The best music learning apps for Android

Learning music is a lifelong pursuit. The best musicians are still learning new things, even into old age. Thus, there is no quick and clean way to learn music. It takes constant practice and patience. Your phone can help you. There are a variety of consistent tools you can use to enhance your music education. Here are the best Android apps for learning music.

The best Android apps to learn music

Amazon Kindle (or other ebook readers)

Price: Free / Varies

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Amazon Kindle or other e-book reading services are a great way to start learning music. There is an endless stream of books, manuals, and lessons in book form. You can purchase and download the books directly to your phone and read or reference them there. Some types of music books, like guitar tabs, are physical only, but we think it’s still better that way.

Google Play Books and Barnes & Noble Nook are viable alternatives if you don’t want to use Amazon. All three platforms should have more or less the same overall selection, so which one you choose depends on your preference.

Coursera

Price: Free / Varies

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Coursera is an educational app that offers online courses for a fee. Usually people recommend it for professional skills, training in things like Photoshop, or other more professional pursuits. However, it does offer courses that teach music theory, beginner’s guides on how to play various instruments, and more music-related courses. They vary in size, complexity, and price, but it’s a great way to get a more traditional classroom-style education on the subject.

There are a few competitors in this space. Udemy, Skillshare, edX, Alison, and even LinkedIn Learning offer music lessons. Just like the ebooks section above, which one you choose depends on your preference as much of the content is similar.

Complete music reading trainer

Price: Free with in-app purchases

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Complete Music Reading Trainer helps you learn to read traditional sheet music. It’s a difficult task to learn, but useful for your overall musical experience. The app uses a fun approach similar to other learning apps like Duolingo. You do short exercises over and over until the information sticks.

The developer also offers a few other music learning apps. They include Complete Rhythm Trainer and Complete Ear Trainer. They work the same way and can help you hone your musical skills even further.

Mudguard set

Price: Free trial / $19.99 per month / $149.99 per year

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Fender Play is a music learning app. It offers acoustic guitar, electric guitar, ukulele and bass lessons. It’s kind of a simple experiment. The app contains a bunch of lessons that help you start completely fresh and progress to becoming a proficient musician. It teaches fingering techniques, chords, scales, etc. It also incorporates learning popular music into things, so it’s not just you practicing scales all day. We liked that little bit extra, even though it probably contributes to Fender Play’s high price tag.

There are other options in this space. Ultimate Guitar is a popular option. Simply Guitar is another. Those looking for a more hands-on approach can also try out GuitarTuna, which offers basic, albeit monotonous, chord trainers.

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Google Maps is a bit of a lame choice, but it’s useful for budding musicians. The obvious reasons are to find hardware stores in your area as well as schools or teachers to teach you music in person. It’s not a bad idea to have an in-person teacher for more complex instruments. You can also use it to get your hands on venues to book gigs one day if you ever find yourself in a band or otherwise ready to play. Again, we recognize that sounds lame, but it’s legitimately a good idea to know where to go locally if you need something.

MuseScore

Price: Free trial / $9.99 per month / $69.99 per year

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MuseScore is a sheet music application. It’s similar to a guitar tablature book, but uses traditional sheet music instead. You can find all kinds of music there. It also includes help for learning to read standard notation. There are sheet music for a wide variety of popular instruments. What makes this one special is that the music is uploaded by MuseScore users. So you can find a lot of things that you normally couldn’t find.

There aren’t really many apps in this space, and MuseScore easily outnumbers the others. It helps to learn sheet music, but the real fun here comes after you finally learn how to do it and can start sight reading sheet music.

perfect ear

Price: Free with in-app purchases

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Perfect Ear is a music training app that helps you learn a bunch of musical tricks. It teaches a lot about ear training, where you can tell what notes are being played by listening to them. There are also rhythm practice exercises, music theory articles, sight reading training and a scale dictionary. It’s not class-focused like some others and comes close to Complete Ear Trainer in terms of how it works.

The developer also has Clefs, a music reading trainer so you can learn to read standard music notation for sure when using apps like MuseScore. Some parts of the apps are free, but eventually you have to start paying to unlock the app modules.

Simply Piano

Price: Free / $149.99 per year

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Simply Piano is a good app to learn piano. It helps you learn the basics, like which keys are which notes, then teaches sheet music reading, chords, and scales. It uses the playful style of many learning apps where you learn in easy-to-digest lessons that you practice and master later. This also includes learning an occasional pop song to shake up the monotony of practicing scales all day. It’s a little pricey, but it seems like good music learning apps are.

Other good apps in this space include Flowkey and Piano Academy. They all do the work, so the choice comes down to how you want to be taught.

Yousician

Price: Free / $29.99 per month / $139.99 per year

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Yousician is a music learning app for a few different instruments, including guitar, piano, ukulele, and bass. It’s also one of the few apps that helps you learn to sing better. The lessons are short, easy to digest and repeatable. This should help you grasp each concept before moving on to the next. There are free lessons to get you started, but you’ll eventually have to pay for them. It’s a bit pricey, but it’s still cheaper than a teacher, although we think in-person teachers are better overall.

Yousician doesn’t have much competition in this space if you want to learn to play an instrument and sing. Individual instruments have competitors and we have a few listed above if you would like to try them out.

Youtube

Price: Free / $12.99 per month

YouTube is a great source for free music lessons. You can find all kinds of stuff there, including lessons, music theory, music history, tips and tricks, and more. Many musicians also upload cover songs with sheet music, making YouTube a great source for sheet music if you know where to look. YouTube has annoying ads, but it’s completely free to use, making it a good starting point for beginner musicians on a budget. Watch a video on playing a scale, then practice until you’re good. Easy stuff.

The downside is that YouTube offers all kinds of videos without too much quality filtering. So, it might take you a few minutes to find a few creators who do great lessons. Otherwise, it’s definitely a good tool to have.


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