When I started looking into guitar effects apps I the sheer amount of information overwhelmed me. I found it easiest to just try each one of them out and then decide. If you’re also struggling to find the right fit for you, try out one of my top 5 picks:
5. Guitar Gym
If you understand the importance of fitness for musicians and endurance Guitar Gym is the app for you. The outstanding app provides you with simple 2-minute exercises that keep you sharp. It’s full of practice exercises which help your technique progress and aid you in your path to glory.
You can customize the workout, but no matter your choice it will test both your left and right-hand capabilities to the limit. Various segments of exercises with three difficulty levels will hone your skill, as you’re playing along to the tab player. The timer and adjustable metronome are there to keep you on track. It lives up to the hype and its rating of 9.9 on appcrawlr.
iShred provides you with a full experience, no matter the type of sound you want. The interface is very accessible, and the app makes for a good learning platform. It even provides support for left-handed guitarists.
It has an enormous library of 2000+ built-in chords, scales and frets positions you can use to create your songs. You can export songs as WAV or MIDI AIRPLAY and send them to your computer through iTunes file sharing. All in all, I give it a solid gold star.
If you’re one of the people, who love experimenting with effects pedals but runs on a tight budget this app is perfect for you. It has 17 effects, a 4 Track Recorder and a Media Player, making playing around on it fun and exciting.
While some apps are unsuitable for acoustic guitars (due to amp EQs), this one lets you bypass the EQs allowing your sound to shine through. Stompbox also improves your control over the foot pedals, as physical pedals mean limited control. For a price lower than that of one effects pedal, you gain an indispensable tool for your musical progress.
Let’s be honest, who hasn’t dreamed of starting up a band in their garage? The fact that GarageBand app gives you a feeling of having a band in your pocket is a huge part of its appeal.
The choice is yours: choose one of the four instruments offered or plug your guitar in and start jamming. You can even play and record sessions with your friends, no matter their location, using just Wi-Fi, the app and the power of friendship. It’s a full-blown recording studio just for you, completely free of charge.
1. Songsterr Tabs & Chords
This app (Songsterr Tabs & Chords) is simply amazing! The free version lets you poke around and access all the features via 15sec song previews, while the full version has over 500,000 tabs and chords. If you’re already subscribed to a paid plan on their website you can get the full version for no extra charge.
It’s perfect for somebody learning to play as it has a slow down tab playback which comes in handy for learning tricky parts of songs. It also gives you a few seconds to prepare after pressing play, unlike some other apps.
I found their chromatic tuner excellent, and their sorting system blew me away. I definitely recommend trying out the free version and checking out what the fuss is about!
I hope this list was useful and helpful for you! If you would like to share your experience using one of these or other effects apps leave a comment.