Guitar Notes Master

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About this app

Built by guitarists for guitarists, this fretboard tutor app will help you rapidly develop your guitar playing skills.

Maximize your practice time by using this app to learn the fundamentals of guitar fretboard theory: note positions, intervals, chords, scales and arpeggios - even away from your guitar!

The lessons included in Guitar Notes Master cover the spectrum of fretboard knowledge from learning the basics of open strings and finding individual notes up to complex extended chords, modes and other advanced scales. The key areas taught in the lessons are:

- Open Strings
- Root Shapes
- Note Names and Finding Notes on the Fretboard
- Major and Minor Scales*
- Pentatonic Scales*
- Pentatonic Lead Patterns*
- Intervals*
- Triads - Arpeggios and Chords*
- Seventh Arpeggios and Chords*
- Other Chord Types*: Extended (e.g. 9th, 11th), Suspended Chords, 6, 6/9, Add9, Slash Chords and Power Chords
Modes - Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Locrian
- Other Scales*: Blues Scales, Harmonic and Melodic Minor, Phrygian Dominant Mode, Whole Tone and Diminished Scales

( * = Premium lesson available via in-app purchase)

No previous knowledge is assumed, so Guitar Notes Master is suitable for both beginning and more experienced guitarists, and it makes a great companion to formal lessons with a teacher or other learning resources that cover the other elements of guitar playing such as good technique and rhythm.

The Practice screen is used to enforce everything that you've learned in the lessons by generating thousands of practice questions that you can use to test your knowledge and burn the fretboard theory into your mind. But unlike most "fretboard training" applications, these exercises don't just ask you to find random notes or reproduce scale patterns from memory. Instead, they are carefully structured to reinforce the lesson content and build your fretboard knowledge logically.

As you complete lessons, Guitar Notes Master will automatically add exercise sets that include questions on the topics of each lesson to your Practice List. When you're ready to practice, simply load up Guitar Notes Master and switch to the Practice screen. Guitar Notes Master will quiz you with random questions from your current practice list to help you memorize everything you've learnt so far. Of course, once you're confident with a particular lesson then you can remove it from your practice list, ensuring that your practice questions are always tailored to your needs and making your learning as efficient as possible.

Performing practice exercises on the Virtual Fretboard also has the advantage that you can focus on fretboard theory in isolation without the distractions caused by technique, rhythm and tone issues that you might also be dealing with on a physical guitar, allowing you to get the fretboard knowledge clear in your head before you are ready to transfer it to your guitar.

With all of the practice taking place on the Virtual Fretboard, you can practice at any time you can use your phone or tablet, even when you can't play your guitar. This can really speed up your development as a guitarist, enabling you to maximize your practice time even with the busiest of schedules.

Effective learning can be encouraged by practicing little and often, so the Guitar Notes Master method encourages you to quickly launch the app and start practicing for short periods throughout the day. Couple this with regular structured practice sessions on your guitar and you should see your playing ability rocket!
Updated on
Apr 30, 2015

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58 reviews
Aloysius Ochei
December 28, 2022
The app is a good app to learn about the guitar fretboard, and I will gladly recommend it. The reason I gave it 3 stars is that there is no updated version for my android 12 version. It keeps displaying that the app does not support my android version. I wish the developers can keep updating it for newer android versions.
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A Google user
January 9, 2019
Does not go back to where you left off, or give you the option to let you select a specific page. You always have to start with the first part of the specific lesson and start all over. Inefficient.
4 people found this review helpful
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A Google user
February 22, 2020
Cant turn volume off, even with my phone's volume all the way down.
3 people found this review helpful
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