Keyboard/piano Learning Apps


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There are a host of Apps out there to help you learn from absolute rookie up to advanced level.

Flowkey, comes with three months free when you buy a new Yamaha Digital Piano

Chordana, comes with a free period with a new Casio Digital Piano.

There is also:-

Synthesia

Skoove

Simply Piano

Yousician

Playground Sessions.

plus quite a lot more.

I tried Flowkey for three months when I bought a P121 and found it OK but limited in content as once the exercises were completed all the material was exhausted and what was left was learning the included songs.

Following a thread where a member asked about apps I downloaded Playground Sessions onto my iPad but once I looked at the promo videos I could not do anything without subscribing. I have received a mass of lower cost subscription offers from the company and done nothing until today. Yesterday I received a try it for one month for $1 so I have taken a punt today and subscribed.

Try it yourself if you are interested, the promo code is ….1dollar2022….. and you register and select the Monthly option, enter the promo code where the payable sum should reduce to one buck. Complete the payment, download the app to PC, Mac or iPad, connect up your keyboard and off you go. Not sure how long the promo code will be valid for so if you are interested then do not leave it too long.


I have tried the first three tutorials and so far the results are OK, must remember to turn off Auto Renew before the end of the Month.
 
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I recently subscribed to Playground Sessions and am enjoying it so far. I started at the very beginning, just to check it out, and I really like that they have you playing along with real songs right away, even when you're just playing one note. On the other hand, they should've mentioned rhythm before springing a 3/4 example in the third lesson. :) The system reminds me a bit of Rocksmith, which I've had a lot of fun with. (Not the new subscription-based version.)

I haven't had much time to mess with it, so I can't comment on the advanced material just yet. A number of online review sites list it as the best online piano program, so I'm hopeful. Their lifetime subscriptions seem like a nice deal for someone who thinks they'll stick with it.

It sucks that they don't have an Android app, though. I'm stuck balancing my laptop on a music stand!
 
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I'm hoping to find something myself when the keyboard arrives.

I've limited myself a bit more in some ways though, I have an android tablet (so Playground is ruled out and I don't want tethering to the PC to learn) and I prefer rock\anime\old pop music so not being able to see the song library in advance is a big turn off.

So far Yousician at least lets me see the library - but was missing a few songs I searched for.
Flowkey may have some from what I've seen on youtube, but with the library open only to subscribers, who knows whats in there.
 
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Update to the above, after a bit of research (and finding it was on sale) I plumped for Yousician, fingers crossed it works for me.
 
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Update to the above, after a bit of research (and finding it was on sale) I plumped for Yousician, fingers crossed it works for me.

You usually get 30 days to try it and to cancel if it turns out not for you so make a note of the date and give the App plenty of use.

Same applies to other Apps which reminds me, time to have a noodle around with my $1 monthly try out of PS.
 
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Aye, could have done, just wanted to make sure I got the sale price, still at £75 or so for the year (used US $) its not too bad.
 
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Thanks for all the info. In my case I've been watching various youtube instructional videos and it's working well for me at the moment. I've been concentrating on exercises for hand position, coordination and independence as well as learning chords, inversions, etc. I'm not even thinking about songs or reading a piano chart yet but once I get farther along I might need to follow a course.
 
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If anyone wants to learn a keyboard style based i itially on chords then tthere is also quite a few websites related to offline video tutorials..

When I transitted from guitar to keyboard I signed up yto this website on a month by month basis and found it very helpful, it is certainly worthwhile trying out the 10 free tutorials.

 
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Thanks for all the info. In my case I've been watching various youtube instructional videos and it's working well for me at the moment. I've been concentrating on exercises for hand position, coordination and independence as well as learning chords, inversions, etc. I'm not even thinking about songs or reading a piano chart yet but once I get farther along I might need to follow a course.
Hi - do you have any specific ones you could recommend?
I've been working through Yousician and it was all going great until I got to shifting positions and I'm struggling - probably me to be fair but it'd be interesting to see another approach.

Apologies in advance if I don't reply after you post - the joys of work mean I'm away for a week :(
 
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Hi - do you have any specific ones you could recommend?
I've been working through Yousician and it was all going great until I got to shifting positions and I'm struggling - probably me to be fair but it'd be interesting to see another approach.

Apologies in advance if I don't reply after you post - the joys of work mean I'm away for a week :(
I've been jumping around but some of the Youtube videos I use are by Creative Piano Academy, Piano with Jonny and Pianote.
 
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Thanks both, when I'm back I'll take a proper look at pianobooster.
I'll look at the videos tonight, I'd seen pianote before I think, very cool
 

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