Useful Apps for New Guitarists

With the joys of smartphones, and tablets having immediate access to guitar resources is even easier! Here are just a few apps that guitarists new and old might find a use for.

1. Ultimate Guitar/Tabs App

This app is something I use quite frequently. When I’m looking for a new song to learn, I start by looking into the chord charts, or tabs that are popular and it gives me a few suggestions.

You can also find a selection of songs which are based on certain topics such as “Iconic Riffs”, “DADGAD Songs”, “Rock Hits”. It’s a nice way of finding new songs you might not have heard of, and it can give you a headstart on discovering new styles. Do note, some of the tabs may not be 100% accurate as they are made by the Ultimate Guitar community, so always be sure to check with the song to make sure.

If you’re happy to spend money on the app, you also get more features such as:

  1. A Metronome which has a quarter, eighth,  sixteenth, and triplet subdivisions as well as a few off-beat divisions too.
  2. A Chord Library featuring popular chords, up and down the fretboard as well as other chord types such as m6, diminished 9ths and more… for jazz fans.
  3. Two Tuners – One chromatic tuner which can be preset to standard and drop tuning and also a number of open tunings.
  4. Tab Tracker – Want some help keeping track of what pieces you’re learning inside the app, this resource can help you.

It’s recently come to my attention that it’s only free on the tablet version, it’s £2.99 if you want it on smartphones, and they’ve recently increased their price considerably. So it may be something you’d prefer to skip at current.

2. Fender Tune

If you’ve had lessons from me in the past, this app will be rather familiar to you, as it’s something I use nearly every lesson. A fabulous easy to use app specially designed for beginners by Fender themselves.

As you could imagine, it’s a pretty good tuner, being from a guitar company themselves. The only downside to this app is it is best used in the quiet – and by quiet I mean silence. It’s sensitive and is good at its job but it also ends up trying to tune other people around you (voices or shouts). So use this one when it’s quiet.

3. Smart Click

This is an app that is designed to do one task and do it very very well. This metronome can’t do everything that the Ultimate Guitar metronome app can do, but that app can come to quite a cost whereas this one is completely free. It’s accurate and just does its job. It also has the capability to turn off or change the sound of each individual click. So you can make it as easy or difficult as you’d like and if you change the time signature you can do the 8th or 16th note lengths as well as the above app. The only downside at current is that it only supports iOS at current.


4. Voice Memo

Voice memo on iphone is one of the most underrated apps that are preinstalled with the OS. However it’s one of the most useful, this simple to use app means you can quickly record audio directly from your phone, so if inspiration strikes and you come up with a great idea you can use a voice memo to record an idea down immediately. Although I’m specifically mentioning Voice Memo for iphone here, you can also get similar apps for Android as well which works brilliantly!


These are just a few apps that I use frequently, to help in my daily life of playing the guitar. There are many other that I’ve not even mentioned such as Evernote, the camera app and more. So what are some of your favourite apps that you use? Or if you’re someone who prefers not to use apps let me know why!

Until Next Time



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