At Open School this year, the 4th and 5th graders are learning the ukulele!
Learning any instrument takes hard work. And, I would love for all of my students to have the opportunity to practice at home.
Ukuleles are not at all the most expensive instrument. I will be posting suggestions soon that are as little as $40. However, even the cheapest ukulele is not a reasonable purchase for all families.
To accommodate all students, I have created worksheets which allow students to practice at home. They can practice shaping their fingers in chord patterns. And, they can work on learning the notes.
But now there is another option: a FREE app!
If you have an iPad or Android tablet, this is a great way to at least get started practicing without actually purchasing a real ukulele.
The Real Ukulele app by Gismart is a truly well designed app. It uses sounds recorded from a live ukulele and even allows you to program in up to 5 chords at a time to play a full song.
It is really almost like using an real ukulele without having the actual instrument.
The only catch is that the free version is ad-supported. The ads are quite annoying, 30-second videos that cannot be canceled or avoided. And, it seems that there is currently no paid version to get rid of the ads.
There are currently ad-free versions of similar apps by the same creators for just $1.99. So, I suggest writing to creators and asking that they publish an ad-free version of this app as well.
In the meantime, if the ads bother you, try turning of your wifi and data connections while using this app. The ads need the internet to run.