By ION Audio
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Learn to play piano the easy way with Piano Apprentice! Piano lesson videos are provided by The Piano Guy, a.k.a. Scott Houston. Just press “Piano Lessons”, pick the song you want to learn and he will show you how easy it is to play popular melodies. Start with the Right Hand alone, then the Left. Once those are mastered he will show you how to put your hands together!
If you are using the Ion Piano Apprentice keyboard, the notes will light up along with Scott’s hands. Follow the lights and begin playing music instantly!
Or, if you want to learn to read notes, select “Sheet Music” from the home screen. Then, you can choose to watch a basic tutorial on reading notes, or just dive right in to the song of your choice. Speed controls are provided for controlling the playback tempo, so you can learn at your own pace.
Of course you can just have fun playing the piano and making up your own melodies by selecting “Piano Jam”.
What's New in Version 1.5
This update adds three new songs: Amazing Grace, Frere Jacques, and La Bamba.
Great concept and works well, but...
Using it with the Ion keyboard works beautifully. It's very cool to see and hear the teacher say "these keys" and those keys light up on the keyboard as he plays them. The keyboard has two on-board speakers through which you hear the piano and the teacher, and the sound reacts to how much pressure you put on the keys. Pretty sophisticated for such an inexpensive product! The problem, for me, is the instruction.
I have zero experience with piano and it would help to be able to slowly roll the instruction backwards to repeat just one segment… hand placement for a chord, for example. As it is now, you can stop/freeze the image on the iPad screen, and hit the play button to continue, but you can't "slow rewind"… it has to start from the beginning. Another problem for me… It's hard enough to learn the chords, but the finger placement is shown how it should be, but then adapted to fit the 15-key keyboard, making it very confusing.
Another problem is the teacher. I like him and his easy-going manner, but he should have read from a script, or at least notes. He appears to be "winging it", because of all the times he corrects himself. (Why didn't they just edit out the bloopers?)
All-in-all it's a brilliant concept and implementation, but the instruction is not well thought out. In any case, it beats trying to learn from a book.
Cannot back up video.
As mentioned before, you cannot back up the video to replay a part you want to watch again. You have to watch the videos from the very beginning and cannot fast forward to a section you want to preview. You can move the time indicator, but when you release it, the indicator jumps to the start position and starts playing the video from the beginning again. Also would have been a lot better if the keyboard controller for this app was another octave longer so your left and right hands don't overlap as the instructor shows you have to do on some songs.
Great with one exception
I just got the Ion piano to go with this app. I've never played a piano before and have found this app to be a great way to learn already. I will say though that the ability to scrub through the videos would be a massive improvement to the experience. I get lost quickly and I'd love to just jump back to anywhere in the videos.
Also, it would be great to slow down the sheet music to lower than 60 bpm. Otherwise, great app.
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- Category: Music
- Updated: Feb 28, 2012
- Version: 1.5
- Size: 70.4 MB
- Languages: English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Spanish
- Seller: Ion Audio, LLC
- © 2012
Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.2 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.