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How to Learn to Play Piano

Learning to play the piano isn’t as hard as you used to think it is, thanks to Synthesia. Synthesia is a game that can help you learn how to play the piano using falling notes. Synthesia comes with over 100 songs which are in the MIDI format. If you want to learn a song that isn’t included, do a simple search for the song title (or artist) with the tag MIDI added to it. You’ll be surprised to find millions – and millions – of hits. You can also get some great suggestions on the website forums.

If you have a piano or keyboard connected to your computer (via USB, MIDI cables or an adapter), Synthesia will read from it and score your playing. Choose what parts of a song you want to practice and let the app play the rest, allowing you to focus on your personal goal. You can enable musical notation for any song in your repertoire or leave it off and just enjoy the falling notes.

During melody practice, Synthesia will wait for you to play the correct note before it moves on. You will see what notes are coming next right on the lighted keyboard, allowing you to find difficult chords and combinations faster.

Challenge your friends and compete against some of the best players out there using Synthesia’s online scoreboard. You can also capture your favorite renditions and upload them to your YouTube channel, as MisterMoes has done above.

Lang Lang Piano Encore on the iPad

Chinese pianist Lang Lang was featured at a concert held in San Francisco recently. He walked out on to the stage for his first (of three) encores holding an iPad in his hands. What transpired next is truly jaw-dropping.

Lang Lang proceeded to play Flight of the Bumblebee on the device using the Magic Piano app.

We’ve been using apps for a long time on other devices. However, the iPad is changing the way we do things… one app at a time.

Is This a Real Piano?

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I can’t leave my office for two minutes without having to worry about Wicket or Pixie rolling out my new piano and playing with it! It’s a roll-up piano, and it has some excellent sounds. I can’t blame them, really. It’s a lot of fun, and so easy to use!

This little piano comes with a full-size MIDI keyboard, and has five different octaves. There are 100 different tones, AND 100 different background rhythms! It has 34 pre-loaded demo songs to help you get going. Of course, the included instruction book will help with that, as well.

It runs off of regular AC power, or a few batteries. There’s a carrying case to make it easy for you to take it with you wherever you go. The piano has built-in speakers and volume control. However, it also has a headphone jack so that you can play to your heart’s content without disturbing others.

Never worry again about how or where you’ll practice. At only 8 total pounds, it’s almost as portable as your iPhone.

61 Standard Keys Full Size MIDI Keyboard , 5 Octaves, 100 Tone Reportoire, 100 Background Rhythms, 34 Demo Songs
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