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Keyboard practice software: difficult to choose because too easy

Searching Google Play for "learn piano" free there are 128 results, slightly related although not all about learning the piano for free. I should have guessed. Notes picked-up from searching the net found a free open source windows program for playing a stave of midi music on a laptop, altering the speed you want, and adding a different sound or a different note colour if it hears a different note through a microphone.

Dozens of app developers saw the same thing and were bound to re-pack the idea as an app for android or ios tablets, maybe with in-app purchases of music or links to instruction videos or a bundled guide to practice choices based in a questionnaire, or hundreds of textbook pages or even links to online music teachers. They charge anything from zero to $30 a month, for which you might find a local music teacher willing to see you for half an hour and comment on your practicing. Other app developers saw software for making your tablet or smartphone into a keyboard. Why? I don't know but a lot of people did it and have to be sifted-out from the results below.

Meanwhile one of the most advanced bundles of software and online learning aids, Gigajam, can even mark music exams up to grade 5 for a low fee, monitor your playing-along from midi or microphone, and shows a TV-style video interview and a diagram-guide to each stage of its course. The course is carefully matched to UK school teaching, with lesson plans and outcomes listed, school licences available, and suggestions for desktop instruments. That costs various prices from £10 a month to £149 one-off and covers all instruments. The software doesn't yet show instant feedback - it waits till the end of your exercise - but a new version is planned soon. The price to music hubs is 1.5% of funding. One Scottish education authority runs a music bus, equipped with music teachers, instruments, and gigajam, round all their smaller schools so that pupils can see a music teacher at intervals and learn online in-between if they're keen.

In order of price, these are the piano learning software prices I have found on the net. I started finding Windows and Mac compatible software; often for IOS or Android as well. More will follow as I check Google Play piano apps, but there are too many of those to keep up-to-date with. If you're trying to do the same, you could cut-and-paste a list off Google Play to a document, then have a look at my list to find ones to delete.

Pianobooster.org or Scoredate.sourceforge.net free

Free, open source, for Windows and so probably for old cheap windows phones - the ones with cracked glass and locked to Vodaphone that you see very cheap on ebay (ebay cashback available on this free site)
Works with a midi piano keyboard, showing notes as staves, piano roll or “waterfall”, as used by computer games like Guitar Hero and the free Clone Hero.
Follows your playing speed; it stops when you do.
From a list of apps using Fluidsource open source sequencer - same as Musescore

Synthesiagame.com/About

Free, originally open source, for windows, android; on Google Play
Free for piano-roll notation that shows blocks falling above the keys, if you can get the screen long enough. Staves only come with a paid lesson pack on Windows; I don't know how the Android app works but it's only a few pounds to get the paid-for version.
A headphone jack isn’t enough to connect via midi, it says. The site is a good guide to connecting keyboards.
There is a £200 converter for non-midi pianos that sits on the keys, for the same price as a midi keyboard but less likely to turn-up second-hand. The site suggests Yamaha EZ220 which happens to come with a lot of links for free Yamaha learning software as well and sells for about £130-£200 used and new. A lot of the cost is postage.


Yamaha Apps https://usa.yamaha.com/products/musical_instruments/pianos/apps/index.html

Any app from Yamaha that works with their pianos is on this list. Mostly apple-based; one or two android. The relevant one is "Yamaha Smart Pianist", which shows midi files as scores but descriptions are a bit general. If it's free,you have to give it a try to find-out what it does.


Skoove.com/en

For the first 25 exercises - see below. On Android and IOS. Lessons 26-400 cost £20 a month or £100 a year.


Chordana from Casio for Ios and Android

...can import midi from a browser, as well as being a keyboard practice program

https://www.casio.com/news/detail/casio-releases-a-free-music-app-that-makes-learning-to-play-the-keyboard-fun

Free for a list of casio keyboards that have the right USB connection.
Comes-up on Android music app web searches for free but without good reviews for whatever came-up. Other Casio freebies can include Casio Music Academy, based on Gigajam, but I don’t know what you have to buy from Casio to get Casio Music Academy.
Cordana is on Google Play as an app, so worth downloading just to see what you get.

