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Piano Booster

Piano Booster

Piano Booster is open source piano teaching MIDI software that displays the musical notes and teaches you how to play the piano. It also provides piano lessons for beginners as well as for advanced players. It can be used for teaching music theory and is useful for piano practice and learning piano technique.

PianoBooster is a fun way of playing along with a musical accompaniment and at the same time learning the basics of reading musical notation. It takes elements of the game Guitar Hero to make musical learning enjoyable.

PianoBooster has been designed to allow you to play along on a midi piano keyboard with the scrolling notes shown on the screen. The notes you press on the keyboard appear as coloured lines on the musical stave, the colour of which depends whether you have pressed the right or wrong note.

A different musical instrument sound is used for your playing depending whether you are playing the right or wrong notes. This feature also allows PianoBooster to be used with printed sheet music so you can hear if you are playing the right notes while at the same time keeping your eyes on the printed score. The music accompaniment will automatically wait for you to find and play the correct notes in the piece.

To run Piano Booster you will need some MIDI files preferably with right and left piano parts on channels 4 and 3.

 Piano Booster 0.6.4b

Price
Free to download

Size
0.1MB
License

GNU GPL v3

Developer
L.J. Barman

Website
pianobooster.sourceforge.net

System Requirements
MIDI Piano keyboard
MIDI interface
Qt4

Support Sites:
FAQ, Wiki, Users' Forum, Developers' Forum, SourceForge Project Page

Selected Reviews:

Features include:

  • Follows your playing when playing along to a musical MIDI accompaniment
  • Play a single hand and Piano Booster will play the other hand in time with you (and will also play the violins, the bass, the drums etc. in time with you)
  • Change the speed of playback to match your playing ability
  • Transpose +/- 12 semitones without stopping the play back
  • Change the Key Signature of the piece
  • Plays any standard midi or kar file
  • Play along to any instrument in the midi file
  • Adjust the volume of the current part or the volume your piano part
  • See the accuracy of you playing
  • Change the start bar to start playing from any bar in the music. The repeat bars allows you to practice just a few difficult bars continuously
  • Timing markers are white crosses that are drawn over each note and show if you are playing ahead or behind the beat
  • A different instrument sound is used for the right and wrong notes that you play

Piano Booster in action

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