Lately, we’ve had some great lessons about guitar scales, learning the fretboard, and theory. If we’re really honest though, this stuff isn’t always very fun to digest. However, unbeknownst to me until just lately, there is a fun way to put all of this material into practice.
Just recently, I received an email from William Wilson, a classical guitarist from San Diego. William has put together a very fun and interactive resource created to help you learn the guitar fretboard, guitar scales, and theory called Guitar Games. I asked William if he would let me try it out and write up a review, and he gave me the okay.
Guitar Games Features
The goal of Guitar Games is to help you learn the guitar fretboard, guitar scales, theory, and how to read music. They’ve created a variety of interactive and fun games to help you learn all of this information that can often times be very boring.
I was pretty skeptical when I first received William’s email. I was honestly expecting the games to be cheesy and not very helpful. How can you possible make theory and learning the fretboard fun? It seems like a paradox.
However, I was pretty surprised once I took a look.
Guitar Games Inside Look
The games are divided up into two different categories. The first category is Note Reading and Fretboard Games. These games are designed to help you learn the notes on the fretboard, scale patterns, chords, and how to read music notation. Games include:
- Birds of Fretopia – Learn the notes on the fretboard while hunting alien birds.
- Super Scale Trainer – Scales and arpeggios quiz.
- Fret Tester – Learn the location of the notes on the neck of the guitar.
- Guitar Flash Cards – Flash card game that teaches you where the notes are on the guitar neck.
- Note Squish – Learn to read music notation by fighting off pests.
- Chord Mines – Learn guitar chords while dodging boulders and spiders.
- Note Fish – Learn the names of notes while under the sea.
Again, at face value, I wonder how much fun I can have shooting alien birds, but I was surprised by how addictive, engaging, and helpful these games were. My favorite out of these had to be the Super Scale Trainer. I had so many options available for what I wanted to focus in on in my learning (see screenshots above). I could specifically choose the type of scales and keys I wanted to work with.
My second favorite guitar game from this category had to be the guitar flash cards. Again, you have options for what you want to be tested on. This game is an invaluable tool for learning the fretboard.
The second category of guitar games is Theory & Ear Training. Games include:
- Woody Says – Ear training, memorization, and visualization.
- Super Scale Trainer – Music theory drill. Identify note name, guitar, and piano modes.
- Music Theory Blocks – So addictive. Identify intervals as notes fall from the sky.
- The Melody Game – Plays a melody and you must transcribe it.
- Ear Tester – Ear training. Identify intervals, triads, and sevenths.
- Key Hunt – Learn key signatures.
Some of you might know that I’m a music student at university. What surprised me most about these guitar games is how similar they were to different software tools that I’d use in my Aural Skills (ear training) and Music Theory classes here at school. The only difference is that these are ten times more fun and addictive!
After spending some time reviewing William Wilson’s Guitar Games, I highly recommend it if you want a fun and engaging way to learn the guitar fretboard, learn guitar scales, understand theory, and learn how to play by ear. These games come with a ton of options and settings as well. This gives you the ability to tweak it to your level so it’s not too hard but not too easy either. For example, what type of scales do I want to learn? Do I want to be quizzed over all the notes on the fretboard or just some?
You can try it for free or you can purchase a one year subscription ($19.95) or a two year subscription ($32.95). I’m surprised by how cheap this is. The music theory and ear training software that I mentioned I used for my classes was nowhere near this cheap. The resources that Guitar Games provides will allow you to get a tremendous amount of use. It’s not like you get done playing the game and that is it. Even as a third year music student, I’m finding these games helpful, challenging, and fun for my growth as a guitarist.
So what are you waiting for? Check out Guitar Games!