By Antenna Men
Open iTunes to buy and download apps.
Quick demo see: YouTube or ukulele.nl
UkeMaster for the iPhone is a continuation of Sheep-Entertainment's Ukulele Chord Finder on the internet which has been well known since 1998.
You can choose your own tuning, D-tuning, C-tuning, baritone and more. You can also easily tune your ukulele using the pitch-pipe.
UkeMaster helps you to find both basic and advanced chords, more than 40 chordtypes in total. Basic and advanced chords are colored different so you can easily distinguish them.
You can find more ways to play a chord anywhere on the fretboard by clicking the hand. First the most basic fingering is shown after clicking a chord-type or root-note. By clicking the hand you will find fingerings higher up the fretboard.
The found chord shows you the relative note for every finger-position. This way you learn how the chord is built and teaches you how to built chords yourself. The root-note of the chord is labeled as 'R', the others show you the name of the interval relative to the root-note.
Different chords often overlap. For example C m7b5 can be the same fingering as D# m6. By clicking the chordname you can loop through these chords and see how they are built, eg. where is the root.
You can also find chordnames by clicking positions on the fretboard and see which chord they make. This way you also learn how chords are related to each other. For example start with a C7, click one fret above 5 and get a C7#5.
To hear how the chord sounds simply strum over the soundhole.
You can use UkeMaster in three different orientations. In portrait it shows the chords as in sheet music. In landscape it can show the chords as if you are looking at your own ukulele or as if you are looking at someone else.
Some chords have more than 4 notes in them, but on the ukulele you only have four strings. Therefore some notes are omitted. Mostly the 5th can be omitted without changing the sound very much. Sometimes even the root can be omitted, but especially when there are other instruments around that already play it.
What's New in Version 1.1
A few errors that appeared in newer ios version have been fixed.
Great uke chord finder!
For each of the 12 keys, there are 42 chords provided (in multiple positions/shapes, by clicking the Hand icon). I like the ability to “strum” the strings and hear what the chord “should” sound like, as well as the multiple tunings provided. As another review pointed out, you can click on the frets you are holding, and it will usually show what that chord is (it didn’t recognize 2-0-0-2 as a 7th though).
Developers: please consider adding either a “user defined” tuning, or maybe a way to transpose (I just got a sopranino uke tuned cFAD and haven’t got the hang of the thing yet!
Best Uke Chord App
This is a good one. Can't figure out what chord you're playing, touch the interface in the shape you're using and the fret you're on, and bingo, the name of the chord. Want to know how to play it up the fretboard, touch the hand symbol.
I've used this free on my computer for years, it's good to have it on something a little more portable, and 3.99 is pretty low for all the years I've used it.
I love this app. I play by ear and have simply found my way to chords by experimenting. So I often don't know what chord I'm playing. This app solves the problem perfectly by telling me what the fingering is. Helps me to share chords when jamming with others. I've never had it crash on my iPhone.