An educational game to learn the location of notes on the fretboard of the banjo. Eleven instruments are available, including guitars (acoustic and electric), bass guitar, mandolin and ukulele.

You are presented with a random note on the fretboard, and are offered a variety of choices for the correct answer. Just pick the button corresponding to the correct choice to score a hit!

The new staff training mode also helps you learn the position of notes on the musical staff on the fretboard of your instrument.

As your score gets better and you manage to identify notes faster across the entire fretboard, your working knowledge of the instrument increases!

Game mode provides a fun way to make progress. Work your way through levels of increasing difficulty and compete with your friends!


“ Learning the notes on the fretboard is key to any guitarist's development on the instrument, and [Fretuoso] is a neat way to get that info burned into your brain without having to carry a guitar with you everywhere you go. Pretty cool! ”
-- Bryan Beller (Dethklok, Steve Vai, Mike Keneally)

“ This is one of the best apps I've seen in a while. It's simple, fun and educational. Very useful for guitar players as a lot of [them] tend to play by ear and not care much about knowing the fretboard. ”
-- Rick Musallam (Mike Keneally, Gryphon Labs)


- Train your ear while improving your working knowledge of the instrument.
- Learn the position of notes on the musical staff; say goodbye to tabs!
- Eleven different beautiful, realistic-looking instruments! Includes 5 guitars, 3 basses, mandolin, ukulele and banjo.
- Focus your training on particular parts of the fretboard: any range of frets, any subset of the strings.
- Many common tunings are built in, but custom tunings can also be created.
- Visualize your progress on the fretboard; statistics are kept for every fret.
- Smart Learning Engine: the app automatically focuses on sections of the fretboard where you are weaker.
- Integration with Game Center, Twitter and Facebook: compete with your friends and share your progress!
- Left-handed mode is available.

The basic version comes with the full banjo instrument. Additional instruments can be purchased from within the app, either separately or as a discounted bundle.

What's New

Version 6.2.1

Worked around issues preventing certain users from being able to load instruments.

Please e-mail us directly at with your questions or requests so we may assist you!

Ratings and Reviews

Makes learning easy


I've only had it a few days, but already I can read music off the musical staff and find the appropriate note on the fretboard oh so much faster. Makes it super simple to learn.

Not a beginner app


If you don't know frets don't download this app definitely not worth the money. It makes you guess what they are showing you there is no actual training involved.

In-App Purchases

All Instruments

All instruments at a discount.



The ukulele instrument.



The mandolin instrument.



The six-string electric guitar.


Acoustic Guitar

The acoustic six-string guitar.


12-String Guitar

The acoustic 12-string guitar.



Catloaf Software LLC
89.2 MB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Turkish
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2018 Catloaf Software LLC
In-App Purchases
  1. All Instruments $3.99
  2. Mandolin $0.99
  3. Acoustic Guitar $0.99


  • Family Sharing

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

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