Nov 12, 2013 11:37 AM EST
Don't worry, you won't have to delete your browser history after reading this article, and it's definitely safe for work. G-Strings is a tuning app designed for the guitar, but useable for any instrument, including your voice. The app works in three different ways that each have their own pros and cons.
The first option is a steady pitch. It listens for a designated pitch, like G, and will give your a bar to show whether you are sharp or flat and adjusts just like a real tuner to help you tune to the right pitch. You can scroll through a list and select the note that you are trying to tune to, or you can adjust it by frequency (best for experts only).
Another option is a tone. As long as you have your volume on, the app will play a tone for you to tune to. The tone feature is beneficial for hands-free use, or when you can't look at a screen, however, it is also much more difficult to tune up a note by ear. You have the same options for selecting the pitch as with the firstly mentioned feature, i.e. Scrolling through a list or entering in a frequency.
Finally, my favorite option: auto-tuning. All you need to do is play a note, and the app will recognize what note you are close to and help you tune to that note by showing if you are sharp or flat and by how much. With this feature there is no need to select which pitch you want to tune to, although you can still meddle with the frequency, while I recommend you don't.
I've been using G-Strings since I first got a smartphone, and it has always been fast, responsive, and accurate. While nothing can beat a pedal or head-mounted tuner in terms of accuracy and precision, when it comes to convenience and portability, G-Strings can't be beat.
Have you ever used G-Strings or maybe found a different tuning app you like more? Leave a comment in the section below and tell us about your smartphone instrument tuning experience!
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