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MananAtma
03-15-2017, 11:30 AM
Did a search on google play for "ukulele" and all kinds of interesting apps came up. Can anyone make recommendations? I'd like an app to compile music and a song writer app that is uke friendly. Anyone have a favorite app or know one that would be handy for beginners?

bunnyf
03-15-2017, 06:22 PM
I like onsong for a music library app. Watch their demo video.

kohanmike
03-15-2017, 06:30 PM
If you're using Google Play then you have an Android device, OnSong is only for iOS iPhones and iPads. I use MobileSheets Pro with a 13.3" Android tablet that is very much like OnSong and ForScore, it also comes in a light version. You can make your own lead sheets with it, plus import PDFs. It also imports audio files that you can attach to the sheet music.

http://www.zubersoft.com/mobilesheets/

Nibby
03-16-2017, 05:13 PM
I really like "The Ukulele App" from The Ukulele Teacher. All of his videos are available on the app as well as a tuner, chords, and scales. His videos are great if you haven't seen them on YouTube yet. It's one of the best learning resources I have found so far.

zztush
03-20-2017, 03:29 AM
I like Ukeoke best. It is ukulele karaoke app. We can play along with this app. Fun!

zztush
03-22-2017, 10:52 PM
ForumTalker is very good to read UU on Android.

Sent from the mobile client - Forum Talker

cindyleigh
03-25-2017, 02:07 PM
I paid $3.99 for Ukulele Tool-Kit for my iphone and I love it!

MananAtma
03-26-2017, 07:50 AM
How about an easy to use music writing app?

Choirguy
03-26-2017, 12:00 PM
What platform (Android, iOS, Mac, Windows) and what kind of music writing? Chords? Tabs? Melody?

MananAtma
03-26-2017, 07:16 PM
I have a Samsung Galaxy Tab E, android devise. Nothing to complex that I could write lyrics, chords(for uke would be nice) and melodies. Have a play back mode to see if the melody I wrote sounds like I imagined it should. I want to learn how to write music.

Choirguy
03-27-2017, 12:27 AM
Others can comment here, but I don't know of any such program on Android. You could give NotateMe a try (free version is NotateMe Now, which will create one staff). On iOS, Notion is the way to go (with about 5 other apps, but Notion is the most advanced by far).

Choirguy
03-27-2017, 12:48 AM
One more thought that I almost forgot about...check out the web app called flat.io. It alllows for almost all you can do...starting is free; a subscription opens up more feature. And yes, writing for ukulele is an option.

Ziret
03-28-2017, 07:09 PM
TablEdit. Try the free version. It is available for all formats except Linux. Windows, Mac, iOS, Android. The free version just works for reading tabs, the paid helps create them.

Rllink
04-01-2017, 12:54 PM
I just want an android auto scrolling app for my lead sheets. They are all either word documents or PDFs. I have a bunch of them on paper, stuck in a three ring binder. I don't want to compose my own music, I don't want to search for music, I don't want to do fancy stuff, I don't want to do anything but put those lead sheets on my Kindle Fire and then have an auto scroll so that I don't have to haul that three ring binder around all the time.

Choirguy
04-01-2017, 02:32 PM
Auto scroll is tricky...a better option might be an app that works with a Bluetooth pedal...Mobile Sheets or Orpheus are good starting points.

kohanmike
04-01-2017, 08:18 PM
I just want an android auto scrolling app for my lead sheets. They are all either word documents or PDFs. I have a bunch of them on paper, stuck in a three ring binder. I don't want to compose my own music, I don't want to search for music, I don't want to do fancy stuff, I don't want to do anything but put those lead sheets on my Kindle Fire and then have an auto scroll so that I don't have to haul that three ring binder around all the time.

MobileSheets Pro has automatic scrolling. I have a Bluetooth pedal that I will also use to be more in control, but lately all my lead sheets are one page, so I rarely use it.

