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Editors' Review

by   / July 08, 2012

Back in our childhood, learning to play the piano meant sitting next to someone on a bench and plunking out a two-note song called "To the Zoo." We might have stuck with our piano instruction if we'd been doing it with Synthesia. This impressive program is part game and part learning tool, and we think it's a great choice for anyone looking to get started playing the piano or improve his skills.

The program has an attractive, professional-looking interface. You can play using keyboard keys, which obviously doesn't do a great job of mimicking a real piano keyboard, or plug in a USB keyboard for a more realistic experience. The program comes with a long list of songs that are arranged alphabetically and ranked by difficulty. Upon selecting a song, you can choose to play only the right or left hand, play both hands, or simply watch Synthesia play it and follow along. The practice interface reminded us very much of Guitar Hero, with upcoming notes sliding down the screen toward the appropriate key. The free version of the program does have some limitations; you can practice song rhythms or score yourself playing a song, but both sheet music access and melody practice require the purchase of a Learning Pack. We feel like this might be a worthwhile purchase, however, and we highly recommend that people who are interested in learning to play the piano give Synthesia a try and then decide whether you want to shell out for the Learning Pack. We have a feeling that many people will.

Synthesia installs and uninstalls without issues.

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Editors' Review

by   / July 08, 2012

Back in our childhood, learning to play the piano meant sitting next to someone on a bench and plunking out a two-note song called "To the Zoo." We might have stuck with our piano instruction if we'd been doing it with Synthesia. This impressive program is part game and part learning tool, and we think it's a great choice for anyone looking to get started playing the piano or improve his skills.

The program has an attractive, professional-looking interface. You can play using keyboard keys, which obviously doesn't do a great job of mimicking a real piano keyboard, or plug in a USB keyboard for a more realistic experience. The program comes with a long list of songs that are arranged alphabetically and ranked by difficulty. Upon selecting a song, you can choose to play only the right or left hand, play both hands, or simply watch Synthesia play it and follow along. The practice interface reminded us very much of Guitar Hero, with upcoming notes sliding down the screen toward the appropriate key. The free version of the program does have some limitations; you can practice song rhythms or score yourself playing a song, but both sheet music access and melody practice require the purchase of a Learning Pack. We feel like this might be a worthwhile purchase, however, and we highly recommend that people who are interested in learning to play the piano give Synthesia a try and then decide whether you want to shell out for the Learning Pack. We have a feeling that many people will.

Synthesia installs and uninstalls without issues.

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Full Specifications

General

Publisher Synthesia
Publisher web site http://www.synthesiagame.com/
Release Date October 31, 2011
Date Added October 31, 2011
Version

Category

Category Educational Software
Subcategory Teaching Tools

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/7
Additional Requirements None

Download Information

File Size 3.59MB
File Name Synthesia-0.8.1-installer.exe

Popularity

Total Downloads 12,905
Downloads Last Week 0

Pricing

License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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