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Ideal solution to learn music using your computer.
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User rating: 40 (82%) 9 (18%) 54 comments

PianoTeacher 2.0.0.1 was available as a giveaway on August 31, 2020!

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PianoTeacher is an ideal solution to learn music using your computer.
PianoTeacher is a very useful application for piano and music learners. The application contains piano lessons, piano exercises and piano pieces. The program can automatically generate new piano exercises. PianoTeacher contains a music notation module as well.

Supported audio file formats: Wave audio files, Mp3 audio files, OggVorbis audio files and MIDI files.

Features:

  • Learn to play piano using your computer.
  • Quick create piano exercise.
  • Export project file to MIDI file.
  • View and print music-notation.
  • Add lyrics to MIDI file.
  • Playback MIDI file.
  • Playback supported audio file.
  • Improve the sound quality with the 10 bands equalizer.
  • Record Wave, Mp3 and OggVorbis audio files.
  • Record vocals using microphone.
  • Record streamed audio data.
  • Play and sing your own song and record it to your hard disc.
  • Save your work as a project file and open it whenever you like.
  • System Requirements:

    Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 8.1/ 10 (32 or 64-bit); Windows compatible audio card; Midi interface and piano or midi keyboard recommended.

    Publisher:

    BelaDaddy

    Homepage:

    http://www.beladaddy.com/

    File Size:

    13.8 MB

    Licence details:

    Lifetime, no updates, no support

    Price:

    $29.00

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    #18

    I downloaded and installed the software fine. My biggest problem was not understanding how to play the piano with unfamiliar lingo. The instructions crammed lessons that are hard to keep up. This program is for those with some exposure. I will be deleting it - hopefully a better teacher will follow down the road. Thank you though for providing to the GOTD community.

    Reply   |   Comment by vdcosta  –  27 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
    #17

    I found the [ NoteSheet ] button to see the sheet music for what is playing, and it opens a separate window where we can start playing, while it is already playing in the main window, and if timed it right, I can get them out of sync and the overlay two people playing out of sync with each other is wonderfully cacophonic!

    It begs some music theory to purposefully start rondellus patterns intentionally at different times to create surprising haromnies at only appear as more voices playing the same melody get added in at different starting measures each ( Freres Jacques is a simplistic example ).

    With our computers having large screens and multiple screens and rotated portrait screens, it makes sense to have the keyboard and sheet music coordinated, linked, playing together at the same time - can er synchronize them in Piano Teacher v2?

    No, there is no fingering available on some of the sheet music.

    It looks like it can import MIDI files ( always capitalized, it's never "midi", it's an acronym, Music Instrument Digital Interface ), but I can't imagine it knows the best fingerings - that would be a terrific addition, to automatically figure out the best fingerings, then we could better learn something handed to this program, and it could turn around, figure it out, turn it into sheet music, and teach us how to play it.

    Can it convert MIDI to a score, to sheet music?

    Is the ): clef thingy for the left hand, and the &: clef thingy the right hand? You probably ought to tell us, considering you are trying to teach us here.

    And I count left to right, not outside to inside, so my fingers on my left hand go 1 2 3 4 5, not 5 4 3 2 1, so my fingers go, left to right, 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10, not 5 4 3 2 1 1 2 3 4 5, so when I see two 1s I have no idea which 1 should hit that note, but if I saw a 5 and a 6 instead of two 1as, I'd know unambiguously.

    Think about how dentists number teeth ( forward left-to-right from their view, backward from our view ! ), there are no duplicate numbers.

    It would be nice to be able to right-click on anything and have it explained, like

    - point to the clef thingies and have it tell us what they are and why,

    - point to the sharps and flats and have it tell us the key signature and what that means,

    - point to a note and have it tell us the note, value, who many beats long it is, what finger hits it, if it's modified by the key signature, and so on.

    Can we play along and have it grade us in rhythm and melody accuracy?

    That is, can we have it watch and see where we need improvement?

    Maybe we hit the right notes, but not on time.

    Maybe we keep the rhythm, but we let our fingers land wherever haphazardly on the wrong notes ( a Victor Borge specialty).

    Maybe we haven't figured out phrasing yet - help us learn.

    Perhaps separate rhythm and melody training would let us work on our weaknesses, and the software would learn how good we are getting, and improve our challenges as we get better.

