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flowkey: Learn piano

flowkey: Learn piano

flowkey

Learn to play the piano or keyboard with the songs you love & become a piano pro

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  • img Community
    The 88 keys of the concert piano can seem intimidating, to say the least. If you still feel intrigued and wish to master such a fascinating instrument, try this well structured virtual course. It will teach you the basics, as well as more advanced techniques, using the tunes you love.
    img by Andreas
    1 year ago
  • Tentative 4 Stars Jan 16, 2021

    By Hill B.W.
    I give this app a tentative 4 stars. I tried Flowkey and another piano app together for the 7 day trial and found that, overall, Flowkey worked better for me. I played an instrument in grade school and had unsuccessful private piano lessons as a kid and was definitely in need of a refresher on reading music. I think this app does a nice job introducing the elements of reading music (though I do sort of wish there was a written element where a note would appear and you had to name it by letter, like a written pop quiz) It also allows you to practice a piece as needed before moving on. Another small gripe is how many times you have to push play or OK to start the activity. I wish this could be a voice command so that you can get your hands situated and then say “OK” to start the exercise. My tentative 4 stars is based on the fact that shortly after starting to play more than one note at a time, the app has a hard time determining if you are playing the correct note. This make practicing extremely frustrating having to play the same note many, many times until it hears it correctly to move on, ruining any flow you had going and making it hard to actually learn a piece of music. I have a cable coming so that I can plug my iPad into my keyboard and hope this improves the experience. If this works, it will solidify my 4 stars.
  • Apr 24, 2021

    By Keiran M Raine
    Overall good (MIDI connection), a few minor issues/bugs (see below). Using as a refresher after 20y not really playing and evaluations for my child to use. Repeat counters show 0 of N and never reach the N value. Final bar scrolling doesn't match tempo, see dotted quarter exercise. Blue bar visible after music on several beginner exercises (marker from development?). Pickup exercises need metronome.
  • Probably a good tool for beginners Dec 28, 2020

    By 凰萧
    I’ve been playing piano for almost 20 years- I started when I was five. After I moved to my own apartment, I decided to buy a Yamaha digital piano with weighted keys to best mimic the true touch of a real piano. I noticed this App from Yamaha’s website and decided to give it a try. After tried playing several pieces, I think this app is really ideal for beginners who do not know anything about pedal, dynamics, and the flow of music. The only thing this app cares about is wether you played a note right or wrong. While playing the note correctly is an essential part for beginners, for more advanced players, there are certainty room for improvements. This App did help me correct some notes that I unintentionally played wrong, but I had to stop and correct the wrong note before I can move on. Imaging you’re playing some beautiful pieces in front of your friends, this app keep yelling at you for one note and will not show the rest of the sheets before you correct it. More ideally (at least for me) is that after I finish playing the whole piece, this app can tell me the locations of notes or chords I played wrong in this piece. But I think it is still a quite powerful tool for beginners who just want to press the key and play some music.
  • Could be much better Mar 17, 2019

    By Zagmongor
    The wait mode functionality on this app is quite frustrating. This is the mode in which the song waits until you hit the right key before moving on. Without MIDI functionality on your keyboard you are stuck with it trying to recognize sounds through your phone mic. There is no keyboard calibration setup or anything to let the app know what sound corresponds to what key on your keyboard. So if your piano is slightly out of tune or if you have a cheap electronic keyboard like myself, it has a hard time picking up certain notes. This severely disrupts my flow during a song when I have to repeat a key until it finally recognizes, or it randomly skips notes sometimes. As a beginner i find the sections that are hardest to learn are the ones were I have to repeat notes because it cannot properly recognize them. Also if I search a song that I would like to play, i can’t add it to “my songs” to save it for later. It appears that you can only save songs to your list if you so happen to come across it going through the songs tab and clicking through categories and scrolling forever trying to find the song you want to save. Very inconvenient. Much to be desired after paying $100 for this app....
  • Love my csp-170 and flowkey nice addition. Mar 18, 2020

    By Fourteener29
    I bought a Yamaha CSP-170 one year ago. Started using flow key with free into offer. I have upgraded to premium last year after free intro and agin for another year. While the app is pretty expensive I have been using it every day. It does work very well with my piano and my playing has really improved over the past year. Now with virus stay at home, I will be using it even more. I suggest trying it and seeing how you like it then if you do upgrade to premium. Sometime I just like to play songs on my iPad and watch how they are played. It had enabled mr to play harder songs that I could have without the app. I love love the live wait mode aspect. I noticed some one else not liking it. It works very well on my Yamaha CSP-170 plugged in thru USB port. I my Yamaha per-125 on a camping trip in my motor home. That didn’t work as well because it is too old to plug in thru usb. Have to use microphone function to “hear” the mores I played. It will miss hear some notes and slow down my playing but plugged it works very well.
  • Apr 25, 2021

