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#687703 - 11/15/04 07:58 PM Learning Software Question  
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Hello,

Where can I get some learning software that I can load onto my computer which I can then plug into my digital keyboard? I want to be able to see the notes and to play them and to know if I make a mistake.

I want to, for example, down load a midi of Chopin and then be able to have my computer interface with the piano to show me the score and tell me if I make a mistake. Is such a thing available out there? I went to the music store today and they wanted $3900 for the epiano system. Of course, you had to buy a their piano and computer. I don't want their piano, or their computer...I just want the software.

I am looking at the Suzuki electronic piano at Costco right now for $2000--it seems to be a good deal for what it is.

This is mostly for my kids, but I think I may want to mess around with it as well. I don't need, or want, too many bells and whistles.

Thank you all in advance,

David


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#687704 - 11/15/04 09:06 PM Re: Learning Software Question  
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David,
You may consider PianoSuite. Information is available at
http://www.adventus.com/products/edu_premier.php

There are demo videos etc. But it is a great intuitive peice of software that can be used with any MIDI capable keyboard. For your kids to get the most out their Piano learning experience, I would recommend an 88 key digital piano with a graded hammer action keyboard. This software in conjunction with lessons from a qualified piano teacher and lots of practice will allow them to attain proper playing technique and finger strength.
Hope this Helps.
Propiano

#687705 - 11/16/04 07:38 AM Re: Learning Software Question  
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Take a look at Sibelius and Finale music notation software:

http://www.sibelius.com/cgi-bin/home/home.pl
http://www.finalemusic.com/

Both of these products can import MIDI files and convert them to notation.

Of course just about any of the major sequencing software packages also have a score view:

Cakewalk Sonar or Home Studio
Steinberg Cubase
Powertracks Pro
Mackie Traction

My recommendations would be to start on the cheap side (Finale Notepad Plus $24.95) and then upgrade to better software as your experience grows.

While none of these packages are actually learning software, they will allow you to hear and see the score as it should sound. You can change the tempo to any speed you want and you can have the computer output the midi to your keyboard so the sound is generated there.

For sight reading I suggest taking a look at:

Etude Sight Reader
http://www.etudesoftware.com/

Rodney

#687706 - 11/16/04 07:41 AM Re: Learning Software Question  
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David,

Just wanted to add that I think you can do better than the Suzuki keyboard for the $2000 range. Take a look at the Yamaha CLP line or Roland HP line at your local music instrument vendors.

There is lots of information on this forum about both so I will not repeat any but you can't go wron with either. If you are not concerned about the keyboard looking like a piano, then consider the Yamaha P120 or P250.

My 2 cents, ;-)

Rodney

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#687707 - 11/16/04 01:05 PM Re: Learning Software Question  
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Rodney and Propiano,

Many, many thanks for your quick help! I can see I have a lot of research to do. This is a great site.

David smile smile smile


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