Learn How To Play Piano Using Your iPad

Your iPad is more than just a device for reading email, surfing the web and viewing photos.  It can also be your own private piano tutor.  Perhaps you have always wanted to learn to play the piano, but you did not have the time to get lessons.  As luck would have it, there are some smart developers out there making it possible anyone to learn to play piano – and today that can be you!

The iPad As Piano Tutor

Picture it.  You get a good iPad stand and one of these top-rated piano learning apps.  Now you carve out a little time and guess what? You are learning piano!  Set aside a little time each day/week and soon you will be performing Beethoven’s 5th!  Ok, maybe not, but you will definitely be picking up some new skills.  Here are the top 3 piano learning apps for the iPad.

Piano Tutor for iPad

Piano Tutor For iPad

With this great piano learning app you can train yourself to read both Treble and Bass notes at the same time!  For beginners this app helps you accomplish one of the hardest parts of learning to play piano: reading the piano sheet.  So you get to practice reading the music at varying speeds until you can master this most critical skill.

Basically, the entire strength of this piano learning app is helping you learn and/or improve your piano sheet reading skills.  You will not only learn but have an enjoyable experience at the same time.

It’s a great app for learning a critical skill.  Reading the music is one of the challenges most people face but give this app a try and have a little patience.

Piano

 

Note Goal Pro

note goal pro

This piano learning app for the iPad helps you practice notes.  The perfect tutor, this app was completely remade for the iPad to include new features that take advantage of the screen space.  Beyond just practicing your notes, this app includes a great “tutor” mode for beginners.

Instead of sheet music reading, this app prepares you for reading notes!  Another critical skill necessary.  It’s a great way to sit down for a few minutes each day and practice notes.

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Piano Guy: Amazing Grace

Piano Guy

Once you get your notes down and your skills with piano sheets then you can check out this great free app with Scott Houston showing you how to play various songs on the piano.  It has over 2 hours of video which is really nice if you are a visual learner.

One nice thing about this app is that you can follow Scott along as he works from the basics of the song to the advanced.  It is important to know, however, that this is a piano learning app which does not have a keyboard. You will want to have your own keyboard or piano handy.  Prop up the iPad and follow along.

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Once you have mastered Amazing Grace, you can check out Piano Guy: Silent Night

There are a few really good piano learning apps for the iPad.  So, after you have some good practice down you will definitely want to get two more things: A good piano app and some sheet music to practice with.

One of the top rated apps for piano music is Piano Music Scores: Master Collection.  Here you get over 3000 piano music scores, built-in audio/visual metronome and the ability to import/export your scores. Check out Piano Music Scores: Master’s Collection.

So now it’s time to finally get a piano on your iPad. That could be a whole other post, but, suffice it to say here is the top-rated Piano app as recommended by the New York Times (several times).  Pianist Pro is the perfect piano app for the iPad because it is a piano with just enough pro features to make it extremely useful.

For $9.99 that’s pretty darn amazing.  So now you have a top-rated piano app, sheet music and some great piano learning apps.

Pianist

Essentially, you are now ready to dig in and learn.  Don’t forget to let us know how these apps worked out and give some feedback in the comments below!

Comments

  1. I wish these apps as well as devices like iPad existed in my childhood when my parents made me to learn to play the piano, and I hated those boring lessons. I guess with the help of such wonderful apps today’s children, well, and adults too, have all chances to become good pianists ;)

  2. Shane says:

    Hi and thanks for the comment. I agree. If even 5% of these apps existed when I was taking lessons, perhaps I would have even paid more attention. It’s not perfect but these apps do help you out and one nice thing is that you can practice on your own schedule.

  3. Johnny D says:

    What I’m desperately looking for is an app that connects to my midi piano and teaches me to practice Like synthesia for Mac or pc. Or a sheet music app that will follow my playing and show me which notes i get wrong and turn the pages automatically. Anyone know of an app like this? And not an app that can control my midi piano, but the piano controlling the app.

    1. Shane says:

      Ahhhh got it. You want the app to control the piano so it actually teaches you as you play. All of the apps I have seen so far in the music category are about the same, they can show you sheet music but there is no communication. To do this, there would have to be a way for the app and the piano talk, perhaps via an adapter? I have a few keyboards but none are wireless yet!