    By Katelyn Greene
    I've been playing piano for 8 years, almost 9. I can definitely say this app is good for beginners and those who want to learn challenging pieces. This app is truly amazing!
  • Learn at your own pace Aug 31, 2018

    By poemsnpaintings
    I am an older adult (73 years old) and new to piano. I tried working with 2 different piano teachers. One taught me like one of her 6 year old learners, though I know she meant well. The other seemed like she was out to prove something and had no patience for mistakes. So I decided to try flowkey and learn on my own. It was the best decision I could have made. I went ahead and bought the lifetime membership and I am glad I did. I am now learning and playing music. There are tons of selections for every level, plus there are courses for learning scales, chords, and more. I wish there were more courses. If I could change something, it would be to have the ability to download an entire piece so that I could print it out and play it when I don’t have an internet connection. This would also allow me to look at the whole piece, and give me a better context for what I am learning. As it is right now you can only see a few measures at a time as the piece scrolls by. Still, I highly recommend this app.
  • My sister and mom love it, but... Dec 7, 2020

    By Named Name 139
    Edit, I realize that I wrote this when I was near drunk-levels of sleep-deprived, but I still think that it’s criminal that the Celeste soundtrack isn’t available. It already has a full piano album and translates so well to piano! Alright, this service works well and taught my sister how to play the piano. My only gripe is pretty niche, and it’s that the game music section is a bit sparse. It was the Celeste game soundtrack by Lena Raine that got me to love piano music. The soundtrack has a piano album and would make a wonderful addition to Flowkey’s library. Some of them would make great songs for beginners, but would be enjoyable to learn for anyone. Personally, I find it difficult to keep working at learning a skill as a personal long term goal, and piano is no exception; however I know that these songs would keep mine and others’ interest. I reiterate, this app works wonderfully and already has a large library of songs, but I personally have a harder time due to music preference.
  • I’m somewhere in the middle about this app Oct 20, 2018

    By Nina Christian
    Personally I feel like I was miss-lead by the information that was available to me when I was searching for an app to learn to play piano! On one hand I love the interface, I love the fact that flow-key waits for you, and that it moves along as you play! On the other hand, I am almost through all of the courses, and I barely know anymore than I knew prior to paying for this app, their customer service was wonderful before my payment actually was deposited, Following my free trial, I think the concept of flowkey is wonderful, but are we really learning how to play? I don’t think so, we’re just mimicking two hands we see above us, at least that’s how I feel! I could go on anon but those are my two biggest gripes. Plus they mentioned that there’s thousands of songs, and I can barely find time that I enjoy And maybe two that I can actually make my way through playing, so I’m disappointed, not totally disappointed, but enough that I would not renew my membership! Hope this helps someone who might want to learn to play, And is confused on which app to go with!
  • Tentative 4 Stars Jan 16, 2021

    By Hill B.W.
    I give this app a tentative 4 stars. I tried Flowkey and another piano app together for the 7 day trial and found that, overall, Flowkey worked better for me. I played an instrument in grade school and had unsuccessful private piano lessons as a kid and was definitely in need of a refresher on reading music. I think this app does a nice job introducing the elements of reading music (though I do sort of wish there was a written element where a note would appear and you had to name it by letter, like a written pop quiz) It also allows you to practice a piece as needed before moving on. Another small gripe is how many times you have to push play or OK to start the activity. I wish this could be a voice command so that you can get your hands situated and then say “OK” to start the exercise. My tentative 4 stars is based on the fact that shortly after starting to play more than one note at a time, the app has a hard time determining if you are playing the correct note. This make practicing extremely frustrating having to play the same note many, many times until it hears it correctly to move on, ruining any flow you had going and making it hard to actually learn a piece of music. I have a cable coming so that I can plug my iPad into my keyboard and hope this improves the experience. If this works, it will solidify my 4 stars.
  • Apr 24, 2021

    By Keiran M Raine
    Overall good (MIDI connection), a few minor issues/bugs (see below). Using as a refresher after 20y not really playing and evaluations for my child to use. Repeat counters show 0 of N and never reach the N value. Final bar scrolling doesn't match tempo, see dotted quarter exercise. Blue bar visible after music on several beginner exercises (marker from development?). Pickup exercises need metronome.
  • Probably a good tool for beginners Dec 28, 2020

