Mobile technology has become a part of everyday life. For guitarists, the choices are almost endless when it comes to a wide array of apps, both for iOS and Android, from tablature directories to tuners.
These apps make many issues facing guitarists both new and old more convenient challenges. Because of that, we decided to compile a list of the five best guitar apps available now so that you can start bringing mobile technology into your playing.
Perhaps the best mobile guitar tuner on the market, GuitarTuna—released by Yousician—is a valuable asset to anybody on the road, in a home studio, or on the couch.
What makes this app valuable is its accuracy. Not only are you able to set a digital headstock to any kind of tuning you want—you can also train your ear with a function that allows you to hear individual notes and strings.
But the value doesn’t stop there. GuitarTuna features tuning mechanisms for guitar, bass, ukulele, and banjo. This makes exploring these instruments so much more convenient for beginners.
Included in the package are six different mini-games. From building up your chord vocabulary to training your ear, these are really fun and easy ways to develop your skills through a points-based system. In our mind, GuitarTuna is an incredibly useful, fun, and valuable tool for players of any level.
If you’ve been playing for a long time, you might have tons of chord diagrams laying around the house. With ChordBank—released by Better Notes—you can throw all of that out the window.
Featuring an easy-to-use chord wheel, you can find the fingerings of any chord, in literally any position on the guitar. Tap on the chord wheel, and you can change whether it’s major or minor, suspended or augmented, and delve deeper into sixth, seventh, and ninth chords with ease.
The graphic diagram lays green dots on where your fingers are supposed to go on the fretboard, showing which fingers go where through the standard 1-2-3-4 system. You can also change the positioning of the chord, so you can truly find out any chord, in any position.
3. Tiny Guitar
We like this app because of how fun it is to use. With a simplistic visual mechanism for strumming and hitting specific notes, Tiny Guitar—developed by SquarePoet—is incredibly easy to play.
We think this app would be great for children. With the ability to play tons of preloaded songs—both melodically with single notes and through a chord-strumming feature—this is an app suited perfectly for beginners.
4. Guitar Elite
Keynote Star Inc. released what is perhaps the biggest collection of guitar models in one small app. Guitar Elite, simply put, allows you to hear what a multitude of guitars sound like. Now, you can draw up real-life examples when talking about a specific guitar’s sound.
From Telecasters and Stratocasters to twelve-strings and Gretches, you can model several distinctive sounds, and strum chords to get a true-to-life idea of how a guitar sounds.
5. Guitar Tuner
If you’re looking for a barebones, no-frills guitar tuning app, the aptly-named Guitar Tuner is the one to use. Simply set up which tuning you’d like to use, and then pluck individual strings to match their sounds as you tune your guitar.
This is truly the most basic guitar app we found worth using. It features 22 often-used guitar tunings, from standard all the way to open G minor. Since there is no sound input, this is a great way to train the ear on how specific strings are supposed to sound. All-in-all, a simple and great tool for building up your hearing and tuning skills