Apps for guitars: Be a better guitarist
I’ve always had second thoughts when it comes to learning an instrument in general. A guitar was something I always wanted to have a good grip over.
Being a millennial does have a lot of expectations and demands in such cases.
But these are some of the apps that I enjoyed exploring and these apps help me built a good foundation to learning the guitar.I’ve gained knowledge that I didn’t expect to and also found these apps pretty helpful and interesting.
So, today I will be sharing my views about all the apps that I have tried over the past years make sure to check them below.
1. Fender Play
If you're unfamiliar with fender play, let me tell you it is an online lesson resource from fender guitars.
However, it's been in use for a few years, and the fender has done it right by utilizing great beginner lessons and even intermediate exercises.
On the other side, it utilizes multiple views of both the guitar fretboard and the individual playing and music to go along with it.
Fender play is associated with an enormous online community of players who help each other along the way.
What's exceptional about fender play is if you have purchased one of the fender packs or got that for any festival, then you automatically get three months of fender play to utilize.
The benefits of having it on your phone are that you can take it with you anywhere you go.
As far as I think, the fender made it super convenient for me.
However, you are more likely to utilize it and improve your ability to play the guitar in the long run.
So, it gets high marks for me, and it's one of the best lesson apps out there, in my opinion.
Yousician is an app that I engaged with and had a great experience. There were no issues whatsoever with the app as I found it to be extremely convenient and fun for me.
Even though this might come under one of the popular apps, I still think it does deserve the hype that it has.
The pattern is very basic and doesn’t involve much technical language at all.
You just need to log in, and then you choose an instrument of your choice. You can also select your skill level which is based on simple words that are given like basics, almost anything or nothing yet.
Furthermore, you're also able to tune your guitar later on with the help of Yousician. Based on the skill level that’s applied, they will be able to track what exactly is needed for you.
There are various missions that you have to unlock. This helps in tracking progress and then unlocking new tasks.
Some several colors and numbers make the entire process more fun to use. This is for knowing which string and where it's supposed to be played. The whole app is pretty easy to use and the best part about it is that it's free!
It’s a great app especially for a beginner, and it helps for growth in the way you perform with its fun step-by-step tutorials and missions to complete.
3. Real Guitar
This is the most simplistic app of all times. It does have a user-friendly method. Learning on this app is fun as it is an electric and acoustic app.
The real guitar app helps transform your phone screen to the touch and simulation to that of an acoustic, electric, classic or even 12 strings.
This portrays for all the ‘Rockstar’ players out there who want to learn some real hardcore beats and strums.
The feature that stands out here is that it offers more than 1500 different chords which allows you to play along a track that you want.
Here, there is a variety of options available for you. You can learn new chords and become an expert. It provides the basic methods to learning a guitar and you can learn plenty of songs because of the variety.
This app is completely free and useful especially if you are aiming to be a rock guitarist.
4. Guitar Toolkit
Number four is one of my favorites that's been on the iPhone for a long time, and that is the guitar toolkit.
Now, for those of you who've had phones and have been downloading maybe tuner apps, this has probably been on your radar for a bit because most people probably downloaded it for the primary tuner.
However, the guitar toolkit has a lot more than that, and my favorite feature is the chord and scale library that's available in it.
You can choose from a variety of chords and scales if you scroll through, and if you need to see where a particular chord is in any of the positions, it'll show you.
Apart from this, you get a cool feature, and that is you can change your instrument or even change the tuning of the guitar.
So, how about open e tuning? Well, it has that for you. If you want to learn how to play it on a mandolin or other, you can do that.
I think it's an extremely robust tool that for me has effectively replaced any type of scale or chord book that I typically would have taken off of my shelf.
You know to augment any of these scales or chords based upon alternate tuning on the guitar worth it.
However, I've used it countless times for many years, and it's probably the most open guitar app on my phone.
5. Ultimate Guitar
Ultimate guitar website is something that most people encountered if we've ever done a Google search for a particular song.
However, it is effectively a community, filled page, or website of any song that a guitar player would want to learn.
Now, here's the thing to know about the ultimate guitar, it can have multiple versions of a song or its notation or tab.
Users generate reviews of how close or how good of a transcription they think that these are.
So, it's all user-generated content but, there is a ton of it. If you're trying to learn a song from any artist, you will likely find it on that website.
The ability to use the application makes it easy to use on your phone. Scroll through save and even transpose songs on the fly.
Well, I know several worship leaders who use it for this purpose and can pull up a chord chart.
If you need it in a different key, or you need to know what the chords are, it will easily transpose that for you.
So, next time you're looking up a song, you can open up this application.
6. Amplitube :
The AmpliTube is an app that is a great first choice. I would suggest this for beginners but also maybe, professionals.
You can play with a variety of sounds, you can overtune the guitar, and also record a song that you want to.
It is an essential app that lets you use your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to process, play and record your guitar, bass or other instrument while on the go.
Now, the thing that sets amplitude apart is you have the amp modeling, and you have the stomp box effect.
However, in the free version, you have a ton of amplitude branded effects and amps, but you can download Jimi Hendrix effects and amps.
