PianoTrax

Rating PianoTrax - 5 out of 5 - Best Rating 5.0

  • Android, iPad, iPhone
  • Free
  • age 12+
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About PianoTrax

PianoTrax is an app available for download on iOs and Android. PianoTrax provides thousands of high quality piano accompaniments for singers allowing them to practice independent of a pianist. Individual MP3 tracks for chosen songs can be downloaded from the app or the whole catalogue can be streamed with a subscription. Users can change the key and tempo when accessing PianoTrax via iPhone or iPad.

PianoTrax Review

What we love about PianoTrax

Rehearsing with a pianist can be a costly process and PianoTrax makes singing with accompaniment affordable and convenient. The tracks in the app itself are organised under usefully titled sections such as ‘Uptempo’, ‘Medium tempo’, and also by genre, occasion (e.g. wedding, funeral, Christmas) and number of singing parts (duets/trio/choral).

The app contains a link to the website where custom tracks can be requested for an additional fee if you can’t find the song you are looking for. Simply upload your sheet music and request for a song to be recorded in any key, any tempo and with any requested cuts that you need. Conversely if you have an Mp3 of the song you want but can’t find the sheet music, you can submit a request and PianoTrax can transcribe or re-notate it for you.

How much does PianoTrax cost?

PianoTrax offers a 7 day free trial. Following this, access costs £9.49 per month or £94.99 for the year. 

What skills does it improve?

PianoTrax develops a singer’s ability to perform with accompaniment through the provision of high quality and customisable piano backings for thousands of songs. This is an essential skill for every performer in preparing for concerts, events and recordings. Having access to piano accompaniments at home is a major advantage to any musician.

Often there are several versions of a track provided within the app, the melody in one version and the accompaniment alone in another, allowing the performer to learn the melody first with support before progressing to singing independently with the accompaniment. The tempo can be modified easily to allow for slower practice before performing at the correct speed.

What age is it appropriate for?

The app is most suitable for secondary school children/college and university singers who are looking to develop their rehearsal skills and practice with a piano accompaniment. 

Is PianoTrax easy to use?

PianoTrax is easy to understand and use. The app uses a simple and clear layout with a clear menu. This provides quick access to ‘Browse’ for new tracks, ‘My Tracks’ to find previously used tracks, downloads and created playlists and ‘More’ with links to the website for support and options to request custom tracks. Once a song has been selected in the library, the player will open the song. You can then begin to customise your accompaniment by choosing the key and tempo and adding in rehearsal markers. 

Approaching the app from the website allows the user to quickly search for songs, send the team a message and also access some useful ‘Top Ten Tips’ from leading industry experts. The website also contains links to the social media platforms that the app appears on. These platforms are accessed by teachers and students, keeping everyone up to date with the latest offers and notifications of when new material has been added to the app.

How will students benefit?

The PianoTrax app is useful in helping provide students with customisable piano accompaniments that would otherwise be unavailable when students practice at home. The customisable nature of the accompaniments that can be downloaded for use offline means that students have tailored accompaniments to suit their voice type.

How will teachers benefit?

Teachers can use PianoTrax in lessons to accompany students which is hugely beneficial in freeing the teacher from the piano and allowing them to focus on the students technique. The range of ensemble repertoire including choral pieces makes Piano Trax a useful tool for aiding rehearsals. Many of the choral tracks have the separate vocal parts recorded allowing for rehearsal of individuals and groups. PianoTrax is a useful tool for teachers to utilise with students present as well as for encouraging home practice of chosen songs.

How will parents benefit?

The PianoTrax app is free to try for 7 days and is a useful way of supporting home practice. The app ensures that rehearsals are realistic and supportive through the customisation options for the tracks, meaning that songs can be transposed into a key to suit the child’s voice. The app will allow parents to hear how the child's melody fits with the accompaniment enabling students to practice their performance fully whilst away from a teacher/pianist.

Is PianoTrax safe to use?

Yes. The application does require an account and email to start with but no other personal data is requested. There are no chat features and the app's data protection compliance is explained within the app. 

We think PianoTrax could improve on:

It would be useful if you could filter by difficulty level when searching the song library in order to assist the user with selecting appropriate repertoire.

One other suggestion would be to integrate the melody with the piano accompaniment for the tracks, which would allow the user to hear their melody line while performing. If a mixer was added to the track, the singer could then change the level of the melody line and gradually reduce the volume level of the melody as they become more confident with a piece.

Overall rating of the app:

I would highly recommend this app to any singer who wishes to source high-quality piano accompaniments for their chosen pieces and improve the authenticity of their practice sessions at home. This experience from using the app will allow them to become more confident performers.

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Android, iPad, iPhone

Price

Free

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Skills

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In-App Purchases - Yes

In-App Advertising - No

Publisher

PianoTrax

Download PianoTrax

You can download PianoTrax on your iOS or Android devices from the app stores. Download the PianoTrax app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.

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