Today I present to you a list with 21 online musician tools so you don’t have to download or install anything. Just click the links and you’re up and running.
19 out of 21 tools are free to use. Most of them are virtual tools, a few of them are blogs but they can be a great tool as well.
The tools come quite in handy whenever you are practicing, playing, transcribing, improvising, songwriting or promoting.
I’m a big fan of online music tools and resources. It’s great to have access to these tools from any computer where I happen to be. It makes life a lot easier.
One of my personal favorites is tool #8 for improvising over blues backingtracks. They sound really cool.
In case you are going to copy/paste this list on a blog, a spreadsheet or mail it to someone, (which you are free to do) I wouldn’t want anyone to miss out on my own blog so that’s why I put Guitarhabits on #21.
Enjoy the ride and good luck with it.
For your convenience:
1 – Audacity
Audacity is an easy-to-use, multi-track audio editor and recorder for Windows, macOS, GNU/Linux and other operating systems.
Developed by a group of volunteers as open source.
2 – YourGuitarChords
Simple looking and effective.
3 – Virtual band
Jamstudio is the virtual band that is always ready to accompany you.
4 – Drummachine
Monkey Machine is a free online drum machine for creating drum loops and providing rhythmic accompaniment for musicians.
5 – Guitar Tuner
Gieson interactive is a nice looking tuner to help you tune a guitar by ear.
6 – Metronome
Online metronome is ideal for quick and easy use while practicing music, this music tool helps with your rhythm as well as tempo selections.
7 – Famous Backingtracks
Guitarbackingtracks contains free guitar backing tracks for popular songs as well as jam tracks. The backing tracks can be played in flash format onsite or downloaded in MP3 format.
8 – Blues Backingtracks
Excellent blues jam tracks on Youtube.
9 – Circle of Fifths
Interactive Circle of Fifths tool showing all modes and keys.
10 – Guitar Tab Writer
Great for writing tabs and then copy/paste it in word or google docs.
11 – Online Music Notation software
Noteflight is an online music writing application that lets you create, view, print and hear music notation with professional quality, right in your web browser. Work on a score from any computer on the Internet, share with other users, or embed into your own pages.
12 – Music database
Free online music database with millions of songs.
13 – Scale Finder
An extensive application of scales, chords and much more.
14 – Chord Player
Chord Generator that works brilliantly.
15 – Play along backing tracks
Major and minor chord jam tracks, blues and jazz backing tracks including chord progressions.
16 – Music Marketing
ReverbNation.com is a web site that focuses on the independent music industry. It provides a central site for musicians, producers, and venues to collaborate and communicate.
17 – Tablature and chord sheets
E-chords is renewed. It now has a proffesional design and layout and contains a premium section with guitar lesson videos, tab editor, tutorials and more.
18 – Online music production
The Missing Track works with you to make a polished recording, whether you need help arranging your song, or just lack the instruments to make it happen.
19 – Loop drummachine
An online drum machine for those who can’t find a real drummer to jam with.
20 – #1 Songwriter Blog
The main focus of the site is the creative disciplines of creating songs, with a secondary focus on Web 2.0 music marketing and evolutions in the industry as it pertains to songwriters.
21 – Motivational Lifestyle Design Guitar Blog
Guitarhabits is a guitar blog full of articles related to guitar playing, songwriting, recording, performing, practicing, motivation, inspiration and lifestyle design.
If you know a great online musician tool or anything else let me know in the comments.
I appreciate it.
Very nice! At slot 22 in your list I would add http://www.jamcenter.com/ . A pretty nice tool containing jam machines, guitar tuner, scale generator and metronome, all in one site.
Klaus Tol says
Thanks for adding another real cool musician tool. Those backingtracks sound really neat.
You can choose between Rock, Jazz, Major, Cool and Blues. You can also check out the “suggested scales”
very very nice klaus, I got this info today in my first newsletter i received from you. but it’s … so much… i don’t know where to start ;-)
Kathy Hussey says
The first link that I followed was the Gibson Chord Finder – I wonder if anyone else has tried it and encountered what I did? Of the 4 view choices, “Right-Handed Upright” and “Left-Handed upside down” actually put notes on the fretboard. The other two views place the notes on the headstock (not very helpful!)
Also, I guess this guitar is tuned a whole step down, as every chord I selected is off by 2 frets. Something isn’t quite right, but it seemed like a good idea. ( I thought there might be browser issues, so I quit Safari and tried it in Firefox…same deal)
Klaus Tol says
You are right. When I first noticed it, it worked just fine. A pity. The tuner seems to work okay.