There are two versions of Chordana on Google Play, which is mysterious, as is the mystery of whether this works on other brands of keyboard. Probably not.

Play Perfect: Music Practice Software

for windows 64 bit, XP to Windows 10

nchsoftware.com/practice/index.html

Free to compare one or two staves that it makes from a midi file with your playing, that it hears through a microphone.
This is free but the firm hopes you will download test versions of some other products for music typesetting and suchlike; you can opt-out and they don't mention money or card details: you can use the bundled programs for free as well at least at first and if it's not commercial.
The program works with plenty of instruments. It is not fussy. Saxophone for example. 
Not drums or tuba.
The fussy bit is that it will only open midi files that have one or two staves; it wouldn’t open my collection of MIDI files. “
For best results, try to select music with one instrumental part.” … “maximum two staves”. If you open a file in their trial version of a score editor called Crescendo, and save in its own format, then open in Practice, at least you get the error message.


Real Piano Teacher 2020 by Mobobi LLC

Contains ads. Android. The style looks like something aimed at young children. Able to connect to a midi piano keyboard. Game-like, from a company that mainly writes cartoon games. Exercises and demonstrations. Some of them for accordion and flute on the 2020 version. Can be connected to a midi piano according to the Google Play page about the non-2020 version.

Piano Acadamy by Yokee.tv

Free with five lessons. Not sure if you can import your own choice of music. Lessons include links to videos.
Found on Google play from the publishers of a Kareoke app and a virtual keyboard called "Piano - Play and learn free songs". "Academy" means 5 free robot exercises; there are more exercises for sale. Reviews say that it's not working well yet on Android this 2021 but is better on IOS. The songs include Mozart and Bruno Mars. The system works on a tablet computer to match your playing to a stave on the screen.

Songs2see.com/en/ for Saxophone / Clarinet / Piano/ Guitar / Ukulele/ Mandolin / Trumpet / Recorder / Viola / Voice @ €39.90

The price is €14.90 if you don't buy the editor functions that can import and tidy-up music XML scores to practice on your own choice of music. 60 exercises included. The editor can be bought separately for €29.90. The site only shows pictures of acoustic instruments and picks-up sound from a microphone. For Windows 10. There is a free limited download.

Purely Guitar / Bass / Acoustic Guitar / Viola / Violin / Cello / Fiddle / Ukelele / Piano / Drums / Bousouki / Lute / Mandolin from Purelymusical.com £40 once per instrument or £4 per month

Play along to included lessons with automatic feedback to tell you if you have hit the right note. Windows, including old version, Mac, IOS, Android. Discount vouchers sometimes show on the order page. The desktop version can import XML3 music written for the one instrument, otherwise you have to use the 200 or so exercises included. Schools can pay £350 for up to 40 devices on one site. There are free limited downloads on App stores and CNET for Windows.

Gigajam.com/keyboard-lessons/ for Keyboard Fretboard or Drums, works with midi or microphone

Free for "debut" lessons demonstrating Gigajam itself and the instrument, then...
£10/m or £100 a year £149 ONCE 6 month offers have sometimes cropped-up. The same licence covers all instruments - 
This is aimed at UK music teachers with their 30-odd class sizes and uncertain funding since county music education was privatised to charitable things called a "music hub" in each area. If you are a music hub, you pay 1.5% of funding, if any, to use this and there's a range of other licences.
The standard deal includes video lessons, course notes, and play-alongs as part of a structured course.

Free for casio keyboards with certain serial numbers and vouchers. Argos are in on it.
https://www.casiomusicacademy.co.uk/account/register


Adventusit.net/store/piano-suite-premier/

$89.95 ONCE - instant feedback - versions for children - available with a keyboard - fits into the US education system or Adventus’ online teaching site. Ear trainer available. Lots of bundled stuff. Worth checking if you can import midi files to practice on, rather than using their record collection.

