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"My guitarist friend had a stroke that paralyzed the left side of his body and left him unable to play. I fired up Guitarism and handed my iPhone to him. A minute later he was singing and playing, his wife began to tear up and the smiles filled the room. Thank you thank you thank you." - 5 star user review from Canada

"After losing a finger in an accident, I have searched for a way to play guitar again. The first time I played with this app, I cried; I was finally playing guitar again. Thanks so much." - 5 star user review from the United States "simulates the experience of strumming away on six strings" "beautiful acoustic tones" "a virtual acoustic guitar that anyone can play"
Apps4iDevices: "Killer App"
SmiteMatter: "amazingly playable design ... 5 stars!" "Fantastic sounding" "Life-like guitar sounds" "Top notch"
"Everyone I show this to - WANTS it!"
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"feels like a real musical instrument"
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"can't make it sound bad"
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"My wife often asks me why I’m playing (guitar) in the kitchen and then realizes it’s the app"
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"Don't need any musical knowledge, you will gain it as you play"

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"Mind blown"

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Featured on MacLife's "8 Apps for Guitar Enthusiasts" and Music App Blog's "25 iOS music apps to get you started"


A guitar app for those who love the physical, visceral experience of playing guitar, with an online community for limitless inspiration and feedback! guitarism offers a highly tuned strumming interface integrated with spectacular guitar samples. The result of years of iteration, improvement and polish, you won't find a better-sounding or more playable guitar app on the App Store.

- Unrivaled sound quality - people will think you're playing a real guitar! Other guitar apps don't compare
- The most natural interface around - literally play with your eyes closed
- A complete suite of stunning acoustic and electric guitars, a powerful electric amp, fantastic effects, beautiful skins and a diverse range of presets to give you maximum control over your tone and sound!
- Beautiful artwork from graphic artist Ryan Hemeon

- Play along with songs from your music library, and save chord presets per song
- Record and share your performances with the community and your friends
- Watch others' performances for inspiration and download their chords
- Get feedback and stats on your published performances, and climb the charts
- Universal app for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Hold your iPad like a guitar and fret the chords!
- Integrate with your DAW via AudioCopy and export to iTunes File Sharing and Garageband
- Audiobus support! Now you can use guitarism as an Audiobus input and send live audio directly to other Audiobus-compatible apps. E.g. use Audiobus to connect guitarism to AmpKit and get live guitar effects in guitarism! See for more information. Note: iPhone 4S+ / iPad 2+ required for Audiobus
- Quadroplay: simultaneously control guitarism and up to 3 additional MIDI-compatible apps (e.g. GarageBand) in complementary roles: guitar, bass and chords. Quadroplay turns guitarism into an advanced multi-channel MIDI controller
- Demo videos at

- Rock out with guitarism today!


I am an independent developer, working hard to make guitarism the best guitar app possible. If you have any issues please email me at - I reply to every support request!

Download guitarism now and start rocking out!

What's New

Version 3.37

Fixed touch handling on new iPhones

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5

9 Ratings

9 Ratings

Lots to Love But Seems Orphaned


Pros: great sound. Lots of toys! And when I show my guitarist friends the secondary-chords feature, their eyes pop.

Cons: Could really use full CAGED-system support for playing chords in other than first position. You can get part of the way there with the transpose feature, but but I don’t think most of us can make it work on the fly. So you can't, e.g., do a live riff that starts with second-position E and ends with first-position E. Also, without scales implemented it’s not as suitable for playing lead as the GarageBand smart guitars, even though they have a more limited sonic palette.

The two things above stem from the bigger worry about this app: it seems moribund. There have been no major upgrades in functionality for two years now, as of late 2017. I do see the developer is releasing a flurry of bug fixes lately, so maybe things will start moving again. I’d be perfectly happy to pay for CAGED chords and scales as in-app purchases.



Especially using 4play!!!

And should be improved chord number!!!
Now we can see 6 chords
But usually we can cover all the song with 8 chords!!! Tilted chords system is very complicated when I play songs!!!
Please gather 2 chords box there!!
Then we can make it easier and comportable!
Very nice app it is!!!!!
Thank you!!

A Guitar Player's Dream Come True in IOS!


Truly amazing! Love playing with this app....this is a must buy for all guitar lovers out there.

Update, Feb. 2017

This amazing app has truly changed my life and how much i enjoy making music with IOS!!!

Going home in the Metro Train, people look at me playing and strumming on my iPhone SE, and they go WOW! That's so cool! You're playing guitar? Yep, and not only that, recording as well!
The latest updates from the developer have made this amazing app a whole lot better. Being an electric guitar player for over 35 years, I know the sound i expect and my ears can hear the running of each string. For some reason, the old app, before being updated, the G string didn't sound tuned. It got by alright when played with all the noise of other instruments, but not when played alone. Now, every string sounds super tuned!!!! Love it!!!
Even the entire sound of the acoustic guitar sounds so much more crispier and realistic.

I have even been using it as a guitar controller to control GeoShred, another awesome guitar app! I just wish we were able to have more chords on the screen. At least have the option to let users decide number of chords on the screen, that would be so awesome as you could make more interesting sounding songs. Hopefully this could be added someday.

I also appreciate the developer is now giving away all the IAPs! God bless you for that! So kind and I really hope Guitarism continues to succeed! I have shared it with so many fellow musicians, and they're all happy and blessed to have purchased it!

I really hope that the developer connects with Jordan Ruddess, the developer of GeoShred and they work something out cause these two apps are truly amazing, like they were both made for each other! For now, I am so happy sending midi to GeoShred, or even just playing with the amazing internal sounds and effects of Guitarism! Honestly that is all you need!

I Highly recommend this guitar app!!!



Rhism LLC
83.1 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© Rhism LLC
In-App Purchases
  1. Rockstar Collection Free
  2. Quadroplay Free
  3. Smart Strings Free


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.