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With the advent of technology, there are now so many ways to further your knowledge with the piano. I personally don’t think there any valid excuses for not being able to learn to play. One of the newest ways to play is by way of the iPhone or iPad and piano apps. These are apps you can find in the app store that are designed to teach you in a fun way.
It is my opinion that piano apps can be your best friend when it comes to furthering your knowledge in a fun and fresh way. I don’t think these apps should replace your teacher if you have one, but rather further what they’re teaching you. If you ever find yourself getting bored or tired of standard lessons, this is a way to just change it up here and there.
I also think that these are perfect for kids as kids love having visuals presented to them in new and fun ways. Kids may find their instructors boring, but when they play with an iPad or iPhone, they can almost start viewing lessons as playing games. Yes, I know, it’s funny that technology has come this far and has given parents this opportunity to get their kids learning an instrument in this way.
If you are looking at apps, I would strongly suggest checking out my post on kids pianos because I break down some options that go extremely well with your iPad or iPhone. Check it out at the link above.
I put together this list below to give you some good ideas on what will be best for your preference.
Best Apps To Learn The Piano For iPhone & iPads
My opinion of this app is that is almost perfect. This can be loaded up on your device and it looks like a real piano. I personally think this is the most in-depth learning tool out there on the market. This product helps you improve your rhythm, sight reading, and your technique all while having fun.
Piano Maestro is definitely geared more towards the beginner who is on the younger spectrum. The recommended age is 4+, but you really could use it at any age. I believe this app is probably the most recommended by instructors as it allows your teacher to keep track of your progress without even being in the same room.
I thought the sounds on this were surprisingly realistic-sounding and this is something I think is very important.
You get graded on each song and on each lesson. When you truly understand the drill or song, you can then move on to more and keep racking up perfect scores. I love apps like this.
Overall, there’s really only one thing I dislike about Piano Maestro and that is the spamminess. They are really upsetting users as every time you try to log in you get hit with a, “upgrade here” notice. This would be cool if it was a one-time thing, but they really do this far too much. If you can get passed this, it really is great though.
One of the more well-known apps boy JoyTunes. This is filled with great knowledge and it works really well for beginners of all ages. Like a lot of these programs, it comes with a good choice of songs to learn and play along with.
When this came out in 2016 it was easily the best on the market and was heavily used by instructors and students. This is another program that has in-app purchases. I, myself, am not a fan of these because they get pushed on you when you might not be wanting to pay.
Overall, I recommend Simply Piano to students and beginner players looking to learn. It really will help your technique and performance skills. The one thing that I don’t like with this again is the in-app purchases. I totally understand it, but I think there could be a way for the makers of a lot of these apps to make it so there weren’t so many purchases users needed to do to take full advantage.
Piano Companion is personally one of my favorites to use because it isn’t geared towards kids. If you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced player, you will find something useful from this program. It is loaded with chords and scales that will take your game to the next level.
You can use it with android or Ios which is convenient since not everyone has Apple products. If you are looking to improve your scales game, they have all of the scales that you would want to learn with a good breakdown of how to play each.
Overall this product is great for musicians who aren’t looking for a kids geared program. There are a lot of programs that are really geared that way and this isn’t one of them. Use this to supplement lessons or even as your primary source of lessons and it will help take you to the next level.
This app is kind of like a guitar hero type of program. It is a very fun and entertaining program that allows you to play to your favorite songs. You simply slide your fingers to the notes in order to play whichever song you choose to play.
Are you new to the piano and looking for a fun way to learn to play? Check out my guide on playing the piano by ear here.
This is similar to Magic Piano, only I think this is considerably better and easier to use. If you have used the Magic Piano, I recommend trying this one out as a lot of people seem to prefer this over it.
Overall, this is a fun program to use for keeping yourself entertained with maybe a pair of headphones on an airplane. You can show your kids how to use this and it will definitely keep them entertained and having fun. It is very easy to use and it allows you to play to all of your favorites at the point of a finger.
Piano HD is extremely popular and is seriously a great way to learn songs. It uses a very cool way of getting the shows through to you and you’re learning from real pianists. You’re not going to learn great technique from this, but you will learn how to play songs that you want to learn.
New songs are uploaded every week to keep fresh content and to keep you coming back for more.
Overall I think this is entertaining and it will definitely help you learn songs that you want to. However, you’re not going to be learning technique and other skills from this.
I hope this broke down some good options for you. There are a lot of piano apps out there currently, make sure you spend the time to pick the right one for you.
Did you think disagree or think that I left some of your favorites out? Let me know in the comment section below.