11 Great Guitar Smartphone Apps
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I’m constantly amazed at the things a smartphone can do these days.  Joe Satriani mentioned in a recent interview in Guitar World that he demoed all the tracks for his latest album on his iPhone in his hotel rooms on tour.

I’ve done some digging and come up with 11 of the coolest and most useful smartphone guitar apps out there.  We’ve all seen the apps that let you strum a little guitar on your phone.  But since you have a real guitar, we’ll concentrate on apps that really help your guitar training and productivity.

Tool Kits
Ultimate Guitar Tools – This guitar tool kit app from the folks over at Ultimate-Guitar.com includes a chromatic tuner that supports standard and alternate tunings, a metronome with custom presets, and an expansive chord dictionary to help you find any chord you need.  $3.99 and available for iPhone and Android

Gibson Learn and Master Guitar – This guitar app, from the fantastic Learn and Master Guitar guys, is similar to UGT above.  The metronome includes a tap tempo, but the chord library is a little smaller.  It’s also comes with video lessons from the Learn and Master Guitar series, which are very good.  Best of all… It’s free.  Available for iPhone and Android

Theory Apps
Guitar Web App – This very blandly named app is actually very useful.  Not only is it a chord dictionary, but it also explains the relationships between the chords, chord substitutions, and good chord choices for particular melody notes.  Useful when you’re trying to harmonize a melody.  $0.99 and available for iPhone

Guitar Fretboard Addict – Using various exercises and games you’ll learn the fretboard inside and out, plus it helps you with ear training, sight reading, and theory.  Ask me how much I paid to learn all that stuff in college.  A bunch more than $4.99, I’ll tell you that much.  Available for iPhone

Star Scales Pro – This is a good pick for a scale trainer phone app, which most of the tool kits kind of miss.  It’s got tons of blues, rock, and jazz scales that you’ll be able to learn in multpile patterns all over the neck.  Also gives options for lefty and 7-string players.  $5.99 and available for iPhone.

Tab Apps
Ultimate Guitar Tabs – Once again, from the guys at Ultimate-Guitar.com.  You’ll get access to all the tabs on their site and tools to make them very useable on your phone screen.  All the same great features from their website.  I like the “now playing” function that will look up the tab for a song you’re listening to.  $2.99 and available for iPhone

Guitar Pro – This is the fantastic tabbing software from Guitar Pro.  You can display, playback, and write tabs (and standard notation).  Great for getting those flashes of brilliance down written out before you forget them. $7.99 and available for iPhone and  Android

For Practice
Riffmaster Pro – For a long time this has been my favorite program to slow down a song with.  Great for slowing down those lightening fast solos so you can hear what’s happening and learn from it.  You have your choice of changing the pitch or not. $4.99 and available for iPhone

Amplitube – effects/amps – This is the big daddy for amp and effect modeling. It works for guitar and bass and includes recording capabilities.  11 stompboxes, 5 amps, 5 speaker cabs, and 2 mics.  You can import and export tracks and change their tempos.  Also includes a vocal/lead guitar remover.  This is a must-have.  $19.99.  They also have an LE version (2.99) and a free version.  Also requires iRig to plug your guitar into the phone.  $39.99  Available for iPhone.

Everyday Looper – One of the best ways to practice your leads is by looping a chunk of music to play over.  This app does the job admirally. $5.99 and available for iPhone

Recording
4 Track – A great little 4-track recording app with a ton of functions.  Great for demoing your songs on the run.  Requires the Guitar Jack from Sonoma Wireworks to plug your guitar into the phone.  $5.99 and available for iPhone.  Guitar Jack is $149

Of course, nothing will ever take the place of a great amp and a full blown recording set up.  Nothing yet anyway.  So you may not experience the most beautiful sound quality from some of these tools, they are fantastic for on the go fun, practice, and learning.

Got a favorite smartphone guitar app?  Tell me about it in the comments!

And be sure to get your free report on the world’s greatest guitar practice tips at www.GetHotOnElectricGuitar.comtitle=”Guitar Smart Phone Holder” src=”http://images.gizmag.com/gallery_lrg/sidekick.jpg” alt=”" width=”218″ height=”122″ />I’m constantly amazed at the things a smartphone can do these days.  Joe Satriani mentioned in a recent interview in Guitar World that he demoed all the tracks for his latest album on his iPhone in his hotel rooms on tour.

