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Skoove: Learn Piano

Learn How To Play Piano

  • iPad, iPhone
  • Free
  • age 12+
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About Skoove: Learn Piano

Skoove is a great piano learning app that will help students engage and learn how to play the piano. There are video lessons on the app, that help you move from basic understanding of piano, into more advanced skills. With a wide range of music, songs and exercises to study with, the app identifies where you are performing well, and what is going wrong, so that you get individual feedback. This is because the app uses your microphone and a range of inputs of keyboards to help identify what you have played correctly or incorrectly.

At every step, there is a contact button to hand so that if you are stuck, you can send a simple question for a piano teacher to help you out. On the website you can also use PC’s or Macs, but on the App, you can use for iPad and iPhone. Android is not available at the current time, but this is currently being developed and released soon.

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, Skoove are making some of their premium content available for free to help those who may be struggling during these difficult times. 

Teacher Review

The app starts very simply. You need to be able to engage in the website to start off with, as this is really informative and helps you to understand what the app is really about. The design is really simple, and you can work your way through the site to gain a full understanding. This gives you a great start to engaging in the app.

When you first start the app, it asks you to log in, in a variety of ways, including logging in via Facebook, which is often the easiest way to create log-ins and saves you a lot of time!

Once you sign up for the Premium account, it unlocks all the availability in the App. Premium is not cheap. However, with the amount of lessons, development and feedback on the app, it is well worth the money. Whilst a live teacher is always the most effective way to learn, if that is not an option for you, this is certainly far cheaper than a personal tutor, and if you are disciplined enough to decide and set your practice times, this is certainly an app that will help you to engage.

As you work through just a few theoretical and ‘simple’ ideas e.g. learning the note D or C, it doesn’t take long until a song appears for you to play along with. I really like this way of learning. It helps you to feel that you can achieve huge things, whilst a backing track is provided for you. There is also a xylophone that plays your part along with you so that you can hear what you should be playing. If the app can’t hear you playing, it will stop to check in with you.

One thing that most apps don’t identify, is the clear health and safety within playing the piano. However, this app does! It talks about hand positioning and seating positions, and provides you with videos, in order to ensure that they are taking care of the individual care of the student too.

You may be an absolute beginner, which is absolutely fine for this app. It introduces some simple theory through video and practice, instead of the boring ‘fill in the gaps’ worksheets that so much theory is based upon. However, if you can already play some piano, or read some music, you can skip through these lessons, or work through them quickly, to progress on to other aspects with just a quick refresh of your knowledge. You could scroll past all of the simpler lessons, or go over and over them if that’s what you need. The app suits the pace that you want to go at.

If you know where your weakness is, you can focus on certain subjects. For example, there is a beginner theory lesson on sight reading, or one on theory. You can move past all the beginner songs and starter lessons, and move to the on-screen Intermediate Piano lessons, and play pop and film hits like Piano Man, Game of Thrones, The Scientist, or James Bond. It provides such a wide range of songs and pieces of music, there is something for everyone. There are identified and targeted topics of ‘Classic’ Piano where you can focus on more traditional pieces of music, develop your skills with musical theory, and build expression and performance skills throughout. Alternatively, there are also lessons on Blues and Jazz, to develop alternative styles.

There are also ‘Artist Focus’ lessons, where you can focus on just one style and one artist, such as the singer-songwriter Remme, or The Beatles, as well as building skills through understanding of chords and scales. There are also topics on keyboards for producers, helping students to understand the difference between playing piano, and developing chord patterns, compositions, arranging music, and identifying the theoretical understanding of extended chords through this process. There is just so much variation and education on this app, that it is certainly of real interest for anyone who wants to develop their skills on the piano.

The only disappointment I find is that none of the app is accessible without internet access. It would be good if you could download at least the next ‘5 lessons’ that you are working towards, so that if you perhaps, have to go to a garage to play your piano and you have no internet access, you can still learn those 5 lessons. Of course, the chat options wouldn’t be available, but it would make such a huge difference if there was at least some availability without internet access. If some songs were ‘downloadable’ this might be a good idea.

