Useful Internet Resources For Guitar Players

Neal July 16, 2012 12

The internet is jam-packed full of useful free resources for musicians, but which of them are actually any good? Check out the ‘LeftyFretz Guitarist’s Toolbox’ below for some great internet treasures!

I raided my bookmarks to bring you some of my favourites – help to expand the list by adding your own suggestions in the comments section.  All of these resources are completely free to use!

Backing Tracks/Beats

http://www.jamstudio.com – Create your own jam tracks in any key
http://www.guitarbackingtrack.com/ – Backing tracks for your favourite songs
http://www.youtube.com/user/gibsonsulli?blend=2&ob=1 – Free backing tracks on YouTube
http://www.randomchord.com – Chord/Backing Track generator
http://www.drumbot.com/projects/drumbot/index.html – Free online drum machine
http://www.guitarvoice.com – Backing tracks for your favourite songs
http://www.guitarplayback.com/free – Selection of free backing tracks with scale diagrams and advice

DIY Guitar

http://www.projectguitar.com/ – Build your own guitar (or at least mod it a little!)
http://www.buildyourguitar.com/resources/index.htm – Guitar building tips
http://www.paintyourownguitar.com/ – Learn to paint your own guitar

Left Handed Guitar

http://leftyfretz.com – Yay!

Magazines

http://www.premierguitar.com/ – The best online guitar magazine?
http://www.guitaredge.com/ – Free online magazine, monthly release
http://www.guitarinteractivemagazine.com/ – Free monthly digital magazine from LickLibrary
http://guitarconnoisseur.com/ – Free magazine concentrating on higher end gear

Metronomes

http://www.metronomeonline.com/ – Flash based metronome
http://www.guitar-tube.com/metronome.html – A couple of metronomes
http://www.all-guitar-chords.com/metronome.php – Metronome with more control

Music

http://grooveshark.com – A free music database with millions of songs online
http://www.last.fm/ – Listen to similar bands for endless inspiration
http://www.spotify.com/ – Listen to similar bands for endless inspiration

Recording Tools

http://www.soundation.com/studio – Another browser based multitrack application
http://studioone.presonus.com/free/ – Free DAW software from Presonus

Reviews

http://www.harmonycentral.com/user-reviews – User submitted gear reviews
http://www.youtube.com – Obviously…

TAB/Notation

http://www.guitartabcreator.com/ – Text based tab creation made easy
http://www.noteflight.com – Create professional quality musical notation for free
http://www.studybass.com/tools/music-paper/ – Tab and notation paper for printing
http://www.911tabs.com/ – Tab search engine
http://www.power-tab.net/ – Free tab creation software

Theory

http://www.randscullard.com/CircleOfFifths/ – Interactive Circle of Fifths
http://www.all-guitar-chords.com/ – Figure out scales and chords in any position
http://www.miles.be/ – Free ear training tools
http://www.chordbook.com/ – Chord and Scale diagrams
http://leftyfretz.com/free-left-handed-guitar-chord-diagram-chart/ – Our own interactive left handed chord diagrams

Tuners

http://www.gieson.com/Library/projects/utilities/tuner/ – Flash based tuner
http://www.roboguru.com/guitartuner.html – Another tuner
http://www.tunemybass.com/ – Tuner for up to 7 strings in any tuning
http://www.jamplay.com/online-guitar-tuner/online-guitar-tuner.html – Another tuner

If you have any of your own to add, leave a comment below – the only requirement is that they must be FREE ;)

12 Comments »

  1. wayne January 17, 2011 at 9:00 pm - Reply

    Once again Mr LeftyFretz outstanding work, thank you for doing my homework.

    • Neal January 20, 2011 at 2:34 pm - Reply

      Glad you found it useful Wayne :)

  2. Alessio January 18, 2011 at 12:54 pm - Reply

    I tried Drumbot and it's not bad but..
    Any of you know a software to create drum lines? Maybe something simple not too much complicated!
    Thank you!

    • Neal January 20, 2011 at 2:35 pm - Reply

      I don't really use any drum software myself, but a lot of people seem happy with EZ Drummer – may be worth a look. Every time I find a great new video on YouTube the 'DrumKit From Hell' addon is what was used more often than not.

  3. Axle Grindz October 4, 2011 at 2:21 pm - Reply

    That guitar interactive magazine is really good! Thanks for the link ive subbed up to it

  4. Trovvy May 15, 2012 at 8:44 pm - Reply

    Thanks for all the help! I find Chordbook to be a very useful site, chords, scales, tuner and a lot more, and everything can be flipped left handed! Nifty.

  5. mcarp555 July 16, 2012 at 4:17 pm - Reply

    Let’s not forget our friends on the lower left end at http://www.leftybassist.com/ .

    And I’m told that Audacity has a new version that now accepts VST plugins. Anyway, it’s the granddaddy of free online recording: http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ .

  6. Anselme LEBRUN May 6, 2013 at 9:22 am - Reply

    For those who have and Android device, I propose an original solution to the problem of backing tracks.
    This is a totally free application called : JamGrid.
    The idea is very simple : the application allows to capture the chord grid of the song you want. Then you choose a musical play style (rock, blues, samba, …)
    And, that’ it.
    The application automatically plays a rich backing track (drums, bass, rhythm).
    I think it is perfect to practice you instrument, especially for solos and improvisation.

  7. Gianca August 23, 2013 at 6:16 pm - Reply

    I’d like to share our my page with some free online guitar software. I’ve planned to implement lefty versions..stay tuned!
    http://www.fachords.com/online-free-guitar-software-tools/

  8. gianca August 31, 2013 at 8:00 am - Reply

    Hi guys at the link below you can find a free ebook with 276 guitar chords charts for left handed guitar players. Hope you enjoy!
    http://www.fachords.com/blog2013/guitar-chords-free-ebook-left-handed/

  9. S Wolf December 29, 2013 at 11:39 pm - Reply

    Fender has a nice online guitar tuner. Not particularly special in any way, but free. http://www.fender.com/en-UZ/community/guitar-tuner/

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