Learning the guitar can be a painful experience - both physically and mentally. Thankfully, with Guitar Trainer installed on your phone you should find the learning process a little easier.
Guitar Trainer is a Java-based mobile game designed to help improve your knowledge of the fretboard and train your ear at the same time. There are two different game modes to choose from. The first, Training mode, displays a random note on the fretboard which you need to identify by hitting the keypad button that corresponds with the note. Guitar Trainer will show you if you're right by highlighting the correct note in green. There is no time limit in Training mode, but your hits and misses are recorded and kept for statistical analysis.
The game mode in Guitar Trainer adds levels of increasing difficulty, giving you a specific target to reach within a set time. Your goal is to reach the highest possible level by completing all the targets on time.
Guitar Trainer is not just a visual aid to help you with the fretboard, it also helps to give you a musical ear too. Each note you see is also played back to you, and you can repeat the note as many times as you like using the 0 key, to help you tune.
There is a vast array of options within Guitar Trainer, including the ability to set the number of frets, change volume level, focus on a particular string, and select a tuning standard.
On the downside, the presentation of Guitar Trainer isn't that great, with fairly basic graphics and sounds. Also, the 'gameplay' is rather limited as there's no way of actually taking your knowledge and using it to make compositions or join notes together in the program.
If you're a newcomer to the instrument though, Guitar Trainer makes for a handy way of practicing your knowledge while you're sat on the bus.