    By 凰萧
    I’ve been playing piano for almost 20 years- I started when I was five. After I moved to my own apartment, I decided to buy a Yamaha digital piano with weighted keys to best mimic the true touch of a real piano. I noticed this App from Yamaha’s website and decided to give it a try. After tried playing several pieces, I think this app is really ideal for beginners who do not know anything about pedal, dynamics, and the flow of music. The only thing this app cares about is wether you played a note right or wrong. While playing the note correctly is an essential part for beginners, for more advanced players, there are certainty room for improvements. This App did help me correct some notes that I unintentionally played wrong, but I had to stop and correct the wrong note before I can move on. Imaging you’re playing some beautiful pieces in front of your friends, this app keep yelling at you for one note and will not show the rest of the sheets before you correct it. More ideally (at least for me) is that after I finish playing the whole piece, this app can tell me the locations of notes or chords I played wrong in this piece. But I think it is still a quite powerful tool for beginners who just want to press the key and play some music.
  • Could be much better Mar 17, 2019

    By Zagmongor
    The wait mode functionality on this app is quite frustrating. This is the mode in which the song waits until you hit the right key before moving on. Without MIDI functionality on your keyboard you are stuck with it trying to recognize sounds through your phone mic. There is no keyboard calibration setup or anything to let the app know what sound corresponds to what key on your keyboard. So if your piano is slightly out of tune or if you have a cheap electronic keyboard like myself, it has a hard time picking up certain notes. This severely disrupts my flow during a song when I have to repeat a key until it finally recognizes, or it randomly skips notes sometimes. As a beginner i find the sections that are hardest to learn are the ones were I have to repeat notes because it cannot properly recognize them. Also if I search a song that I would like to play, i can’t add it to “my songs” to save it for later. It appears that you can only save songs to your list if you so happen to come across it going through the songs tab and clicking through categories and scrolling forever trying to find the song you want to save. Very inconvenient. Much to be desired after paying $100 for this app....
  • Love my csp-170 and flowkey nice addition. Mar 18, 2020

    By Fourteener29
    I bought a Yamaha CSP-170 one year ago. Started using flow key with free into offer. I have upgraded to premium last year after free intro and agin for another year. While the app is pretty expensive I have been using it every day. It does work very well with my piano and my playing has really improved over the past year. Now with virus stay at home, I will be using it even more. I suggest trying it and seeing how you like it then if you do upgrade to premium. Sometime I just like to play songs on my iPad and watch how they are played. It had enabled mr to play harder songs that I could have without the app. I love love the live wait mode aspect. I noticed some one else not liking it. It works very well on my Yamaha CSP-170 plugged in thru USB port. I my Yamaha per-125 on a camping trip in my motor home. That didn’t work as well because it is too old to plug in thru usb. Have to use microphone function to “hear” the mores I played. It will miss hear some notes and slow down my playing but plugged it works very well.
  • Apr 25, 2021

    By Katelyn Greene
    I've been playing piano for 8 years, almost 9. I can definitely say this app is good for beginners and those who want to learn challenging pieces. This app is truly amazing!
  • Learn at your own pace Aug 31, 2018

    By poemsnpaintings
    I am an older adult (73 years old) and new to piano. I tried working with 2 different piano teachers. One taught me like one of her 6 year old learners, though I know she meant well. The other seemed like she was out to prove something and had no patience for mistakes. So I decided to try flowkey and learn on my own. It was the best decision I could have made. I went ahead and bought the lifetime membership and I am glad I did. I am now learning and playing music. There are tons of selections for every level, plus there are courses for learning scales, chords, and more. I wish there were more courses. If I could change something, it would be to have the ability to download an entire piece so that I could print it out and play it when I don’t have an internet connection. This would also allow me to look at the whole piece, and give me a better context for what I am learning. As it is right now you can only see a few measures at a time as the piece scrolls by. Still, I highly recommend this app.
  • My sister and mom love it, but... Dec 7, 2020

    By Named Name 139
    Edit, I realize that I wrote this when I was near drunk-levels of sleep-deprived, but I still think that it’s criminal that the Celeste soundtrack isn’t available. It already has a full piano album and translates so well to piano! Alright, this service works well and taught my sister how to play the piano. My only gripe is pretty niche, and it’s that the game music section is a bit sparse. It was the Celeste game soundtrack by Lena Raine that got me to love piano music. The soundtrack has a piano album and would make a wonderful addition to Flowkey’s library. Some of them would make great songs for beginners, but would be enjoyable to learn for anyone. Personally, I find it difficult to keep working at learning a skill as a personal long term goal, and piano is no exception; however I know that these songs would keep mine and others’ interest. I reiterate, this app works wonderfully and already has a large library of songs, but I personally have a harder time due to music preference.
  • I’m somewhere in the middle about this app Oct 20, 2018

