Musicians tend to spend a lot of time and money on their art, and they can focus so much on it that they forget smartphones and tablets can do wonders for them. Android smartphones and tablets can expand your creativity and save you from having to get expensive accessories.
There’s a plethora of great apps for musicians out there, but how do you figure which are the best? Search no further; I have put together a neat list of my very favorite musician apps for Android devices. Let’s take a look at them and see which ones you need to download.
Guitar Tuner Free (Guitar Tuna)
I like Guitar Tuner Free (otherwise known as Guitar Tuna in iOS) because it has a wide selection of supported instruments. Musicians who play multiple instruments shouldn’t have to deal with multiple apps, right?
This app supports instruments like guitar, bass, mandolin, ukulele, violin, viola, cello, fiddle, balalaika and banjo. It is very accurate, simple, and manages to look very good while keeping the crown as our favorite Android tuner around. As the name entails, it’s also free!
Ultimate Guitar Chords
Those who are just starting to learn how to play the guitar will definitely need an app that shows you how to play all the chords. In fact, even those of us who have been playing for years often forget how certain chords are played. I mean, there are just so many of them.
Ultimate Guitar Chords provides an easy experience and good looking interface. No bells or whistles, just pure chord learning.
I am a huge ukulele fan and avid player, so I had to give this one to my fellow ukulele lovers. It has a horrible name, but the Ukulele Chord+Scale+Tuner app works great. It has everything the name mentions, as well as a metronome and other tools.
This app is great for those wanting to learn Ukulele, or simply as a tool for your casual playing. One flaw, though. The tuning feature is only for tuning by ear, but you can use Guitar Tuner Free if you don’t have a keen ear.
Tempo is very well-known among musicians. It is actually considered to be fit for professionals, and it is the best-selling metronome app since 2009. That says a lot about the app.
The application comes suited with 35 different time signatures, including compound and complex meters. It also gives you total control over your experience, allowing you to customize accents or turn off beats. It’s also only $1.25 for the paid version.
Songsterr Guitar Tabs & Chords
Looking for some good tablatures and chords? Let me introduce you to the acclaimed Songsterr app. This app offers about 500,000 tabs and chords from many popular musicians. And no, it’s not only for guitar players. You will also find tabs for bass and drums, giving you a full experience.
The app is very simple and useful. You can simply start playing songs by accessing your tabs, which also happen to come with sound. You caneven slow the song down to half its normal speed for those difficult sections. It’s $4.99, but totally worth it.
Vocal Mastery Warm-Ups
Do we have any vocalists around? Us instrument players can often forget that vocalists need some tools and help too. Why don’t you check out this neat app. Vocal Mastery Warm-Ups helps you train your voice in order to achieve… mastery.
In short, achieving mastery means that you can reproduce the same notes, voice, and all other factors exactly the same, every single time. Consistency is important in music.
Also known as Guitar(Rig) Amp & Effect Pedal, Andrig allows you to carry your whole guitar set-up with you at all times. It’s all in your phone. This app replaces your amplifier and effect pedals, allowing you to practice and get creative without spending hundreds (or thousands) of dollars in this equipment.
Algoriddm djay 2
The djay2 app is a casual and straight-forward DJ app. You can easily mix between songs, but other complicated mix features are taken out of the equation. The app does include one awesome feature, though – it has Spotify integration. If you have your Spotify set up, you won’t even need to work on your playlists anymore.
This is a great app for DJs who want to bring the party to casual gatherings and small scenarios. It’s also only $0.99.