7 Best Free and Open Source Linux Guitar Tools

There are three main types of modern acoustic guitar: the classical guitar (Spanish guitar/nylon-string guitar), the steel-string acoustic guitar and the archtop guitar, which is sometimes called a “jazz guitar”.

Electric guitars, introduced in the 1930s, use an amplifier and a loudspeaker. Like acoustic guitars, there are various types of electric guitars including hollowbody guitars, archtop guitars (used in jazz guitar, blues and rockabilly) and solid-body guitars.

The firm foundation of the Advanced Linux Sound Architecture, offering an excellent application programming interface for device drivers for sound cards, and the JACK Audio Connection Kit, a professional sound server daemon, provide Linux with the infrastructure to be a serious contender in music production. Further, Linux is endowed with an impressive range of open source audio software which is both mature and feature-laden.

To provide an insight into the quality of software that is available, we have compiled a list of 7 of the finest guitar applications. Whether you are a causal strummer, or can give a virtuoso performance with beautiful chord embellishments in the style of Bobby Jo or Jimi Hendrix, there should be something of interest here for anyone interested in guitar music.

Our recommendations are captured in the chart below. Only free and open source software is eligible for inclusion.

Ratings chart for the best free and open source guitar tools

Let’s explore the 7 guitar tools at hand. Click the links in the table below to learn about each application including details of their features, screenshots and related resources.

Guitar Tools
GuitarixRock guitar amplifier for Jack
NootkaLearn classical score notation
TuxGuitarMultitrack tablature editor and player writen in Java-SWT
LingotMusical instrument tuner
RakarrackRichly featured multi-effects processor emulating a guitar effects pedal board
Songwrite 3Music score and songbook editor
go-dsp-guitarMultichannel multi-effects processor
Best Free and Open Source SoftwareRead our complete collection of recommended free and open source software. Our curated compilation covers all categories of software.

The software collection forms part of our series of informative articles for Linux enthusiasts. There are hundreds of in-depth reviews, open source alternatives to proprietary software from large corporations like Google, Microsoft, Apple, Adobe, IBM, Cisco, Oracle, and Autodesk.

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3 years ago

Just what I needed, thank you.

Joshua Blake
Joshua Blake
3 years ago

Guitarix rocks!

11 months ago