comprehensive nature of the Metallica course, and there’s a host of other things I could play around with, too. Between the accuracy of the transcriptions, a solid song selection and the ability to slow down tracks for practicing, there’s a lot to like here.It certainly would have been a fantastic tool when I was learning the guitar as a teenager – but in 2022, there are a wide variety of options for learning your favorite songs. That’s probably the biggest catch with Yousician. Most people will probably be happy to view YouTube instructional videos and look up transcriptions for free online. I just did a quick search for “Master of Puppets guitar lesson” and found a host of excellent videos, including one multi-parter where the instructor spent ten minutes just demonstrating the first two riffs. It was a thorough, detailed lesson from someone who clearly knows the song as well as Metallica’s approach to playing in general.That said, I’d still encourage Metallica fans to check out a monthly subscription to Yousician. The song selection spans simpler tracks to some of their toughest material, making it useful regardless of your skill level. The video content is entertaining and informative; you don’t often get to see a band speaking so candidly about their approach to playing their instruments. And as good as some YouTube lessons are, being able to look at and play along with detailed tablature transcriptions of extremely fast guitar solos makes the learning experience much better. Those transcriptions combined with the original Metallica master tracks that you can slow down or speed up as needed are an excellent practice tool. For anyone looking to unleash their inner Eddie Munson, Yousician’s Metallica course is a solid place to start.

  • Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite drops to $110, plus the rest of the week’s best tech deals
    por Valentina Palladino el 19 agosto, 2022 a las 13:15

