Remember the old school days when you had to actually get on a computer to look up
guitar tablature? Well, thanks to the Ultimate Guitar Tabs app for iOS, you now have
unlimited access to thousands of guitar tablatures, bass guitar tablatures, drum
tablatures and chords on the go.
At ﬁrst glance, the intuitive interface gives you three different search categories, which
allow you to type in any search term, choose from the top 100 tabs, or have a random
tab delivered to you. As soon as you type in a character, it presents a real-time list of
search results, with the results coming up ﬂuidly and without lagging (on an iPhone 4).
There’s also an advanced search link, which presents you with a list of categories:
The app allows you to sign in with your Ultimate Guitar account to pull up your
saved tabs from the website or you can save your favorite tabs right from within the app
When you ﬁnally get to that awesome intro (David Bowie’s “Ziggy Stardust”) or ear-
piercing guitar solo (ACDC’s “You Shook Me All Night Long”) you’ve been wanting to learn, the app presents a number of different features that can be viewed in both landscape or portrait mode:
However, there are some limitations. To get these features (mentioned above) you must
make an additional in-app purchase called “Ultimate Guitar Tools” for $3.99. For those
that are serious about learning tablature, this purchase might be worth it.
Since the entire tablature can’t all ﬁt on your iOS screen at once, the app conveniently
scrolls down the page as you play, and you can customize the scroll speed depending
on your learning curve.
Perhaps my favorite feature is the “Tab Packs,” which provides you with a list of
categories to choose from for learning tablature. Options range from “Worship Music” to “Country” to “Obscure Songs.”
Ultimate Guitar Tabs is a powerful and easy to use app that every beginner or advanced
guitarist / drummer should have in their arsenal of apps. Check it out only in the app