In today’s post, I am sharing with you this hand-picked collection of some of the best guitar learning apps out there. While I created this list with students and teachers in mind, anyone interested in learning how to play guitar will find them helpful.
The apps offer access to a wide variety of step-by-step lessons, video tutorials, and interactive activities to help users learn guitar playing in fun and engaging ways. Most of these apps offer real time feedback on users performance and some of them offer guidance from expert guitarists and musicians. For learning to play piano, check out best piano learning apps and for more educational music resources check out best music websites for teachers and students.
1. Simply Guitar
Simply Guitar is a guitar learning app created by teachers to help you learn to play guitar in fun and engaging ways. The app offers a wide variety of tutorials, songs, and step by step video lessons ideal for users of different skill levels and ages. Simply Guitar is compatible with pretty much any guitar. As you play, Simply Guitar analyzes your performance and provides you with feedback and guidance.
Other interesting features provided by Simply Guitar include the ability to learn all the required techniques for playing songs (e.g., playing chords, read and play tabs, strumming techniques, chord switching, guitar fundamentals, technique boosting exercises, etc), tips and tricks for playing guitar correctly, integrated professional tuner to help you learn how to tune your guitar, track progress, and many more.
2. Fender Play
Fender Play is a guitar learning app that enables you to learn to play various types of guitars including acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass guitar, and ukule. Fender’s short guitar lessons and video tutorials are designed to help learners of all skill levels play guitar in the right way. Fender’s library embeds tons of songs that you can pick and play at your own pace.
Other interesting features provided by Fender include: an integrated metronome and tempo control to help you learn timing, practice reminders, chord challenges to help you become dexterous with your fingers, tone integration, an extensive library of songs organized by artist/genre/difficulty/technique, and many more.
3. Songsterr Tabs
Songsterr is another good app for learning to play guitar. It offers access to over 8000.000 high qaulity guitar, bass, and drum tabs and chord. Some of the interesting features Songsterr offers include realistic guitar engine, multiple instruments, speed control, loop to play back selected measures, offline mode, solo (listen to only the instrument you are learning), pitch shifting, chromatic tuner to help you tune your guitar through mic or adaptors, background audio support, and many more.
‘Songsterr Tabs & Chords is a subscription based app. The free version allows you to listen and see all tabs. To get unlimited access to all learning features like Loop, Solo, Mute, Speed Control, Pitch Shifting, etc. sign up for a $9.99 USD per month subscription.’
Chordify provides you with accurate chords to play any song you want. The way Chordify works is simple and easy: open the app, search for a song you want to play, select the instrument you want to play it on, and ‘jam along with your favourite song’.
Chordify automatically recognizes the audio signals of songs and synchronizes this with your song in a simple music player. Some of the features provided by Chordify include the ability to download chords from your favorite songs as MIDI files for easy audio editing, transpose chords to play in different keys, export chords in PDF format, and many more.
5. TrueFire Guitar Lessons
TrueFire Guitar Lessons is a guitar learning app that offers over 50.000 video guitar lessons, 30.000 guitar tabs, and a huge collection of jam tracks to help you learn how to play guitar. TrueFire’ s extensive library contains tons of guitar courses covering all styles including jazz guitar, blues guitar, country guitar, acoustic guitar, fingerstyle guitar, and many more.
TrueFire’ s video lessons enable you to learn playing guitar from popular musicians and artists in the calibre of ‘Joe Bonamassa, Matt Schofield, Larry Carlton, Robben Ford, Tommy Emmanuel, Steve Vai, Pat Martino, Stu Hamm, Alex Skolnick, Dweezil Zappa, Johnny Hiland, Mike Zito, Redd Volkaert, David Grissom, Andy Timmons, and over 300 other top artists and educators.’
6. Yousician: Guitar Lessons
Yousician enables you to learn and play your favourite songs using your real instrument while it listens and provides feedback on your performance. Yousician offers step by step video tutorials and over 10.000 lessons and exercises to help users of different skill levels learn how to play guitar. ‘ Fun gameplay tracks your progress and keeps you motivated to practice and learn. You’ll be amazed how fast your skills advance. So grab your guitar or bass, and start playing now!’
7. Justin Guitar
Justin Guitar is another good guitar learning app that offers a wide variety of educational resources to help you learn to play guitar. Created by the renowned guitar teacher, Justin Sandercoe, Justin Guitar offers step by step lessons and interactive exercises for beginners (grade 1 and grade 2). It also offers over 1000 hit songs and select songs to practice each module.
Other interesting features provided by Justin Guitar include: color chords, easy to use guitar tuner, songs added on a regular basis, new song view UI to find newly added songs, playlists to create auto-play and shareable song lists, songbook with chords filter, beginner friendly song player, and many more.
Gibson offers interactive guitar lessons and guidance from expert guitarists to help you learn to play guitar. Gibson also provides you with real time feedback on each note you play. Some of the interesting features provided by Gibson include: video guidance to help with practicing skills, an extensive song library (includes names such as ‘Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Santana, Aerosmith, KISS, Tom Petty, Dolly Parton, The Beatles, Lynyrd Skynyrd and many more’), a jam guide to help beginners start jamming, a built-in tuner and digital amplifier, and many more.
9. Real Guitar
Real Guitar is another useful guitar learning app that offers a wide collection of resources including guitars of different models, guitar lessons for beginners, over 1500 chords to play different songs, 3 playing modes, numerous loops, recording mode, HiFi guitar sounds, the ability to export your recordings to MP3 and many more.
Fretello helps you learn guitar through step by step lessons and by playing your favourite songs. Ftetello also teaches you how to compose your own songs and how to read TABs. ‘imply download Fretello, grab your guitar, and start advancing. It’s that easy!Once you’ve mastered the basics, you’ll deepen your skills and your practice as you progress to more advanced lessons and courses in our curriculum.’