At first glance, the main thing that differentiates this from other apps is the interface. It’s laid out as a 3+3 headstock, which can be very helpful for a beginner with an an acoustic guitar. Each of the “tuning machines” are labeled with the letter name of the string. In the upper left corner, there is a settings button where the string orientation can even be switched from right to left handed.
The AUTO function allows you to simply play a string on your instrument, and the corresponding string in the app will oscillate and become highlighted. For beginning players who have not established a great sense of pitch, the display even reads “too low” or “too high.”
AUTO mode can be turned off and the individual “tuning machines” tapped to sound a string tone.
Alternate tunings and different instruments are available via in-app purchases.
The Metronome speed can be adjusted either by Tap tempo, rotary dial, or +/- buttons. The speed ranges from 30-240 BPM. Different time signatures are available from a drop-down menu. Depending on the time signature, lighted subdivisions will activate at the bottom of the screen.
Also included with the app are several games for learning chords and ear training, which is another useful tool for beginners.
- Easy to use
- Visual display is great for beginners
- Includes metronome and games
- No chromatic mode
- Cannot change A440 reference
- display is only visual, does not display fine tuning in cents
- In-app purchases a bit pricey
Overall, this is a basic, easy-to-use guitar tuner. But with all non-chromatic guitar tuners, if your guitar is already way out of tune, it can be difficult for the tuner to recognize the correct strings. The included metronome and games add great value to the free app, though the tuner is limited in the free version.