Emediamusic.com/keyboard-piano-lessons/beginner-piano-method.html

$60 ONCE + intermediate $60 + advanced $60 https://www.emediamusic.com/product-categories.html Ugly.
There's also an intermediate course and an advanced course so it's hard to compare prices directly.
There are three levels of difficulty, so you might pay 3 x $60 if you are really keen.  Each includes 150 lessons and "ear training".
Their range of "For Dummies" courses are similar bits of software for less; the tricky bit it to see what's missing. One is offered for £20 in the UK by Avanquis software, but it includes exercises for dummies like Oh My Darling Clemantine and nursery rhymes.
The firm tries to work with US educators and offers class or school licences as well as the $60 individual one. Similar offers for 6-string guitar and for voice, with single courses for bass guitar and ukelele.

Mussila.com for 5-11 year-olds

$10 a month $60 a year for 5-11 year-olds. This can monitor a piano keyboard via microphone or midi.

Piano Marvel

$16 or $13 a month if you find discounts. Usual free month. Ugly and a bit buggy but includes a list of things the others don’t all do. Songs $4

Pianu.com/subscribe

$14 a month to just under $60 / half and under $100 / year
There may be something for free - its a child’s textbook kind of thing with “acadamy” and “pro” written at the top

Playgroundsessions.com 

$18 a month or $120 a year for Mac IoS and Windows

Flowkey

$20 a month or $120/12mo $360 ONCE or Free 8 lessons and there’s a free month.
Good looking. Rare acoustic option. If you’ve got a new Yamaha keyboard, register it to get a 3 month free voucher as a reward. It suits a tablet that you put on the piano music stand.


Keyboard training software reviews , including whether the app runs on android; lots are Windows Mac or IOS.
https://www.musicindustryhowto.com/best-piano-learning-app or nearly identical:
https://promusicianhub.com/music-learning-apps/ … summary:

Yousician has microphone-based lessons piano fretboard +voice 

$20 a month; ? half price if you pay a year in advance, fifrteen minutes a day free for the first weeks' trial. On the smartphone app stores you don't see the price straight away; it's in with the free ones.

Simply Piano from Joytunes

tries to recognise sounds from your keyboard . Android and other systems.
https://indiemusicianresources.com/simply-piano-review/ ... says that it's hard to cancel the trial subscription
£119 a year with 6month or quarterly options

Joytunes.com also sell Simply Guitar, Piano Miestro and Piano Dustbuster. Supplied with Casio’s £50 Rockjam piano but there is probably a catch - I thought casio users got casiomusicacadamy aka gigajam


Skoove.com/en

promusicianhub.com/skoove-review/
$20 a month down to $10x12/ yr
No time limit on the free version with 25 free exercises. Good review as a relaxed stylish option. If you come back to the site after a while there might be a special offer. The company in Germany only has software for keyboards.


Melodics.com/midi-keyboard

$30 a month $12.45x12/year or 5 minutes free a day on 60 lessons.
on the list for midi keyboards but it’s priced for drums where there’s less competition. Their rival Drumeo probably has a version for keyboards too.

Pianote

$200 a year spin-off of Drumeo. The idea is that you "join" and there is a lot of video content, lots of course material, and with all that to back you up they can offer a very small amount of feedback on videos of you playiig. The organisation is like a broadcaster; it produces videos all the time. Like Melodics, the firm started selling help to drummers who usually have to pay more than keyboardists for technical reasons. They still set a price to suit drummers.

Softmozart.com

Globalmusiceducation.com/ teaching club uses it

$49/m $599/y tempts you to try to earn the money back as a self-trained music teacher.  Belarus. Implausible claims of exam recognition.

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Android apps found from searching " 'learn piano' free" on Google Play

Chordify comes-up on a search of Google Play for " 'learn piano' free " There are other similar. It extracts some of the chords or the notes from an audio signal or an audio file, probably not in real time.

Halbestunde: Learn Piano & Sheet Music Reader from Halbestunde. The full version is $12 a month and exports pdf versions of scores. 

Notation Pad - sheet music score composer from Song Studio. Also Guitar Notation - Tabs Chords. Exports as MIDI, music XML, but not PDF

Piano Transcription Boris Shakhovsky, a free open source program on Windows and Android. App recognizes the notes you play on real piano and highlights them in real-time. It may help you to learn the chords of some MIDI-file. Transcription is not completely accurate from sound or soundfile such as MP3 to MIDI.

