Fretonomy - Learn Fretboard 4+

Master notes, chords and more‪!‬

Strong Apps LLC

Designed for iPad

    • 4.7 • 1.9K Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



Practice notes, chords, scales, intervals, staff reading, the circle of fifths in 21 different games. Or even generate chord progressions to help with song writing!

Fretonomy is the ultimate educational game to learn the notes and chords on the fretboard of the guitar and other stringed instruments. There are 9 instruments available to practice on:

7-String Guitar
8-String Guitar
5-String Bass
6-String Bass

Choose your instrument and pick one of the many games available to you to practice the fretboard until you have mastered every fret and every chord pattern.

Customize your experience by selecting which section of the fretboard you want to practice on. Practice the first frets, a section in the middle, or the entire fretboard.

Many games are available. Choose how you want to train. Learn by simply matching random notes with the fret on the fretboard, or try something different with the Color Matching game!

Learn and master all kinds of chord patterns on the guitar with the Name Chord game. Choose which chords you want to practice on any section of the fretboard, and go at your own pace. You will learn to identify any chord pattern very quickly!

Learn how to quickly read notes on a staff in the Staff game. Choose whatever section of the staff you want to practice on, choose the staff type, and start training!

Or master the fretboard and staff at the same time in the Staff and Fretboard game. Select a fret on the fretboard that matches a note on the staff!

Explore scales on the fretboard of your instrument with the Scale Explorer game. Choose a root note, pick one of the 63 different scales available, and start memorizing your scale. Change the color of the notes on the fretboard to identify intervals easier.

Create your own songs on the fly and learn how to play them right away using the Chord Progression generator tool. Any popular chord progression can be generated in any scale you want. Play along to the chords of your progression by using the playback feature to practice the shapes.

View your progress as statistics are logged for each instrument, tuning, and fret. A heat-map is used to show your progress. Share your progress with your friends!

More games and features to come!


- 9 different instruments available to master!
- 21 different games and tools to practice with.
- Explore any of the 63 musical scales with any root note while customizing the scale how you want!
- Train any section of the fretboard. Choose any range of frets that you want.
- Learn and master many kinds of chords on any section of the guitar with any tuning! From simple major and minor triads, to more complicated patterns like diminished sevenths!
- Use the Staff game to learn the position of notes on the musical staff. Learn to read music!
- Follow your progress by viewing your fretboard heat-map. Each fret has its own statistics.
- Common tunings included for every instrument, or add your own.
- Compete with your friends on Game Center or share your fretboard heat-map with them.
- Left-handed mode is available as well.
- Symbol chords and nashville number system style.
- Solfege, Number, German, Japanese, Indian, Cyrillic, and Korean note notations are supported.
- Ear training for notes, intervals, and chords.

This version of the application comes with free access to train the first few frets of each instrument. Each instrument can be fully unlocked via in-app-purchases.

What’s New

Version 18.1.0

- Small bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
1.9K Ratings

1.9K Ratings

Funkie.Skunkie ,

So good! One suggestion…

This is a fun arcade style app that features so much games, you don’t get punished for picking the incorrect note, interval, chord, etc. rather it just shows your stats(that you can reset anytime) it really shows how much you’ve improved. I can easily get sucked into a round and find myself a thousand answers in! Time flys for me and it’s helped me learn to apply music theory to the guitar! Right now I’m working on the staff and fretboard game which is the closest thing to sight reading music notation. The one thing that I wish was implemented in the app was if there was accompanying videos to supplement it. Some of the games I had to surf the internet to connect the dots so I could actually understand how to play the game. Super awesome app and worth paying for the upgrades! I really hope that there will be more mini games added in the future… especially a few to help with sight reading measures of music and even sight reading chords on the staff! Download this right now if you’re serious about learning your stringed instrument!

Developer Response ,

Hey Funkie Skunkie, thanks for the detailed feedback! I really appreciate it. I will definitely consider these ideas, and if you have anymore please feel free to email me at Glad you're enjoying the app and finding it useful!

JJ_TennisFan-PingPongPlayer ,

Subscription Model

Why does an app like this require a subscription model?
I was just playing around with the app. I wanted to learn scales and chords for the mandolin - and it appeared that this would be the best app to learn these music theory concepts, especially as it contains a variety of fretted string instruments, such as guitar, ukulele and mandolin - along with options for various number of strings of these instruments. It also has a layout where I can visually see the fretboard.

So I am exploring the app and going to the scales and chords for mandolin - and I see that in order to unlock the other scales and chords, I have to buy Fretonomy Premium. So I go to the app, assuming that it will just be a one-time in-app purchase - or I could upgrade to the Pro version in the app store.
Then, next thing you know, it gives me the option to subscribe for one month or the better value to subscribe for one year (33% off). What? I really cannot support this business model. I should be able to own the app and use it at any time after purchasing, without having to continue paying on a continuous basis. It is bad enough that most music educational places that give lessons require you to pay for the month up front, I cannot tolerate this model coming down to an accessory for learning music. This should be a purchase and be able to use for the life of your music education resource.

Juwan808 ,


I had to update my last review since my previous concerns were addressed. Thank you for the fixes! The name that note layout is great, just like a piano keyboard. No more searching for notes. I really appreciate the response from the development team. Awesome! Thanks again.

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I want to give this app 5 stars but I just can’t. Not until this one issue is resolved. When playing the “Name that note” game, the main notes are set up in order. That is of course expected. But when you tap the flat key or # if that’s your thing, the order of the notes above don’t make any sense. Why are they not set up in the same order as a piano? Ab should be above A, Bb above B etc.? Instead there are redundant notes, 2 B’s 2 E’s…. WTH! Fix this please! I shouldn’t have to search for the notes. How is that helping me study? If it’s set up like a piano, the visual representation will connect across both instruments and the intervals will be correct. Please fix!!

Developer Response ,

Hey Juwan, we will definitely look into fixing this. Thank you for your feedback and hope you are enjoying the rest of the app! UPDATED: We have released an update to fix this in version 5.0.1. Hope it is more to your liking!

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