Learn pi­ano with vir­tual key­board and li­brary of songs

The Washington Post Sunday - - TECH­NOL­OGY & IN­NO­VA­TION - — Hay­ley Tsukayama

If you’re look­ing for a vis­ual way to learn to play pi­ano — par­tic­u­larly for those who want a brush up — the Chor­dana Play app from Ca­sio could be for you.

The app shows a key­board and pro­vides a va­ri­ety of songs to choose from.

As each song plays and the mu­sic scrolls by, you get a clear picture of where your fin­gers should be on the key­board to play the piece in front of you.

Those of the left hand — nor­mally the ba­sic, un­der­ly­ing chords of a piece — light up in orange. The right-hand melodies are highlighted in blue. When ap­pli­ca­ble, the prompts to play each note ap­pear in a way that lets you get the rhythm down as well as the notes.

This app is best on a larger screen, such as a tablet, for those who want to play on the on-screen key­board. Even then, it might be a tight squeeze for those with larger fin­gers. The app also can be con­nected to Ca­sio key­boards — the ideal way to learn the songs.

Still, even on a small de­vice, it can be a good vi­su­al­iza­tion of how notes, chords and keys all fit to­gether.

Free, for iOS and An­droid.

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