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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!

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What's New

Version 3.38

Fixed isssue with MIDI Out on newer iPads

Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5

16 Ratings

16 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!!

Second to a guitar.


Nothing beats the real thing. If you are a guitar player you will know this. The way it sounds, the way you connect with it, the fact that's it's tone and range can be felt in your body (especially acoustic), and the fact that it's more impressive. I'm sure there are people who will buy this app that are the guitar hero types. Never learned to play. And like the idea of being able to control a real sounding guitar digitally. That's all fine and dandy. I'm speaking to actual players here and I'll say that this is the BEST sounding and user friendly guitar app around. The maker captured a good sound and a way to play that has your strumming hand doing what it would already be doing on a real guitar. I used it already to write a song. Not sure what guitar was used to record the sound. I play a martin acoustic and after playing with the EQ was able to get a warmer sound that comes close to the deeper tone of my Martin. They really do give you a lot for the price. I can tell the maker was passionate about this. I was even able to play an alternated thumb bass finger picking style which other guitar apps made impossible. Although there are in app purchases for a few bucks I would have paid $20 for the app alone. I do have ONE request. Make an alternate tunings feature. Allowing us to have the guitar tuned to DADGAD, DADFAD, open G open C etc. THAT would make this priceless!!


Rhism LLC
89.7 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.