A few interesting ‘keywords’ came up that I was surprised to hear. In the UK, we have never named the two black keys on a keyboard as the ‘twins’. I would be wary of naming things that aren’t universally known, as this may become confusing when discussing with others or trying to clarify with other people.

What is a little confusing is the full set up of the keyboard. There are options to connect your keyboard via the microphone (the easiest), Bluetooth, or MIDI cable. However on the website, it states that a virtual keyboard can be used on the device. This doesn’t seem to be available on the iPhone. If it is, it’s certainly not clear where this is. That said, the chat support is so visually available, that any problems with your keyboards can be easily fixed with their remote support.

I love this App. I hope they continue to develop and add more lessons, as I know there are lots of adults out there who had lessons as a child, who would like to continue their learning in their own time. This is ideally suited to those people. It also works excellently with teenagers, with such good visuals and instant feedback. A great app.

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App Details

Teacher Ratings

Devices

iPad, iPhone

Price

Free

Category

Skills

Cognitive Development
Critical Thinking
Communication Skills
Engagement and Usability
Creative Development
Organisational and Productivity Skills
Academic Relevance
Thinking & Reasoning
Self-Direction

Safeguarding

In-App Purchases - Yes

In-App Advertising - No

Publisher

Learnfield GmbH

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Publisher's Description

Explore the magic of learning piano and discover your own little musical getaway. Join over 1 million people enjoying interactive piano and keyboard lessons for beginners, intermediate and advanced players. Skoove makes it easy to learn and practice notes, chords and technique. Download today and unlock a more musical you.

Featured by Apple, Forbes, The Guardian, Wired and more.

Tune the world out for a few blissful bars

Embark on a musical journey to learn and love piano. Skoove is the more personal way to learn, not just showing you how to play your favorite songs but also listening and adapting to you, giving you individual feedback and planning your lessons just for you.

FEATURES

Play your way
• Using Artificial Intelligence, Skoove recognizes the notes you play and helps you improve.
• Listening as you play, Skoove learns your weaknesses and plans the perfect next exercise.
• With 400 lessons and thousands of instructional videos, you can tailor your learning.

Play the music you love
• Chart hits - John Legend, The Beatles, Coldplay, Adele, and more.
• Classical pieces - Bach, Beethoven, Debussy, Mozart, and more.
• Improvisation - Learn to compose your very own melodies.

Play by ear
• Learn to recognize notes and play tunes just by listening to them.
• Learn the steps that will help you to improvise and play on your own.

Play with any piano or keyboard
• Skoove works with all pianos and keyboards, USB/MIDI or acoustic.
• No keyboard? Start your piano journey using the virtual on-screen keyboard.

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

“Unlike various other music-learning apps, Skoove’s virtual guide takes the learner through each lesson, and provides real-time feedback that listens to the player as they practice.” - Forbes

“Eventually, notes, keys and names fall into place – I even play four suspiciously simple bars of Bach by sight! With both hands! Success!” - The Guardian

TRY FOR FREE

Download Skoove today and take a limited number of lessons from all levels, free.

Unlock all lessons and access the benefits of Skoove Premium. Subscribe to one of our plans (prices may vary depending on location and currency).
• 1 Month Plan $19.99
• 3 Month Plan $39.99
• 12 Month Plan $119.99

FULL ACCESS

Signup for Skoove Premium and get all the features listed above and more....
• A rich, curated catalog of music with over 400 lessons and songs.
• New lessons and songs added monthly.
• One-on-one support: real piano instructors are on hand to answer questions.

Subscription automatically renews unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period. Your Account will be charged for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period. No cancellation of the current subscription is allowed during active subscription period. Subscriptions may be managed by the user and auto-renewal may be turned off by going to the user's Account Settings after purchase

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