Piano2Notes - Convert Piano Music to Notes from Klangio GmbH. They also do a more general Melody2Notes. The piano version gets reasonable reviews althugh "far from perfect", say the programmers.

Nomadplay.app came-up in the same search, which sells classical "sheet music" that can have some parts removed if you prefer. $10 a month after a trial. It sounds as though this might me midi music.


Video collections listed on an app

How to learn piano fast and easy from NOVELTY APPS is a contents page to their video collection of piano lessons "without theory".

Play Piano lessons 2021 from Bromo Happy Apps

Kena Opus - Music Learning and Practice Kena.ai Hard to know what this is without a closer look, but some of it is a contents list of video lessons.

Learn Piano Keyboard from OsaMa Soft is a contents page to their video lessons for Iraqi and Arabic songs, on keyboards such as Korg or Yamaha.

Learn to play piano step by step from Adolph Wolf apps who will also teach carpentry and other things

myGurukul - Learn Flute, Violin, Tabla & Sitar from Vivek Music Solutions Pvt Ltd

PianoClass (Piano / lessons / practice / learning) from Soundleader. Also an app. No sign of midi or microphone monitoring of what you play. Korean.

Piano In 21 Days from Jacques Hopkins. I'm not sure what this is. There is a wait list.

PianoVideoLessons is the app version of the FREE full Year 1 Piano Lessons Course available from PianoVideoLessons.com.


Keyboard reference and teach-yourself exercises

Free Piano with play-along songs, contains ads from Ayground.pl "When internet is unbearably slow, fridge is empty and weather keeps people indoors – we do some programming. Mainly – apps for kids like Coloring Book or Little Piano."

Learn how to play Piano from Apps Musycom; also Piano Sheet Reading, Drum Sheet Reading, Learn to Play Bass Guitar.

Free Piano Learn Offline App Download Play Songs from Beatrix - show songs and guides on a tablet to teach yourself simple piano-playing. Also Guitar App Offline Free Learning and Playing Songs, and app to reduce snoring. There's no sign of software to tell you if you have hit the right note but there are textbook pages and guides.

Learn to play Piano easy. Piano course a chord demonstrator from Cerezo Rojo. Also Online Violin Course. Learn to play violin and How to learn to Play Accordion step by step

Learn to Play Piano Songs with Online Pianist from OnlinePianist N.T LTD. Soon to accept MIDI, like the keyboard practice software at the top of the list, and similar in the range of demonstration modes and monthly subscription, starting at about £30 a quarter. There's a website at Onlinepianist.com for more, including a mouse-keyed piano.

My Piano Assistant Piano chord reference from Alexander Mishkovets

Pianizator from Pianizator.ru who have some functions on their web site. 

Piano Chords & Scales (free) a reference app from jpglomot.com which lists dozens of reference apps - other versions have Guitar or Ukelele as default

Piano Companion from finds chords from keys or name and plays them. From Songlive who also wrote Chord IQ exercises in notes, chords, scales, and singing to pitch, and Piano Chord(s), Scale Companion. The Pro version of that is £8.49 Songtive: Compose on Walk is a composing tool also on the Songtive.com web site and for IOS, with some reference and networking tools. Reviews say that it doesn't export work.

Piano Partner - Learn Piano Lessons & Music App iogames DD. Pictures show a tablet next to a real piano. Results can be scored. It isn't clear whether these are results of playing on the virtual keys on the tablet screen, or playing real piano keys. There is a monthly cost but it isn't clear what that is/

Piano Flashcards from Uriel Frankel: note recognition exercise with scoring.

Piano instrumental - play and Learn Music from AppForEntertainment. The same app works for drums and guitar. Not clear what it does without a download.

Piano Learning App: Piano Course And Lessons from Riafy Technologies. Reviewed as a paid version of free ones.

Piano Lessons - Learn piano by RStream labs. No web site. No monitoring of what you play. Freemium.