    By Nina Christian
    Personally I feel like I was miss-lead by the information that was available to me when I was searching for an app to learn to play piano! On one hand I love the interface, I love the fact that flow-key waits for you, and that it moves along as you play! On the other hand, I am almost through all of the courses, and I barely know anymore than I knew prior to paying for this app, their customer service was wonderful before my payment actually was deposited, Following my free trial, I think the concept of flowkey is wonderful, but are we really learning how to play? I don’t think so, we’re just mimicking two hands we see above us, at least that’s how I feel! I could go on anon but those are my two biggest gripes. Plus they mentioned that there’s thousands of songs, and I can barely find time that I enjoy And maybe two that I can actually make my way through playing, so I’m disappointed, not totally disappointed, but enough that I would not renew my membership! Hope this helps someone who might want to learn to play, And is confused on which app to go with!
  • Apr 12, 2021

    By Danielle D
    I paid for the premium for one year and although I like the app. I don't find that it justifies the cost. Most of the pieces lack any dynamic makings and I feel that other than new songs no further improvements have been made to the app that would consider me to renew my subscription. The addition of guidance for finger numbering would be beneficial rather than the note letters and perhaps some more courses.
  • Apr 20, 2021

    By Joe S
    It's a great app to learn how to play piano. What I dislike about is that: 1) When I search a song then I don't have the option to save that as favorite. 2) No sustain 3) The beginner and intermediate level are often incomplete like a sample song. If you're a beginner and wants to learn your favorite in the beginner level you'll be very disappointing. Don't know why Flowkey can't play a complete simplified song. A complete song is a great deal to me so I can only give it a 2 stars.
  • Apr 22, 2021

    By Andres E. Padron
    Its efin frustrating man. Damn!! The courses keep on freezing every single F time. I have to manually scroll it to finish the practice. Auper frustrating... Might be changing to other apps if this continues. Also, they lack control settings big time. What if dont want to play the upper video to save data??? Come on guys, do something.
  • Apr 19, 2021

    By Lauren Renteria
    They continue to charge after cancellation! I cancelled last year and noticed this year that they are taking money out of my account again. Be careful! I am very aware of my apps and charges and have never had this happen with a Google subscription. I am furious!
  • Apr 9, 2021

    By Dave Clarke
    This program is ok when it works. But it doesn't work. The program scrolls over the notes as you are playing them and gives a green checkmark to show you have played the right key. Nice feature except it stops at the first note 75% of the time. You can't even learn a song because you can only see the first few notes. This app is atrocious.
  • Apr 27, 2021

    By mohamed Agoumi
    It's sooo annoying when it's all working smoothly but one single button you have to click two times or three before the app recognize it fix it please
  • Useless without “premium” Jun 26, 2018

    By Meepow
    I have been searching everywhere for an app or book that can teach me to play piano but I was not successfully. This app sounded like a good idea... I learned to play a simple song: ode to joy. When the app let me roam free around to pick another song, I soon figured out that as I had no subscription, I could only play 8 songs! When I opened up a “beginner “ song... I was shocked... the song I found listed under beginner was extremely difficult. As I was attempting to learn it, the app suggested that I take a course on learning the piano. I found many lessons... it was EXACTLY what I had been searching for... but APPARENTLY it was too good to be true... I tapped on the first lesson of how to read sheet music. I felt fine and relieved to take the first lesson... but when I finished it, the app told me I needed a “premium” plan... I was fuming! As realization struck me, I found out that the long winding list of lesson types with even more lessons within them required (once again !) a “premium plan” So to put it simply, the functionality of LEARNING how to actually USE the piano is not very possible on this app without a subscription of $20 a month!!!!!!!!!
  • Apr 2, 2021

    By Julia Starlark
    Very good, structured lessons, good song library. Very bad UI for Android, continuous, annoying need to rotate phone. Very annoying need to click got it, play, on every minimal step. No possibility to put on the metronome while practicing. Didn't find a possibility to add songs from "Search" section to "Favorite". Many bugs. Generally good app but, for now, bad quality-price balabce.
  • Apr 4, 2021

    By Aadya Panday
    Even after the recent update it never loads whenever I try to play a video it will take forever to load(like it will never load!) When I leave the app and come back it will load but the video won't start how am o supposed to learn Kindly fix it withing the next week as I have a talent show Will resort to other methods otherwise
  • img Community
    The 88 keys of the concert piano can seem intimidating, to say the least. If you still feel intrigued and wish to master such a fascinating instrument, try this well structured virtual course. It will teach you the basics, as well as more advanced techniques, using the tunes you love.
    img by Andreas
    1 year ago

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  • Love my csp-170 and flowkey nice addition. Mar 18, 2020

