App review: Touch Pianist

Skip the piano classes and get straight to the classics...
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App review: Touch Pianist

The lazy man's piano

They say you can’t make an omelette without breaking a few eggs, suggesting there are no shortcuts when wanting to achieve something great. Like being a masterful pianist, for example. That was of course before Touch Pianist (be careful how you say that) came along.

Availability

iOS and web browser (works best with Google Chrome - check it out here).

What does it do?

If you want to play like Bach, Brahms or Debussy, but really don’t fancy the years of practice and commitment that precede such ability, you’re in luck. The lazy man’s piano app is here. And it’s ace.

Touch Pianist is both good-looking and fun. It requires no knowledge of piano playing, although if you’ve heard the song you’re playing beforehand, it will help. There are no wrong answers or scores; it’s just you and the music.

The main thing you have control over is the song’s tempo, so can bash through Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight Sonata’ in 30 seconds, if you like.

What did we like?

We love the simplicity and design work that’s gone into the creation of this app. There’s also an intense attention to detail, which differs slightly depending on where you’re using it.

For example, if you’re using the iOS app on an iPhone or iPad, you’ll notice that you get a louder noise from the notes, depending on how hard you tap the screen. Whereas, with the desktop version, you can hold the notes for longer by keeping the keys pressed down. And, by the same token you can also play short notes, by quickly tapping on the keyboard.

What could be better?

We wish Touch Pianist was available for more mobile platforms. Although you can still play with the desktop version on Android smartphones using Google Chrome, it’s a slightly different experience compared to the iOS app. Hopefully the developers will look to expand in the future.

Out verdict

Touch Pianist is great fun - nothing more, nothing less. It’s completely free, and provides a very basic understanding of how to perform your favourite classical piano pieces.

It’s not difficult to see this app as a precursor to actually sitting down in front of 88 black and white keys and muddling your way through 'Chopsticks' for the first time. Everyone has to start somewhere, why not let this be it for you?

Got any questions or anything to add? Drop us a comment below to start the conversation.

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