Rllink
04-02-2017, 04:22 AM
Auto scroll is tricky...a better option might be an app that works with a Bluetooth pedal...Mobile Sheets or Orpheus are good starting points.I was trying to avoid more equipment and having to set it up, although I don't even know what a Bluetooth pedal looks like. Maybe that is the way to go. I will look into it. That's an option. What were you using in Minneapolis?


MobileSheets Pro has automatic scrolling. I have a Bluetooth pedal that I will also use to be more in control, but lately all my lead sheets are one page, so I rarely use it.I'll go look at MobileSheets. As I said to Chris, I just want to keep it all to a minimum, but maybe a Bluetooth pedal and my Kindle Fire would be less trouble than hauling around that three ring binder full of sheets of paper. But I want to be able to go to a street corner and get going without having to put up and take down an elaborate setup. I already have about as much as I can carry as it is.

A little while later: I checked it out and MobileSheets Pro looks like what I am looking for. I don't know why I spent an hour yesterday looking though Play Store and didn't come across it. I'll try the auto scroll, and if that doesn't work for me I'll go from there. Thanks Choirguy and kohanmike.

Tootler
04-08-2017, 10:42 AM
I just want an android auto scrolling app for my lead sheets. They are all either word documents or PDFs. I have a bunch of them on paper, stuck in a three ring binder. I don't want to compose my own music, I don't want to search for music, I don't want to do fancy stuff, I don't want to do anything but put those lead sheets on my Kindle Fire and then have an auto scroll so that I don't have to haul that three ring binder around all the time.

Try Chordinator on Android.

I've tried a few scrolling apps both on iPad and Android and I've given up on all of them. The problem I found is getting the scroll speed right. I try now to fit all the words and chords on to a single page so scrolling is not necessary. I put all my songs in ChordPro format without but without the markup (the chords are in square brackets [] on the same line as the lyrics) but I highlight the chords in red so they stand out. With practice, you can read the lyrics and chords just as effectively as having the chords on the line above the lyrics and it makes it much easier to get the whole song on one page.

Choirguy
04-08-2017, 10:58 AM
What were you using in Minneapolis?

Oh, goodness. I never responded to this. Sorry!

I think I had my AirTurn GoStand (collapsible tablet holder) and my iPad Air 2 (9.7")...I likely had the foot pedal but don't need it for most of the Yellow Book. AirTurn makes a Bluetooth page turning device (several models) as does PageFlip. Both companies also sell B Stock, which may be worth it for a device that is getting stepped on anyway.

It is pretty wonderful to download resources (self-made or by others) and have them on the iPad. And while I am not a full-out environmentalist, I have saved a lot of paper over the last seven years that I have owned an iPad.

dhbailey
04-08-2017, 11:59 PM
In addition to the environmental issue of saving paper, I find that having the ability to have practically my entire library with me to choose from when I'm not home (as well as many books of music which I purchased only as PDF files) is wonderful. I no longer have to plan in advance what I'll be playing when I practice nor do I have to limit myself to a few books because of weight issues. It's a fantastic device and I can't imagine my musical life these days without it.

LarryS
04-17-2017, 11:38 PM
I use one called UkuleleTabs (Android)

Rllink
04-22-2017, 04:55 AM
I got my new Kindle, and I like it. Especially for the price, as I bought it from Best Buy on the special of the day. First thing, if one does not have good eyes, it is a little small. I have good eyes for an old man, so it works perfect. I actually like that I can slip it into the big leg pocket of my cargo shorts. There is all my music, in my pocket. How convenient is that? But I installed the MobileSheets app and it works very well. I like it a lot. I had a bunch of songs in an odt. format, and I had to change them to PDFs to import them from drop box, but that was pretty easy. Still working on the auto scroll, but I think it is going to work. But I also installed the Ultimate Guitar app. Ultimate Guitar is the first place I go when I want to find a song and I get along well with the site, but the app is incredible. I have hundreds of thousands of songs at my finger tips. I can change them to whatever key I want in a moment. At this point, I can play darn near any request anyone wants to throw at me. Most every song has a ukulele version, and the chords are shown in a popup at the bottom, so if by chance a song has a chord or two that I don't know, bam, I pull up the chord charts and learn it on the fly, right then and there.

