Jug Band 4+

Arlo Leach

    • 2.6 • 21 Ratings
    • Free

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This app accurately replicates four musical instruments commonly found in traditional jug bands: washboard, spoons, kazoo and jug.

Each instrument is played the same way as its physical counterpart: you scrub the washboard, tap the spoons on your knee, hum into the kazoo and buzz your lips into the jug. But don't worry if you've never played in a jug band ... a quick instruction sheet is included for each instrument.

With the Jug Band app, you can plug in headphones and play along with your iPod music; plug into a speaker and jam with a band; or get three friends and form an all-digital jug band!


- If you experience feedback (a shrieking sound) when you switch to the jug or kazoo instruments, turn down your volume until the feedback stops. You can avoid this problem by using headphones or external speakers. Due to the small speakers on portable devices and their placement next to the microphone, the app should be considered for personal use only unless you can connect it to external speakers.

- Most of these instruments work best in the handheld size of the iPhone and iPod touch. If you have an iPad, you might like my Washboard or Autoharp apps better.

- Before your purchase, I recommend watching the demo videos at jugbandapp.com to see how it works.

- If you need help after your purchase, please contact me before writing a bad review. I have no way to respond or help you if you publish your complaints in a review, but I respond promptly to all emails.

What’s New

Version 1.2

This app has been updated by Apple to display the Apple Watch app icon.

Updated for iOS 11 and iPhone X.

Ratings and Reviews

2.6 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

reauxban2 ,

Jug Band leaves alot to be desired.

I needed a washboard sound for my zydeco band. The washboard sound is elementary. One dimensional. Very limited. The area to play is also too small.
It needs plenty of upgrades before I can recommend this purchase to anyone.

Jugband Lover ,

Loved it!

Favorite app of all time. Should come on every device. Highly recommend. I loved the spoons. Genius.

Unlying ,

Poorly utilized

The instruments don't respond well.

The kazoo and harmonica don't use the iPhone speaker. Other instrument apps do it so the possibility is out there. What good is it if people can't hear the instrument?!

Developer Response ,

The kazoo and jug (there is no harmonica instrument) don't use the built-in speaker because this would create a feedback loop with the microphone. You can listen to these instruments privately with the earpiece (place the phone to your head) or plug in to an external speaker.

App Privacy

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

No Details Provided

The developer will be required to provide privacy details when they submit their next app update.

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