flowkey is one of the newest piano learning apps out there.
If you’re searching for a tool which helps you play specific songs on the piano, you should definitely consider this program.
I’ve reviewed many different music learning apps, programs and courses. They’re all a bit different, and some are better than others for specific things. There isn’t one tool that’s the best for everything.
I found flowkey offers one of the easiest ways to learn how to play songs. You can honestly get started in a few minutes.
So for those who want an easy to use app which helps them play specific songs, then watch the review and read on!
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flowkey is an app which helps you learn piano through songs.
It's basically a cheat sheet for learning songs. It feels like you're playing a video game with God Mode on. If that's what you're looking for, you'll be impressed.
It’s designed to work with any type of piano, and any type of player (beginner to advanced).
The idea is that you can practice playing songs and you receive instant feedback from the app as you play. There’s virtually no set up involved.
You can sign up and try flowkey for free. Click here to try it out now.
It uses the microphone in your device, and the first step is to activate it. This allows the software to give you feedback as you play.
As you play a song, there is a slow motion mode, fast mode, and the app will listen to you play as well. You can highlight a specific part of a song to practice it over and over if you wish.
After you set up your mic, there are some basic instruction videos about posture, hand position and general set up.
These videos are very basic, yet very straightforward.
The next step is to go through an exercise on the C position (the guide might be different depending on whether you said you have played piano before).
flowkey is designed to listen to you play and make sure you do so correctly.
After setting up the app and getting familiar with how it works, you’re asked to start an exercise playing Ode to Joy from Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.
The video loads, you hit play, and you play along. You can see the hand position on the top of the screen, and the music sheet below. As the song progresses, the keys are highlighted.
After you’re finished this song, you’re taken to the main dashboard.
The main dashboard consists of 4 sections:
- My Songs
There are a few introduction courses you can start if you’re a pure beginner:
The songs are sorted by categories like pop hits, classical and game music, as well as the section of Free Songs, New Releases and Most Popular.
As you play a song, it’s added to the My Songs section.
You can learn several songs for free, however to get access to all of them, you will need a paid account.
Final Thoughts and Alternatives
What I like about flowkey is that it’s so easy to get started. You can get started for free right now. Click here.
You can literally start following along and playing specific songs in minutes.
In terms of piano learning apps, I would rate this one very highly if you’re looking to learn how to play songs. There are 500 plus songs, but you are limited to their choices.
It is free to try and get started, however like all these apps, to get access to all the songs you will need to upgrade to the paid version. It's very affordable when compared to other learning tools.
Bottom line, for an app that allows you to play specific songs it’s great. It’s easy to use and you can get started right away. No cables, no connections. Just the app, your device, and a piano.
The downside that some people found (especially those who are more music theory inclined) is that you’re not really learning how to play in a "traditional" musical way. You short of get that cheat sheet type of feel.
But I spoke with the team at flowkey recently and they're working on releasing many new courses on chords, pop piano, and instructions on reading sheet music. So it's nice to know this program will be updated constantly.
Like with many apps, you don’t always get that feeling like you’re really learning how to read music and adapt it to other songs. I didn’t get that feel that after using this for some time, I could grab a piano book and read the music and play along. But that's just me, and I'm OK with that. For me, I didn't consider it as that type of learning tool. It’s an app to help you play songs (it does this very well). Again, as I mentioned above, new releases will be building on these features.
Now that you know what this offers, if you want an app that’s a complete shortcut to learning how to play songs, then get started with flowkey today. It helps with this specific task really well.