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5 Free Apps to Learn and Play Guitar with

As with most other creative hobbies, playing a guitar is a lot harder than it looks, but it's also worth it. It's one of the more rewarding things I've ever learned and I highly recommend it. The only problem is that it's hard to learn on your own.

That's why I recommend using mobile apps as complementary tools.

I didn't have these when I was learning to play the guitar, but I am confident that if I had had them then, these would have sped up my learning. Of All The Creative Ways To Use An Android Tablet 6 Creative Uses For Your Android Tablet 6 Creative Uses For Your Android Tablet Do you have an Android tablet? You will enjoy these creative uses for it! Find out more or the creative ways to use a smartphone 10 Creative Ways To Use Your Old Smartphone 10 Creative Ways To Use Your Old Smartphone Why sell or throw away your old smartphone when there are so many ways to reuse it? Some of these reuses might be more creative than you thought. Here are a few ideas. Read More So if you are a beginner or an advanced guitar player, check out these apps.

1. Real guitar

4.1 Rating over 188,000 reviews.

If you already own a guitar and have played a little with it, you can go straight to the next app. Real Guitar is an app for those who haven't made the leap yet. After all, nobody wants to spend hundreds on a guitar only to realize they don't like it, right?

Real Guitar is a guitar simulator. It can simulate both acoustic and electric guitars and works on tablets and smartphones. It also supports multitouch, which is important for playing chords. However, you need a device with multi-touch capabilities for this feature to work.

What's even cooler is that it comes with 16 track loops that you can play along to, plus a record mode and the ability to export to MP3. This means that you can actually come up with songs, play them with Real Guitar, and record them for later. It is really fun!

Download: Real Guitar (Free)

2. Perfect ear

4.7 rating based on 30,700 reviews.

While Perfect Ear is not a guitar-specific app, it is extremely useful for anyone who wants to play the guitar (or any other musical instrument). In short, it aims to develop two crucial skills that every musician must practice: rhythm and tone.

Perfect Ear has dozen of interval, scale, chord, and rhythm exercises to help you become familiar with the music. It also has trainers for eye reading, absolute tone, and vocals. If you are having trouble distinguishing different tones, this app is what you need.

And if you want to dive into the deep end, Perfect Ear also has music theory articles that come in handy if you ever want to write your own songs.

Download: Perfect Ear (Free)

3. GuitarTuna

4.8 Rating over 751,000 reviews.

There are dozen of mobile apps out there that can help you tune your guitar, but GuitarTuna is the absolute best. Note that it can also handle the bass, ukulele, violin, cello, banjo, and a number of other popular string instruments. So you don't have to find another app if you choose another instrument later.

And this is how it works: You pluck the guitar string, the app listens with your device's microphone and shows you under which note the sound is registered. This makes it very easy to adjust your mood as a beginner, but it can be helpful even as an expert as the app supports hundreds of alternative votes.

GuitarTuna has a few other tools too, such as a chord library, but you probably won't bother with the tuning aspect.

Download: GuitarTuna (free)

4. smartChord

4.7 Rating over 34,000 reviews.

If I had to designate one app as the all-in-one Swiss Army Knife app for guitarists, it would probably be this one. smartChord started out as an app to help you learn all the different chords and fingerings on the guitar fretboard - and yes, it's the ultimate chord reference - but has now evolved into something more comprehensive.

I find the reverse chord finder to be the most helpful, but SmartChord also has toning features, hundreds of pre-defined tunings, dozens of different scales, a basic metronome, a virtual guitar if you can't drag your actual guitar with you, an accurate tone generator, and more.

Yes, use it when you come across a chord you don't know, but also when you want to change the mood, practice scales or rhythm, exercise your ear, or write your own music. It's priceless.

Download: smartChord (free)

5. Metronome

4.7 rating based on 2,700 reviews.

Most of the metronome apps on the Play Store are too simple - they do the job as a beginner, but their limits are quickly reached as you improve your skills. Once you get to that point, you should be using Metronomerous, the best metronome app for Android users.

The interface might seem a little intimidating at first, but that's just because it can do so much. It can range up to eighths, sixteenths, triplets, quintuplets, and septuplets. It can accent down to the sixteenth or triplet note, it can be muted during bars to make sure you're in tempo, and even complex beat sequences can be programmed.

If all you need is a basic punch, it can be too over the top. But when Basic isn't good enough, Metronomerous is the only app that gives you the freedom you need.

Download: Metronome (free)

More resources for learning to play the guitar

The limitation to Android apps will hinder your progress as a guitarist significantly. There is a whole world of guitar resources on the web such as: B. These websites for learning to play the guitar. Learn to play the guitar with these 5 websites. Learn to play the guitar with these 5 websites. Learn to Play Guitar in 2016. Here are some websites that can help if you have played a musical instrument as one of your resolutions. Read More and These Websites To Find Guitar Chords For Songs 4 Awesome Websites To Find Guitar Chords For Songs 4 Awesome Websites To Find Guitar Chords For Songs For more information, go here and add it alongside the apps in this post.

And if you are a guitarist who also likes video games, there is a great way to improve your skills Rocksmith. We wrote articles about why Rocksmith is great for guitar beginners and how Rocksmith can help you play guitar like a pro.

What inspired you to learn guitar? How do you feel about using an app next to your instrument? Are there any other resources that you found particularly helpful? Let us know in a comment below!

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Originally written by Yaara Lancet on June 26, 2012.

Learn more about: Android, guitar, musical instrument.