App Name: Fret Tester
Kid/Student Ratings: **** 4/5
Teacher/Parent Ratings: **** 4/5
Educational Value: Excellent
Age Recommended: All Guitar Learners
Skills Developed: Guitar Note Finding/Naming/Reading
App Tested on iPad
Good Stuff about this app: Okay guitar people, I’ve found a good one for you. This app is absolutely perfect for guitar/mandolin/bass learners. I have been super excited to show you all this one. It’s like an interactive note finder. I love the simplicity of the page where it simply gives you colored dots on the fret and you have to pick which note it is. Love it! We’re using it in our guitar studio for all ages of learners.
Another great aspect of it is that you can change from guitar to either mandolin or bass (including 5 string bass). Yeah! I have a son who plays 5 string bass and he always says he has no idea what note he is playing, he just knows when it sounds right. Looks like this is the app for him. After playing with it for even just a few minutes he knew all of the notes he needed. And, he can review them often in this fun way.
I love that I can check up on him also by looking at the percentage of correct answers when he is finished. Good deal.
Our Wish List: We have noticed that the game never seems to end or move through levels. I am a huge advocate for levels since I test apps with SO many young people and notice that knowing there is another level out there “hooks” the students into playing longer and more often. There are speed markings (which are cute), but they are so small you can’t really keep your eye on them while you are playing to know how you are doing. We’d like larger, more visible speed pictures, and some sort of “end” or “levels”.
My Love: My absolutely favorite part of this app is the setting where the fret is below and the notation (on the staff) is in the same screen shot. I believe this is extremely effective music education. Good Job developers!
Summary: All-in-all we have decided that we really like this app. It is super education and with how we seem to all be wired for technology these days, it’s a win-win app. I can’t wait to see more from this developer group. Guitar learning games are great!
Purchase Fret Tester on iTunes for iPad for: $1.99
Purchase Fret Tester on iTunes for iPhone for: $1.99
Have you already downloaded and used this app? Leave us a comment and let us know what you thought! -Rebecca