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So you got yourself a guitar. It’s all tuned, and you are ready to play. But what now? If you decided to learn to play guitar without an instructor, you will soon find that the beginning is tough. Where do you find the songs you want to play, and more importantly, who shows you how to do it?
Luckily there are many apps and websites that can help you with everything related to playing guitar. In this second blog post I will show you my favorite five recourses.
Ultimate Guitar (Website)
When you are looking for the right guitar tab of the song you want to play, Ultimate Guitar is the website to turn to. Considering that they offer tabs for 800.000 songs on their website, the chance is big that you are going to find what you are looking for.
A very nice feature of the website is that when you hover over a chord, you get to see what the chord looks like on the guitar. You can even click on ‘variations’ so that you can find out in what other ways you could play the chord as well.
Besides their website, Ultimate Guitar has also created an app. It’s called Ultimate Guitar Tabs, and Chords and costs about €3,33. Personally I am not a big fan of paying for apps, but I do think this one is worth the money. It is designed very well, and you get to access the entire. This way you can always find the song you want to play wherever you are.
Guitar Tuna (App)
Guitar Tuna is an app that can help you tune your guitar with your mobile phone. If you give the app access to your microphone it helps you tune your guitar based on the sounds of the strings. Personally, I still prefer to tune my guitar with an actual tuner, but Guitar Tuna is easy to use and can help tune your guitar quite accurately. It is especially helpful because you will probably carry your phone more often than your tuner. Besides a tuner, the app also offers a metronome, a chords library and games that can help you practice.
Guitar Chords and Tabs (App)
If you don’t want to spend the €3,33 on Ultimate Guitar’s app, I would definitely recommend you to get Guitar Chords and Tabs. It is free, and it works the same way. Just as Ultimate Guitar Tabs and Chords, this app consists of an archive of tabs. When you start the app, you’ll see a search bar. There you have to type in the name of the artist you want to play a song from, and you will get to see all of the songs the app offers from this artist.
Ultimate Guitar Tabs and Chords looks better and offers much more songs, but if you don’t want to spend any money, Guitar Chords and Tabs is a very good alternative.
Justinguitar.com is a very good website that can help you learn songs on any level. The website contains many tips, tricks, chords and tutorials on how to play songs. What I really like is that the tutorials for are songs organized by the level you need to have to play them.
You’ll see that for many songs the website refers to a songbook JustinGuitar has written. The book costs €23, but if you don’t want to spend any money the website is already very helpful without the book.
JustinGuitar also has a very nice YouTube account with many tutorials (which I also definitely recommend checking out), but the website itself offers you even more information.
When you focus on chords, Chordbook.com is a very helpful website. The guitar on their homepage can show you all chords, and if you press the strum button you can even hear what the chord should sound like. Chordbook has even implemented a feature that enables you to put a capo on the guitar. This way you can also hear what your chord sounds like when played with a capo on any fret.
I hope the websites and apps have been helpful. What recourses do you use when you play guitar? Let me know in the comments below. And again, stay tuned for the next post, in which I will show you the very best of YouTube’s guitar instructors!