Ukulele Playalongs

21 Jun

I found a new site of playalong tunes yesterday which allows you to search a huge number of YouTubes for artist or song title. It then automatically generates the chords for songs, which synchronise along the bottom of the screen so you can strum in the same key & accompany the original.

Called Riffstation, it’s only in a beta version at present & is based round their paid-for guitar software (which has a lot more features). You can switch it to ukulele (or guitar or piano). It puts the chords down the bottom of the screen & chord diagrams on the right hand side.

It recognises major, minor & seventh chords, so won’t do anything complicated or jazzy. They claim around 85% accuracy on pop tunes. If it’s in a key you find hard to play, there’s a capo feature to allow you to transpose.

I messed around with it & found it interesting to try – some basic songs were spot on; others needed tweaking (but it was a good starting point if you had something you wanted to try playing); & some just weren’t playable (sometimes due to the chords in the song, others I’m guessing due to it not being able to pick out the melody from the arrangement). It struggles with certain things, such as trying to convert spoken sections, but as it only takes a few seconds to convert each song, it’s easy just to move onto something else if your number doesn’t work out. As with anything like this, it’s a case of listening & using your common sense to see if it sounds right.

Nice & easy to use – you can register to logon & keep a songbook of the tunes you want to play. Put on your spandex & dig out all those cheesy disco numbers!


Other strumalong postings inlcude: Ukulele Playalongs – Sheep Entertainment; Ukulele Playalongs – Ukulele Undergorund


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3 responses to “Ukulele Playalongs

  1. Tina

    July 7, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Hi Jeanette, really loving your suggested Riffstation, it’s absolutely the best for free transposing of music into ukulele chords, especially some of the not so popular music genres.

  2. sprintingfive

    July 9, 2014 at 11:36 am

    Chordify does the same thing but the chord output is slightly different.

    • webmasterpluc

      July 9, 2014 at 2:45 pm

      Thanks – the times I’ve tried it it hasn’t worked, so I’ll have to have a play to see if they’ve improved it yet.

      But the advantage with Riffstation is it’s free, rather than paid for.

      With Chordify you have to pay a subscription to use even just the library feature, to store the songs you like. You have to hunt down the track you want & provide the URL (whereas Riffstation accesses a huge list of YouTubes, making it easy work). And there’s a lot of advertising going on, which makes it hard to view the videos easily.



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