    Labor Day is rapidly approaching and we’re already starting to see more tech deals pop up across the web. Amazon discounted a bunch of its own gadgets this week, including the new Kindle Paperwhite, its Signature Edition and the Kindle Oasis, as well as a bunch of Fire TV Sticks and Fire tablets. A couple of iRobot’s more advanced robot vacuums are hundreds of dollars off, and you can still pick up the base iPad for only $299. Here are the best tech deals from this week that you can still get today.Kindle PaperwhiteAlmost all of Amazon’s e-readers have been discounted — the Kindle Paperwhite is down to $110, while the Paperwhite Signature Edition is on sale for $150. The high-end Kindle Oasis has also been discounted to $200. We consider the Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition to be the best e-reader available right now, and we gave it a score of 97 for its bigger, more responsive screen, USB-C charging and wireless charging capabilities and its plenty of onboard storage.Buy Kindle Paperwhite at Amazon – $110Buy Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition at Amazon – $150Buy Kindle Oasis at Amazon – $200MacBook Air M2Devindra Hardawar/EngadgetApple’s M2-powered MacBook Air in starlight is $100 off and down to $1,099, which is the best price we’ve seen since launch. We gave the laptop a score of 9 for its thinner design, gorgeous 13.6-inch Liquid Retina display and excellent performance. While we generally think the M2 Air is best for most people, you can also save on the M2-powered,13-inch MacBook Pro by going to B&H Photo. The online retailer has the laptop with a whopping 24GB of RAM for $1,749, which is $150 off its usual price.Buy MacBook Air M2 (256GB) at Amazon – $1,099Buy MacBook Pro (24GB RAM) at B&H – $1,749Apple iPadMost models of Apple’s iPad are on sale at Amazon right now, so you can pick one up for as low as $299. We gave it a score of 86 for its solid performance, excellent battery life and improved Center Stage cameras.Buy iPad (64GB, WiFi) at Amazon – $299Apple TV 4KThe Apple TV 4K is back in stock at Amazon and on sale for $120. While not quite as cheap as it was on Prime Day last month ($109), this remains one of the best prices we’ve seen no our favorite high-end set-top box. We gave the device a score of 90 for its fast performance, Dolby Vision and Atmos support, HomeKit integration and much-improved Siri remote.Buy Apple TV 4K at Amazon – $120Apple Watch Series 7AppleThe Product Red version of the Apple Watch Series 7 (45mm) is on sale for $320 right now. We gave the wearable a score of 90 for its larger screen, faster charging and handy watchOS capabilities. However, if you want the latest from Apple, it may be worth waiting until September when the company historically has announced its latest phones and smartwatches.Buy Series 7 (45mm) at Amazon – $320iRobot Roomba j7+Valentina Palladino / EngadgetiRobot’s Roomba j7+ is $200 off and down to $599 right now, while the s9+ has the same discount and is on sale for $799. These are some of our favorite robot vacuums, and they’re made even better by these sale prices. The j7+ has advanced obstacle detection that helps it avoid pet poop and other hazards, while the s9+ has the strongest suction power of any Roomba.Buy Roomba j7+ at Amazon – $599Buy Roomba s9+ at Amazon – $799Sony WH-CH710NSonySony’s budget-friendly WH-CH710N headphones are on sale for an excellent price of $98. While we have seen them cheaper before, this 35-percent discount is a good one for these ANC cans. We like them for their comfortable design, solid noise cancellation and long battery life.Buy Sony WH-CH710N at Amazon – $98Google Pixel 6 ProDavid Imel for EngadgetMost models of Google’s Pixel 6 Pro are on sale right now — both the 128GB and 256GB versions are $250 off and down to $649 and $749, respectively. The standard Pixel 6 is also on sale for $499. The Pro is one of our favorites at the moment, and we like it for its striking design, excellent performance and battery life, plus it has some of the best cameras you’ll find on any smartphone.Buy Pixel 6 Pro (128GB) at Amazon – $649Buy Pixel 6 Pro (256GB) at Amazon – $749Buy Pixel 6 at Amazon – $499Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K MaxAmazonAmazon knocked $15 off its Fire TV Stick 4K Max, bringing it down to $40. A couple of other Fire TV dongles are on sale, too: you can pick up the standard Fire TV Stick for $25 and the Fire TV Stick Lite for only $20. The TV Stick 4K Max is the most capable of the bunch, with support for Dolby Vision, WiFi 6 and more.Buy Fire TV Stick 4K Max at Amazon – $40Buy Fire TV Stick at Amazon – $25Buy Fire TV Stick Lite at Amazon – $20Fire 7 tablet (2022)AmazonAmazon’s latest version of the Fire 7 tablet is 25 percent off and down to $45 for the first time since it came out a couple of months ago. It’s a decent slab if you want something affordable to use as a couch device, or to give to your kids. If you’re looking for something specifically geared towards children, Amazon has a bunch of Fire Kids tablets and Kindle Kids e-readers on sale right now, too.Buy Fire 7 at Amazon – $45Shop Kids devices at AmazonEcho Show 15EngadgetThe Echo Show 15 smart display is $60 off and down to $190, which is only $10 more than its record-low price. We gave it a score of 78 for its beautiful design, large screen and useful widgets. If you only have space for something smaller, you can still pick up the Echo Show 5 for only $40.Buy Echo Show at Amazon – $190Buy Echo Show 5 at Amazon – $40Anker charging accessoriesAmazon Prime members can save up to 40 percent on Anker charging accessories, including the 521 magnetic battery pack for MagSafe-compatible iPhones, which is $20 off and down to $30. It’s a 5,000 mAh portable battery that attaches to the back of the latest iPhones to power them up. Also on sale is Anker’s 511 2-in-1 power bank, which is down to $35. That accessory works with more devices since it’s an AC charger and portable battery in one.Shop Anker deals at AmazonSamsung T7 ShieldSamsung’s new T7 Shield SSD in 1TB is down to a new record low of $98, which is $62 less than usual. This is the most durable version of Samsung’s palm-sized portable drive, featuring a rubberized exterior and enough protection to survive up to 9.8-foot drops. It has sequential read speeds of up to 1,050 MB/s and write speeds of up to 1,000 MB/s, plus Dynamic Thermal Guard and 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard.Buy Samsung T7 Shield (1TB) at Amazon – $98Beats Studio BudsThe Beats Studio Buds are back on sale for $100, or $50 off their usual rate. These are some of the best Beats earbuds for most people and we gave them a score of 84 for their comfortable design, good sound quality and ANC and fast pairing with both iOS and Android devices.Buy Beats Studio Buds at Amazon – $100Sony LinkBuds SSony’s LinkBuds S are on sale for $148, which is 26 percent off and a new all-time low. These buds came out earlier this year and support smart playback, which lets them automatically play and pause music depending on what you’re doing.Buy LinkBuds S at Amazon – $148Jabra Elite 3Billy Steele/EngadgetJabra’s Elite 3 earbuds are on sale for $58 right now, which is 28 percent off their normal price.We gave them a score of 88 for their comfortable fit, impressive sound quality and good battery life.Buy Jabra Elite 3 at Amazon – $58Follow @EngadgetDeals on Twitter and subscribe to the Engadget Deals newsletter for the latest tech deals and buying advice.

