Aspiring guitarists – rejoice! There’s an ingenious app now on the market just for you. The creator of Guitar Get Up, Tristan (Trizo) Bouillaut, has played in such bands as Thousand Needles in Red and The Knowing, and has been teaching guitar for many years; needless to say, he knows what he’s talking about.
With four tempos in five different keys, Guitar Get Up’s simplicity makes it the perfect tool for beginners. TEO was able to pick the brain of Trizo and find out how he came to create the app and where he’s headed in the future.
TEO: Guitar Get Up, is a great idea, what pushed you to create the app?
Trizo: Originally, I wanted to create some backing tracks for my students to practise over, and ones I could teach with. I’d found a lot of the apps I was using were okay, but they didn’t share enough vibe or have the correct tempos for maximising playability and interest.
Was creating Guitar Get Up a difficult thing to do?
I wouldn’t say difficult, more so different! Having an idea is one thing, dedicating time to research the idea and bring it to fruition is a whole other matter! The app was seven months in the making, plus 14 years of teaching experience to get it over the line. One of my students, Andrew Stapleton, actually designed and coded the app.
When did you decide that you wanted to teach guitar?
I never really decided, I more or less fell into it and it just snowballed. Teaching is such a rewarding thing to be able to do, as much as it’s tiring and frustrating at times. But so is touring, recording and dealing with bands. It’s great to have a life in music across all areas.
Do you ever have the urge to start up a band, make new music, and tour around like you used to?
I’m always actively recording, or doing something band related – I haven’t retired yet! I think the older and more seasoned you get, the more selective you become. Currently I’m writing for a new project but as a free agent. So, if anyone needs a guitar player, enquire within!
You’ve had a busy career with all your musical projects: being a producer, songwriter, and guitar teacher. You’ve now released this app, what are you planning on doing next?
I’m not sure. I’ve been fortunate to have worked with some great talent and done some amazing things. However, we can only eat if the tree produces fruit. Who knows where the Australian music industry market is going? I suppose we’ll see. If not, moving to Austria and becoming a ski instructor is always on the cards!
Find out more about Guitar Get Up here.
Download the Guitar Get Up app for $2.99 via iTunes