PianoTabs for iPad

iPads and Androids are definitely what’s in! We did a blog post about top 10 piano apps for iPad last year and I am now even more impressed with the new apps offered in today’s market, not to mention the fact that new generations are super familiar with touch screen devices.

I went to visit a friend last night and when I got into his lounge, his 12 year old girl was playing a Lady Gaga song with an iPad. I Immediately wondered about the application she was using. So I had a look and of course a go with it and I was impressed with the ease of use and effectiveness of the app to learn to play songs… I am talking about PianoTabs.

If you own an iPad and you are into learning to play songs, this is a great application to check out. Piano Tabs is a very easy to use application which allows you to play, remember, sing along, learn the chords and even compose your own songs with a simple touch of your fingers.

I found this app to be super helpful (besides the learning songs side of things) with learning chords and composing your own sounds.

How it works.

The PianoTabs application has four main areas to help you:

Chords
It shows you every chord on the screen, for example a D#, D#maj7, A#, etc. And when you play a chord, it shows you some blue dots for the white keys and orange dots for the black keys so you can see the finger position on the fingerboard. The cool thing about this feature is that you can also tap a chord to play it through the iPad speakers, so basically you can play a song or compose one without even having your piano or keyboard.

Lyrics
Every lyric you add into your application will be displayed alongside the chords so you can see both things at the same time, and guess what? The latest application update comes with an auto scroll so you can read or sing the lyrics as well as play the chords on your piano. Basically forget about stopping to scroll.

Compose and search chords
Have you ever been playing your piano when you suddenly play a chord and have no idea what it is but you like how it sounds? Find it on the Chord Finder by simply touching the same keys you are touching on the piano and get the name of that particular chord.

Chords Chart
This is like your chord bible. Use the chord chart to browse through all available chords that are sorted by their key note. Major, minor, augmented, suspended they’re all included.

Let’s stop the talking and see it in action on the following video:

If you are keen on this PianoTabs app, visit the iTunes store clicking here.

Luis Tovar

Luis Tovar

Yamaha P35 digital piano

Very easy to use with superb sound!

This is probably the best option for the piano enthusiast looking into buy a simple, easy to use but powerful digital piano. The Yamaha P35 Digital Piano is the first in Yamaha’s legendary P-series.

The P35 is a very portable, lightweight piano, perfect to have at home, at a recording studio, school or even for playing some local gigs.

Not a lot of builds, buttons and shiny lights.

The P35 was build to be nothing else but a great piano. With the P35 you basically have 10 different voices, nothing more and these include a couple of grand piano sounds and organ sounds. An electric piano and a couple of strings, harpschords and vibes. All of them with an amazing sounding quality!

So how can you set the sounds up without a button? This digital piano comes with a function button which by pressing it down will activate certain keys on the keyboard to switch between sounds and also activate a built in metronome.

Duo function.

The duo function allows you to split the keyboard in two identical sounds, this is a great tool for teachers and students or as it name says, to play as a duo. As well as letting you mix two different sounds; for example, strings and piano, or any other combination you like.

It also comes with reverb and chorus effects and MIDI input and output so you can connect it to any computer application you have.

A sustain pedal and power supply comes as well with the P35.

In a few words, the Yamaha P35 digital piano is a great little keyboard at a very affordable price.

Check it out on your nearest music store.

Luis Tovar

Luis Tovar