Simply Guitar works with every real 6-string guitar (acoustic or electric). If you feel the app isn't listening properly to your playing, try out the following tips:

Before you play

  • Check if you are playing with the latest version of the Simply Guitar app. If this is not the case, update the app before you continue.

  • Make sure to tune your guitar with the in-app tuner every time you play. Guitars fall out of tune quite easily, so it's always good to double check if they're in tune.

  • If you have a case around your phone, remove it while playing.

  • Make sure you’re in a quiet room without background noise.

  • Check that the background music from the app isn't too loud. Lower it if you are experiencing recognition issues.

  • We recommend using wired headphones while playing. This helps the app hear your guitar playing better and lets you enjoy the background music even more.

If you play with an electric guitar:

  • Make sure to play with a clean setting (without any effects).

  • Place your amp close enough to the microphone of your device. Try different positions to ensure all sounds are heard well by the app.

While you play

  • When playing a note/chord, don't release your grip immediately, let the strings ring out as much as possible.

  • If a note is buzzing, adjust your finger position. Play as close to the fret as you can but avoid pressing the fret itself.

When playing lead parts:

  • Double-check that you are playing the right string, as demonstrated in the app videos.

When playing chords:

  • Double-check that you are strumming all the right strings, and that your fingers are placed close to the frets, but not on them.

  • Make sure to keep your fretting fingers from accidentally muting the strings.

  • When playing a chord, it is advisable to play an arpeggio (one note at a time) and listen if any notes are buzzing or muted. Then, adjust accordingly.

  • When playing the chords during a song, strum the chord when the line first touches the white bar.

Other tips

  • Restart your phone to ensure there is no interference with other running apps.

  • Try lowering your device volume when you are playing at maximum volume.

If you continue to have recognition problems, please contact us through the app. Tap on Menu > Have a Question?

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