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Learn to play guitar with these 3 apps

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Anyone can play guitar. Or so we’re told. But, as with any instrument, practice makes perfect. It takes time and commitment to learn your barre chords from power chords, and how to tune a guitar properly so you can avoid hitting bum notes.

If you fancy yourself as a bit of a living room rock legend, these handy apps can help you learn how to play guitar at your own pace.

Tune up

If you are supremely lucky, you may have a great ear for guitar tuning but there is something of a trick to getting it just right – and GuitarTuna: Guitar, Bass tuner can help. 

A six-string guitar is tuned E, A, D, G, B, and E – that’s from the thickest and lowest-pitch string at the top, to the highest-pitch and furthest away string as you hold the guitar. 

Pick each of the strings in turn and GuitarTuna will tell you whether that note is sharp or flat. Turn the turning pegs anti-clockwise to increase the pitch and clockwise to decrease the pitch.

    GuitarTuna: Guitar, Bass tuner

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Play along

Ultimate Guitar: Chords & Tabs has an incredible breadth of songs across genres – more than 800,000 and growing. And when you’re starting out, having songs you love at your disposal could make you more likely to go the distance.

First choose your axe: this could be acoustic, electric, bass or even the ukulele. Next tell the app the genres of music you’re interested in and your experience level (absolute beginner right up to rockstar).

The app serves up suggestions via the For You tab and the experience is quite special: tap on “Creep” by Radiohead and Ultimate Guitar will play a customisable backing track, automatically scrolling through the chords and tablature so you can play along. No more A4 binders with missing pages.

    Ultimate Guitar: Chords & Tabs

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Record yourself

After a while you may want to record your latest jam sessions, just to hear yourself back and find ways to improve. And, if inspiration strikes, you’ll want to save your own compositions.

GarageBand has an audio recorder function for both voice and instruments. Swipe along to Audio Recorder to use the microphone, then tap “Instrument” to record yourself. You can change the audio settings via the top right dial, then all you have to do is point your iPhone towards the sound you want to capture and tap “Record” to begin.

    GarageBand

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