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Learning to play bass or feeling the need to sharpen your skills? There’s an app for that! We’d love to share with you some of the best apps that can help you become a better bass player. Whether you’re just starting out, on the way to creating a name for yourself or have several albums out with your band/s, you’ll surely find an app here that can keep give you something new to work on. Even if you haven’t got yourself a cheap bass yet (have a look at this site out for cheaper models), you can still give them a go! Take a look at these apps to get you on your way.

Bass Guitar Tutor

If you’re looking for resources that can help you learn to play bass guitar, this is one of the best apps you can find. It’s easy to use and understand so it’s great for beginners of all ages. This app teaches users bass fundamentals that those learning on their own may skip over. Even more experienced bass players can use the app to review scales and chords to improve their playing. This app turns mobile devices into a simulation of a bass fretboard. Users can adjust the height and width of the app’s fretboard to suit their playing style or device.

Availability: iOS and Android. It’s free, but there is also a paid/pro version with more features for $2.99.

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Learn to Play Bass Guitar

Another bass app for beginners, this one includes 70 lessons. Each lesson contains animations to guide you on what to do when playing on your own bass guitar. There are also animations on a music staff to help users understand how to read music as they play. The lessons cover Rock, Blues, Funk, Jazz, Fusion and Latin Music styles. With this app, beginners can get started playing right away even if they don’t have prior knowledge of guitar chords and scales yet.

Availability: iOS and Android. It’s free!

Real Bass

This app also converts a device screen into a simulated acoustic or electric bass. Real Bass comes with realistic samples of different bass guitar types and playing styles, which include fingerstyle, acoustic, slap and picked. It’s simple to use and is ideal for those who want to learn to play bass even if they don’t have a ‘real’ bass yet. It’s also great for practicing on the go.

Availability: iOS and Android. It’s free but you can remove ads that can interfere with your mobile experience by purchasing a license.

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ABRSM Speedshifter

Developed by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, this app allows users to slow down music when they’re trying to learn how to play it. It’s a fantastic app that’s very helpful when you’re practicing an audio track at different speeds without altering the pitch. This app is a useful tool for listening closely to sections you find tricky. Speedshifter is great not only for those who play bass but also other instruments.

Availability: iOS and Android. It costs $4.99.

Fret Trainer

If you’re having a bit of a hard time recalling notes on the fretboard, let this app be your guide. It’s a lot of fun because it works like a game to help you master every fret, note and chord pattern on the bass guitar. Users can also choose which section of the fretboard to practice on and how they want to train. Aside from helping out with fret memorization, it also lets users practice chords, review scales and practice note reading. It’s not just for bass too – you can also choose to practice on guitar, 5-string bass, ukulele, banjo and mandolin.

Availability: iOS and Android. It’s free but it also offers in-app purchases.

Which of these bass apps have you tried and how did you like them? What other apps do you use for helping you improve your playing? Share them with us!

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