LimuHead
04-22-2017, 02:04 PM
I got my new Kindle, and I like it. Especially for the price, as I bought it from Best Buy on the special of the day. First thing, if one does not have good eyes, it is a little small. I have good eyes for an old man, so it works perfect. I actually like that I can slip it into the big leg pocket of my cargo shorts. There is all my music, in my pocket. How convenient is that? But I installed the MobileSheets app and it works very well. I like it a lot. I had a bunch of songs in an odt. format, and I had to change them to PDFs to import them from drop box, but that was pretty easy. Still working on the auto scroll, but I think it is going to work. But I also installed the Ultimate Guitar app. Ultimate Guitar is the first place I go when I want to find a song and I get along well with the site, but the app is incredible. I have hundreds of thousands of songs at my finger tips. I can change them to whatever key I want in a moment. At this point, I can play darn near any request anyone wants to throw at me. Most every song has a ukulele version, and the chords are shown in a popup at the bottom, so if by chance a song has a chord or two that I don't know, bam, I pull up the chord charts and learn it on the fly, right then and there.

Which Kindle model did you get?

Rllink
04-22-2017, 03:34 PM
Which Kindle model did you get?

Fire HD8....

bunnyf
04-23-2017, 03:54 AM
I love being able to carry around all my music digitally. I long ago tired of lugging binders. I've realized that I'm not likely to be able to keep more than a dozen songs in my head at any one time, so having a tablet with me frees me up to play anything I want. I got onsong very long ago, and I'm sure there are lots of other good apps, but I'm satisfied with it for lead sheets. I like how easy it is to edit to get exactly what you want in terms of display (color, day/night, font, etc) and also organization (set lists, genre,etc). I use bracketed chords [] in-line, bold and colored. This saves space, allowing me to put most songs on one page and is still easy to see. This format also keeps chords in the right place and you don't get that crazy formatting thing where chords move themselves ( esp.. impt. when sharing music).

I've gone back and forth on auto-scroll use. It works if you remember to hit it when you start a song. I now leave myself a sticky at the top of a lead sheet so that I remember that a song is longer than one page (that's rare, as I'm usually able to get most songs on one page.

I jam with guitarists, many of which use small air-turn pedals and there are a few advantages to them. Mainly they are nice to be able to have greater control on your page turning. Like if there are a lot of solo breaks that can vary the time of the song, then the pedal is nice. Also, if your vision is not great, you can use a really large font and let your songs go onto multiple pages. Also, this can be helpful if you find that you lose your place easily, jumping back from v. to ch. or otherwise navigating a song that you have condensed. Instead you can just keep the piece in its long version, writing in the parts that repeat within the song, instead of having to follow directions and jumping around. I don't do this right now, but I see the usefulness of the pedal, especially if my eyes get any worse. The alternate would be to get a much larger tablet. For now, I'm ok with the mostly one page format and keeping my accessories to a minimum but I can see a time when a pedal might be the ticket.

photoshooter
04-25-2017, 06:12 AM
The above post by bunnyf is almost exactly my response. I have an iPad Mini and I use onSong for my song charts. When I started playing uke I wanted lots of features in my music reader but I soon realized I never used those features. I create simple pdf files for my music and make every effort to keep them to one page. For now I can display a whole page on my Mini but as my eyes get worse I'll probably use the autoscroll feature and enlarge the image.

