Perfect Pitch Piano
Perfect Pitch Piano ($ 0.99) by Brad Jasper
Available on iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
I can’t sing, I can’t dance, and I definitely can’t play piano! My mom never made me take lessons. I think she was afraid the piano teacher would wind up choking the shit out of me which would have been a valid concern given my complete lack of musical talent. But for some reason I’ve always wanted to at least try the piano, and Perfect Pitch Piano is that chance.
This app seems like it was made for complete beginners like me, and it takes kind of a tough love approach to trying to force you to listen to the keys before caving in and actually showing them to you. And, like the piano teacher I never had, it also freaks out occasionally.
Perfect Pitch Piano comes with three very basic lessons and three very basic songs. I actually made it through the Beginner lesson without a hitch and quickly graduated to Intermediate, and that’s where things got a little hairy. I was so bad at following the notes that I managed to send the poor app into such a frenzy that I had to shut it down! It started to repeat notes and play notes over itself and things just spun out of control. The same thing happened when I tried to learn Amazing Grace. However, I think I figured out the problem… I was driving the piano teacher nuts by interrupting it when it was trying to play the notes for me.
Really, if you’re patient and don’t try to get ahead of the teacher (and don’t try to confuse it) then things seem to run pretty smoothly. It will play the notes for you, hoping that you learn them by ear, and when you fail miserably it will show you which keys to press, which is annoying but probably very good for learning.
I would like Perfect Pitch Piano a lot more if it had the option to play the keys with some kind of color coding. I’m a visual learner and the animation of piano keys being pressed is good but it would be easier if they turned yellow or green or something. Otherwise I like what Brad Jasper has done here, so if you can avoid pissing off your virtual teacher then you should be able to learn a little something from this app.
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|Visual Presentation||Key press animations are nice, otherwise it’s pretty plain|
|Ease of Use||Don’t drive the teacher up the wall and you should be fine|
|Functionality||I may have actually learned how to play Mary Had a Little Lamb|
|Value vs. Price||I’d pay a dollar for it|
|Overall||Slightly buggy but a good way to take a beginner’s crash course|
|App Name:||Perfect Pitch Piano (iTunes)|
|Price as of this writing:||$ 0.99. A free version of this app is not available at this time.|
|Available on:||iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad|
|Device & iOS used for review:||iPhone 4, iOS 5.|