All iPads Learning to Play Piano on the iPad?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by seasurfer, Dec 13, 2015.

  1. seasurfer macrumors 6502a

    Dec 12, 2007
    just wondering if it is possible? If possible, which apps you use?
  2. Newbert macrumors member

    Nov 17, 2015
    If you mean to learn to play piano by using ONLY an iPad (and no external MIDI keyboard/digital piano), NO App will ever do the trick, IMO.

    If you have a MIDI keyboard, and connect to the iPad, there are MANY apps to PLAY piano (ie - iGrand, etc.)

    There also are many learning apps available which I am not familiar with.

    I suggest that, if you REALLY want to learn piano while using an iPad, find an online course that will allow you to display their course material on an iPad, and learn on a REAL piano or keyboard. One such course can be found at, but there are others.
  3. Mcdevidr macrumors 6502a

    Nov 27, 2013
    I would suggest finding a decent teacher. Even if all you want to do is play pop tunes a decent teacher can put you on the right track.

    I taught myself piano in my 20s. Then when I decided to go to school for a degree in piano I got my butt kicked. But after a ton of work I'm nearly finished with a masters of music. None of this would have been possible without a teacher or atleast a mentor of some sort.

    As stated above though I don't think you can even start to teach yourself without a keyboard, the iPad could be used as a tool along the with a keyboard to assist your learning. I'd suggest a weighted 88 key keyboard of course this is assuming you want to be able to play piano. If you just want to tinkle around with a keyboard a cheaper solution might be ok.
  4. vinylretina macrumors member


    Dec 6, 2015
    I'm sure there are lots of piano apps out there, but I started by just using GarageBand. Granted, you don't get a full piano at your fingertips, but just taking it a few notes at a time is good enough for any beginner. You'll want to move on to an actual instrument before too long, but the iPad can get you started.
  5. txa1265 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 15, 2002
    Corning, NY
    Like others say, it isn't as much about the apps/sounds, but the actual PLAYING the keyboard that you will want something other than a glass touch surface.

    If you want to do an iPad-specific music learning, I would find something like the iRig Keys Pro (keys are non-weighted but are full sized).
  6. kapp2 macrumors 6502


    Oct 22, 2015
    Diffently recommend a iPad compatible keyboard. Yes, you can play without. but not the hole tangent system is on the iPad screen. For learning ? take a look at Yousician :)

    Hope this helps hehe :)

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