    There are some great TED talks out there by Benjamin Zander that have already expanded my understanding well beyond any "mere" teacher of posture and hand position ever did.

    For version 2, this software is overwhelmingly feature-packed, so asking for sophisticated intelligence may be asking for v12 next, but you gotta have a target a goal, and to have the software learn with me, track my progress, and grow with me, keeping me challenged, well, that would make this a life-long addiction, wouldn't it?

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    I never learned to sight-read, only counting each note up and down the scale to memorize, and then play an entire piece from memory, no matter how long, letting the sheet music measures keep me on track, a teacher might correct me and tell me to pick it up from "here", pointing somewhere on page 2, and I would be quiet for a little while playing the music in my head until that measure, the teacher asked me what I was doing and I explained I'm getting ready to play it from the measure they asked for, doh!

    It takes inordinate practice, skill, and talent to play an instrument, or to vocalize, so I might just get good enough to program Band In The Box, and hit the [ Humanize ] button that tells it to sound human, not mechanical, causing some randomness on where the notes and beats land in easy micro imprecision ... not as "bad" as Frank Sinatra, who never found a downbeat he liked toward the end of his career, singing whatever notes whenever he wanted to, orchestration be damned.

    But [ Piano Teacher v2 ] is dead-on metronomic precise to the point of being unlistenable ( like playing back someone speaking but removing the pauses where they inhale, so, after a sentence or two, you can't listen anymore because you expect the person to keel over dead any moment ! ), the playing needs to be humanized, it's really unlistenable as it is.

    And it really sounds way too synthesized, can you buy some Yamaha piano samples?

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    Thanks for sharing this and letting us explore.

    v12, please.

    ;-)
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    Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  28 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

    Peter Blaise, I didn't know you are also a fan of Band in a Box. Not sure this program offers anything beyond BiaB, other than it can display fingerings for some of the songs. As a way to show which keys to press it's not too bad (hopefully the sound is in synch better in the program than in the video!). For learning a song that would help me, and I wouldn't mind the robot-like exactly-on-the-beat playing while learning. I can add my feeling to the music when I play it later. What would help me most is to be able to set a loop to repeat over and over, and have my own MIDI keyboard's notes show up on the on screen keyboard in a different color than those from the internal player. I don't see this program teaching anyone to play piano, but it possibly could teach a few songs.

    Oh yeah, the finger numbers they use seem to be fairly standard in piano instruction. They use different numbers, even letters, for guitar.
    I like your idea of the program "listening" to the student's playing and offering an evaluation. Kind of like Yousician. It's always encouraging to see a measurement of your improvement. Even the old typing tutor program I had years ago would give a report telling me which fingers, or areas on the keyboard, needed practice, as well as a summary of words per minute, errors, etc.

    Reply   |   Comment by Mr.Dave  –  28 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

    Mr.Dave, You can see your own MIDI keyboard's notes show up on the on screen keyboard but not in a different color than those from the internal player. Select the Properties button and then select your own MIDI in device in the MIDI out device drop-down dialog box. Then you can playback the piano piece in the NoteSheet module instead of the PianoTeacher main window and at the same time play the piano piece on your own MIDI keyboard.

    Reply   |   Comment by Bela  –  28 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

    Mr.Dave, It is possible to set a loop play to repeat. You can select wished box number to play in the manager box. To mark out the end of the loop double click the next green colored led in the manager.

    Reply   |   Comment by Bela  –  28 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

    Peter Blaise, As for the fingers count, do you ant to reinvent the wheel? The way the software use it is the official one used by million of pianists (both amateurs and professional) in the world! Sorry but this is the rule and as a pianist I would not appreciate to learn a new notation!

    P.S. Fed-up of the Google captcha! Find another one!

    Reply   |   Comment by PaulF  –  28 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

    To [ Mr.Dave ],

    Yes, we computer folks seem into music, a math-brain-thing I guess.

    My first electronic technical gear was for music ... computers came later, with MIDI, in support of music.

    Acquired computer-savvy in support of music became a profession ... the music never panned out to make money, no one calls and asks to have their song fixed ( they don't call me, anyway ), but needing to get their gear fixed, oh yeah.

