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Whether you play guitar, bass, mandolin, or any other stringed instrument, in order to truly get the most out of your playing you need to know the positions of all the musical notes on the fretboard.

Fret Notes is a fun quick game where you get a random string and fret of your instrument presented, and you indicate which note that would be in order to progress. This unique, award winning method of learning has helped dozens to not only learn the entire fretboard of their instrument, but also greatly improve their improvising and music writing skills. For example if Fret Notes presents to you: E (6th) string 2/12 fret, the note and correct answer would be F#.

SETTINGS: You can adjust the settings to perfectly reflect the (custom) setup of your instrument; whether you play 6-string guitar, 5-string banjo, 4-string bass, 5-string bass, 6-string bass etc., Fret Notes supports it all! Simply select which strings you would like to practise; if on guitar you have trouble identifying the notes on the 1th and 4th string for example, select these strings in the settings and you can practise just these strings!

CUSTOM TUNINGS: You can input the custom tuning of your instrument, like DADGAD for guitar for instance, and Fret Notes will adjust to this tuning automatically.

iOS WIDGET: With the Fret Notes widget you can now quickly play right in the iOS8 Today View.

Start playing now and see how high of a streak of correct answers you can get!

What's New

Version 1.0.1

iPhone 6s & iPhone 6s Plus support.

Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
7 Ratings
7 Ratings

Simple and useful


I was looking for a fretboard diagram printer that lets the user choose what note each individual string is tuned to. I haven't found that (if anyone knows of one please let me know! Studybass is great, they need an app), and this app doesn't have diagrams. But if you're into alternate tunings and want to really learn one that's uncommon, you can't go wrong with this. It lets you choose the note for each string separately, and doesn't try in any way to force you to use a common tuning. Great for those who like a weird interval somewhere, or who take a common tuning and drop/raise it by a few.

I disagree with the disgruntled bassist who reviewed before me. True, you can't save a tuning unless you enter 6 strings. I am a mandolin player and only need to set 4 strings like them, so I set strings 4, 5, and 6 to the same note. If you're working with alternate tunings already, it's not much more to keep track of.

For "over- seasoned" guitarist this is invaluable!


I've been playing for longer than I'd like to admit and never immersed myself into the theory, math, and the beautiful language music is. Fret Notes is an excellent tool for teaching everyone the notes on the fretboard in a very natural way. It's one of the best educational tools I've ever seen regardless of subject and no matter the skill level. If you can count to 12, you're on your way. I can see why and how much I can immediately apply to my soloing & improv. I'm definitely going to embarrass myself, it's just gonna be less frequent. Excellent! Thank you developers and the people behind Fret Notes!

Useless for 4-string bass


The app has a setting where you can disable the 5th and 6th string from being tested, but that has no effect on the fret tests. You still get tested on the 5-6 strings.

Custom tunings are pointless because you can't save them unless you select a tuning for all 6 strings. I only need 4.

Probably useful for guitarists and 6-string bass players, but not at all for 4- and 5-stringers.


Sander de Koning
1.2 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2016 Sander de Koning


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