Christmas is the season to sing and be jolly, so strike the piano keys in the Christmas Piano with Free Songs Music app (by Better Day Wireless) and learn to play a “real” virtual piano keyboard. You can sing your heart out and/or play along on the piano to the 5 popular Christmas carols within this Free iPhone and iPad Christmas app. Whether you really want to learn to play the piano or just like the idea of tinkering around, this piano music app offers 2 engaging play modes (Sing Along and Play Along), Christmas song lyrics, piano sheet music (with real musical notes or festive ornament notes), and a cute North Pole sign that counts the days down till Christmas, just for fun.
Christmas Piano with Free Songs gives you 3 Free piano songs with sheet music and lyrics for Jingle Bells, We Wish You a Merry Christmas, and Deck the Halls, but you also have the option to get 2 more Free bonus songs (We Three Kings of Orient Are and Away in a Manger) by either leaving a review within the application or by sharing this Christmas app through email with a friend. This Free piano sing and play along app has an excellent tutorial and lots of options and setting to explain everything you need to get the most of out this music application. Of the 2 main modes, Sing Along is the easiest and lets you hear the song played for you in either a one-handed (theme) or a two-handed melody (both hands). Sing Along requires no real participation from you if you just want to listen, watch, sing along, or tinker on the keyboard after choosing a song.
But, there’s no being lazy in Play Along mode, which is much more in-depth, and lets you play the piano yourself for a real piano learning experience. In this mode, there are 4 categories to practice each of the song parts you’d like to learn: theme (easy), both hands (experts), left hand (bass clef), and right hand (treble clef). Theme is good for a one-finger-pecking style when you’re first learning to play. Obviously, it would be wise to practice each hand separately before venturing into both hands at the same time because this is pretty challenging – especially if you don’t really play the piano – and I don’t. One feature that would be nice to add here is a (key) color differentiation to make it very obvious which keys should be tapped, and with what hand. But, there is also a nice Piano Accompaniment option that plays along with your key strokes to create a pleasing “full” sound in the Play Along mode.
Being a Christmas app, the piano keyboard appears on top of a holiday red and green background. There are 2 piano keyboards that appear in the bottom of the screen, with a smaller piano keyboard version on top for guidance. In both modes there is the option to have the notes appear as actual sheet music notes or as more festive red ornament balls gliding down candy cane chords (known as the falling note mode). Either way (notes or ornaments), they align with the correct key note to help you recognize which key to press (in Play along mode you have to tap keys to play songs — or not music for you). When in “falling notes” the sharp notes are indicated by a black snowflake on the red ornaments. Also present in both modes is the option to have song lyrics seen or not. They appear as somewhat translucent, but cover the musical notes and can be distracting when learning. I think a built-in metronome would be a nice feature to have in both modes as well.
There are a lot of neat features you’ll find in the Navigation: like how to adjust key size, get a double keyboard row, label key notes, adjust volume – and so much more. I had to go into the settings to adjust the tempo speed down to .5x to enable me to keep up with the song I was learning. I also discovered that I could change the Octave (higher or lower) 1 to 2 levels, as well as label the keys with the piano note and octave display feature (under General Options).
When I initially decided to check this app out, I thought it would be a quick and cute piano app with no real depth — I was wrong. This is not a musical game, but fits more along the lines for fun entertainment and a great piano learning tool for anyone truly interested to starting piano. It’ s a good way to test out an expensive instrument for free. Speaking of Free, there are quite a few pop ups asking you to download their other free music apps (guitar, etc.), but I have to say that this devolper’s music apps overall have great ratings. If you really like what you see in Christmas Piano with Free Songs, you can purchase their premium version for $4.99 to get a total of 50+ Christmas songs, which also comes with sheet music and lyrics. Christmas Piano with songs is a wonderful, Free, Christmas-themed piano music app to entertain and teach the curious and more serious piano student.
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