    My brain is wired differently ( a shock, I know, to my GOTD friends ), so I'll probably never sight-read sheet music or fingerings, they are just foreign concepts to my independently self-discovered way of thinking of everything ... same with languages, as an English speaker from childhood, I took 8 years of French and now know 2 phrases, poorly at that.

    Band In A Box gave me a practice-group of musicians who actually knew my own compositions, and played them accurately ( and didn't grouse, kibitz, or leave to go out for pizza and beer, and never come back - actually the musicians I knew went out for sex and drugs, and were asked not to come back ), so Band In A Box was a shock to me to hear my music played by a full band, with all different instruments, considering there was no way I'd ever get studio time with real musicians.

    I have a friend who did get studio time, and their "demos" are not only slick, but some are inventive, compelling, and air-play ready ... my Band In A Box, not so much.

    I was shocked - SHOCKED - when my Yamaha QY asked me to codify my music as unique measures that it would then repeat and modulate on-demand to build a piece of music, until then, I was totally unaware of how internally repetitive and rather simplistic so much music is - really, I have only 5 unique measures in 7 minutes of playing my guts and heart out? ( I hear the QY in many movies, just as we recognized Apple fonts in advertisements and posters ).

    I want a review of The Beatles songs - how many different measures would Yamaha count in their music, 5? Did they even have 5? I want to see if The Beatles could pull off 5 DIFFERENT measures across 7 minutes like I could.

    Jeesh, I thought I was being so creative, and Yamaha just said, like an accountant, you only have 5 unique elements here ... is that all you got for me to play over the next 7 minutes ... yawn?

    Hey, Sad Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands has, what, 3, for 11+ minutes?

    Tusk has ONE, freakin' ONE, and they call that a song?!?

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    Long way of getting to what we do with Piano Teacher v2 ... different for each of us.

    We each want something different, so we pull on the program in different directions.

    I don't play well ( a broken finger requires another Yamaha, a DX100 mini keyboard, in order to reach an octave with one hand ), so if I gave PianoTeacher v2 my MIDI performance recording, I'd like it to fix my inconsistent rhythm to normalize the score, make the sheet music notation precise, and tell me the optimum fingerings ... then I'd port it over to Band In a Box and humanize it to accompany me, sounding natural, not robotic, with a full panoply of instruments, as I built the parts and learned and evolved the piece.

    You know, like adding Hemmingway- and Dostoyevsky-filters to my novel-in-process - Microsoft Word has add-ons that can do that, right?

    I highly doubt that PianoTeacher v2 fixes rhythm inconsistencies in MIDI performances in order to present consistent sheet music measures.

    Instead, I'd have to learn some other notation software, manually move the measure markers around, and play with the note-timings and lengths to get them to fit in the notation, where I stretch them inconsistently in performance, and it's not because I have intentional Frank-Sinatra-stylings, it because I can't play.

    8 years of French got me nowhere, and 9 years of music did just about the same.

    I'd bring up other alternatives to PianoTeacher v2 but folks can web search the terms [ compare piano teacher v2 ] and see on-line and software and books.

    If anyone else has experience, please folks, share, tell us how PianoTeacher v2 compares.

    Thanks for exploring this and sharing.
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    Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  28 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

    Bela, thank you! I tried the program out last night (but not yet MIDI) and I think it's very good, especially the NoteSheet window. I like the way it can display the note names there, even for MIDI files I already had. That will help me with my notation reading! Very good to see there's a way to loop a section. I tried a lot of things but didn't think to double-click at the end of the loop.

    I'm also glad to know it will show the notes I play on my keyboard, that should help me break the habit of always looking at my fingers.

    I like the lesson help text built into the screen, at least the idea of it. For a beginner, it would be very hard to understand. For example, you describe intervals as one or two semitones or half/whole steps, but never say what that means on the keyboard. You have tried to fit a large number of concepts into a small space and some of it is great as a reference. Some of it is very obvious (not needed) if you're not a beginner, and much of it would be very confusing for a beginner. Maybe you could expand each concept in your help file. I know teaching music theory is beyond the scope of a program like this, but you started down that path in a potentially helpful way.

    I played with the sequencer manager and finally figured out how to play only the sections I want to practice. It doesn't work like other programs I use (Waveform, Band in a Box, Chord Pro, Samplitude Music Studio, etc.) but that's my problem. It would help to have the numbers 1-13 shown in the sequencer area, or maybe highlight the section in the sequencer area when you click on a sequence number in the sequence manager. Same for playback, it would help to highlight in sequencer area the sequence being played. Would also help to have a "Sequence Manager Reset" button.