Apart from this, you can download fender branded stuff and even can get models of those specific amps.
Those specific stop boxes that we have all lusted after and wanted in our signal chain for many years now the software's fantastic the sounds that you get out of it.
Wow! Now that is surprising as well as shocking that we can do this with our phones.
When you purchase one of those packages, you can access the premium features. Now, there are desktop versions of the software, and you're able to go from one to the other.
However, if all you want to do is plug your guitar, put on the headphones, and practice silently for everybody else but wailing in your ears, then all of those apps are a great way to do that.
The other thing about these software versions is you can experiment with a bunch of different effects without having to go out and spend a lot of money.
Meanwhile, if you later want to add your signal chain for that effect, you can audition it on your phone pretty inexpensively.
The True fire is a website that has its App, and this again is a lesson-oriented app.
Now, there are all sorts of lesson apps that are available in the app stores as well as websites. If you have progressed beyond beginner, or intermediate then this is a great place to improve.
I use the True fire, and the amount of content in there is incredible. You will find professional musicians in their doing lessons and showing you how they play their particular songs.
Apart from this, you can choose different genres and the amount of which is immense. For example, you can learn blues, rock, Prague, metal flamenco, and much more.
However, if you're not sure where to start there are several paths that you can take from beginner to expert.
So, there's something for everybody and allows you to pick where you need to be and the genre that you are most interested in.
Since it's an app, it's available on your phone or your tablet, and you can take it with you, and you can easily practice wherever you care, either it's your bedroom or on a hiking trail.
8. The Guitar Pro
This app is one of my favorites as it includes many features and is useful for musicians and also beginners who want to start by creating or composing a song.
You will be introduced to music theory and get more clarity along those lines.
You can have access to thousands of tabs, and also note down your ideas as there is a mono-track notepad available.
I find this extremely handy. This app is also versatile as you can view it on different mobile devices or even an iPad or so.
9. Guitar World Lessons
Guitar World Lessons provides hundreds of lessons from their catalog which is available to you just with a phone on your hand.
There are various genres available such as blues, rock, metal, jazz, classical, country and more.
This helps in creating more perfection and will teach you with a quick method.
There is also an “Artist” lesson available that will teach you how to play in the style of artists like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, and many more.
Also, a search function that allows guitarists to search by artist, genre, instructor, or song.
Here, only the first lesson is available for free but there isn't any paid membership required.
You can pay for exactly what you want to learn. I think it’s a pretty good deal. The prices are super affordable as well, and you can download lessons of your choice. So, you also get super exciting lessons from real time music artists.
This app is extremely unique and has a bundle of features to look out for. You can play, transcribe, practice, and perform songs by slowing down the tempo and even adjust the tempo.
With Anytune, every note can be learnt in precise detail which will make you more confident and learn faster.
You can also just play along with your favorite songs by starting slow and gradually increasing the tempo. And if you don’t want to tune your instrument, you can tune it to your voice, so it gets easier.
The basic version is available when you download the app. You can upgrade the app with an in-app purchase feature pack or get the Anytune Pro+.
What I find great about this app is the number of features available and also the fact that you can practice according to your own pace.
This makes learning easier and more convenient for you.
11. Fret Trainer
This is a highly educational app that helps in learning the notes and chords on the fretboard of the guitar.
But the fun part is it is a game-based learning. This makes it more fun to use and as games get addictive, this app does help that way, and you will be able to learn faster.
You can have a customized experience by selecting which section of the fretboard you want to practice on.
You can practice the first frets, a section in the middle, or the entire fretboard.
This helps in reading standard notation which is essential to playing the guitar. There is room for improvement here.
There is a free version and also a paid version. The paid version will help with higher portions of the fretboard. It is available for both the android and apple and is completely free.
12. Amped Guitar
Amped is the easiest guitar learning app created by using Augmented Reality. This creates a unique and phenomenal experience towards learning.
It listens to your guitar as you play along, using your phone microphone, and then plays your guitars notes back in your ear along with the music in real-time.
This helps in learning at your own pace while feeling like a professional guitarist. It covers the most basic as well as advanced techniques.
The experience is different and will make you want to keep going without having any doubts on yourself.
This app can be accessed on the iPhone and is available for free.
13. Justin Guitar Beginner Lessons
This is the perfect app for you if you are just a beginner.
You will get more than 25 Instructional Videos by Justin the teacher who will guide you every step of the way.
There is also a song collection which has over 200 songs which you can refer to.
You can track your improvement along with this and play along with easy chords to learn. It is pretty easy to use, and it’s a lot of fun!
It’s available on android and iOS.
Final Thoughts on these Guitar Apps
I think, these applications give us a lot of options when it comes to learning our instruments as well as performing with our instruments.
By using these apps, I have improved a lot and hope these can help you find the stuff you are looking for.
You may not find all the details in one app that you are looking for.
In that case, you can try more than one app, and find your perfect pair for playing guitar.
Overall, i have really enjoyed learning and exploring new information with the help of these apps.
That's all from my side.
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