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
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.
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.
Piano Guy: Amazing Grace
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.
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.
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!
Originally posted 2010-09-01 16:01:50.