You can do amazing things with a guitar and a smartphone 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 dug around and came up with 11 of the best and most useful smartphone guitar apps out there. Not just dopey little apps that let you “play guitar”. By strumming your phone. You’re a real guitar. We’ll concentrate on apps that really help your guitar training and productivity.
Ultimate Guitar Tools –. Ultimate-Guitar.com brings us this guitar tool kit app that includes a chromatic tuner that supports standard and alternate tunings, a metronome with custom presets. 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 one, from the fantastic Learn and Master Guitar guys, is similar to UGT above. The metronome includes(included) enclosed in the same envelope or package; "the included check"wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn?s=included a tap tempo. 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
Guitar Web App –. This guitar app has a terribly bland name. It’s actually very useful. Not only is it a chord dictionary. It also explains the relationships between the chords, chord substitutions. Good chord choices for particular melody notes. Useful when you’re trying to harmonise a melody or work with a fake book. $0.99 and available for iPhone
Guitar Fretboard Addict - Through the use of fun games and exercises you’ll learn the fretboard inside and out, plus it helps you learn ear training, sight reading. 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 –. Chord dictionaries are easy to find. There’s not a lot of scale dictionaries out there. This is a good pick for a scale trainer. It’s got tonnes of blues, rock. Jazz scales that you’ll be able to learn in multiple patterns all over the neck. It also gives options for lefty and 7-string players. $5.99 and available for iPhone.
Ultimate Guitar Tabs –. More useful stuff from Ultimate-Guitar.com. You get access to all the tabs on their site and tools to make them very useable on your phone screen, with auto-scroll and such. I like the “now playing”. Function that'll look up the tab for a song you’re listening to. $2.99 and available for iPhone
Guitar Pro –. This is the great tabbing software from Guitar Pro. You can display, playback. Write tabs (and standard notation). Never again will you've an excuse to forget that brilliant riff or melody line you came up with. $7.99 and available for iPhone and Android
Riffmaster Pro –. This is my favourite program to slow down a song with. Great for slowing down those lightning fast solos so you can really hear what’s going on and learn from it. you've 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 modelling. A little pricier than most apps. Well worth it. It works for guitar and bass and includes(include) a directive which tells POV-Ray to read the specified file as if its contents were actually part of the current file. It's very useful for creating libraries of objects or textures. (Tutorial) (Language Reference)library.thinkquest.org/3285/glossindex.html recording capabilities. 11 stompboxes, 5 amps, 5 speaker cabs. 2 mics. You can import and export tracks and change their tempos. Also includes(include) To specify that the selected file or directory is to be backed up or restored. See also exclude.usdt.mylivevault.com/webhelp/CPT/glossary.asp a vocal/lead guitar remover. This is a must-have. I believe you could even run your effects for a live show with this, though I haven’t tried it. $19.99. They also have an LE version (2.99) and a free version. Also require iRig to plug your guitar into the phone. $39.99 Available for iPhone.
Everyday Looper –. Practising over a chunk of music or for doing loopy stuff in your live shows. This app will perform admirably. $5.99 and available for iPhone
4 Track –. A great little 4-track recording app with a tonne 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. Not yet anyway. You may not experience the most beautiful sound quality from some of these tools. They're fantastic for on the go fun, practice. Learning.
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