Best Iphone Applications for Guitarists

The Iphone has created a growing marketplace of applications to help the aspiring guitarist, from rank beginner to seasoned professional. Out of the hundreds of applications designed for musicians, which ones deserve your money?


Guitartoolkit – Agile software, $9.95. For guitarists of all levels this is a must have application. Using the Iphone's excellent native microphone capabilities, this application will take the place of your old guitar tuner. With a highly accurate, visual chromatic tuner, not only does it come with standard EADGBe tuning, you can select from 55 other common tunings from the drop down menu. Tuning support is included for 6 and 12 string guitars, plus 4, 5 and 6 string basses, ukuleles, banjos and mandolins. The tuner facilities would justify the price of this application alone, especially when a dedicated hardware tuner will set you back at least twice the price, but the app also comes packaged with an excellent metronome with a visible flash option, 12 time signatures and 13 sound effects. You will also have access to a dedicated chord library, showing you the fingerings and sounds for 500,000 chords and a lefty mode, which adjusts chords and scales to reflect a left handed instrument. I personally use this application everyday and couldn't be happier with my purchase.


Scalewizard – Planet Waves, $1.99. The application does only one thing, but it does it perfectly. What guitarist wouldn't want scales at their fingertips presented in a flawless interface? Not an application that most guitarists will need every day, but for the price it is the perfect travel companion to help the aspiring guitarist learn their scales to fill out their musical chops.

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Gibson Learn and Master Guitar – Gibson, Free. With musicians of all eras being notoriously stingy with their money, this application is exactly the right price. Although the app is one big advertisement for all things Gibson, at its heart is still a solid app with plenty of functionality for the budding and professional guitarist. The tuner, though not quite as accurate nor with anywhere near as many tunings as the offering from GuitarToolKit, is still of a high standard and will be more than enough for most guitarists. The biggest advantage for this application is the access to the hundreds of video lessons on the website. The quality of these lessons vary, and can be accessed via a normal internet browser anyway, so the added benefit of these lesson will be questionable to most users. But don't forget, the application is free so you have nothing to lose.

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