September 24, 2011

Vic Mahfood

Steinway Etude

Developer Quote: "Etude is the ultimate app for learning music on the piano. It's all part of Steinway's new suite of digital tools for the 21st century musician."

- COST: Free    - APP STORE STARS: 4
- Categories: Education, Entertainment, iPad, Lifestyle, Music, Native

Learning to play music is a huge benefit to anyone for so many reasons. There are mathematical factors to music that help students better comprehend that subject in school. The engrossing and soothing nature of physically playing music distracts from daily stresses, while also being a huge help in anger management and depression. Moreover, just for the love of music, learning an instrument is simply a joy! Steinway Etude will help coach you on on how to understand and play notes and chords. Still, it does even more than that as you can see from the examples for everyone below!

This is one of the easiest ways to begin learning. Select the song you like from the In-App music store, download it, and Etude will show you the exact keys to press throughout the song. Improve your practice by slowing the beat, and using each hand separately.

No need to tote around bulky paper or turn music book pages. Digital sheet music is so much simpler.

Steinway has collaborated with major music publishers to provide authentic piano arrangements of your favorite songs.

Some of the musical and helpful features of Steinway Etude are as follows:

- Built-in MIDI synthesizer lets you hear the piece aloud. Change tempo and toggle parts on and off.

- On-screen keyboard display shows the keys being played, distinguishing each part with separate colors.

- Two ways to see music: sheet music and piano roll visualization.

- Fullscreen button lets you hide everything except for the music.

- Songs include classical music, pop hits, showtunes, and themes from movies and TV shows.

- Request your fave song, and you will be notified when it is available.

Digital sheet music is really a genius idea. The page automatically scrolls when the notes are finished playing on a page. It's really a great tool for pianists. You can still page through the sheets manually as needed though. Here you'll find crisp, clear print of the notes, or a view of the notes by color as they are about to be played. Use the Play button to practice as much as you want. Adjust the speed, or adjust the settings to use one hand at a time. This is truly an excellent app for those wanting to practice on their piano or keyboard. The app comes with 2 sets of sheet music. You can purchase additional music for $2.99 or get it free in-app. Since I have personally purchased a number of paper sheet music pages for my own practice over the years, I can tell you this is a great price. No more crinkled, yellowed or old papers in the piano bench. Have it all on your iPad for the ultimate in convenience!

COOL CONCLUSION: "Steinway Etude is a crisp, sleek and modern way to view sheet music while playing your keyboard or piano."
--Date/Version: Updated 9/22/11 - Version 2.0.1
--iOS/Age Rating:  This app requires iOS 4.2 or later. Rated 4+.
--Device: iPad
--Developer Link: Steinway Musical Instruments

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