Best piano apps for iPhone and iPad in 2011

By Posted 26 Jul 2011, 17:14

Learning to play the piano can look easier than it seems. With iOS apps, you can get much needed help whether it is you that wants to learn or a child. With great games available like Guitar Hero, children are growing up wanting to be a rockstar rather than a pianist. The piano is an elegant instrument and has been a wonderful form of entertainment for years. Even if you just want to play that annoying Nokia ringtone, the piano is the best place to start.

Magic Piano by Smule is a free app at the iTunes App Store. Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod Touch (3rd and 4th generation) and iPad. Learn your favorite pieces from Bruno Mars to Mozart and play them effortlessly with this great iPhone app. With new free songs available daily you can enjoy the largest catalog of songs in any piano app. Follow beams of light to learn new songs easily. There are many new releases and you can even suggest songs on Smule’s Facebook page. Free songs are given away daily from popular music to classical. Pinch the screen to adapt different sized keyboards, keys and even take keys out. Control the tempo and use three types of keyboard with circular, spiral and traditional.

Piano Lesson PianoMan by Yudo Inc. is also a free app available for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Accessible through the App Store and all in-app purchase profits will be donated to victims of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan on March 11, 2011. With this app, you can play online against four people on a piano battle. You can also play with one finger and sound like a real pianist. Enjoy your performance even if you cannot play the piano. With screen help, you just play keys according to timing and practice. Select and download the songs you like and increase or slow down the tempo. There are many tunes and artists to select in the preset songs list from Beethoven and Mozart to traditional songs such as We wish a Merry Christmas.

PianoStudio by Frontier Design Group is available for iPhone; iPad and iPod Touch for $2.99 at the App Store. Using this app, you can record full-length songs and change parts easily. Customize your chords to compose and perform complex songs that are impossible to play with other apps. This app allows you to learn songs, write your own tunes, and even play along with your iTunes music. There are four high-quality piano instruments, the Wurlitzer electric, the Grand 1, Grand 2 and the Upright. With nine built-in demo songs, you can get started right away. Use over 10,000 chords in the built-in chord library. Edit, rename or delete chosen songs and use the jukebox of shared songs from around the world.

Easy to Play Piano Deluxe by Gyuhwan Oh is a free app available for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch through the App Store. Play famous classical music on the piano without any skill. Touch the big melody button area in the screen to play a sound that you listened. 31 famous classical songs are included with auto play function that allows you to easily remember and play a song.

Baby Piano by Dream Cortex is available for $1.99 on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch at the App Store. This is an ideal app for young children of ages 9-36 months but also fun for everyone. Baby Piano offers great fun that keeps your kids amused while learning to enjoy and explore music. With a colorful 8-key piano, you get fun animated animal characters with optional animal sound mode to mimic the animal sounds. There are three types of music playing, free-play allows you to play along with nursery rhymes using highlighted notes or you can touch any key to initiate a song. There are ten songs for children to play. Using the lock slide to cover the function buttons is great if you just want to let your child play a song but not to mess around with the buttons. Baby Piano is a wonderful way to start your child off with the basics of a piano.

There is no age limitation for learning to play the piano; I find the more fun you have the easier it is to learn. Piano apps can help allsorts of people with learning the piano. Out of the many apps available, we hope there is an application here that suits you.