Technology has had such an impact on everyday life. Everything from work to entertainment has experienced some form of technological innovation. In fact, even musicians have discovered new ways to nurture their talents through the use of technology. This is especially true for guitarists, as the instrument’s popularity has undoubtedly affected how much attention app developers have given it.
These apps pretty much cover all the bases when it comes to playing the guitar. Whether it be a tuning app or any of the multiple apps that deal with tablature, apps pretty much have been an additional tool to help budding musicians learn how to play their chosen instrument.
The rise of smartwatches has made this even more convenient, as app developers have found new ways to integrate them in a way that makes the lives of musicians infinitely easier. With that being said, the number of apps on the market can be quite daunting for those of you who have no idea where to start. This is why we’ve narrowed things down to our picks of the best apps to help you play the guitar.
One of the most frustrating things about learning a new song is not knowing how to play the chords. Sometimes you really just have no idea what the chord on the sheet is. Chord Cheats ensures that you will never have this problem again.
Chord Cheats is pretty simple but incredibly effective, as it’s a chord app that shows you a tablature form of the chord. This app is great for beginners as it can help you play a variety of different songs. Whether it be using a distortion pedal for heavy guitar riffs from your favourite rock songs or soothing bossa nova tracks ripped straight out of your favourite coffee shop’s playlist, this app can get the job done. Thanks to the compact nature of the Apple Watch, this app also makes reading the tablature on-the-fly as easy as it’s ever been. Practice sessions will be more convenient, as the app will help get you familiar with the different chord shapes.
Cifra Club Tuner
With tuning apps, the last thing you want is anything too complicated. The Cifra Club Tuner exemplifies that by being exactly what it advertises: a no-frills guitar tuner. Cifra Club Tuner stands out above the rest due to its easy interface and its compatibility with smartwatches.
It also helps that the app is a chromatic tuner too. This means it can tune every note in the scale, giving you maximum flexibility and the ability to tune your guitar in unconventional ways. If you’re looking to tune more than just a guitar, the app also comes with a paid subscription that lets you tune other instruments as well
Pulse Metronome & Tap Tempo
As any musician should know, keeping time is one of the most important things. That’s why metronomes are one of the most important tools in a musicians arsenal. This is where Pulse Metronome fits in.
It’s a straightforward app that lets you set the time-signature and even allows device syncing. This is especially useful when practicing with other people as it ensures that everyone in your band will be coordinated. Another great feature is the app’s tap tempo function. Simply tap the desired tempo and the watch will immediately adjust itself. It even fully utilizes the Apple Watch’s useful haptic feedback function so you can have a constant reminder of what beat you’re on.
Guest post by Tamara Hines.