If you play popular music on the ukulele, and you have any exposure to ukulele on YouTube, you know The Ukulele Teacher. The Ukulele Teacher creates weekly (or more) instruction tutorials on how to play songs of all kinds. Chances are that students in your music ensembles are watching his videos to learn how to play music they want to learn on the ukulele. He was recently named a Kala artist.
I adore his work for a number of reasons–but above all others, he is not a fantastic singer-but he sings all the time. I love that, and I love the message that it sends to kids. You don’t have to be a high school choir dramatic soprano to enjoy singing and to enjoy making music.
The Ukulele Teacher earns a living a number of ways–some advertising in YouTube, a Patreon account, some limited “gear”, some product placement, and his relatively new iPhone App, which is called The Ukulele App. It runs on iPad, but has not been made a universal binary to run on all the sides.
The app has a number of functions, including links to all of the Ukulele Teacher’s videos on YouTube, a tuner (more of a pitch generator), and a chord library. They are going to be adding a number of features to the app this year, and for the month of June, the in-app purchase is only $0.99. The app itself is free, but this is a cost savings.
I bought the IAP at full price–I want to support what John Atkins (the real name of the Ukulele Teacher) is doing, and I see the app becoming even more useful in time. If you play ukulele (or want to play ukulele), I recommend the purchase–particularly at the reduce price for June 2017.