This Holiday season, there is a super easy way for you or your kids to learn how to play popular Holiday Season and Christmas songs on the piano!
The Piano Duster 2.0 is a FREE mobile app that uses game-like lessons to teach various songs. The app’s vast music collection includes very popular holiday classics like “Joy to the World”, “We Three Kings” and “Auld Lang Syne”. It also has modern pop songs and classic pieces.
The app works on the iPhone, the iPad and can either be played directly on the mobile device via a 3D virtual keyboard or propped up against a song sheet on a keyboard or real piano. It has a jukebox mode, great for those who don’t have a piano or keyboard and in music sense mode, it can listen to you play on your keyboard and assess how well you are doing. Overall, the game aspect of the app gives it a feel of the RockBand type of video games for gaming consoles most are used to.
But this has more functional uses for real players.
JoyTunes, the creators of the app. state that 43% of piano teachers enhance lessons with a tablet or smartphone and some have had their students use apps to practice songs for class and homework.
Meanwhile, the app is also great for adults given that 85% of grown-ups wish they learned to play an instrument but never did.
I and my kids, ages 11, 8 and 5, all took turns playing with the app.
We started playing “Mary, Had a LIttle Lamb” and each quickly got to stage 2 after a couple of practice rounds and a final recital round. We even got competitive with the app while playing, each trying to beat out our own respective high scores and each other.
I played on the app, then easily was able to play by memory a few simple songs on our keyboard. It was a fun time and is a great way to make learning to play easy. I highly recommend it and really like the app.
Check out a video about the app:
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