Piano With Free Songs to Learn from On Beat Limited; also Piano Music & Video Studio, maybe to video yourself singing Kareoke

Real Piano Play Keyboard from Videos Status Zone. Windows - so laptops and cheap old phones - as well as Android. Pictures show a useful play-along stave and keyboard diagram to use with a real keyboard instrument. There's mo mention of microphone of midi monitoring of what you play

Simple Real Piano Teacher from ninedigital who aren't good at explaining what it does

Complete Piano Chord and Learn Piano Chords Step by Step from Aqila lists some low-resolution pictures of piano chords and ads, say reviews.

Complete Music Reading Trainer, Complete Rhythm TrainerComplete Ear Trainer and teacher apps from Binary Guilt. Neat looking. Up to £29.

Learn Music Theory with Sonid from Tocado Vision who wrote Fretty: Chords and Scales for Guitar as well. Sonid.app and its Guitar extension are the web site for the apps. There are links to 30-second videos on the points to absorb, excercises, and tests. They're both fremium apps.

Learn to play the piano from CoolFreeApps. A fremium app. There's not much more information about it online so it goes here.


Virtual pianos - waiting for a purpose

- on the same list of android apps so worth a mention just to weed them out. This list is from 2021.10 and won't be updated. Now I know why common search terms on google play include "offline" such as "learn piano offline". Some of these have some play-along songs included and could just as easily be in the section above.

Accordion Piano, Accordion Diatonic and Accordion Chromatic from GMobiler

Best Learning Piano - Real Piano Keyboard from Pqanayt Apps. Reviews say it's hard to use a keyboard if it's on a phone screen.

Best Piano Keyboard 2021 from Mobi Softech

chaotic piano - Pocket Grand Piano app from eddy records - good reviews

Easy Piano from Four4 Arts demonstrates how to play nursery rhymes on a brightly coloured keyboard 

Easy Piano from SOFT MY GAMES - fewer functions - better looking

Electronic Organ, Piano, Guitar, violin & Drum Pad from Sysapp Tools Studio. Meaning that the virtual keyboard notes can be applied to samples from other instruments as in a lot of these.

Flute (Piano) from Benanapp is set with the flute as default instrument instead of an option . Also Organ Instrument and Air Horns or Sirens

Learn piano from mipaisinventado gets bad reviews because you would not want to learn piano-playing on a phone screen.

Learn to play piano Piano online course from Musica Clasica - course gets bad reviews

Loop Piano - Melody Maker from Music Topia, LLC. who sell several music apps. Create synth and drum sequences with a 4-track song writer 

Luminous Virtual Piano, good-looking from Budali Studios; also Real Cajun, Real Kalimba, and Anatomy 3D.

Free Full Piano Keyboard from Wang wei devlopers. Contains ads.

Learn Typing from EliasWilliam is nothing to do with piano but comes-up on the same search. I won't copy others unless relevant. There are some apps from Casio that don't crop-on on this search but show as "relevant". I will have a look for these.

Music Keyboard from Palmsoft Entertainment palmsoft.org

My Piano - Record & Play  Trajkovski Labs . 16 instrument samples included or sample your own; your voice fo r example. They also wrote "My Guitar - solo and chords" which might be more useful than a virtual piano.

My Piano Phone and the small childrens' version, Go Piano from Son Lam Media. Various instruments playable, with "flying notes or sheet music". It implies that you can get hold of songs to play somehow 

ORG Organ from LTE App Tools Studio - badly reviewed - default sound is organ rather than the usual piano but you can change it

Pianist HD : Piano + from Rubycell Entertainment

Piano Genius from Jeremy Zheng with nursery rhymes

Professional Piano & DJ Mixer from Pro Djz - more than a vitual piano - loops - I don't understand it

Real Piano Keyboard from Krishna Appsoft

Real Piano Keyboard Instrument Learning Harmonia from Mr AB Games and Apps

Real Piano Learning Keyboard 2021 from UrbanStudio - not clear what this does that got it 10,000,000 downloads; something to do with learning.

Real Piano Master from Victory Games Studio contains ads and play-along tunes.

Real Piano : Music Keyboard from Creative Photo Tools

Real Piano-Piano Keyboard from Sumeru Sky Developer has a midi-in and midi-out function to connect a midi keyboard or midi drum pads, which could be why this gets good reviews. You can slow-down or speed-up a piece of music as well. They also wrote Real Guitar Music Player but don't mention MIDI connections for that.

