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Ukulele Fretboard Tools

UpTheNeckeck.com provides tools to create fretboard diagrams, and to explore music theory for fretted instruments. UpTheNeck sample diagram

Here are some alternative fretboard tools for building chord diagrams, music literacy, etc.

Alternative Fretboard Tools (click here)

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Installable Apps

App Store (2017) Logo for iOS:

U-Chord by Asoft.iOS - chord finder and reverse chord finder. (No export.)

Ukulele Companion by Infinaut Technologies - chord and scale diagrams. (No export.)

Android robot App Store (2017) Logo for iOS/Android:

The Ukulele App by "The Ukulele Teacher" - with chord diagram library, and a chord-finder to name any chord that you enter. (No export.)

Android robot for Android:

smartChord chord diagrams, chord-finder, scales, chord progressions, etc.

MacOS logo Unofficial Windows logo variant - 2002–2012 (Multicolored) for computer:

Neck Diagrams app ($$) - Create fretboard diagrams. Export to .PNG or .JPG

Ukefarm's Chordette app ($) - a font-based chord-diagram library.


General score editors with build-your-own fretboard diagram support

MacOS logo Unofficial Windows logo variant - 2002–2012 (Multicolored)
  • Guitar Pro ($$)
  • Finale ($$$)
  • Sibelius ($$$)
  • Lilypond (free)


Interesting tools, for guitar only:

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  • oolimo.com - Chord Finder, Chord Analyzer (Reverse Chord Finder), and explanatory tutorials about music theory and chord construction.
    Also available in 'App' form, for Apple and Android phones.
  • fretflip.com - The Guitar fretboard tool - view and edit scales and chords!


General Music Tools

These are tools that don't target the same areas as uptheneck.com.

Song Formatting Tools

Chordpro format is a standard way of writing chords and lyrics in text. There are sites that convert Chordpro format to graphical:

  • Google Chrome icon (September 2014) Firefox logo, 2019 Safari browser logo Microsoft Edge new logo UkeGeek’s Song-o-matic editor allows you to put song sheets together quickly simply by typing out lyrics and chord names in plain text.

Play-along Tools

  • App Store (2017) Logo Google Play Arrow logo MacOS logo iReal Pro is an app that plays songs with follow-along chord charts.

Music Theory Tools

  • Google Chrome icon (September 2014) Firefox logo, 2019 Safari browser logo Microsoft Edge new logo Steam-Harmony is an interesting tool illustrating modes and scales on the Circle of Fifths.

Music Notation and Tablature Tools

  • MacOS logo Unofficial Windows logo variant - 2002–2012 (Multicolored) Android robot App Store (2017) Logo TablEdit is an app for creating, editing, printing music notation and tablature.
  • Google Chrome icon (September 2014) Firefox logo, 2019 Safari browser logo Microsoft Edge new logo Noteflight, like UpTheNeck, is a web-based app, and works on any device. Create, teach, share, sell and purchase music.
    Notflight allows for collaboration on scores across the internet, and also provides a way to legally distribute your arrangements of copyrighted music.
  • Guitar Pro ($$)
  • Finale ($$$)
  • Sibelius ($$$)
  • MuseScore (free) is like a programming language for engraving beautiful music manuscripts.
  • Lilypond (free) is like a programming language for engraving beautiful music manuscripts.

Other lists

If you have access to Ukulele Magazine, check out Greg Olwell’s survey of “The Best Ukulele Apps” for smartphones and tablets in the Spring 2021 issue.