      I will keep looking. I can’t imagine a company like m-audio or even korg would not be able to do this?

  4. Berardo says:

    re: learning to play piano with ipad and a keyboard.
    Line 6 Midi Mobilizer permits the hook-up and playing of keyboards with iPads. Any software suggestions like garageband that could be used to help teach a child how to play with a real keyboard? I guess it would work with guitar playing too.

    Regards,

  5. Phil says:

    I have been scouring the web for exactly this info. An Piano learning App for IPAD, or Honeycomb Tablet that:
    1> Interfaces with a Midi Keyboard
    2> Has Traditional training options as well as Arcade style games to make it fun to learn.

    I used the Miracle Piano tutor years ago and found it to be excellent.

    I am frankly amazed that I find nothing to compare so many years later and with all that has advanced since then.

    1. Shane says:

      Hi there Phil – - it is interesting that so much focus is placed elsewhere when the most simplest form of interface has always been MIDI – it’s really just little codes you send…and I think that the main issue isn’t the apps but the lack of adapters. All it would really take is an adapter from the iPad to the MIDI device via the 30-pin connector and an app that sends MIDI-out….seems very simple to me..

  6. Starmoose says:

    I think apps like garageband and others now supports MIDI input through the adapter from the “camera connection kit”…

  7. Hi guys, you should check out iLovePiano for iPad. It’s an app I just released that helps you learn musical notes, piano keys, staff music representation.

    If you have a real piano / electric keyboard you can use it when you practice. iLovePiano listens to your piano via the microphone and recognizes the notes

    AppStore: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ilovepiano/id504871125?ls=1&mt=8
    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/iLovePianoApp

  8. Jason says:

    Any bugs In your app I should know about before downloading? Anyone else here tried it yet (ilovepiano)

  9. Jim Henry says:

    Synthesia for iPad is available is the app store. All the features of the desktop version on an iPad! Your piano controls the app so it will wait for you to find the right notes in Melody Practice and score you for hitting the right notes at the right time in Rhythm Practice.

    1. JE says:

      How does the piano control the app? Does it require some type of cord? Does the piano have to hook up to the computer and then the computer to the pad? Really want to know cause I have a keyboard that teaches you by lighting up the keys. And I want to learn to play songs it doesn’t have. Not to mention my keyboard sucks at teaching you how to read music or even what figures to use. I don’t even have a cord to hook it up to my computer any software even if I did have the cord. And I could watch videos of people’s hands but that won’t help me out too much.

      1. Jim Henry says:

        The piano and Synthesia communicate via MIDI, which provides two way communication. The connection can be made with a MIDI to USB cable. (I suggest avoiding those inexpensive no name cables. They work for a lot of people and don’t work for a lot of people. I think they just have poor quality control.) This will require a USB adapter for your iPad which you can get as part of the camera connection kit. There are also MIDI adaters that plug in directly to the iPad. But a MIDI to USB cable has the advantage of being usable with PCs and Macs as well. If your keyboard has a USB connection, then you can use a USB cable to the iPad USB adapter.

        Synthesia will light the keys on most keyboards that have the lighted key feature.

        The 150 or so songs included with Synthesia include fingering hints. However, you will have to figure out the fingering for other MIDI songs you might play using Synthesia. It has a simple system for adding these finger hints but it doesn’t try to automatically figure out fingerings for you. It is also worth noting that most MIDI files you find on the internet do not have the hands separated. Synthesia might offer a way to split the hands in the future but it doesn’t have that now.

        Synthesia can display a sheet music version of what you are playing but it probably isn’t the most efficient way of learning to read sheet music.

        You should download Synthesia for the iPad and try it for yourself. You can play using the touchscreen so you don’t have to invest in connecting your piano until you decide if it will do what you want. There are about 20 songs of various difficulties available in the free version. An in app purchase of $5.99 unlocks about 130 more songs and gives you the ability to use any MIDI you might have.

  10. K.A. Chen says:

    : Ezkey is a keyboard maker. Now we are developing a real keyboard with piano function for iPad. We are trying t find a partner to cooperate. We can bundle your entry level pianoAPP to promote. Our main market is US at the begining. Please contact with us if you are interesting in our proposal.

    RGDS

    K.A. Chen

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