    By Fourteener29
    I bought a Yamaha CSP-170 one year ago. Started using flow key with free into offer. I have upgraded to premium last year after free intro and agin for another year. While the app is pretty expensive I have been using it every day. It does work very well with my piano and my playing has really improved over the past year. Now with virus stay at home, I will be using it even more. I suggest trying it and seeing how you like it then if you do upgrade to premium. Sometime I just like to play songs on my iPad and watch how they are played. It had enabled mr to play harder songs that I could have without the app. I love love the live wait mode aspect. I noticed some one else not liking it. It works very well on my Yamaha CSP-170 plugged in thru USB port. I my Yamaha per-125 on a camping trip in my motor home. That didn’t work as well because it is too old to plug in thru usb. Have to use microphone function to “hear” the mores I played. It will miss hear some notes and slow down my playing but plugged it works very well.
  • Apr 25, 2021

    By Katelyn Greene
    I've been playing piano for 8 years, almost 9. I can definitely say this app is good for beginners and those who want to learn challenging pieces. This app is truly amazing!
  • Learn at your own pace Aug 31, 2018

    By poemsnpaintings
    I am an older adult (73 years old) and new to piano. I tried working with 2 different piano teachers. One taught me like one of her 6 year old learners, though I know she meant well. The other seemed like she was out to prove something and had no patience for mistakes. So I decided to try flowkey and learn on my own. It was the best decision I could have made. I went ahead and bought the lifetime membership and I am glad I did. I am now learning and playing music. There are tons of selections for every level, plus there are courses for learning scales, chords, and more. I wish there were more courses. If I could change something, it would be to have the ability to download an entire piece so that I could print it out and play it when I don’t have an internet connection. This would also allow me to look at the whole piece, and give me a better context for what I am learning. As it is right now you can only see a few measures at a time as the piece scrolls by. Still, I highly recommend this app.
  • My sister and mom love it, but... Dec 7, 2020

    By Named Name 139
    Edit, I realize that I wrote this when I was near drunk-levels of sleep-deprived, but I still think that it’s criminal that the Celeste soundtrack isn’t available. It already has a full piano album and translates so well to piano! Alright, this service works well and taught my sister how to play the piano. My only gripe is pretty niche, and it’s that the game music section is a bit sparse. It was the Celeste game soundtrack by Lena Raine that got me to love piano music. The soundtrack has a piano album and would make a wonderful addition to Flowkey’s library. Some of them would make great songs for beginners, but would be enjoyable to learn for anyone. Personally, I find it difficult to keep working at learning a skill as a personal long term goal, and piano is no exception; however I know that these songs would keep mine and others’ interest. I reiterate, this app works wonderfully and already has a large library of songs, but I personally have a harder time due to music preference.
  • Not what I expected. Nov 20, 2017

    By SterlingSky
    I am an experienced pianist, so cannot comment on the teaching tools, but I am disappointed with the sheet music, as in there is none. My complaints: 1. You must play from the line that only shows a few bars at a time. 2. You cannot slow the speed of the flow - at least not that I can figure out. I’m a good sight reader, but It would be nice to be able to do that when first learning a new song. 3. You only see the key you are in at the start of the flow. I would like be able to glance at a key signature from time to time, especially in songs where it changes throughout. 4. I would like the option of downloading the sheet music so that I done have to deal with the flow line only. I would be fine with a small fee to download a digital file. 5. There seems to be a glitch in connecting to Bluetooth. My Roland has a blue tooth connection - this is the first time I’ve had trouble connecting. 6. It does not seem there are 1000+ songs. Where are they hiding? What I like — the partners arrangements and being able to hear and see their scores - albeit a few bars at a time. I will need to go to them to purchase the digital files and hopefully they are available from them. If you want to try it - pay for one month only to see if this is something for you. I paid for 3 months and unless I see some other benefits, that will be all I am in for.
  • Apr 14, 2021

    By Jasmin
    This app literally is everything you could want in an app, it even has classes and if you pay it has even more songs and all the classes and it's way way less money then a piano class in real life. And if you don't want to pay, it comes with one free basic class and 7 free songs at different dificulties. I have been looking for a good app to learn piano and i finally found this one. Its super self paced and it has an option where you can play at your own speed so you don't have to keep pausing.
  • Apr 16, 2021

    By Ashutosh Darekar
    The app is great and teaches you with the basics. So if anyone doesn't know how to play a keyboard can learn :)
  • Apr 26, 2021

    By Joshua Briggs
    Withing a week of actually using Flowkey learned my first song. Found it best to use wait mode Then 50% Then 75% Then full speed Or else youll be pushing your luck Works awesome
  • Already the best, could be better. Apr 12, 2020