  • The Sega Genesis Mini 2’s 60-game lineup includes two unreleased titles
    por Jon Fingas el 19 agosto, 2022 a las 13:00

    Sega has unveiled the complete list of games coming with the Genesis Mini 2, and it’s clear the new machine is as much for collectors as it is nostalgic fans. The 60-game catalog (shown in full below) includes two previously unreleased games, for starters. You’ll find Devi & Pii, a «paddle-style» game designed by Sonic 3’s Takashi Iizuka, as well as Mindware’s finished but unpublished puzzler Star Mobile. Several new Genesis ports have also made the cut, including Fantasy Zone, the first two Space Harrier games, «hobby» ports of Spatter and Super Locomotive and a demake of Puyo Puyo Sun.You’ll also want to pick up the Genesis Mini 2 if you have fond memories of playing Sega CD games. The retro console will bundle 12 titles originally built for the optical drive add-on, including the infamous Night Trap as well as CD versions of Sonic the Hedgehog, Ecco the Dolphin and (this author’s favorite) Silpheed.The Genesis Mini is available to pre-order now for $100, and will be released in North America on October 27th. As mentioned earlier, you’ll want to snap it up quickly. Sega has warned that supply will be extremely limited in the US and Canada due to chip shortages, and there’s no guarantee you’ll get one after general sales begin.TitleTypeAfter Burner IICartridgeAlien SoldierCartridgeAtomic RunnerCartridgeBonanza Bros.CartridgeClayFighterCartridgeCrusader of CentyCartridgeDesert Strike: Return to the GulfCartridgeEarthworm Jim 2CartridgeElemental MasterCartridgeFatal Fury 2CartridgeGain GroundCartridgeGolden Axe IICartridgeGranadaCartridgeHellfireCartridgeHerzog ZweiCartridgeLightening Force: Quest for the DarkstarCartridgeMidnight ResistanceCartridgeOutRunCartridgeOutRunnersCartridgePhantasy Star IICartridgePopulousCartridgeRAINBOW ISLANDS -EXTRA-CartridgeRanger-XCartridgeRistarCartridgeROLLING THUNDER 2CartridgeShadow Dancer: The Secret of ShinobiCartridgeShining Force IICartridgeShining in the DarknessCartridgeSonic 3D BlastCartridgeSPLATTERHOUSE 2CartridgeStreets of Rage 3CartridgeSuper Hang-OnCartridgeSUPER STREET FIGHTER II THE NEW CHALLENGERSCartridgeThe OozeCartridgeThe Revenge of ShinobiCartridgeToeJam & Earl in Panic on FunkotronCartridgeTruxtonCartridgeVectorMan 2CartridgeViewpointCartridgeVirtua RacingCartridgeWarsongCartridgeEcco the Dolphin (CD Ver.)SEGA CDEcco: The Tides of Time (CD Ver.)SEGA CDFinal Fight CDSEGA CDMansion of Hidden SoulsSEGA CDNIGHT STRIKERSEGA CDNight TrapSEGA CDRobo AlesteSEGA CDSewer SharkSEGA CDShining Force CDSEGA CDSILPHEEDSEGA CDSonic The Hedgehog CDSEGA CDTHE NINJAWARRIORSSEGA CD BONUS GAMESTitleTypeDevi & PiiPreviously unreleasedFantasy ZoneNew PortSpace Harrier II (+Space Harrier)New PortsSpatterNew PortStar MobilePreviously unreleasedSuper LocomotiveNew PortVS Puyo Puyo SunNew Port

