Software: Supercharge Your Computer for ʻUkulele Tasks

There are some great programs that can be of use to ʻukulele players. Here are some of the ones I have tried and recommend (plus some ways to use them):

Smart-device Applications

Recording Programs

Audacity

Audacity is a free open-source recording program. It’s simple, but has a decent number of effects to select from.

How to slow down an MP3 with Audacity

GarageBand

The be-all-end-all basic recording program for Mac. Endless learning opportunities as you record yourself to play with or track a song.

Transposing With GarageBand

Tablature Creation Programs

Guitar Pro

My longtime choice of tabbing software, Guitar Pro 6 is easy to navigate, nice to look at, and outputs a very professional-looking product.

How to use Guitar Pro to make an ʻukulele tab

Powertab

Powertab is a free tablature editor. Add articulations, note durations, the whole nine yards… The only drawback is that you can’t tab in “just tab format” – the music staff is always there.

How to setup and use PT with an ʻukulele format

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Brad Bordessa
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I’m an ‘ukulele artist from Honokaʻa, Hawaiʻi, where I run this site from a little plantation house in the jungle. I’ve taught workshops internationally, made Herb Ohta Jr. laugh until he cried, and once jammed with HAPA onstage in my boardshorts. More about me