    By Nickname4567574765
    I LOVE this app. They have the best pop songs (very important to me) and they keep the app updated regularly. I tried many piano learning apps but this one was the best. The UI is great. I like being able to loop any section I want, scroll back and fourth, and use a midi keyboard if I want. I keep buying the yearly subscription and it is totally worth it. One improvement I would love to see is an option to remove or add the hands from/to the view (while learning a song) if you would like. I actually put a piece of paper over the hands part of the screen when I’m trying to learn how to read the sheet music, because my brain wants me to just peek at the hands because they’re easier to read. This option would help us learn how to read sheet music. Then we could add the hands back to the view whenever they were desired.
  • Apr 17, 2021

    By Stella Moon
    This app is free to use and enjoyable with time and practice with the numerous course you should reach your goal of learn an instrument (piano).
  • Tentative 4 Stars Jan 16, 2021

    By Hill B.W.
    I give this app a tentative 4 stars. I tried Flowkey and another piano app together for the 7 day trial and found that, overall, Flowkey worked better for me. I played an instrument in grade school and had unsuccessful private piano lessons as a kid and was definitely in need of a refresher on reading music. I think this app does a nice job introducing the elements of reading music (though I do sort of wish there was a written element where a note would appear and you had to name it by letter, like a written pop quiz) It also allows you to practice a piece as needed before moving on. Another small gripe is how many times you have to push play or OK to start the activity. I wish this could be a voice command so that you can get your hands situated and then say “OK” to start the exercise. My tentative 4 stars is based on the fact that shortly after starting to play more than one note at a time, the app has a hard time determining if you are playing the correct note. This make practicing extremely frustrating having to play the same note many, many times until it hears it correctly to move on, ruining any flow you had going and making it hard to actually learn a piece of music. I have a cable coming so that I can plug my iPad into my keyboard and hope this improves the experience. If this works, it will solidify my 4 stars.
  • Apr 24, 2021

    By Keiran M Raine
    Overall good (MIDI connection), a few minor issues/bugs (see below). Using as a refresher after 20y not really playing and evaluations for my child to use. Repeat counters show 0 of N and never reach the N value. Final bar scrolling doesn't match tempo, see dotted quarter exercise. Blue bar visible after music on several beginner exercises (marker from development?). Pickup exercises need metronome.
  • Great app but I need more MIDI options Nov 9, 2018

    By AWal Visuals
    Overall I like Flowkey a lot more than other apps like Simply Piano. It has a better interface and better lessons in my opinion. I also love the fact that it has a MIDI interface since the keyboard I currently own is a MIDI only controller. The only problem with this is that the app doesn’t play back any audio of the notes I’m playing. I assume this is because most people using the app would be playing a normal keyboard or piano. But since my keyboard is just a controller, it doesn’t have any speakers on it so I can only hear the audio through whatever device I’m connected to. The options menu on this app is pretty limited, and as far as I can tell, there’s no way to change this. I realize that I’m probably in a minority situation, but since there doesn’t seem to be a work around for this yet, I’m stuck using Simply Piano if I want to hear what I’m playing. But since I still prefer everything else about this app, I’m hoping that this option will be added.
  • My savior Mar 18, 2019

    By mouse642
    Ok, I never write reviews... like ever, but this app deserves it. I am completely new to piano, never have taken a lesson in my life and while I have been trying, I couldn’t play with two hands to save my life, that is until I found this app. Even though I have only played through a little bit of the beginner songs, I CAN FINALLY PLAY WITH TWO HANDS!!!!! I have tried everything, besides a teacher because I like to learn by myself, and this app is the only thing so far that has helped me to play simultaneously with two hands, and actually play the piano well. It allows you to go at your own pace and slow songs down, and while it’s a little pricy, heck, I might even buy a subscription. So to all my newbies who also have no idea how to play and are loosing hope, this app helped me, and although you can only access a few songs before buying a subscription, I recommend it for the short time you can use it before it blocks off.
  • Mar 19, 2021

    By Dose of memes
    This app is honestly interesting at the very least, it's amazing for beginners and above, I've been playing piano for around a month and in that time I barely made any progress but after 3 days of the app I was able to play fur elise at a fast speed, the one flaw that does bother me though is that it doesn't have all the songs you would expect but it doesn't ruin the app, I hope one day that will be fixed
  • Serves a purpose, there are work arounds for lack of sheet music Dec 16, 2017

    By Godchagk
    I took lessons for years when I was a kid, never very good, but I still like to dabble on my own. The app helps me A LOT for this first couple hours learning a piece. It's much faster than me working on my own. However, after a certain point the app is no longer helpful. That's when i start needing the sheet music to work at my own speed and drill problem areas. The app just isn't good for that and I can't memorize pieces like this app is apparently expecting you to. Overall it serves a purpose up to a point but then you really need the sheet music. some songs arranged by their "partners" do have sheet music available on the partner's website. for the other songs I've resorted to taking screenshots of measures then piecing them together on my computer. not ideal but it works. the classical music obviously has sheet music you can find on other sources. for that reason i upgraded it to four stars. minus a star for expense.
  • Apr 14, 2021

