It might not fit in your guitar case, but you should find room for an iPad in your gear bag.
There are loads of apps available for guitarists – actually, all musicians – but, here are my five favorites.
I. Guitar World Lick of the Day
Comes with a handful of free licks, but a subscription is required for more. Prices range from $1.99/month to $9.99 for 6 months.
For the cost of a couple mocha’s, you’ll get six-months worth of high-quality instructional videos. And they don’t slouch on the instructors. You’ll find quality licks from top-flight instructors including: Joe Satriani, Zakk Wylde, Jimmy Brown, Henry Garza, and many more.
The app includes video, tablature, practice mode playback with half-speed, and the ability to save your favorites.
Free version available. Songsterr Plus is $4.99.
This app provides you with instant access to 300,000 guitar, bass and drum tabs. And yes, it is searchable. Tabs are community-supported, so the quality is high. The Plus upgrade is worth it; you’ll get playback with a great-sounding guitar engine and you can reduce the speed by 50%.
III. Guitar Tuner +
There are a handful of decent tuner apps out there, but this one worked well for me. Options include tone or guitar playback, three different playback methods, and alternate tunings. NOTE: This is an ear-based tuner.
IV. Ear Trainer
Comes with over 160 individual exercises. Some are easy, some are not – but, you want to improve, right? Categories include: interval comparison, chord identification, scales, and relative pitch.
V. Guitarist’s Reference
This app has it all: Chords, scales, triads, arpeggios, reverse chord finder tool, alternate tunings. It’s even got quizzes. The graphics are nice and it even has playback tools.