10 best apps to learn guitar

Getting started in the world of guitar, especially as a self-taught learner, can be a confusing time. What brand of guitar to buy, how to learn the fretboard, how to position your fingers for each chord, there is so much going on. Luckily, there are plenty of resources online that can act as teachers along the gamers journey, teaching them all the basics and more.

Many of these apps include courses for all experience levels. They not only delve into how to play songs, but also the intricacies of the music itself. The guitar is such a special and complex instrument, and these apps welcome users into its world.

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TrueFire Guitar Lessons

Monthly subscription: $19 Annual subscription: $99

TrueFire is rated 4.8/5 stars on the App Store and is available on all devices including phones, tablets, computers and even TV. Its all-access subscription plans are currently on sale and allow users to access its over 900 available online guitar lessons (TrueFire).

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These range from beginners classes to blues to rock and country, all taught by renowned teachers like Joe Bonamassa, Greg Koch, Tommy Emmanuel, and more. Each lesson includes video tutorials that can be slowed down with synchronized tabs, sheet music, and a fretboard view showing notes and finger placement.

guitar tips

Monthly subscription: $19.99

Annual subscription: $179.99

Guitar Tricks has a 4.6/5 star rating and is available on iOS and Android. There is a free version of the app which includes some free lessons. This app is for beginners to experienced guitarists, going over the basics like how to hold the guitar to more complicated music theory. His Guitar Fundamentals course is perfect for beginning players and gives advice on how to overcome some typical beginner difficulties.

Guitar Tricks also has a huge song library with step-by-step tutorials of popular songs from Ed Sheeran, Eagles, AC/DC and many more.

just guitar

3 month subscription: $24.99

Annual subscription: $149.88

Simply Guitar is rated 4.7/5 stars and available on iOS and Android. It is specially designed for beginner guitarists with its simple and easy to consult format. When the app first starts, it asks users questions to customize their learning plan based on their instrument, experience, and goals.

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His lesson plans start at the base and move through paths. At the end of each lesson, the user will know how to play at least one song. Users can hold their phone in front of them while playing, and the app will move through the chords and riffs of the song.

Yousician

Monthly subscription: $19.99

Annual subscription: $89.99

Yousician is an iOS, Android, and desktop music teacher app for a variety of instruments including guitar, piano, ukulele, bass, and vocals. It ranks highly in the Education rankings of the App Store and has over 20 million users (Yousician).

Yousician offers interactive lessons with animations to help players follow along on their own instruments. The app even listens to the user play and provides feedback. There are Spotlight lessons from well-known artists such as Metallica, Jason Mraz and Juanes, which provide their own tips and tricks for playing and each of their songs.


Chordify

Monthly subscription: $6.99

Annual subscription: $20.88

Chordify offers guitar, piano, and ukulele chords with a 4.8/5 rating on the app store. It can be downloaded on iPhone, Android and on the web. There’s plenty of free content available, as well as a premium version currently on sale that includes access to more songs like Harry Styles’ “As It Was” and Jack Harlow’s “First Class”.

Animated chord diagrams help users follow the actual song. Although this app provides a little less instruction than others, it’s great for more advanced learners who just want to play songs and practice.

Justin Guitar lessons and songs

The Justin Guitar app is based on the JustinGuitar YouTube channel. It has a rating of 4.9/5 and is available on iOS, Android, and web. It offers over 1,000 lessons for beginners to advanced players taught by Justin Sandercoe, who acts as the users’ personal teacher (Justin Guitar). Most of its content is completely free, although a few premium courses can be purchased.

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Each course includes many videos and exercises to progress further. It even has a new audio system that creates a “real band” experience, making workouts sound like the user is playing with a band and lead vocalist.

Mudguard set

Monthly subscription: $9.99

Annual subscription: $89.99

Fender Play is from the well-known guitar brand with a rating of 4.8/5 and is available on all devices. It has over 3000+ short video lessons for guitar, bass and ukulele. Its annual subscription has an added bonus of 10% off all Fender gear (Fender Play).

There are many other features included, such as a practice mode with a metronome, key integration to find the right key of a song, and chord challenges to improve chord transitions and speed . Users can play popular songs like “Running Up That Hill” by Kate Bush and “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran.

Gibson: learn to play the guitar

Monthly subscription: $14.99

Annual subscription: $89.99

It is a popular guitar app from guitar company Gibson with a rating of 4.7/5 and is available on iOS and Android. It has tons of comprehensive learning programs for beginners and professionals taught by expert players. Its interactive videos feature on-screen chords and fingerings to help users play famous songs by Lynyrd Skynyrd, KISS, and more.

A digital amplifier is included in the app for users to record their workouts and requires nothing more than a pair of wired headphones. It also has a tuner and a metronome.

ultimate guitar

Monthly subscription: $9.99

Annual subscription: $59.99

The Ultimate Guitar website and app are probably the most popular guitar apps. It has a rating of 4.8/5 in the App Store and can be downloaded on iPhone and Android. It was considered one of Time’s top 100 apps in 2014.

Ultimate Guitar offers over a million chords and tabs for guitar, piano, bass, and ukulele, and the number keeps growing (Ultimate Guitar). There are thousands of lessons available on chord progressions, scales, solos, and technique. Most of the content is free, but there is a Pro subscription with more features.

Youtube

Although there are a wide variety of apps designed specifically for learning guitar, YouTube still has to be one of the best resources available. With channels like Marty Music at Mr. Tabs, YouTube has plenty of videos on how to start playing guitar, how to change your strings, great covers to inspire you, and free tabs and tutorials for popular songs.

Not to mention that all these videos of professionals teaching tips and tricks are completely free and available anytime. There’s a whole community of guitarists on YouTube ready to support both new and experienced players.

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