    I don't know how you would do it, but it would be helpful to have the NoteSheet window reflect what the Sequencer Manager is doing. So I could set up a small section to loop, or change the order of playback, and then practice using the sheet music notation. Maybe a button that says "Sync with Sequencer Manager" that changes to "Show whole song".

    So thank you for making your program available today and for responding to comments. My comments/suggestions are from the perspective of a long-time guitar player who understands basic theory, uses many programs for composing, notation, multi-track recording, mixing and learning, and I'm trying to learn piano as well. PianoTeacher should be helpful!

    Reply   |   Comment by Mr.Dave  –  28 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

    To [ PaulF ] who considers the wheel finished and done ...

    Fingering is in the eye of the beholder, so to speak, we all have different sized hands, some piano keyboards have narrower, closer-together keys, and some of us collect and catalog information left-to-right not outside to inside.

    Yes, as one lone potential customer, I'd love an option in PianoTeacher where it asks me what fingering nomenclature I prefer.

    Perhaps PianoTeacher could even test me to see where my finger-firing response timing needs balancing ( my longer fingers fire first regardless of their actual sequence-position in a phrase ), and so, the software could "watch" me, listen to me, and identify where I misfire, musically, and then produce test-and-response pieces that address my personal challenges, after all, that's what computers do ( can do ) - learn.

    And not just fingering, but staff representation, which for some of us, is like trying to do arithmetic with Roman numerals, which were at one time the official numerals used by millions of people in the then-known world.

    It's a computer program.

    Just like changing display color schemes, language presentation schemes, so too changing fingering schemes and notation schemes is a simple ( to the end-user ) toggle, and a simple ( to the programmer ) algorithm.

    It's a computer program.

    And programmers owe it to themselves and their potential customers, to know the competition well ... free LillyPond and fee Finale offer alternative notation on-demand.

    And think about it - who needs a personal, private, off-by-ourselves piano learning system but us folks who have tanked out of the traditional mainstream? So having "let's try these alternatives" beyond the traditional would be a saving grace for me.

    With general observations like "... shorter fingers play longer keys, longer fingers play shorter keys ...", to have a program with intelligent sophistication ( fuzzy logic ) to figure out how to best play a given score would be a terrific offering ( note, the shorter fingers, thumb and pinky, are numbered 1, a short number, so to speak, and 5, a long number, go figure, so to speak ) ... and, given that the notation does not identify which hand is playing which note, has anyone seen how PianoTeacher v2 presents crossovers? Some cultures use their index finger as #1, some cultures are happy to start with their thumb as #1 when they start counting ... but then counting with our left hand, we tend to turn our had toward us so we count left-to-right for ourselves ( turning either hand toward the audience so they can read left-to-right from their perspective ), so should we play the piano with our left hand turned toward ourselves?

    Again, my point, and I do have one, is that going with only majoritarian schemas limits PianoTeacher's powers to actually teach-to-the-student, or more accurately, limits PianoTeacher's ability to empower the student to learn to play the piano, and if there is something in the way, this program could offer ways to get around the impediment, rather than, for me, just banging my head one more time into the same brick wall of majoritarian traditionalism that has excluded my experience.

    Re-read my original post - after 9 years of the way they teach, I learned nothing, so a computer program that says, "let's try the same old thing for a 10th year" seems limited, for me, and that's my feedback, and I am not alone, considering the wealth of alternative resources out there for piano music representation, learning, and mastering.

    Are you listening, PianoTeacher?

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    Regarding the overuse of captcha, some web sites instead learn and recognize an association between our proffered name, email address, and our IP number, and eliminate captcha altogether for known entities, and some do not moderate once such a known entity proves that they are not a spammer ... how many years have I been on GOTD and yet I still have to prove that I am not a robot, and I still have to await moderation, moderations which is, ahem, inconsistent across different moderators, often interrupting an ongoing dialog by delaying or rejecting posts that are in the middle of salient give-and-take.

    Also Google reCaptcha whimsically fials to resolve and or display, causing me to have to toggle over to a different browser, or some other workaround.

