When I’m not blasting zombies, rooting, watching Youtube vids, or surfing on my tablet/phone, I’ve found that my Android devices can also be a big help when I’m playing my guitar or dabbling on the piano. With so many talented musicians out there that use Android phones and tablets, I thought I would put together this short list of my top 5 android apps for musicians. If you play the guitar or piano, you should definitely check these out.
(All screenshots were taken from my Transformer Prime. Phone versions of the apps may look different)
1. Ultimate Guitar (paid app)
Ultimate Guitar Tabs is an app I use very often. It’s basically an “applified” version of the popular guitar tab site ultimate-guitar.com, and is perfect for getting your hands on guitar tabs of your favorite songs very quickly. The app contains over 400,00 tabs (which note links you can click on to show you how to play a chord), so chances are that if you’ve heard it on the radio and want to learn to play it, it can most likely be found in this app. The app works great on my phone and tablet, and can be purchased for around 3 dollars (2.46 Euros). You can download the app from AndroidPIT here, or from Google Play here. It’s well worth the money for guitar players.
2. Tuner gStrings (free and paid apps available)
Everytime I pick up my guitar, I usually find that my tablet or phone is lying closer to me than my chromatic tuner, which is why I mostly use my Android device to tune my guitar. Since I play a lot in drop D tuning (even drop E sometimes), it’s great having a chromatic tuner that I can use directly from my phone or tablet, and this app gets the job done nicely.
This tuner isn’t limited to only the guitar, but can also tune the violin, viola, violoncello, bass, guitar, piano, and wind instruments. Tuner gives you lots of great options like “Auto Tune” or tuning to a specific chord, and always does a great job of keeping my guitar in tune. There’s also a paid version of the app, but the free version has always got the job done for me (although I plan on buying it to support the great dev behind it). You can download the free version of Tuner -gStrings from AndroidPIT here, or from Google Play here. It's an app I use very often, and definetely deserves to be on your shopping list of great Android apps for musicians.
3. Chord (free and paid apps available)
Sometimes when I’m learning a new song, I see a note that I have absolutely no idea how to play. That’s where Chord comes in handy. The free version of chord gives you easy access to finding damn near any chord, while the paid version extends the types of tunings you can search for. It even allows you to hear the chord by swiping your finger across the strings. It supports both left and right handed instruments, and the free version provides you with 5 tunings for standard guitar, bass, banjo (4 string) and the ukulele. You can pick up the free version of the app from AndroidPIT here, or from Google Play here.
4. PChord (Piano Chort Finder) (free and paid apps available)
While I enjoy playing the guitar and piano, I definitely know more chords for the guitar, and find myself having to really look around a lot when I’m trying to learn piano songs. With this app, you’ll save yourself the search. PChord is basically a database for piano chords, and conveniently shows you which keys to hit to play specific chords. There are free and paid (no ads) versions of the app available, and is definitely a great tool for looking up piano chords. You can pick up the free version of the app from Google Play here.
5. TapeMachine Recorder (free and paid apps available)
This app is surprisingly awesome for those who want to quickly record an idea that you just played. Whether you just nailed a solo you have been working on, or whether you have a song idea that you don’t want to forget, this app is great for recording it, editing it, adjusting speeds, adjusting gains, and then emailing it to your band/producer/girlfriend ect. The app is taliored for recording musical instruments and vocals, and records in in extremely great quality. You can download the free app from Google Play here (the paid version apps mp3 compatibility).
So that’s it guys! I hope might find some use in my top 5 Android apps for musicians recommendations, and if you have any suggestions for apps you use often, let me know what they are in the comments below!
Picture credits (top pic) app-down.net