Real Piano and Play Piano from isa-aygün. Allows two keyboards per screen. Labelled keys.


Real Pink Piano from MEOW CAT GAMES

Pianist HD : Piano + from Rubycell Entertainment can record as MIDI to compare with other Pianist HD recordings from round the world. Maybe that's why it gets good reviews.

Piano , Piano-Accordion, Violin, Melodion (button Accordion), Toy PianoOcorina wind instrument from Egert

Piano - play and learn from Gismart shows notes as a waterfall above the keyboard, like a piano roll. They also wrote Piano - Music Keyboard & Tiles  which is an adult version, and Drum Pads - Beat Maker Go, Wedrum aka Drum Kit Music Simulator, as well as  Real Guitar - Music Band Game

Piano - play and learn free songs from Yokee.tv

Piano with Aquarium from dayYom: Play the piano on the background of high quality fish and background, and enjoy the underwater scenery.

Piano Keyboard from Lilas Games Interactive

Piano Keyboard from Millennium Creativity Apps. 3D animation.

Piano Keyboard and Pro from Mello Gang, includes some free lessons

Piano Keyboard – Play Piano & Learn Real Piano from AireoTech

Piano Keyboard from Golden Creative Apps Studio

Piano Melody and Piano Melody Pro, from Learn to Master. The free one has 100 sings included; pro costs $19. They who also publish a guitar chord training app and a Learn to Sing, as well as Piano Chords and Piano Ear Training, both £19 after the first month for an add-free version

Play Piano from Edhub Games

Play Piano from Jazzy Worlds. Ads pop-up mid-song according to reviews.

Play Piano : Piano Notes | Keyboard | Hindi Songs from Fingertips Apps. There are training aids like a chance to slow down the music and see staves next to the keys if you want to learn this way.

Play Piano keyboard: Real Piano Music Learn from Full Moon. This looks at a glance like a virtual piano and demonstration of how to play some chords and tunes that you can keep next to a real piano when looking for ideas

Professional Piano & DJ Mixer Pro Djz. More than a virtual piano. Loops.

Pocket piano – Realistic piano learning keyboard from Red Cliff Apps Studio

Real Piano Perfect – Music Piano Keyboard NSolApps

Real Piano from isa-aygün allows two keyboards on a smartphone or tablet

Real Piano Learning Keyboard 2021 from UrbanStudio - sexist

Real Piano - Play and Learn Piano Keyboard 2018 from BHG Apps includes a freestyle, learn, and game mode

Simple Piano Pro Plus and GM ORG LITE from GameLachi - bright coloured keys labelled with note letters and Do-Re-Me.

Sintetizador Musical: Piano y Percusiones Apps Studio CC. Comes with play-along music for latin american tastes "inspired by Cumbia and its latin american variants" and optional percussion tracks alongside. In Spanish.

Strings and Piano Keyboard from ArnBB Design, also Drums Percussion and Timpani, and Steel Drums, each with a Pro version

Virtual Piano 2021 from Frega Games who also wrote Everyone Piano 2021 for sharing.  You can plug-in a midi keyboard to this piano sythesiser, if there isn't one already on the keyboard.

Virtual Piano Keyboard from Alyaka who have similar apps for French Horn, Saxaphone and more

Virtual Piano Keyboard Free from Netfocus Universal Apps. Has a Learn to Play Mode with a large collection of piano songs to choose from


The Music History Handbook


The Music History Handbook is available online from Musonix.co.uk/the-music-history-handbook-978-0951721469 .  It is not yet available via book wholesale and retaile: you can only get it online.


Rehearse Direct and Play

Software and apps don't help you play or jam or rehearse with other people, a band or "ensemble"as some people call it. A piece of UK legislation in the 1990s (if I have got this right) suggested that pupils should learn to "rehearse direct and play" in an "ensemble", but didn't say where the teaching money would come from! This booklet was printed and re-printed as a cheap pocket guide to read when you are on a bus to a rehearsal and unable to read your tablet or smartphone. It uses a technology called print on paper, but is still only £3.50+ postage: cheaper than a lot of apps.