I like good old fashioned paper products but like many other posters above I'm really happy to be able to carry around all of my music, magazines, books, videos etc in the pocket of my cargo pants or in my briefcase.

photoshooter
04-25-2017, 11:25 AM
But I also installed the Ultimate Guitar app. Ultimate Guitar is the first place I go when I want to find a song and I get along well with the site, but the app is incredible. I have hundreds of thousands of songs at my finger tips. I can change them to whatever key I want in a moment. At this point, I can play darn near any request anyone wants to throw at me. Most every song has a ukulele version, and the chords are shown in a popup at the bottom, so if by chance a song has a chord or two that I don't know, bam, I pull up the chord charts and learn it on the fly, right then and there.


Rllink, I'd love to hear more about this app. I've thought about downloading it on several occasions but I really can't figure out the payment models. The reviews are split between people who love it and people who feel the pricing scale is deceptive. I understand it's for use on one device and have no problem with that. I'm just wondering, if I pay the lifetime subscription am I done? Sounds like a silly question but some of the reviews would lead you to believe that's not the case. Overall the good reviews seem to outshine the complaints about subscriptions but it would be nice to hear from someone who has (and likes) the app. Thanks!

Nickie
04-25-2017, 12:37 PM
Tammy and I just bought 2nd hand iPads, so we can utilize Onsong too. We ordered mic stand holders so we can see the pads and sing/strum too. Just like bunny wrote, we have had a lot of trouble with chords squirreling themselves into the wrong places when sending them to pdf. I hope it will save us a lot of time, plus doing away with the inconvenience of lugging songbooks around.

bunnyf
04-25-2017, 04:11 PM
As I said, I use onsong but I do also have ultimate guitar app. I bought this many years ago. I think a lifetime membership then was a one time payment of $12. Things have changed over the years and now they have a pro package that unlocks features that I don't have. Some looked cool but Once I got onsong, I didn't use UG much anymore. Weirdly, when I occasionally go on UG now, it asks me if I want to buy a lifetime membership. I think it really is just trying to tell me I should upgrade. Anyway, I noticed that it now takes much longer for the app to open for me (maybe a punishment for not going pro). Onsong came out a bit after UG and has features that I prefer to UG. I like to be able to edit as I see fit. I want to get stuff on one page usually and get my font big. UG is too small for me to read. I also like onsongs organizational tools. I still go to UG sometimes to double check a few different version of songs against one that I may have found on another site. They do have the most complete library. You can't cut and paste though to your onsong or other library from UG, so I just really use UG as a reference source.

Rllink
04-26-2017, 04:54 AM
Rllink, I'd love to hear more about this app. I've thought about downloading it on several occasions but I really can't figure out the payment models. The reviews are split between people who love it and people who feel the pricing scale is deceptive. I understand it's for use on one device and have no problem with that. I'm just wondering, if I pay the lifetime subscription am I done? Sounds like a silly question but some of the reviews would lead you to believe that's not the case. Overall the good reviews seem to outshine the complaints about subscriptions but it would be nice to hear from someone who has (and likes) the app. Thanks!I bought the MobileSheets pro for $12.99, the price of a book full of songs that I don't care to play, so I don't consider that expensive. I don't know about subscriptions. It is an app, so I just bought it. I don't think that I bought a subscription to it. Because it is an Amazon Kindle that I'm putting it on, I just went to the Amazon app store, found it, and clicked on install. Amazon charged my credit card $12,99 for it, just like buying any app. It works pretty well. The auto scroll is tricky and everyone advised me of that when I bought it, so that was not a surprise. Like everything, there are limitations and it takes a bit of time experimenting and playing with it to learn all the features. But over all, it is working fine. I will probably go to a bluetooth page turner eventually though. It likes PDFs and it works well with them. I did not realize that I can turn almost any document into a PDF by going to the print menu and picking "save as PDF" instead of hitting print. Then I save it to the MobileSheets. That makes it very convenient to put songs that I find on line to the MobileSheets, as most of the sites that I find songs on have a print option and I can save them from there. I read the reviews and got a lot of advise from other musicians. Like everything, if you want to spend time figuring out what it won't do, you will eventually find things that it won't do. If you want to take the time to get to know the app, you will find that there is a lot that it will do. That is about all the advise I have on it at this point.

