Learn Ukulele Songs with the iUke 2 App

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Just in time for those musical Christmas gifts, EUMLab has released version 2.0 of iUke app, the Ukulele Song Book. The latest version boasts a sleek new interface that helps beginners learn strumming patterns and chord diagrams, the ability to record audio or video while playing, as well as more full songs and practice tracks.

Downloaded over a hundred thousand times, iUke is an interactive ukulele song book, providing chords for popular songs, but it also functions as a tutorial for learning to play the ukulele.

“Many people will receive a ukulele as a gift this Christmas, but they don't know how to get started,” says iUke’s designer, Shawn Xiao. “iUke walks beginning ukulele players through the basics of where to place their fingers, alongside animations that show them how to strum. Playing a song this way is extremely easy.”

iUke has many unique features that make it the ideal companion for experienced ukulele musicians as well. The app can transpose songs from one key to another instantly, and slow down or speed up the song tempo on the fly. Chords and lyrics scroll automatically as the song progresses. A new feature in version 2.0 is the ability to record audio and video while playing.

“Recording as you play is an amazing feature,” notes Xiao. “It means that musicians can review their progress and improve their performance right inside the app.”

Currently iUke features 15 holiday songs and carols to download, many for free, as well as over 50 practice sequences. Melody, bass, and drum instrumental tracks have been added to the audio to help musicians as they play, with settings to adjust the volume of each instrument individually. Ukulelists can now play along with the recordings, choosing a speed and difficulty level for each song to match their level of expertise. Also new in version 2.0 is the ability to sync purchased songs between iPhone and iPad versions of the app.

iUke 2.0 can be downloaded from the iTunes App Store at for free. It works for both right- and left-handed players. Additional songs are available as in-app purchases.

Device requirements:

  • iOS 7 or later
  • Compatible with iPhone and iPad
  • Optimized for iPhone 5 and later
  • 79 MB download

iTunes link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/iuke-ukulele-song-book/id591760977
Company Website: http://eumlab.com
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7w-0aWiiJRw
Media Assets: http://eum.io/iuke2presskit

About EUMLab
EUMLab, founded in 2012, is a group of tuneful software developers dedicated to creating professional tools for musicians. Based in China and Germany, the company employs only musicians, and is committed to serving the needs of the music community and beyond. With an understanding that “music is the universal language of humankind,” the group has released apps such as Ukulele Toolkit, Guitar Master, insTuner, and ProMetronome, with more than 5.1 million downloads to date.

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