Musically Apple is the superior choice on many levels, and with the selection of tools for musicians growing daily that lead will only grow. There really isn’t a lot that a person can’t do musically with an apple product, and a little practice. Below are some of the best apps for guitarist on the iOS.
For anyone familiar with the Garageband that comes packaged with OSX, this is the stripped down but still functional version of its big brother. It’s every bit as awesome and powerful, while still managing to have a very varied set of features. If you’re already an owner of a Mac, then the option to carry your project and make changes that sync up across all devices is a killer feature. This really is the all in one package for most users, with guitar use just being one of the hundreds of features. The price is only $4.99 and will end up paying for itself by the end of the day.
This is the largest database of guitar resources on the web, with a video for just about anything from beginners to advanced users. Consider the worldwide usage of YouTube, for a resource that isn’t available a request can easily be made and fulfilled within days. There are several playlists to accommodate all levels, and for the most part people are friendly and answer questions quickly. It has its share of knuckleheads, but is unmatched as a visual aid. Sign up is still not required, but if paired with a YouTube downloader app this can really be a lethal combo in a guitarist’s arsenal.
With the abundance of tab apps available in the app store, the thing that makes Tab Toolkit so different is that it’s smaller interface on a phone or tablet still has more options than some of the bigger counterparts on home computers. It has one of the best multi tab interfaces available, and fantastic integration with Guitar Pro and Powertab. The Ultimate Guitar website lets you download tabs directly into the program, or you can opt to use the built in tab store from Tab Toolkit. This is really one of the best options available, and it only costs $3.99.
This is an interesting pick as it really isn’t meant for guitarists, but like YouTube has a lot of desirable features for them. Through the use of Soundcloud’s account services, users can record and upload their music both publicly and privately. The entire process and storage makes it easier than using the built in voice app, and an entire set of options even further how useful it is to the user. Diving deeper into the features of this free app, a guitarist is given an entire library or playlist of artists to follow to match their own style. This is really one of the more overlooked apps on the list.
This is an interesting take on the many apps that have come out over the years that allow you to play a virtual guitar on the phone. The twist in Chord Master is that it is aimed at beginners as a teaching tool through the use of a repetition engine. Users can easily learn up to 14 guitar chords, with in app purchases allowing that number to go higher. A great social plugin via Facebook lets fellow players go up against each other, so in a way this app really promotes practice. With the right attitude, this can help a lot of beginner guitarist.