To go with some fantastic rock iPhone covers we present to you with some stunning apps to help propel you into the world of Rock Stardom. These are some truly impressive Apps that cover you from Rock FAN apps to apps with over 40’000 Tabs.
So pick up that AXE turn the Dial to 11 and play.
Guitarist: The Guitarist Magazine
This app, like the magazine, offers reviews on all guitars and equipment, plus guitar technique and lessons with TAB. The other great feature is the selection of famous songs and their translation into music and tab, with the guitarist/songwriter giving tips on how to nail it down.
This app is free, but you will need a magazine subscription – 3 months (£8.99), 6 months (£15.49) or 1 year (£27.99).
A fantastic app for when you’re on the move and you feel that sudden desperate itching in your fingertips.
Ultimate Guitar Apps
This is a brilliant app for both the budding or serious guitarist. How many times has a song popped into your head and you think, ‘Yeah, I’d like the play that’? Well, with this app, simply enter the band or song title in the search box, and it’ll find a selection of over 40,000 TABs for you. We can see why this simple yet brilliant app is one of the top 10 ten apps featured in the music category. Bass players and drummers also benefit, as the app also lists the bass and drum TABs. You can email your TABs to band members if you have a cover song coming up and there’s also an Advanced Search feature that lets you specify the TAB type, part of a song, its difficulty level, tuning and rating. And all this incredible data for a mere $2.99!
This is a MUST for any guitarist with an iPhone.
The simple title says it all; this app reached 14 in the top 100 apps list – no mean feat with the trillions of apps available. It was even used by Apple in their Guided Video Tour for the 3GS.
This app is a guitar simulator used when you find yourself with out your axe and inspiration strikes. You can record your song and play it back. The fretboard is scrollable right up to the 21st fret. You can even record a rhythm track and lead, each with their own effects, into one track. Pitch bends are achieved by dragging on the strings, and a really cool feature is tipping your phone to deploy the WhaWha and Whammy effects. Another technique are the use of ‘hammer-ons’, the app removing the concept of string plucking to allow you to concentrate on fretting the notes – simply tap the string to play the note, and either tap a higher note or ‘pull off’ to a lower note to gain speed in solos. The Tab Guitar takes the opposite path from the ‘hammer-on’ in removing the ability to fret the notes, this time allowing you to concentrate on plucking tor strumming (chords) the notes.
So for $3.99, practise your scales, fine-tune your techniques, record your inspirations, and rock out without your axe.
Guitar Tuner by PFG Software
There are many tuner apps available, but this one tops them all, not only because it’s free, but because it’s extremely user friendly. Press the chord on your guitar that requires tuning, and your phone will repeat a studio-quality recording of the desired chord.
Multiple tunings are also available, along with the ability to change the delay in which the notes are sounded.
It’s as simple as that. A great pocket tuner!
TrueFire.com have created a superb guitar lesson lab for FREE!
This is intended as a practice tool for TrueFire students on-the-go, but everyone is welcome to hang out, just make sure you have a 3G or WiFi connection to work along with the high-quality video stream lessons. Guitar Lab covers most music genres such as Rock, Blues, Acoustic, Jazz and Country with video lessons with TAB and text guides on your iPhone.
Guitar Lab has grown from a secret resource for pro players to over 400 top guitarists now instructing with thousands of video lessons, helping fellow guitarists stay hot on the fretboard.
I had to include this app purely because of its name, and what rock guitarist doesn’t respect and admire a bit of shredding?
This app will set you back $4.99, but rest assure it’ll be the most exciting 5 bucks you ever parted with. iShred begins with a series of high-fidelity guitar samples, and then feeds them through 8 exciting effects pedals and an overdrive amp simulator. Either jam with a trebly sound, a rock lead sound, or the best (subjective, of course), the all-out metal assault.
The effects pedals include: Hot Fuzz, Wahsabi (Wah pedal), Sybil (duel chorus), HK-2000 Delay, Kompressor (best with power chords), Adrenaline (Treble boost), Q-36 Space Modulator (Multi-pattern modulation) and the Trembler (Tremolo).
There are over 2000 built in chords, scales and fret positions, which you can by assign to the rows of buttons at the top of the screen. These buttons give you access to all the chords and scales you need to create a song, and lets you switch between strumming chords and playing melodies.
Oh, and if you’re a lefty, this app is supported for you.
Now go and annoy the person sitting next to you on the train and SHRED!
Rock Prodigy: Guitar
Rock Prodigy is perfect for a beginner wanting to learn how to play, or maybe any guitarist wanting to jam along to rock songs.
Use your iPhone and rock out to Metallica, strum along with Bob Dylan, or maybe you like your stuff heavier? How about Avenged Sevenfold? This app is almost formatted as a game, scoring and listening to you hit each note, but at the same time teaches you as you proceed. This is like Guitar Hero but with real guitars and lessons.
You will need an iPhone 3GS or later, and any real guitar, acoustic or electric.
So buy this app for $1.99 and learn or improve you jamming skills.
Dave Mustaine: Guitar Prodigy
I’ll start this with a quote from the master of metal himself, Dave Mustaine: “Better than a private lesson, and more fun than any guitar game, my app actually teaches you how to play guitar, and with the leader boards you shred while you kick your friends asses.”
Joel McIver in the “100 Greatest Metal Guitarists Of All Time” ranked Megadeth’s front man at number 1, so you can’t go wrong learning a lick or two from this guy.
Dave Mustaine teamed up with the makers of the previous app creator, Rock Prodigy to bring a touch of metal and speed to the iPhone. Learn and play Megadeth classics such as “Holy Wars”, “Tornado” and “Public Enemy No.1”.
Mustaine also offers mini lessons on techniques, rhythm and theory. Plus you can slow parts down to make sure they are perfect.
This app features multiple skill levels from beginner to advanced, and even has a leader board to show top scores. At a mere $9.99 this is a must for Megadeth fans; never before has there been a way for a fan to get a one-on-one connection with the artist, to experience the music – by playing HIS music.
With Guitar Studio you can make music quickly and very easily. Learn and nail down your favourite tunes on this app that is way more than just a virtual fretboard. Choose from 6 acoustic sounds, including steel and 12 string. Enhance your sound with reverb to simulate a room’s ambience.
There are 21 scales to warm up and practice, and once warmed up, you can practice the advanced moves such as hammer-ons, pull-offs, and slides.
Recording songs is easy with Guitar Studio, and you also have a metronome option to help keep time. You can also play along with your finished recordings.
It also features a built in music player so you can jam over the top of your favorite tracks. iPod library and imported tracks are also supported.
Not a bad little package for £2.99.
Go on, go make music.
Gibson.com recommended 7 Chords as one of the “five most essential iPhone applications for musicians” and we can see why.
It’s easy to use, straight forward and builds on improving your knowledge of chords and music theory – all for only $1.99!
Suited mostly for beginners and intermediates, the app works with the user searching for a single chord on the left then matching that to the exact chord on the right. The illustrations show you fret numbers, notes and how to position your fingers. Then tap or double tap the screen to hear the chord played aloud. With over 1500 of the most used guitar chords we’re sure you’ll be rockin’ in no time.