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21 Aug 2015 App Lists
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Whether you have taken it upon yourself to learn piano for the very first time or you simply want to see what interesting tunes you can come up with on your iPad, the piano apps on this list are sure to have you twinkling away to your heart's content. In this list you will find everything from educational piano apps to piano apps that are just there to provide a little fun from time to time.

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Kicking off today's list of piano apps we have this great entry which serves a dual purpose of educating and entertaining, with a variety of different voices to choose from and the ability to record your songs so that you can share them with your friends and family online. This is certainly one of the simpler developments in the genre of piano apps for iPad, but there are some great features on offer here. Be sure to check out the different sound effects because you will be amazed by just how much inspiration can be gained from experimentation with different sounds.

  • Learn to play piano in a fun casual manner
  • Adjust the keyboard to find the octaves you want
  • Choose from a handful of different sounds including harp and guitar
  • Record your musical creations
  • Share your recorded songs with others online

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Piano Dust Buster is a very heavily featured piano app which allows you to play through your own existing keyboard or by touching the display on your iPad. The great thing about this app is that it includes a whole host of contemporary and classical pieces of music that you can learn in a fun and approachable manner. This makes Piano Dust Buster perfectly suitable for aspiring pianists of all ages and levels of experience. The developer claims that new songs are being added on a frequent basis, so you are sure to eventually find some of your favourite tunes in the mix.

  • Use this app with your own acoustic piano or keyboard
  • Learn the basics of music including note names, written concepts, and much more
  • Learn contemporary and classical songs at your own pace
  • New songs are being added on a frequent basis
  • Practice your sight reading with integrated sheet music notation

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What we have here is a piano app for iPad that has been specifically designed to help you learn how to read music and play piano effectively, regardless of whether you are 7, 17, or 77 years old. One thing that really sets this app apart from much of the competition is that it turns learning piano into a game, and there are a variety of different play modes for you to choose from which encompass everything from pitch recognition to rhythm and even playing complete pieces of music. You can even receive scores based on your performance, tracking how you improve over time and seeing how you stack up against your friends and family online.

  • Learn to play piano in a fun game-like fashion
  • Choose from four different game modes
  • Practice your sight reading abilities and perfect your pitch recognition
  • Provides support for MIDI keyboards so that you can play with a real instrument
  • Track your high scores and compete with your friends and family online

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Those of you who enjoy playing dance mat games or similar games like Guitar Hero will find Piano Tutorial for Popular Songs by OnlinePianist very appealing as it follows the same concept of falling notes identifying which keys you need to play next. With this app you can practice your technique with each individual hand, as well as perfecting your rhythm with an integrated metronome, learning different chords on piano, or simply jumping in at the deep end and trying your hand at full popular songs. Turning the learning experience into a game makes for a far more approachable experience for beginners and children.

  • Learn to play your favourite contemporary and classical songs
  • Includes a Beginner Mode for first-time players
  • Adjust the speed and use the metronome to perfect your rhythm
  • Master concepts such as sustain, transposition, and more
  • Includes individual hand practice to refine your technique

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Although no piano app for iPad is going to provide the same experience as a real physical piano, this app comes pretty close by providing you with a full 88-key keyboard and wonderfully touch-responsive controls to make for a highly accurate virtual piano. In addition to the gorgeous handling of the keyboard and high-quality audio, this app also enables you to record yourself playing so that you can share it with your friends and family online by email, Facebook, and more. The quality on offer in this app really is very impressive, and having access to a full 88-key keyboard is a rarity in iPad piano apps.

  • Enjoy a realistic 88-key keyboard with smooth handling
  • Choose from a range of different sounds including grand piano, guitar, bass, and more
  • Apply various audio effects to produce an even more professional sound
  • Record your compositions within the app
  • Sharing your recordings with others online via email, Facebook, SoundCloud, and iTunes

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With more than 600 different songs from all eras, Little Big Piano provides an educational and massively entertaining virtual piano experience on your iPad. This app allows you to play all of your favorite songs with ease, and you can even send a message to the developer requesting that new songs be added, so you will definitely want to check this out if you can't find your favourite tunes on other piano apps. Aside from being able to learn new songs, you will also be able to create your own twinkling tunes in the free play mode.

  • Learn to play songs on piano
  • Play your own songs with free play
  • Listen as the piano plays songs automatically
  • Coloured keys show you how to play each song
  • Request new songs be added to the existing collection of more than 600

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While other piano apps provide you with the bare basics and expect you to do most of the work, Learn Piano HD provides a fantastic collection of high-quality videos featuring piano expert Peter Darling. As you work your way through each video you will be out to learn all kinds of classic songs, refining your playing technique and enjoying and its celebrated pace of learning suitable for beginners and intermediates alike. If you are looking for more of an educational app, so that you can learn to play a real physical piano, then this is almost certainly the best choice for you.

  • Access a quality collection of video lessons
  • Includes 10 effective exercises to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Save money by not having to hire a piano tutor
  • Learn how to play all manner of classic songs
  • Perfect for aspiring pianists of all ages

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If you are on the lookout for a piano app that offers versatile functionality then you will definitely want to consider checking out Piano Sharp HD Lite. Not only does this app provide a great environment which to learn piano, you can also compose your own music, choose from a variety of different sound effects, and even record your compositions so that you can share them with your friends and family. This is the free version of Piano Sharp HD, so it comes complete with a collection of classical demo songs to you can a feel for the quality of the content on offer in the full version.

  • Learn to play piano in an effective manner
  • Includes a collection of classical demo songs in the Lite version
  • Enjoy playing a highly responsive keyboard with five octaves
  • Import your MIDI files in order to refine your creations
  • Export your recordings and share them with others

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Simple Music Pro offers a very interesting spin on piano playing by rearranging all of the notes into a different format. If you're looking for alternative method of creating music on your iPad, then check out this cool app. Although this is not technically a strict piano app, it does provide a fresh approach for experienced musicians and beginners who like to think outside the box. This app offers a great avenue for trying out musical ideas while you're on the go, and the audio quality is such a high standard that you could quite conceivably use it to accompany other musicians in a group setting.

  • Enjoy a new way of creating music on your iPad
  • Provides a unique arrangement of notes
  • Includes a collection of interesting sound effects to choose from
  • Use the metronome to perfect your rhythm
  • Play solo or use this app to accompany other musicians

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Piano ∞ is a world-class piano app in every sense, providing you with everything you need to learn the basics of piano playing and begin recording your own musical creations with no prior experience needed. In addition to the basic features, you'll be pleased to know that there are also a handful of realistic piano sound effects for you to choose from, giving you everything you need to get your creative juices flowing. This app offers a beautifully simplistic user interface that you should have no trouble coming to grips with, so before you know it, you'll be pumping out hit after hit thanks to this handy little piano.

  •  Learn the basics of piano playing with your iPad
  • Includes a collection of realistic piano sound effects
  • Use the metronome to improve your sense of timing and rhythm
  • Label the keys with notes to more easily orientate yourself
  • Enjoy a clean and crisp user interface

 

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