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At the get go, it looks like just another keyboard app, however once you start to look around, you realize it’s a whole new way to experience the piano! When you select the solo button on the app’s menu, you are taken to a black iPad screen, but what you don’t realize is, the whole surface of the iPadbecomes your musical playground.
At the very top of the display, you notice a keyboard that appears for a moment, giving you a point of reference, then the fun begins. Like a regular Piano/Forte, you can use, all ten fingers, the same applies for the Magic Piano’s interface. When selecting the Menu, and then choosing the Songbook, you are given a very impressive list of songs, most of which any musician would know instantly. Once you select the song (internet is required) you are greeted by glittering green orbs that fall from the top of the display, however there are white streaks that are hinting “touch me”, once you touch the proper number of white streaks, a song starts to appear, its almost the same concept of paint-by-numbers but you’re following along a guided path, to create music.
I’ve spent years in music schools, where regardless of your major, your minor was always piano. The Magic Piano’s songbook takes years of piano training, and it allows anyone with the ability to follow a guided path, to play like a pro. Anyone can do it, and no training is required, just the ability to play a visual Simon-says! Pressing the menu button again, and you click duet, makes a globe appear, and from it, it finds you another Magic Piano player doing the same, looking for another person to play with.
If you are lucky, and find another musician or musical inclined person, you can actually have a proper duet.In the upper right hand corner is a circular keyboard, which if pressed will present you with different keyboards (per press), so incase you wanted to see a keyboard, be it in their signature spiral, or a xylophone format, you can compose music with another.
Pressing the Menu button one more time, and choosing the World button, its functionality is similar to the Duet feature, however you can save links to your friends that you make.