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Not everyone is lucky enough to have been blessed with musical talent.

I can’t play any instruments and several tentative stabs at learning the guitar ended with the dawning realisation that the only guitar that I will ever wield in anger is the one that’s made of air.

However, thanks to the wonder of my Nokia Lumia, the fact that I am devoid of any musical training does not preclude me from making some music of my own. Or at the very least, creating a joyful noise.

There are a plethora of free drum kit and piano apps in the Windows Phone Marketplace for your Nokia Lumia, so they have been omitted from for the crime of being ubiquitous.

Instead, here are some of the cooler, funkier and more unusual free musical instrument apps for your Nokia Lumia.



I used to play the maracas in my school’s percussion group when I was about six. So, you can imagine the waves of nostalgia that swept over me when I saw this app in the Windows Phone Marketplace.

I couldn’t keep to a rhythm back then, and unfortunately not much has changed.

Shake your Lumia to play the maracas. 



The 2010 World Cup in South Africa gave us many things – great football, excitement, drama and worthy winners in the all-conquering Spanish team.

But don’t forget the noise. Yes, the greatest legacy of the 2010 World Cup was the droning and persistent call of the vuvuzelas.

Hated and adored in equal measure, blow into the bottom of your Lumia to remind yourself that there is a very fine line between music and noise. 



What’s the difference between a piano and a harpsichord? Why have I banned piano apps but included this? Hmmm.

With proper instrument apps (with apologies to the maracas and the vuvuzela but they are rather limited, musically-speaking) there is the potential to create something genuinely musical. Unfortunately, it just leads to greater frustration when you can’t play it like Beethoven.



Another one that brings back a lot of school memories.

I think the xylophone strikes the perfect balance between being a proper instrument for accomplished musicians and also being great fun to play for amateurs.

The chimes are so inherently pretty that you can hardly fail to create a sweet melody even when you are just tapping at random.

Plus, it comes in pretty colours.



Now, we’re talking! Lovers of psychedelic and prog rock, your prayers have been answered.

Famously, the Theremin is an instrument that you play without even touching it. Very spooky. On this version, you can select your waveform, the pitch and then tilt your Lumia from side to side until you get the desired sound.

Beware, this is great fun, but the Theremin can, on occasions, make the vuvuzela sound mellifluous.

Bongo Plus

Bongo Plus

No one can resist having a go on the bongos, so why deny yourself the pleasure on the Lumia?

Tap the side and the top of the bongos to get a beat going. This app also includes a whistle just for a bit of variety.

What’s really great though is that you can record your beats within the app and then play another layer of beats on top of your recorded effort. So you are playing accompaniment to yourself.

Honey Ocarina

Honey Ocarina

The ocarina is an ancient wind instrument, much like a flute, but this modern version on your Lumia comes with fairly sophisticated controls.

You blow into the Lumia’s microphone to create a tone, and control volume by raising and lowering the opposite end of the phone. You can also tilt your Lumia towards the left to add a vibrato effect.

Master the technique and you can create some really soothing melodies.

Voice Effects

Voice Effects

So, finally, we come to the greatest instrument of them all, your voice.

Use this app to record yourself singing and then you can alter the pitch of your voice, from grand and deep to high like a chipmunk.

You can also add echo and, if you’re really pleased with it, play it on a loop. Is there anything we like more than the sound of our own voices?

Let us know what are your favourite musical instrument apps for your Lumia.

 Image credit: woodleywonderworks