I’ve done some digging and come up with 11 of the coolest and most useful smartphone guitar apps out there.  We’ve all seen the apps that let you strum a little guitar on your phone.  But since you have a real guitar, we’ll concentrate on apps that really help your guitar training and productivity.

Tool Kits
Ultimate Guitar Tools – This guitar tool kit app from the folks over at Ultimate-Guitar.com includes a chromatic tuner that supports standard and alternate tunings, a metronome with custom presets, and an expansive chord dictionary to help you find any chord you need.  $3.99 and available for iPhone and Android

Gibson Learn and Master Guitar – This guitar app, from the fantastic Learn and Master Guitar guys, is similar to UGT above.  The metronome includes a tap tempo, but the chord library is a little smaller.  It’s also comes with video lessons from the Learn and Master Guitar series, which are very good.  Best of all… It’s free.  Available for iPhone and Android

Theory Apps
Guitar Web App – This very blandly named app is actually very useful.  Not only is it a chord dictionary, but it also explains the relationships between the chords, chord substitutions, and good chord choices for particular melody notes.  Useful when you’re trying to harmonize a melody.  $0.99 and available for iPhone

Guitar Fretboard Addict – Using various exercises and games you’ll learn the fretboard inside and out, plus it helps you with ear training, sight reading, and theory.  Ask me how much I paid to learn all that stuff in college.  A bunch more than $4.99, I’ll tell you that much.  Available for iPhone

Star Scales Pro – This is a good pick for a scale trainer phone app, which most of the tool kits kind of miss.  It’s got tons of blues, rock, and jazz scales that you’ll be able to learn in multpile patterns all over the neck.  Also gives options for lefty and 7-string players.  $5.99 and available for iPhone.

Tab Apps
Ultimate Guitar Tabs – Once again, from the guys at Ultimate-Guitar.com.  You’ll get access to all the tabs on their site and tools to make them very useable on your phone screen.  All the same great features from their website.  I like the “now playing” function that will look up the tab for a song you’re listening to.  $2.99 and available for iPhone

Guitar Pro – This is the fantastic tabbing software from Guitar Pro.  You can display, playback, and write tabs (and standard notation).  Great for getting those flashes of brilliance down written out before you forget them. $7.99 and available for iPhone and  Android

For Practice
Riffmaster Pro – For a long time this has been my favorite program to slow down a song with.  Great for slowing down those lightening fast solos so you can hear what’s happening and learn from it.  You have your choice of changing the pitch or not. $4.99 and available for iPhone

Amplitube – effects/amps – This is the big daddy for amp and effect modeling. It works for guitar and bass and includes recording capabilities.  11 stompboxes, 5 amps, 5 speaker cabs, and 2 mics.  You can import and export tracks and change their tempos.  Also includes a vocal/lead guitar remover.  This is a must-have.  $19.99.  They also have an LE version (2.99) and a free version.  Also requires iRig to plug your guitar into the phone.  $39.99  Available for iPhone.

Everyday Looper – One of the best ways to practice your leads is by looping a chunk of music to play over.  This app does the job admirally. $5.99 and available for iPhone

Recording
4 Track – A great little 4-track recording app with a ton of functions.  Great for demoing your songs on the run.  Requires the Guitar Jack from Sonoma Wireworks to plug your guitar into the phone.  $5.99 and available for iPhone.  Guitar Jack is $149

Of course, nothing will ever take the place of a great amp and a full blown recording set up.  Nothing yet anyway.  So you may not experience the most beautiful sound quality from some of these tools, they are fantastic for on the go fun, practice, and learning.

Got a favorite smartphone guitar app?  Tell me about it in the comments!

And be sure to get your free report on the world’s greatest guitar practice tips at www.GetHotOnElectricGuitar.com

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    3 Responses to 11 Great Guitar Smartphone Apps

    1. Markita Theim says:

      Thanks for this blog page! I’ve been doing bunches of research. Would it be alright to refer to your post as long as I add a link to your article?

    2. Phil says:

      Yep, absolutely. Thanks for linking.

    3. Thomas says:

      Nice list!

      May I also recommend a quality guitar app for writing riffs and solos

      Guitarcraft
      https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.digitl.guitarcraft

      :)

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