  • Engadget Podcast: Our reviews of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4, Z Flip 4, Watch 5 and Watch 5 Pro
    por Cherlynn Low el 19 agosto, 2022 a las 12:30

    This week, Cherlynn and guest co-host Sam Rutherford are joined by the Washington Post’s Chris Velazco to discuss their thoughts on Samsung’s latest foldables and wearables after having spent close to a week with them. Are the Z Flip 4 and Z Fold 4 ready for the mainstream? Is it more fun reviewing these devices than regular phones? Then, our hosts talk Apple’s next iPhone event, as well as Airbnb woes.Listen below, or subscribe on your podcast app of choice. If you’ve got suggestions or topics you’d like covered on the show, be sure to email us or drop a note in the comments! And be sure to check out our other podcasts, the Morning After and Engadget News!Engadget · Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4, Flip 4 and Watch 5 reviewsSubscribe!iTunesSpotifyPocket CastsStitcherGoogle PodcastsTopicsSamsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Fold 4 reviews – 1:55Galaxy Watch 5 / 5 Pro review – 36:41Apple might be planning a September 7th event for the iPhone 14 – 49:02New reports of gender discrimination from Nintendo of America – 56:32Ready your Pixels: Android 13 is out of beta – 1:04:18Samsung’s massive Odyssey Ark monitor – 1:06:00Adidas’ solar headphones can be charged by your bedroom light – 1:15:08Airbnb is working on a way to detect party rentals before they happen – 1:18:40Working on – 1:26:18Pop culture picks – 1:27:25Video StreamCreditsHosts: Cherlynn Low and Sam RutherfordGuest: Chris VelazcoProducer: Ben EllmanLivestream producers: Julio Barrientos, Luke BrooksGraphics artists: Luke Brooks, Cherlynn LowMusic: Dale North and Terrence O’Brien

  • ‘Death Stranding’ is coming to PC Game Pass on August 23rd
    por Mariella Moon el 19 agosto, 2022 a las 12:09

    You can play Hideo Kojima’s post-apocalyptic delivery simulator/action game Death Stranding with a PC Game Pass membership in a few days’ time. 505 Games first released the game for Windows in 2020, but soon you’ll also be able access it through the Microsoft subscription service at no additional cost. The developer says the version heading to the service will include the same features the Steam and Epic Games editions have. Those features include a high frame rate, ultrawide mode, photo mode, hard mode and cross over content from popular franchises like Half-Life and Cyberpunk 2077.The game will also have unlockable content you can get as you progress and complete more of the story. That said, the version coming to PC Game Pass is not the director’s cut that was released more recently, but the original one. Death Stranding was published by Sony Interactive for the PS4 back in 2019 and got the director’s cut treatment for the PS5 in 2021. When it comes to consoles, it’s still a PlayStation exclusive — you can’t play it on the Xbox with a Game Pass. But at least you can test it out for free on PC if you haven’t given it a shot yet.Death Stranding will be available on the PC Game Pass starting on August 23rd. 505 Games also promises to reveal more details in a Community Q&A in the next few days.

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    por Alexander Alvarado el 19 agosto, 2022 a las 14:00

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    por Nicolás Verdejo el 19 agosto, 2022 a las 10:00

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