    Thanks for being here, GOTD, but please evolve the forum schemas and algorithms.
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    Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  26 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
    #16

    Easy download and registration. Seems good. Thank you!

    Reply   |   Comment by M. Aronson  –  28 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
    #15

    Always nice to have something different than the many video converting programs etc.
    Looks like there is a lot to learn about this program and any lesson I can get these days are welcome as it's been a long time since I've played my piano.
    It would be nice if you could use the computer keyboard as a vitual keyboard and connect the computer to a phyical electronic keyboard, but I have a feeling that these things are not possible.

    Reply   |   Comment by Brian  –  28 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

    To [ Brian ],

    PianoTeacher v2 depends on an externally connected MIDI keyboard, shape, size, and key-response of your choice.

    Go for it, tell us how it works for you, using your computer for something personally creative instead of the computer just converting and playing other people's stuff.
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    Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  28 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

    Brian, I looked into this and found two programs that make it work (you need both programs):

    Virtual MIDI Piano Keyboard at https://vmpk.sourceforge.io/
    VMPK lets you play letter/number keys to get a bit more than 2 octaves, can play multiple notes at once.

    LoopBe1 at https://www.nerds.de/en/loopbe1.html
    This driver program provides a "virtual MIDI cable" to connect output of VMPK to the input of PianoTeacher.

    Install both, run LoopBe1, then VMPK (set MIDI out to LoopBe1), then PianoTeacher (set MIDI source to VMPK). When the VMPK screen is active, you can press keyboard keys and they sound through PianoTeacher.

    Sadly, PianoTeacher is very slow to process the incoming notes, so there's about a 0.1 or 0.2 second lag (estimated, not measured). This is not good if you're trying to play to the right tempo but you might get used to it. I tried VMPK with another program (Syntronik from ikMultimedia) and it was very responsive, maybe a few milliseconds delay. I also tried connecting my Yamaha keyboard through MIDI cables into my PC, and there was still a noticeable delay. Yamaha & cables into Syntronik had no appreciable delay.

    Notes from VMPK do not appear in the NoteSheet window of PianoTeacher, but you can hear them.

    Reply   |   Comment by Mr.Dave  –  28 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
    #14

    needs a seperate real keyboard as it does not emulate the keys with a qwerty keyboard. The program seems a little CPU attention greedy and either needs to have its priority lowered a bit using the likes of process lasso otherwise it restricts VirtualMidiSynths access to CPU time slices. OR VirtualMidiSynth.exe process priority raised to above normal... also resolves the issue.
    I note that exercise 24 Fur Elise has some significant cringe worthy bum notes thrown in as if there was some copyright issue they were trying to evade... it's not as they have Ed Sheeren purfect as one of the compositions...

    Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  28 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

    To [ TK ],

    Thanks for the CPU tuning insights.

    Yes, I cringed at sour notes in some PianoTeacher v2 playback, like Victor Borge listening to ( faux ) auditions where their hand-position was over the wrong key grouping as they played all the wrong notes "accurately".

    Thanks for turning me on to formulaic pap - why do songwriters bury the title and have the hook be some other words? Yeah, that's the first Ed Sheeran song I've listened to intentionally. At least Baby Face kept the title and hook together, I guess success breeds ... I dunno, people afraid to give you feedback and edit you?

    Thanks for exploring this and sharing.
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    Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  28 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
    #13

    Really convoluted user interface. Looks like the 90's....

    Reply   |   Comment by zdenek svindrych  –  28 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

    To [ zdenek svindrych ],

    Can you suggest a clearer piano software interface you've experienced?

    Thanks for exploring this and sharing.
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    Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  28 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

    Peter Blaise, not really. Haven't tried any piano teaching software before. Only LMMS briefly.
    What I'm missing in the UI is some indicator of the current position in the song, and possibility to change the current position in the song (I was only able to find "play", "pause", and "stop" buttons to control it).
    Also, there is an annoying error in "For Elise" tune...

    Reply   |   Comment by zdenek svindrych  –  28 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
    #12

    Looks like an excellent programme...BUT... Do I spend my limited budget on a MIDI keyboard, a piano or a flight yoke for MS Flight Simulator 2020....The Flight Sim wins...Shame! :}

    Reply   |   Comment by Peter-UK  –  29 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

    To [ Peter-UK ],

    Used MIDI keyboards of many types and generations are cheap, cheap, cheap, and so much fun, I've had mine for 35+ years and it never fails to engage me whenever I whip it out ( I have a mini keyboard with strap-buttons on the ends so I can wear it and play it like a stage-guitar, it's battery-powered ).

