Let’s start with an app that should really impress anyone who is provisionally getting into recording and performing with their trusty guitar. AmpliTude effectively turns your iOS device into an amp as well as a recording studio. You will find plenty of features with the initial install but there is also a wealth of in-app purchases too, should there be something else you’re looking for. Key features include an awesome looping feature that also provides the ability to record those you’ve made and virtual effects pedals, loads of them. In fact, I’m certain you could lose a few hours just by messing around with the many it has on offer. It works well with both electric and electro acoustic guitars so it’s a great performance app for any player.
The Ultimate Guitar app is an absolutely fantastic library of tabs and chord sheets, with over 800,000 songs to choose from that vary from the latest chart hits to the most obscure sea shanty you can think of. You’ll find that it doesn’t just have these for your guitar too, you can also find sheets for your bass, ukulele, piano and even drums. You can save your favourite songs to your own personal library so that you can go back to them with ease and it also gives the option of transposing each sheet so that you can match it to your personal style of playing. If you should decide to go pro (a premium version of the app) you’ll also have access to an auto scroll feature so you can play hands free as well as listen to the songs you’re trying to learn via integration of YouTube. It’s an excellent bank and means that you’ll likely never have to but a songbook again.
Believe it or not, this app has absolutely nothing to do with fish, instead it is simply a play on the word “tuner”. You shouldn’t let that bother you though because this is an excellent app for every player. Often it can be hard to find the right pitch for your guitar, you know it’s out, but you can’t tell which string is giving you grief. Well Guitar Tuna has you covered, instead of playing every string off each other simply fire up your app and this will tell you exactly which note each string is playing. I know that there are plenty of apps out there that offer this service but this one is extremely precise so you can always trust that once you’ve tuned using it, you’ll always be playing pitch perfect. And what’s great is you can also use this app to tune various other stringed instruments too, bass, mandolin, ukulele, it’s got you covered, even better it will remember the instruments you have most recently played so you can quickly access them without having to scroll through menu after menu.