Guitar Note Atlas is an interactive map of the guitar designed to help players of all levels better visualize the layout of the notes on the fretboard. It serves as a perfect practice aid for learning the geography of the guitar as well as understanding the modes of the Major Scale, Melodic Minor, Harmonic Minor, and Harmonic Major.
Flexibility and interaction allows for ultimate creativity. You can select any combination of notes you want to see right on the main screen, or pick a scale from the drop-down menu. Switch quickly between all 7 positions or tap the diagram to zoom out and view the entire fretboard at once. (The iPad version shows both views simultaneously.)
- Bass Guitar Mode
- Left Hand Mode
- Change keys
- Native iPad version (buy once and use on all devices)
- Flip diagram upside down
- Show/Hide scale degree numbers
-Show/Hide colored-in anchor frets
Included in the app is a tutorial to get you started (both right- and left-handed versions).
We've now incorporated keys into the design -- in the zoomed-out diagram you can change the key and view open notes. Also you now have the option to hide the colored-in "anchor" frets.
Ratings and Reviews
Excellent fretboard reference tool
This is a very cool and simple app for displaying guitar scales. It can be an excellent reference for soloing from simple to advanced harmonic structures. There are of course other patterns not included which use finger slides and position switches, but the seven static positions are covered well, so for basic position playing it is excellent. The entire fretboard view gives some clues how one might organize some shifting scales.
And as one can choose which scale degrees they want to see displayed this can also be good for learning arpeggios. Another possibility is to put in different modes of the same fingering pattern so one can see the changing chord tones and extensions of a harmonic progression within a static pattern.
What might be a cool addition would be the ability make print outs of a series of these scales or arpeggios one could follow when trying to figure out certain changes, but still using screen shots can help do this too (which I have done.) For this maybe adding adding an option to hide the entire fretboard at the bottom might be nice. Overall though, this is an excellent resource tool.
This is exactly what I was looking for when I started searching for a fretboard app. Not only is this app very functional it is also beautifully designed. Beauty is something many apps are lacking.
I would give the app five stars but on my iPhone X I am unable to use gestures once I open the app. This means I am required to restart my phone in order to close the app. Even with that hassle I still use the app. I like it that much.
I would love to see ability to have all the degrees of the scale remain slightly highlighted while only having for example the 135 fully marked out on the fretboard. That way you could see how the different degrees of the scale set within the ghosted entire scale. It would also be nice to see chords setting within the ghosted scale this way. Thanks!!
Great app. Not sure it's worth $5 tho.
This application is great. I am honestly regretting paying $5 for things I can basically get for free simply via the Internet, but it does have some nice features along with everything one would want to learn very well consolidated.
However, for $5 I would at least like an application that allows you to hear the notes you choose within the app so as put your music together more quickly before applying it to the guitar. A common feature in many free applications.
No "restore to original scale/arpeggio" option once you've removed or added notes. That's super annoying.
No "note/chord progression suggestions". Which is also common with most music applications that are free.
It is a very useful application, but for $5 I did expect more interactive features than there actually are.
I will say that what the application does have is very well designed and laid out.
Perhaps I will grow to like it more, if so, I'll write another more commendable review.
Developer Response ,
Thanks for the feedback! We are working to add sound, stay tuned for updates!
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.