    Go for it.

    Thanks for exploring this and sharing.
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    Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  28 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
    #11

    Audio Playback Device could not be found.

    I am installing it on Windows 10 and Audio Playback is enabled.

    Reply   |   Comment by Sam  –  29 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

    Sam, Open Wndows Control Panel – Hardware and Sound – Sound
    Select Playback, and then right click the Select Playback window and set both Show Disabled Devices and Show Disconnected Devices checked. Now you can see all your Audio playback devices on your computer.. Select a working one of them. Right click the selected device and select Set as Default Device in the drop down dialog box. Click the OK button to confirm.

    Reply   |   Comment by Bela  –  28 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
    #10

    Security issue with installation file.

    Reply   |   Comment by testfile  –  29 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

    To [ testfile ],

    There's ONE hit at VirusTotal, and some anti-malware programs caution against anything they have not seen yet ( Google does that a lot ).

    I bypassed local warnings once I saw the VirusTotal sweep of the program and understood the one-hit as essentially a meaningless report by a non-standard anti-malware algorithm.

    Go for it. and let us know how it works for you.

    Run anti-malware scans afterward just to be sure, and tell us if anything untoward appeared - probably not, right?

    Thanks for exploring this and sharing.
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    Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  28 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
    #9

    When run, it displays:
    • "Please wait. The program is loading audio and midi modules. This will take a while."
    • After several seconds, many instances of the same error dialog begin to appear:
    "Access violation at address 01421D42 in module 'PianoTeacher.exe'. Read of address 00002A79."
    (Surprisingly, the addresses are consistent between runs)
    • Eventually, the program terminates and the slew of dialogs disappears.

    Any ideas how to overcome that?

    Reply   |   Comment by Pete  –  29 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

    I figured it out. Windows "Controlled folder access" blocked PianoTeacher's attempt to make a folder under Documents; and apparently, PianoTeacher crashes if that folder doesn't exist.

    Reply   |   Comment by Pete  –  29 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

    Oops, sorry, the required folder is Music\PianoTeacher (not under Documents).

    Reply   |   Comment by Pete  –  29 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
    #8

    I was hoping it would translate/convert a music into a score, but it seems this is not possible. Is there a free application/software which is able do to it with some good results?

    Reply   |   Comment by PaulF  –  29 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

    PaulF, PianoTeacher is able to convert all entered piano pieces to sheet music. Open a piano piece and click the NoteSheet button to convert the piano piece to sheet music. Note! The converting procedure can take some time.

    Reply   |   Comment by Bela  –  29 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

    To [ PaulF ],

    I downloaded some MIDI files to [ C:\Users\Public\PianoTeacher ], and when I opened them from within the [ NoteSheet ] module, they landed on clef-scale-thingies ( scores, sheet music ?).

    I opened the MIDI files in Notepad, and did not see the sheet music.

    So I imagine this program does convert MIDI to a score.
    .

    Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  28 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

    Bela, you mean piano MIDI or piano .mp3 or .wav? For MIDI, this is normal but what for, say, .mp3?

    Reply   |   Comment by PaulF  –  28 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
    #7

    Did not install where I wanted but in C:\Program Files (x86)\BelaDaddy Software\PianoTeacher200 although I chose D:...
    But I could copy the folder where i wanted!

    Again: fed-up with Google captcha; choose another type please!

    Reply   |   Comment by PaulF  –  29 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

    To [ PaulF ],

    It's not because it's Google's reCaptcha, it's whoever dials up the challenges is a sadist with way too much power.
    .

    Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  28 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
    #6

    There is no About button in the application so how do you insert the serial number?

    Reply   |   Comment by Tom Spencer  –  29 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

    Tom Spencer, About is towards the top left, near Reset and Help and below Delete.

    Reply   |   Comment by John Miller  –  29 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

    Tom Spencer, The button is located next to the help button.

    Reply   |   Comment by Bela  –  29 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

    Tom Spencer,
    There is an 'About' button, in the lower right corner of the panel located in the, errr, upper left corner of the screen. It says Open Close Save Delete at the top of the panel and Reset Help About at its bottom. If you click About, a window pops up with a line to paste the code.

