Have you ever wanted to play an instrument and didn’t know where to start?
Well, first of all, one has to buy the instrument. Then they have to take lessons. A normal person’s first thoughts would take them directly to Google. Then you get those useless and inevitable directory websites or responses. They don’t really help you and sometimes they confuse you even more. Some of those responses take you to questionable websites with (of course) questionable content. Then there is a list of never-ending pop-up ads or you have successfully installed a new virus on your computer. This whole situation was the reason that I never learned how to play the guitar and my PC had to be restored.
Years after selling that old laptop, I decided to get my iPhone. After learning how to play a little bit of the ukulele in a summer camp, I decided to practice it more and learn. Since my summer teacher lives in Mexico, I decided to look for more ways to learn. I searched all over the internet. From YouTube to Craigslist, I searched for it all. Then it hit me. I asked myself: Is there an app that teaches you how to play the ukulele? Turns out, there is.
It felt very dumb that I had been searching the internet for weeks, looking for the best way to learn how to play the ukulele without having to empty my wallet. The app is called iUke. iUke has a variety of free lessons that help you with both strumming and finger positions. Most of the free songs available on iUke are Christmas songs. That’s not such a bad thing. That’s how I learned to play the violin.
The iUke interface is easy to navigate and provides a very well-constructed song list, preview, and navigation bar. A few of the songs need to be bought but some are free or cost tickets. The tickets are earned through connections with social media (Facebook/Twitter) or through checking in every day that you practice. You even have the option to receive notifications that remind you to practice and check in.
iUke is a cool app for anyone who wants to learn how to master the ukulele. It has helped me a lot and I have learned how to play songs like I’m Yours by Jason Mraz and Amazing Grace. Now I’m off to learn more and more.