Giving up on piano lessons must feature on so many people’s list of regrets. You’ve probably scolded yourself over the years (as we have) for never having practised properly. You were a child and had nothing better to do, no responsibilities and still, STILL, you couldn’t find half an hour a day in between watching Byker Grove and Home and Away. Pfff.
Anyway, never mind about that now, because Simply Piano is here to let you forget your past and build a better future. A future in which you CAN play piano. A future in which you can impress hordes of people by sitting down at one of those free-to-play pianos in train stations. You’ll be there, casually bashing out a few bars of Beethoven’s “Piano Concerto No. 3” before catching the 18:55 to Faversham.
Just one thing, though. You do need a piano. Or a keyboard. Luckily, however, if you just want to have a quick go to test your skills, Simply Piano does give you a few initial lessons using its onscreen keyboard. You’ll quickly remember (or learn for the first time) where to find middle C, D, E and F. Put them to use by playing along to a few classic pop songs, such as Robbie Williams’ “She’s the One”.
Once you’ve found a real piano or keyboard to practise on (at a station or otherwise) you will cover the basics of the piano and then progress to learning the chords of top charting tunes. You’ll soon move on to renditions of famous classical pieces (from parts of Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” to Mozart sonatas and Bach minuets) with both hands. The app cleverly listens to your playing through your device’s microphone so that it can guide and correct you.
So, no more regrets. And remember: practice makes perfect.