    By dallas gable
    Great app! Asks me to review after every lesson which is annoying. Really is a wonderful app for a beginner like me. Was my choice out of like 4 different apps. But the asking for a review constantly.... ugh.
  • Learn at your own pace, plus the fact that you can jump around to where you feel comfortable but... Feb 5, 2020

    By sophiebeanzee
    I like the fact that you can learn at your own pace and that unlike with music lessons you have to practice a certain amount of time everyday and I didn’t like that idea so learning at your own pace works for me. The only problem is the note detection from playing on the piano and the iPad hearing it from the mic. It seems to glitch every once in a while when i play two notes at a time i have to play them a couple of times in a row to get it to hear me playing. And at one point today when I was playing I played two notes and then the screen didn’t move on to the next section and I tried closing out the app and it was still happening. And I know it isn’t my iPad that is the problem because I just got this back in December and it is the bran new 2019 version.
  • Apr 26, 2021

    By Zinan Zhang
    It's a good tool for self correction but you do need off line courses besides as well.
  • Probably a good tool for beginners Dec 28, 2020

    By 凰萧
    I’ve been playing piano for almost 20 years- I started when I was five. After I moved to my own apartment, I decided to buy a Yamaha digital piano with weighted keys to best mimic the true touch of a real piano. I noticed this App from Yamaha’s website and decided to give it a try. After tried playing several pieces, I think this app is really ideal for beginners who do not know anything about pedal, dynamics, and the flow of music. The only thing this app cares about is wether you played a note right or wrong. While playing the note correctly is an essential part for beginners, for more advanced players, there are certainty room for improvements. This App did help me correct some notes that I unintentionally played wrong, but I had to stop and correct the wrong note before I can move on. Imaging you’re playing some beautiful pieces in front of your friends, this app keep yelling at you for one note and will not show the rest of the sheets before you correct it. More ideally (at least for me) is that after I finish playing the whole piece, this app can tell me the locations of notes or chords I played wrong in this piece. But I think it is still a quite powerful tool for beginners who just want to press the key and play some music.
  • Could be much better Mar 17, 2019

    By Zagmongor
    The wait mode functionality on this app is quite frustrating. This is the mode in which the song waits until you hit the right key before moving on. Without MIDI functionality on your keyboard you are stuck with it trying to recognize sounds through your phone mic. There is no keyboard calibration setup or anything to let the app know what sound corresponds to what key on your keyboard. So if your piano is slightly out of tune or if you have a cheap electronic keyboard like myself, it has a hard time picking up certain notes. This severely disrupts my flow during a song when I have to repeat a key until it finally recognizes, or it randomly skips notes sometimes. As a beginner i find the sections that are hardest to learn are the ones were I have to repeat notes because it cannot properly recognize them. Also if I search a song that I would like to play, i can’t add it to “my songs” to save it for later. It appears that you can only save songs to your list if you so happen to come across it going through the songs tab and clicking through categories and scrolling forever trying to find the song you want to save. Very inconvenient. Much to be desired after paying $100 for this app....
  • I’m somewhere in the middle about this app Oct 20, 2018

    By Nina Christian
    Personally I feel like I was miss-lead by the information that was available to me when I was searching for an app to learn to play piano! On one hand I love the interface, I love the fact that flow-key waits for you, and that it moves along as you play! On the other hand, I am almost through all of the courses, and I barely know anymore than I knew prior to paying for this app, their customer service was wonderful before my payment actually was deposited, Following my free trial, I think the concept of flowkey is wonderful, but are we really learning how to play? I don’t think so, we’re just mimicking two hands we see above us, at least that’s how I feel! I could go on anon but those are my two biggest gripes. Plus they mentioned that there’s thousands of songs, and I can barely find time that I enjoy And maybe two that I can actually make my way through playing, so I’m disappointed, not totally disappointed, but enough that I would not renew my membership! Hope this helps someone who might want to learn to play, And is confused on which app to go with!
  • Apr 12, 2021

    By Danielle D
    I paid for the premium for one year and although I like the app. I don't find that it justifies the cost. Most of the pieces lack any dynamic makings and I feel that other than new songs no further improvements have been made to the app that would consider me to renew my subscription. The addition of guidance for finger numbering would be beneficial rather than the note letters and perhaps some more courses.
  • Mar 21, 2021

