Ultimate Guitar Tools Review


Version Reviewed:
5th Nov, 2011
Review Date:
Reviewed by Chris


4 out of 5


  • Publisher: Ultimate Guitar
  • Version Reviewed: 1.8.5
  • Review Date: 5th Nov, 2011
  • Cost: £2.49
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If you play the guitar you'll be aware that there is sometimes more to it than picking her up and strumming some chords. You might find you need to hold a beat, especially if you're playing as part of a group. Or maybe your guitars out of tune and you need a little help sweetening her up. Or it could simply be that you can't quite remember a chord and you don't have a chord book to hand.

Ultimate Guitar Tools is a set of guitar tools aimed at anyone who takes pleasure in strumming their banjo.

If any of these scenarios sounds familiar, you may well want to check out Ultimate Guitar tools. The app that's brought to us by the same people who run the popular guitar website, www.ultimate-guitar.com.

Main features of the app are:

  • Chromatic Tuner
  • Brain Tuner
  • Metronome
  • Chord Library

If you need a metronome you'll be hard pushed to find one as useful as the one included within the app. The virtual metronome is even more advanced than dedicated metronomes you can buy in music shops. It allows you to customise the time signatures, note divisions and sounds. The interface for setting up your metronome is excellent with nice, big buttons and plenty of space that helps keep things clear. Included in the metronome is a large Tap button that allows you to set the beat yourself.

If your guitars out of tune, you can use one of the two tuners available to tune her up. The chromatic tuner is useful for beginners who need a little help. For those talented enough to tune by ear, the alternative brain tuner can be used.

The final, and in my opinion, most useful tool is the chord library. Chords are represented on a virtual guitar head with numbers over the strings indicating where your fingers need to be placed. Each chord has the different positioning for each fret and selecting a chord plays a recording of how the chord should sound. Selecting chords is easy using a popup scroll wheel allowing you to select the chords on one side and the different variations on the other.

The chord library really is useful for beginners or professionals. Even if you don't have your guitar, you can use the chord library to put down some chord progressions and listen to how they sound. No alternative to the real thing but a good example of how you can use the app on it's own.

Ultimate Guitar Tools is an excellent tool for any budding guitarist to carry around with them. It may be £2.49 but if you think about how much you have to pay to buy a guitar tuner or metronome, it's excellent value for money. I found the tuner to be accurate and the overall look and design feels very professional. The tools included are slick, easy to use interface leaves us with an easy to use, sweet looking guitar app that shouldn't go overlooked by pros or beginners alike.

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