Guitarists are typically a pretty hesitant bunch when it comes to adopting new tech. In fact, most guitarists we know spend their time lusting after vintage guitars and vacuum tube amps, casting disdainful sneers at anything that looks as though it were invented after 1980.
That said, most of our musician friends are also iPhone owners. Their excuse for allowing a smart phone into their otherwise low-tech lifestyle is that they want to stay connected with their fans via email, SMS, Twitter or whatever app of the month might help them promote their music and their shows.
If you're a guitarist with an iPhone or iPod touch, you may be interested to know that there's a handful of helpful apps out there made just for you. Useful tools, such as chord finders, guitar tuners, multitrack recorders and scale libraries, can all be had for just a few pounds.
To get a sense of some of the better iPhone apps on offer for guitar players, we've put together a roundup of five of our favourites.
FretSurfer helps guitarists sharpen their note-recognition skills using a game-like series of timed prompts, such as 'name this note' or 'find C on string 3'. Users accumulate score statistics and can increase the game's difficulty as they improve their recognition.
It offers a straightforward interface, played notes are both seen and heard, and there are advanced settings for alternate tunings and left-handed fretboard orientation. This is also one of the few education-focused iPhone guitar apps on offer. On the other hand, as a game, Fret Surfer is not exactly fun, and the graphics are crude.