There is no such thing as perfection. Singers would know it, as it requires constant practice every day to nail the next song on the stage (or in your room). However you need an instrument to practice and if you’re a beginner, something like a piano or Tanpura would support you while you’re at it. However, not everyone has access to an instrument in their house. Well, I say you don’t need an instrument anymore. Here are the best voice coach and singing apps that help you sing without any instrument.
Best Voice Coach and Singing Apps
1. Vocalizzo Lite
There are so many genres in music and all of them have one common understanding. Vocal warm-ups are quintessential when it comes to everyday practice. Hence having a warm-up app at the top makes more sense. Vocalizzo Lite has a rich set of these exercises which include, three-note, major triad, and five-note warm-ups. Besides that, you can also free up your throat with specifics like lip trills, throat relaxation, and expanding vocal range warm-ups. There is also an option to make groups. This was you can select your favorite warm-ups or the one you find difficult for quick access.
If you want simple piano exercises without any coach, you can also try Speech Level Singing Exercises app.
The app is basically free with extra warm lessons causing a flat fee of $6. It’s totally worth in case you’ve made up your mind to practice every day. Unfortunately, the app is only available on Android but you can check a similar alternative called 7 Minute Vocal Warm-Up for iOS.
- Plenty of Warm-up exercises
- Real-time visualization with tempo control
- Dark & Light theme
Get Vocalizzo Lite for Android
2. Voice Training
Voice Training packs all the features that range from an amateur to a professional. The UI feels a bit orthodox but gets better with a few days of usage. My favorite feature is the interactive piano interface. It shows you the notes like a real piano. The middle screen shows the notes note you’re hitting so you can improve whenever you go out of tune. The reason it’s a great app is that it has various additional features like vocal range exercises, phrase game, hold the pitch challenge, interval test, etc. In case you want to freestyle, there is a free sing option as well.
The app does show video ads whenever you exit which wasn’t a big deal when I using the app. However, if you still want to remove it altogether you can buy the app for $5.
- Basic UI but super functional
- Plenty of vocal lessons
- Free sing option
3. Yousician – Music Education App
If you’re into music you must’ve already heard about Yousician. In case you don’t, it’s a basic music education app with interactive guided videos. You can either start with the basics if you’re completely new or straightaway start with vocal exercises if you know how to sing already. The lessons first start with a preview that you can follow. You can transpose lessons according to your pitch and change the volume of the guiding vocals. It gives you full control by letting you record these lessons along with your voice. This is a great way to review your lessons and self-improve.
Due to the current lockdown, the developers have extended the trial period form 7-days to 30-days. The full access plan comes at $7.5/month which gives you access to more lessons and exercises.
- Interactive guided coaching
- Beginner level lessons and songs
- Learn other instruments like Guitar, Ukulele, etc.
Hindustani classical and Carnatic music are extremely popular globally. They follow a different approach as compared to western music and the other apps in this list will help only to a certain extent. Riyaz is an app that fills the gap. It has both beginners and advances lessons like the alankar practice, Sargam, paltas, etc. You will also find more than 20 ragas with different variations. While a major form of music is in the form of bhakti sangeet, the app features a devotional section for you to learn bhajans for various deities. Moreover, you can monitor your singing with real-time visual feedback and tanpura support.
The app has a cap of 10-minute sessions which can be extended by subscription. It costs $2.5/month along with other yearly plans as well. This also gives you an option to get peer reviews and guidance.
- Hindustani & Carnatic vocal lessons
- Real-time feedback
- Smart Tanpura support
5. Vanido: Learn to sing
Most of you might be busy doing daily chores or busy working at home. Either way, I suggest taking it slow, maybe a few minutes every day. Vanido takes care of it, by providing just three vocal exercises every day. You don’t have to worry about going off-tune either. The app gives you real-time visual feedback as you sing and also trains your ear. Lastly, you can check your vocal range, which helps in getting tailored lessons in line with your pitch. This way you don’t overstrain your throat.
The free version of Vanido is limited to 3 exercises a day. However, if you think you can do more, you can upgrade at $39.99/yearly.
- Real-time feedback
- Only available on iOS
Get Vanido (iOS)
Compared to the previous apps, Singscope also provides you real-time pitch graphs, warm-up exercises, tempo change, transposing, etc. However, what sets it apart is the usage of music sheets for vocal exercises. You can convert your music to MusicXML sheet files and practice singing your way. You can also play the notes on the sheet within the app on the virtual piano. There’s also an option to playback you singing along with the musical notes.
You can use free apps like Musescore to create music sheets and XML files
Simply put, if you know how to compose and use sheet music software. This app is a perfect fit for all your vocal exercises.
- Real-time pitch-graph
- Warm-up exercises with recording
- Support sheet music through XML files
Get Singscope for iOS
Vocaberry is an app that lets you sing to your favorite songs. These songs are divided into playlist like very easy, very hard, etc. However, that’s not the best part. The best part is that it automatically detects your vocal range. Moreover, you can select from a variety of songs ranging from very easy to very hard. Moreover, it’s easy to keep a track of your voice as it shows notes on the screen along with your voice (represented with a yellow line).
The app has an ad-free version which will set you back $3.5 biannually. Additionally, you can also get a 3-month promo code by sharing the app on Instagram.
- Interactive song lessons
- Multiple song lessons
Smule bundles the fun of singing karaoke with social media. Now you can not only sing alone but also a duet with anyone around the world. You can follow people, listen to their recordings, and share yours. The best thing is you can find almost any song on the app. It ranges from “Maroon 5’s Memories” to “Mai Shayar To Nahin”. You’ve plenty of performing options, like singing solo, starting a duet so others can join, join someone’s recording, and even group recording. If you’re someone who doesn’t sing very well, you can add auto-tune, reverb, and also use video effects with your song.
Currently, you can only join others in songs. If you want features like solo singing, LiveJam Session, advance filters, you can subscribe to VIP at $9.99/month. This also removes ads within the app.
- Over 10 million songs
- Smoothen your voice with autotune
- Supports solo, duet & group singing
Depending on whether you want to practice seriously or you’re just aiming to sing songs. Voice training and Smule are apps which target each of those dreams. Personally, I have started using Riyaz as I’m more into Hindustani classical. Another free tip is using apps like Perfect Ear to help you brush up your note identifying skills as well. So, these were the Best Voice Coach and Singing Apps for iOS & Android. If you have a suggestion, do leave it in the comment below.