    Reply   |   Comment by JoeJ  –  29 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

    Tom Spencer, there is, look at the top left, there is a Help and About button.

    Reply   |   Comment by senzai6293  –  29 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

    Tom Spencer, there is but it is the 5th line 3rd column!

    Reply   |   Comment by PaulF  –  29 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
    #5

    I've only done a cursory look and skim of the PDF help file so far. It looks pretty complicated, but useful. I managed to get it installed fine and am currently playing (playback not me) one of the provided pieces.

    Reply   |   Comment by Margaret  –  29 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
    #4

    This makes a perfect addition to my home studio judging by a quick glance -- I could audition chords while leaning how to drop a simple Bass Line and probably a lot more things could be also done by looks of it... Thank you ALL..!

    Reply   |   Comment by Napoleon Van Hardridge  –  29 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
    #3

    Ted. You can see the fingering even on the sheet music.

    Reply   |   Comment by Bela  –  29 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

    To [ Bela ],

    What's the difference between sheet music with fingerings and sheet music without fingerings?

    Can this not automatically add fingerings to ay MIDI file, to any sheet music?
    .

    Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  28 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

    Peter Blaise, The program cannot automatically add fingering to a MIDI file, but you can add fingering to a MIDI file yourself in the same way you can add lyrics.

    Reply   |   Comment by Bela  –  28 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
    #2

    This really isn't 'piano teacher'. It's more of a 'learn how to read music' teacher....and a convoluted one, at that.
    It's all over the place on teaching theory. For example, it teaches about the notes and uses note interval names (perfect fifth, etc) , but doesn't teach you what an interval IS until later....and it does that with a lot of things.
    If you have no previous knowledge of music, I'm sure it would be horribly confusing.
    If you DO have a knowledge of music, it may help you to review some things, but it isn't a program that I would suggest to my students if I were teaching. (I used to teach, but not like this!)
    It has the potential to be a really good program if it were better organized and in the correct order to learn music theory.
    One good thing about it, as you read the music, you do get to see where the notes are on the keyboard. It even has fingering, though I'm not sure how useful it is since it's noted on the keyboard and is hard to follow as the music is being played. Maybe easier music to being with would help?
    As it is, I'll probably will delete it.
    I appreciate the offer and the effort that the creators have put into this program, but it still needs some work.

    Reply   |   Comment by Tad  –  29 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+78)

    Tad, You can see the fingering even on the sheet music.

    Reply   |   Comment by Bela  –  29 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

    To [ Tad ],

    Nope, I see not "how to read sheet music ( notes on clef-line-thingies )".

    I could not even get the sheet music and the piano keyboard to appear visible on the same screen and play at the same time.

    Do you think it alarms and warns when we don't play the right note at the right time?

    Nope, no help learning to sight-read.

    Maybe in my next lifetime.
    .

    Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  28 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

    I agree with Tad on these points. I do have a lot of music theory from playing other instruments. I have very little piano experience but I do have a midi keyboard for my home studio. This program is actually very well suited for me. I think with self discipline, the exercises provided here could be very beneficial...for me.

    Without a prior music background, I would be overwhelmed with the interface that is not very well laid out (a midi keyboard doesn't hurt either). I fear I would spend too much time trying to figure out the interface and understand the theory.

    I would recommend aiming this product at someone with prior music experience. Focus a different revision of this product towards beginners, but only after some UI clean up, adding a tour, adding more basic exercises, including some public domain starter music, and developing some interactive teaching tools aimed at getting new users more comfortable with beginner basics.

    Thanks for the application and good luck with aiming future versions for beginners! This version is helpful for the musician of other instruments looking to expand into piano.

    Reply   |   Comment by Scott  –  28 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

    To [ Scott ], who is overwhelmed by the crowded user interface in PianoTeacher v2 ...

    Just do one thing.

    The other things will come when you need them.

    Microsoft Word has 700+ controls, yet we all
    - write stuff,
    - save,
    - edit,
    - and present.

    Do not be afraid, just try one thing, and go from there.
    .

    Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  26 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

    To [ Peter Blaise ], who misconstrued my feedback...