Ziret
04-26-2017, 05:20 AM
Rllink, I'd love to hear more about this app. I've thought about downloading it on several occasions but I really can't figure out the payment models. The reviews are split between people who love it and people who feel the pricing scale is deceptive. I understand it's for use on one device and have no problem with that. I'm just wondering, if I pay the lifetime subscription am I done? Sounds like a silly question but some of the reviews would lead you to believe that's not the case. Overall the good reviews seem to outshine the complaints about subscriptions but it would be nice to hear from someone who has (and likes) the app. Thanks!

I've paid for Guitar Pro on Android and iOS, and it still wants money every time I use it. I even paid twice on Android! It's hard to believe this isn't deliberate. Their content is all user generated, though they pay the licensing fees. I quit using it.

Rllink
04-26-2017, 06:07 AM
I like good old fashioned paper products but like many other posters above I'm really happy to be able to carry around all of my music, magazines, books, videos etc in the pocket of my cargo pants or in my briefcase.That is why I'm going the direction I am. I keep accumulating and accumulating. I'm not going to become one of those ukulele players that shows up with a shopping cart full of stuff in tow. Several people have told me that they think the Kindle is too small to be practical, but the Kindle fits in my cargo pants pocket. In fact, yesterday I was wearing my Carhart work pants and found that I could stick it in the back pocket of those. That is important to me.

Rllink
04-26-2017, 06:23 AM
I've paid for Guitar Pro on Android and iOS, and it still wants money every time I use it. I even paid twice on Android! It's hard to believe this isn't deliberate. Their content is all user generated, though they pay the licensing fees. I quit using it.

I didn't realize that photoshooter was talking about the ultimateguitar app. I got that off the Amazon app store too. I paid $7.99 for that and I don't think it is "pro". But still, that is a lot less than a book with a half dozen songs in it. I also didn't see anything about it being a subscription. There was no pricing structure, it was just $7.99. Maybe I'm using something different. I go to the ultimateguitar.com site on my laptop a lot. It is my go to site for songs, so I bought the app. I like the app well enough. It works well for what I am doing with it, but I do not utilize a lot of the features. I find songs and either put them in my dropbox or I put them on MobileSheets. I've also been saving them on the app itself. So maybe there is something about the app that I don't know, but so far so good. I've been using it.

photoshooter
04-26-2017, 06:43 AM
As I said, I use onsong but I do also have ultimate guitar app. I bought this many years ago. I think a lifetime membership then was a one time payment of $12. Things have changed over the years and now they have a pro package that unlocks features that I don't have. Some looked cool but Once I got onsong, I didn't use UG much anymore. Weirdly, when I occasionally go on UG now, it asks me if I want to buy a lifetime membership. I think it really is just trying to tell me I should upgrade.


I've paid for Guitar Pro on Android and iOS, and it still wants money every time I use it. I even paid twice on Android! It's hard to believe this isn't deliberate. Their content is all user generated, though they pay the licensing fees. I quit using it.


I didn't realize that photoshooter was talking about the ultimateguitar app. I got that off the Amazon app store too. I paid $7.99 for that and I don't think it is "pro". But still, that is a lot less than a book with a half dozen songs in it. I also didn't see anything about it being a subscription. There was no pricing structure, it was just $7.99. Maybe I'm using something different.

Thanks for all the feedback. This is consistent with the reviews I read online. Some people love it, some have limited use and it fills the need, and some complain about the pricing/subscription model.
On iOs the app is free to download and install. The free version seems to be essentially the UG website in app form. Then there are all sorts of very confusing payment options. This is what has kept me away from the app and will likely continue to keep me away. Too bad, looks like it could be useful.

bunnyf
04-26-2017, 08:22 AM
The thing I don't like about saving things as PDFs is that you can't edit. You also can't use the transpose feature after you save as a PDF. Fine if you know you are always gonna play in one key, but sometimes when playing out with others you want to transpose on the fly and without an Internet connection.