Most of us have been in a band at some stage, whether it was to attract girls or to just basically be as much like Neil Young as possible. The thing is, learning an instrument is hard and expensive. Like most great internet apps, Jam with Chrome is taking an age-old tradition and making it do-able from the comfort of your chair. You may not generally agree with this sort of thing distracting young people from actually picking up an instrument but you know what? This is hilarious.
Allowing you to press buttons and make sounds (one of the most primitive forms of pleasure we experienced) this procrastination-device is beautifully made and encourages you to join up with friends to make music together like you never could when you were 15. The best part? The design is so well thought through that it’s actually quite easy to sound pretty good at the instruments it lets you play, despite the guilt at being on a computer and not live at Wembley.
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