    My comments were suggestions to the Developer, which is, after all, the entire goal of this site, not a venting of any frustrations that you believe I had with this software.

    I was plainly explaining how beginning users will feel overwhelmed from a user interface that could benefit significantly from some simplification and reorganization.

    I myself was placing myself in the shoes of a novice and wanted to pass on that feedback to the developer. As a musician of over 40 years (but Pianist for only a few months), who is also an application design professional with 25 years experience in IT, I felt compelled to share some feedback that I am undoubtedly qualified to provide.

    I have read your feedback on this page, and actually agree with many of your points. But I also see you've spent a lot of time being critical of others' feedback. Maybe you could spend a bit more time reading feedback instead of bloating the page with all of your expertise.

    To BelaDaddy Software,
    Good luck in developing future versions of Piano Teacher and I hope you are able to incorporate some of the helpful feedback that has been generated by this promotion.

    All the best, from a non-overwhelmed, fearless, Power User of MS Office, musician, and IT professional who is writing this on his home studio workstation...

    Reply   |   Comment by Scott  –  5 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

    Thanks for the feedback, [ Scott ].

    Yeah, it's easy to consider others not getting our point.

    "... I understood what I meant, why can't they? ..."
    __________

    "... I fear I would spend too much time trying to figure out the interface and understand the theory ..."

    ... begets "... just do one thing ..."

    "... I would recommend aiming this product at someone with prior music experience. Focus a different revision of this product towards beginners ..."

    ... yeah, as if all experiences musicians are the same, and as if all beginners are the same, so a version aimed at all experienced musicians, and another version for all beginners - they can't win!

    Are you saying, as if, Notepad is for beginners, and Word is for experience writers, and a beginners can't dive into Word, and an experienced writer can't function within Notepad? Or compare IrfanView to Photoshop, or oil paints to oil pastels, or a Civic to a Jaguar, or ...

    Yeah ... no.

    So, regardless of whether someone is experienced or a beginner ...

    "... Just do one thing ..."

    I did not remove 87 keys and 3 pedals to start playing a piano because otherwise, all 88 keys and 3 pedals made it too confusing.

    Regardless of the "noise" of too much available and thrown at me all at once, I just did one thing - touched one key - and went from there.

    Eventually I learned to touch two keys, sometimes together, sometimes in sequence.

    Same with the software.

    It's not about the piano or the software.

    It's about me "... just doing one thing ..." at a time, regardless of the "noise" of a cacophony presentation, so to speak.

    It's my responsibility to "... just do one thing ...", and to explore and decide which one thing that is.

    It's not the piano's responsibility, it's not the software's responsibility, to decide which one thing I would could should do.

    That said,
    - example is not just another way to teach,
    - example is the only way to teach,
    and my piano teacher NEVER PLAYED THE PIANO, but only watched and instructed and listened to me, and I learned about as much as I could teach myself by my own example ... so what was the teacher there for, after all?

    Yeah, I understand the piano teacher's philosophy, but in hindsight, I also understand the lack of progress beyond what I myself brought to the practice.

    I do not consider anything in the Piano Teacher program to be teaching by example, so the name is inaccurate by my standards.

    Piano Keyboard Explorer would be a more appropriate name.

    Not even Pianoshop to imitate Photoshop - we do not expect Photoshop to teach us photography or cameras, just as I do not expect this software to teach me music or piano.

    However, there are already Musicshop/Pianoshop-equivalent programs that allow editing and production of seamless and intentionally articulated arrangements, and this program ain't none of those.

    This is more like the old Typing Teacher program in that it's a structured go-to for exercise of some sort, though we all seem to recoil at the robotic and inaccurate note-landings in the chosen sample pieces.

    Thanks for exploring this and sharing.
    .

    Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  5 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
    #1

    How to play ex. Chopin Etudes,or other piano pieces on the computer, since keyboards keys
    are absolutely different placed, than piano keys ???

    Reply   |   Comment by Britton  –  29 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)

    Britton, You cannot play piano pieces on the computer keyboard. You need a piano or a MIDI keyboard.

    Reply   |   Comment by Bela  –  29 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)

    Britton, If you read the PDF help file, it does say • Midi interface and piano or midi keyboard recommended. There's a button in the middle top to turn one on and off.

    Reply   |   Comment by Margaret  –  29 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)
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