Maybe you’re no expert piano player, but you’re working on it. You spend countless hours practicing, so you have no doubt that you’re well on your way to becoming a true music meister.
Though you’re certainly capable of becoming piano masters without us, we’d like to lend you a helping hand. Whether you’re struggling with your chords and scales or having trouble sight-reading, the list of piano apps we’ve put together for you should help take things up a notch.
1. Piano Chords and Scales
Depending on your skill level, chords and scales might still be tricky for you. Luckily for you, the Piano Chords and Scales app is designed to meet the needs of piano players just like you.
The app allows users to play scales and chords harmonically, ascending, and descending. The scales and chords are also displayed on an onscreen piano.
There is, however, one drawback. All of the app’s included chords and scales are common. This means that you won’t be able to use to familiarize yourself with rarer scales and chords. Still, the app is perfect for beginners who know little to nothing.
2. Piano By Gismart
While we’d recommend all of the piano apps on this list in a heartbeat, Piano by Gismart definitely has a leg up on some of the other apps we’ve listed here. It’s arguably packed with more features than many apps that are similar to it.
This app provides a full key piano keyboard and eight different musical instruments. These instruments include the organ, harp, and electric guitar.
If that’s not impressive enough, it also has free lessons, classic piano songs, and a practice mode. There are tons of other features, but there’s only so much space here.
3. Piano 3D
As the app’s name suggests, Piano 3D boasts some pretty cool 3D graphics. Its graphics, though, are not its only appeal.
It has a sizable library of over 750 songs, and the piano sound it emits is realistic. The app also lets users learn how to play both classical and modern music.
4. Rhythm Lab
If you frequently struggle with rhythms, Rhythm Lab is exactly what you need. It is an app which focuses solely on helping piano players learn difficult rhythms.
Perhaps the best thing about the app, users can create custom exercises for themselves. This feature allows them to use the app to practice whatever songs they happen to be learning at the time.
5. The Touch Bar Piano
Those of you who have MacBook Pros might be familiar with the Touch Bar. If you are, then maybe you’ve heard of the Touch Bar Piano.
Though the Touch Bar is but a tiny strip, the Touch Bar Piano is completely playable. Further still, users don’t have to play the piano if it’s not their thing. The app lets users choose from a whopping 127 other musical instruments.
Sadly, however, the app is lacking in some areas. Users can’t record, and the app isn’t good for much besides playing. Still, it provides the perfect little portable piano, and that makes it worth trying out.
Most of the piano apps we’ve mentioned thus far have focused more on playing the piano. The forScore app is an app of a different nature. Instead of helping you fine-tune your piano skills, it helps you store your sheet music and turn pages.
This might not impress some of you, but we’re willing to bet that not many of you enjoy carrying around folders full of sheet music. Carrying all of your sheet music by way of a tablet or mobile phone is undeniably a more convenient alternative.
Tenuto probably should have been the first piano app we discussed. After all, it is an app which is geared towards more preliminary training. This training includes music theory and ear training.
Though you shouldn’t rely completely on the app for things such as theory, it’s a great supplementary tool. This app is also a wonderful tool for people who are looking to jazz up their piano lessons.
And, when you’re learning music theory and ear training, it never hurts to spice things up a bit.
8. Musical Piano
Musical Piano is no Guitar Hero, and its learning might not be as fun as playing Guitar Hero. Despite that fact, Musical Piano is highly recommended for beginners who are trying to get their bearings.
The app comes with multiple instruments and tools. The sound quality is also decent. Just don’t expect to use this app if you don’t have an Android device.
9. Read Ahead
Some musicians have no love for sight-reading. Even so, few people can deny the overall usefulness of the skill. Musicians can’t expect to know all of the music they play beforehand, so sight-reading comes in handy.
The Read Ahead app is designed for people who haven’t quite gotten their sight-reading skills to where they want them to be. Unfortunately, though, it doesn’t have a virtual piano, so you’ll need a real piano to use this app.
10. Magic Piano
Saying that Magic Piano is designed for beginners would be the understatement of the year. As a matter of fact, the app is so easy to use that it can be used by those who have no idea how to play piano.
Magic Piano literally guides users’ fingers to the proper notes and provides users with sheet music that’s geared towards beginners. The app makes things so simple that we highly recommend this one for those of you who have children who want to learn how to play.
This particular app also has somewhat of a social element to it. The app’s users can arrange in-app duets with each other, regardless of how far from each other they live.
Add Piano Apps To Your Practice
It’s a new world, which means there are new technologies that will allow you to improve your piano playing skills. Piano apps happen to be one of them. While they can’t replace traditional means of practice, they definitely have their place in your practice.
Think we missed some apps that would be helpful to piano players? Chime in with some of your favorite apps below. The piano enthusiasts around these parts would be happy to check them out.