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).

What's New

Version 2.1

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

5 out of 5

9 Ratings

9 Ratings

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.



I’ve been working on improving my fretboard knowledge and got out pieces of paper and a pen to work out all of these patterns for practice. You just saved me hand cramps...or maybe traded their source.

Thanks Chris!

I love this app


This is a great, handy reference for all kinds of fretboard shenanigans. Scale (and interval) shapes are a huge challenge to overcome because, (as Mick Goodrick calculated) there are an average of 9.2 different fingerings for every note on the guitar. This app makes things easier. I can't wait till the 7th-position gets added (I heard it was coming in a future update). Also, the nerdy side of me kinda wishes there was a bb7 option to the 6th and maybe a b4 on the 3... But I'll shutup now because that would just clutter things up. The way it is already laid out is intuitive and beautiful. Great job, Chris McQueen! Thank you for doing this!


Chris McQueen
47.2 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2017 Chris McQueen


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

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