Sfive - The Idea

When I started to play electric guitar I used Youtube backing tracks to play along. After a while of jamming I had my tones which sounded nicely with the song. But, after a certain time these tones were forgotten and I had to start from scratch again.

In doing so I started over with the high E-string and discovered my tones on the first 15 frets, second the B-string and so on. Finally, I knew how to play some double stops combining these strings.

This was the birth of Sfive:

Since each song has it's core tones Sfive limits the number of tones per song to five at maximum, but, shows these tones in all positions.

If you want to play a song discovered on guitar on the mandoline or bass guitar or vice versa Sfive allows to switch between these instruments as well.

Version Information

Platform: IOS
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Getting Started

First of all, select your favourite instrument by tapping "Instruments" on the start screen. If the Guitar Standard Tuning is your best choice you can skip this step.

Tap "Songs" on the start screen in order to open the songs overview. Tap "+" in the upper right corner to create a new song. Sfive creates a new song named [New Song]. Change the song name to your needs. Tap on the fretboard to add or remove tones. Swipe left or right to scroll up and down the fretboard.

If you like to play along with a backing track tap [Backing Tracks] in the lower right corner. Sfive opens YouTube and shows a list of backing tracks matching the song name. If you start a video you can press [Hide] to send YouTube to the background and to show the entire fretboard. The playback of the video will continue.

Offline Access

Sfive reloads the backing tracks during every song switch. If network data transfer might cause high costs you can switch off this function under [Settings].

The use of backing tracks is locked if no internet connection is available.