The Best Apps All Guitar Players Must Have on Their iPhone

Oct 1, 2016

Playing the guitar is one of the best ways to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. It helps you to get your mind off of troubling thoughts, enhances your creativity and dexterity, and gives you a faithful companion that will always be with you and help you through the tough times. On the less bluesy side of things, playing the guitar is a surefire way to be good with the ladies or the gents, as it will make you the life of the party in the right context, and, to top it all off, it will give you the power to establish a band with your friends or your colleagues. Wherever you may be in your guitar playing career, one of these apps will surely come in handy.

Guitar Jam Tracks – Scale Trainer & Practice Buddy

Lauded as the best scale trainer-practice buddy-combo on the App Store, Guitar Jam Tracks is a simple-to-use app with a functional design. Guitar players of all levels will find the app immensely useful, as it helps you to master and practice the art of playing the lead guitar in a variety of styles and keys. Guitar Jam Tracks delivers you all the scales and chords you need to one day be able to flawlessly flaunt Bold as Love by the legendary Jimi Hendrix. Easily readable charts, backing tracks, and auto-looping playback put the icing on the guitar cake. Guitar Jam Tracks costs five bucks, and offers in-app purchases.

Guitar Lessons by Guitar Tricks

Brought to you by, Guitar Lessons is said to be the most effective learning tool on the market perfectly suited for string rookies and devilishly virtuoso veterans alike. The app’s free version is already topnotch, but the real fun begins when you sign up for its subscription plan ($19.99 per month or $179.99 per year), which grants you access to more than 11,000 lessons, over 700 song lessons, a learning system tailor-made for beginners, artists studies that allows you to learn the style of your favorite guitarists, technique guides, the most precise tabs out there, and a breathtaking variety of genre and skill guides.


Autochords is an ingenious songwriting cheat sheet app: all you have to do is pick a progression style and a key that you’re comfortable playing in, and Autochords will immediately show you what your Main Progression should be, allowing you the preview the progression in its entirety, while also suggesting alternatives you can make use of in other parts of your song. On top of that, Autochords features guitar chord and piano chord diagrams, and even more progression styles you can unlock with a one-time in-app purchase costing $4.99, which will also remove ads for good.

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Have you ever heard a song and instantly wished you had the chords for it? Riffstation fills this void in your life with the greatest of ease by delivering you the guitar, ukulele or piano chords and diagrams for all the songs you can find. Riffstation syncs with the music video at hand, and employs automatic chord recognition to figure out the chords for you, including major and minor chords with an astonishing 80% accuracy. The app also has a capo tool, a tempo tool, a metronome, a customizable songbook, and a left-handed mode.

JamUp – Guitar Amps and Multi-Effects Processor

JampUp’s free-of-charge version comes with 1 amp and 6 effects, but for a one-off $9.99 purchase, you’ll get 6 more amps and 16 additional effects. The all-access package costs $24.99, and boasts a peerless, studio-quality assortment of 52 amp channels and 50 effects, and a wide range of powerful recording and audio-altering extensions including a sound-on-sound phrase sampler, an 8-track recorder, a built-in tuner, and a metronome. With a feature called ToneSharing, you can create, share or download custom-made presets, while the Jam Player module allows you to not only import songs from your iTunes library and jam along, but also lets you adjust the tempo and the pitch of the chosen song.

GuitarTapp PRO

GuitarTapp PRO comes with a price tag of $2.99, which, in light of its manifold features, is more than fair. With more than 500,000 guitar tabs, chords, power tabs, bass tabs, and drum tabs, GuitarTapp PRO is the most extensive – and most intelligent – songbook you’ll ever own. The autoscroll feature lets you play along by using the song’s duration to determine scroll speed, while an innovative technique called IntelliWrap gets rid of horizontal scrolling by breaking up tabs and chords into screen-sized pieces. The on-board chord dictionary lets you take a closer look at chord diagrams and fingering alternatives, and you can easily change the song key by transposing the chords up or down. You can create your own setlist, import, export and edit files, convert power tabs to text tabs, and find relevant video lessons on YouTube.

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