Here’s another great chordfinder all-guitar-chords.com
Klaus Crow says
Take your time. There’s a lot of fun stuff that is really useful.
I hope you will enjoy future newsletters as well.
Kathy Hussey says
Thanks for the link, Klaus. I probably should have also mentioned that I love the list and particularly had fun playing with Jam Studio! Great job : ) -Kathy
I love http://www.CleanTab.com they have the best archive of guitar tabs. Unlike the other tab sites, their pages are not bogged down with annoying advertisements.
Klaus Crow says
Thanks for a great recommendation .
Indeed this website has a good clear layout.
Really nice to look for tabs.
hi there, Klaus !
…and greetings from Australia !
..just want to say that it’s really nice to find, in this world of “gimme-gimme-gimme”, some-one who seems to have an inspired ethic (um,..good band-name?) regarding the encouragement and upliftment of fellow-muso’s; indeed, of people, whether they be of musical bent, or not …thank you for your steadfast example; we can be friends…..
Klaus Crow says
You’re welcome my friend.
Get-tuned.com’s tuner at http://www.get-tuned.com/online_guitar_tuner.php should be in there as well as it supports customizable tunings.
I am new to your site, and I am impressed.
Please be kind enough to mail me the guitar chords Major, Minor, Augmented, sustain and diminished.
I love and recommended chordsntabs.com. Because they have the platform of submit and get the guitar chords and tabs.. And they have multi-language songs..
Brett (Merf) Murphy says
Oh man! What a great list of excellent resources.
I’m re-introducing myself to guitar of late and am enjoying it immensely. Thanks for the links to graeat stuff. (Circle of fifths is terrific)
Thank you for this marvelous list and indeed for all your website which I have just discovered and is at the moment like a huge iceberg for me…the majority still to be discovered!
If I may ask – do you know of any online or freeware loopers?
Look forward to learning a lot from your site – like Merf, I am also returning to guitar after many years…it’s wonderful to be back! Just need to find more time to play – your post on waking up early may be just the solution!!
All the best
Have you ever tried html5-jam. It’s an online free tool that helps you create backing tracks in a few seconds!
I’ve developed some free online tools for guitar practice, hope they will be useful:
Carol E says
Thanks for some excellent advice. It is easy to get lost, with all the information there is out there. I only started learning earlier this year. I have to remind myself often of what I really want. Learning songs and playing them how you want to is great. Fingerpicking is great fun. I know it seems hard at first, and I have gone back to learning patterns thorougly. Once you have your brain and fingers trained a bit, it gets easier. Patience and practice are so important. Each day you get better, but it happens in stages. Some small steps and sometimes you do leap! All the best to fellow learners out there!
This is pretty cool online tab editor here too… http://dragonguitar.com/play/guitar-tab-editor
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This is a good one for free jam tracks: http://www.freejamtracks.com/
I’m sure many will love this new instant reverse chord finder (chord name finder) that has lots of functions (normal chord finder function as well).
The site also offers much more content like lessons and quizzes with interactive tools – all about guitar chords and chord progressions. I hope you like it!
Try converting guitar tablature to finger positions on the fretboard.
Tony doppler says
I am a rythum strummer, fire pits, holidays etc. I need some backup. What would you suggest.
Keeping Tabs says
Hey great article, the Scale Finder tool is one I’ve used a million times so it’s great to see it getting some recognition. One tool that’s not listed here is http://keeping-tabs.io . It’s a website that I’ve made and is a guitar practice tracking application that allows lessons and practice routines to be managed and practiced. It also tracks user’s practice sessions and allows guitar players to see their progress over time and identify what they need to work on / see how far they’ve come. After signing up for free, users can get started by creating their own lessons or using the free lessons that were pre-created to help get them started immediately.
I’d love to hear what people have to think about it!
Check out the ChordPulse app on http://chordpulse.com/ , a cool soft to create jamtracks on the fly with the chord progression at your choise, and the chord versions you choose and in the style you want.
There is the Lite version wich is free, and doesen’t have all the music styles, like the full version, and you can’t export the tracks. But it worth the price.
Scott Baxter says
Hi! Really love list here! I would like to add reference if i may to my overall favorite tuner I have found so far. Pitch Lab is found at the play store . I have not only found it to be very accurate . But also ,within it,s great selection of interfaces built in, a great chord finder as well.In that it will display , as far know,as many different notes as it can hear. Give it a try.
Thank you so much for motivating topics & guitar lessons
I get asked this quite a lot by my students but I have never gotten down to writing something like this for them. Guess I will just be sharing this with them XD