    By Avril O Hanlon
    I am grateful to this app for teaching me very complicated pieces which I otherwise may not of had the patience for as a beginner, finger placement can be so tricky and this app really helps with that;. I had to memorize all of these pieces as printing the score isn't a possibility which I thought was a basic request considering the cost of membership. The app glitches but the most disappointing feature is no accompaniment music whatsoever, it's a deal breaker, so I won't renew due to that.
  • Could be better Oct 27, 2020

    By vitodrums247
    This review is coming from a musician. I’ve played guitar and drums for years and always wanted to play piano. I took an intro course in college and haven’t played piano since. This app is good for beginners. I started off having to skip plenty of the lessons because it’s stuff I already knew and didn’t realize. If you’re playing on a real piano or a keyboard with less than 88 keys it could be a problem. The app requires you to be in the same octave and won’t move along unless you hit the correct notes. Even hitting the correct notes but a different octave won’t allow you to proceed. I have a 88 key Bluetooth enabled keyboard which makes this app much smoother. My complaint are with the songs. Almost every song I picked out also incorporates the vocal melody. Now this is nice, but if I’m trying to learn “Let it Be” I want to play it like Paul McCartney and sing along. Not be forced to play the vocal melody making it nowhere near what he’s actually playing. Maybe create a “master” mode or something where it’s the instrumental how the artist would play it and sing on top. The subscription price for this app could get expensive. But I looked at it like 20 a month and I get all the piano lessons my time allows. That’s worth it for me and definitely got the rust off my hands. I’ll continue to learn the beginnings of songs on pro before the vocal melody kicks in and improvise the rest.
  • Apr 20, 2021

    By Joe S
    It's a great app to learn how to play piano. What I dislike about is that: 1) When I search a song then I don't have the option to save that as favorite. 2) No sustain 3) The beginner and intermediate level are often incomplete like a sample song. If you're a beginner and wants to learn your favorite in the beginner level you'll be very disappointing. Don't know why Flowkey can't play a complete simplified song. A complete song is a great deal to me so I can only give it a 2 stars.
  • Apr 22, 2021

    By Andres E. Padron
    Its efin frustrating man. Damn!! The courses keep on freezing every single F time. I have to manually scroll it to finish the practice. Auper frustrating... Might be changing to other apps if this continues. Also, they lack control settings big time. What if dont want to play the upper video to save data??? Come on guys, do something.
  • Apr 2, 2021

    By Julia Starlark
    Very good, structured lessons, good song library. Very bad UI for Android, continuous, annoying need to rotate phone. Very annoying need to click got it, play, on every minimal step. No possibility to put on the metronome while practicing. Didn't find a possibility to add songs from "Search" section to "Favorite". Many bugs. Generally good app but, for now, bad quality-price balabce.
  • Apr 19, 2021

    By Lauren Renteria
    They continue to charge after cancellation! I cancelled last year and noticed this year that they are taking money out of my account again. Be careful! I am very aware of my apps and charges and have never had this happen with a Google subscription. I am furious!
  • Apr 9, 2021

    By Dave Clarke
    This program is ok when it works. But it doesn't work. The program scrolls over the notes as you are playing them and gives a green checkmark to show you have played the right key. Nice feature except it stops at the first note 75% of the time. You can't even learn a song because you can only see the first few notes. This app is atrocious.
  • Apr 27, 2021

    By mohamed Agoumi
    It's sooo annoying when it's all working smoothly but one single button you have to click two times or three before the app recognize it fix it please
  • Useless without “premium” Jun 26, 2018

    By Meepow
    I have been searching everywhere for an app or book that can teach me to play piano but I was not successfully. This app sounded like a good idea... I learned to play a simple song: ode to joy. When the app let me roam free around to pick another song, I soon figured out that as I had no subscription, I could only play 8 songs! When I opened up a “beginner “ song... I was shocked... the song I found listed under beginner was extremely difficult. As I was attempting to learn it, the app suggested that I take a course on learning the piano. I found many lessons... it was EXACTLY what I had been searching for... but APPARENTLY it was too good to be true... I tapped on the first lesson of how to read sheet music. I felt fine and relieved to take the first lesson... but when I finished it, the app told me I needed a “premium” plan... I was fuming! As realization struck me, I found out that the long winding list of lesson types with even more lessons within them required (once again !) a “premium plan” So to put it simply, the functionality of LEARNING how to actually USE the piano is not very possible on this app without a subscription of $20 a month!!!!!!!!!
  • Apr 4, 2021

    By Aadya Panday
    Even after the recent update it never loads whenever I try to play a video it will take forever to load(like it will never load!) When I leave the app and come back it will load but the video won't start how am o supposed to learn Kindly fix it withing the next week as I have a talent show Will resort to other methods otherwise

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