Learning the piano used to be a very lengthy and unfortunately, sometimes boring process in which progress was incremental, and practice was often very tedious.
How it Works:
Flowkey is an app that is compatible with both your phone and your computer that will allow you to get started playing the piano right away.
The purpose of Flowkey is to help train you to learn specific songs much quicker than is traditional. To get started all that you need to do is download the app to your phone, tablet or computer, and allow the program access to your microphone.
And actually, that is pretty much it. Once you sign up you will be provided some basic instructional videos on how you should sit at the piano, how you should position your hands, and so on and so forth.
There are exorcises relating to scales and basic hand positions, as well as an immense library of songs to eventually work with. As you practice your lessons, be it scales or songs, the app listens to what you are doing and makes you stop and go back if you misplay a note.
The price of flowkey depends largely on how long you decide to subscribe for. A year subscription is about $120, and it gives you access to an immense library of songs as well as all of their course content.
The Pros & Cons:
Let’s take a look now at the pros and cons to determine if Flowkey is right for you.
- Real Time Feedback: One of the biggest drawbacks of many of the online musical instruction services is the lack of feedback. With Flowkey, feedback is the name of the game. There is no doubt that you will learn your lessons and songs quicker with a program that corrects you as you play.
- Affordable: At $9.99 a month for a year-long membership, Flowkey is significantly more affordable than traditional piano lessons.
- Song Library: With over five hundred songs to choose from, you are sure to find something that interests you. Playing any instrument is a lot more fun when you actually enjoy the music.
- The Way You Learn: As you learn to play the keys on certain songs or scales, what you are really doing is memorizing the way to perform them. There is nothing wrong with memorization of course, but it isn’t the same thing as comprehension.
It is still possible to get a robust understanding of the piano through Flowkey, but it requires that you focus on learning the fundamentals as you memorize your favorite songs.
Flowkey certainly is not perfect but it is a reliable program that has already helped many people learn the piano, and if you put the time into it, it can also help you.