Tingalin is a unique music instrument based on the Albanian lute Çifteli (meaning "pair of strings").

Tingalin simulates strumming by shaking your device, as if strumming the real instrument. Each strum up or down plays one chord at a time. Continuously strumming plays back the entire melody. You can also play back a melody by swiping the bowl on screen or simply pressing the play button.

Tingalin is also great for those wishing to learn how to play the real instrument. Simply slow down the tempo and watch where the notes are played on the handle to follow along.

Tingalin offers multiple instrument voicings. Each voicing can be tuned to the preferred pitch using the slider control +/- 2 octaves.

The Çifteli is a wooden instrument with a long thin handle and a pear-shaped sound bowl. This two string lute looks similar to Setar, Saz and Tambura; however, its sound is unique. The first string is used to play the notes while the seconds strings acts as a backup harmonic tune.

"The Tingalin iPhone app simulates this two-stringed instrument with absolute fidelity, going as far as to recreate the wrist-based strumming technique of the ancient Çifteli masters."
~Tech Crunch

"Before I go to bed I simply must play my Tingalin!" ~Imogen Heap

What’s New

Version 2.0.2

This app has been updated by Apple to use the latest Apple signing certificate.

All new interface!
iPad support!
Brand new sound engine with significantly improved sound quality.
Reverb effects!
New play mode, swipe instrument bowl to play back melody.
New melodies.
Bug fixes and improvements.

Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 Ratings

beagleman2009 ,

Sweet app

Finally updated this app I have had since it first came out and I still use it a lot in my opinion a must have app period. The tune is fantastic easy to use relaxing thanks. Love the new look and format it's a whole new app you rock your hard work shows thanks for my favorite app.

viola.gashi.11 ,


I have always want a app like this and thank you who made this cause it is awesome

ooooooooooofffffffffffff ,

Oh man

Opa shume mire I don’t know why but being Albanian myself it’s really the only app on the App Store to really be Albanian app

App Privacy

The developer, Tingalin, LLC, has not provided details about its privacy practices and handling of data to Apple.

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