Coach Guitar Chords Tuner Tabs

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Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Top-notch lessons teach guitar visually; pop songs included.

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Educational Value

Learn how to play the guitar, through lessons and contemporary music. As kids choose and work through the lessons and songs, they practice setting objectives and putting forth effort to achieve goals.

Ease of Play

Once users choose the level that's just right for their current guitar skills, the choices and instructions are very clear and easy to follow.


Free version is limited. Monthly subscription and pay-per-lesson options are promoted. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Coach Guitar Chords Tuner Tabs is a guitar lesson and song-learning app that uses videos and colored dots to show finger placement on the strings. There's a free trial version; users then pay a $9.99 monthly subscription fee for total access, or pay for individual lessons. From modern songs by pop stars like Rihanna and Daft Punk to old standards like Happy Birthday and songs by Bob Marley, this app combines an animated fretboard with the colored-dots system and video of an instructor who models the songs. Coach Guitar also includes individual guitar-skills lessons based on learning level, as well as a guitar tuner with 80 tunings. Read the app's terms of service (no distinct privacy policy available at time of review) to learn about the types of information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

To use COACH GUITAR CHORDS TUNER TABS, tap Get Started. Choose from one of four levels: I'm a beginner; I already play a little bit; I play well; or, I can challenge anything. Tap Next. Pick one song for a demo lesson. Enter your email address, or sign up with Facebook or Google+. To get a trial seven-day pass, tap Get Your Premium Pass on the bar at the top of the screen, or skip that and explore what's available for free. Choose which way you want to view the guitar on-screen, and choose a song or lesson. View the on-screen video and color-coded dots for finger placement and an animated fretboard. Users can also tune their guitar with Coach Guitar's in-app tuner with 80 tunings. 

Is it any good?

This is an incredible app for tweens, teens, and adults -- from newbies to garage band members -- who want to learn guitar skills as well as how to play specific songs. The methods used in Coach Guitar Chords Tuner Tabs combine visual color cues, video lessons (that can be played on slow motion and loop), and clear diagrams, plus optional sheet music. There's no music "theory" taught on this app. Instead, it's a nuts-and-bolts, practical way to learn guitar for people who just want to know how to play -- and how to play specific songs -- and not spend time learning the whys behind the how. There's also a handy guitar tuner built into the app. If your kid is serious about learning how to play, Coach Guitar is one music-learning app that's well worth the monthly subscription price.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how much dedication it takes to learn to play an instrument, even with a great teaching tool like Coach Guitar Chords Tuner Tabs. No app or instruction method can work the magic of consistent, daily practice.

  • Talk about the song choices available on Coach Guitar Chords Tuner Tabs. What genre of music does your teen or tween want to learn to play? Why?

  • If this app doesn't jibe with your kid's learning style, keep searching! There are many other tech-based music learning resources available. Read Common Sense Media's Best Music Apps and Games for Kids.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Subjects: Arts: music, rhythm
  • Skills: Self-Direction: effort, personal growth, set objectives, work to achieve goals
  • Price: Free to try
  • Pricing structure: Free to try ($9.99/mo. for all content and features)
  • Release date: November 2, 2017
  • Category: Music
  • Topics: Music and Sing-Along
  • Size: 110.00 MB
  • Publisher: Manomaya SA
  • Version: 5.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later
  • Last updated: February 12, 2020

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