Developer: Paolo Bottigliero
Price: $0.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4

iPhone Integration Rating: ★★★½☆
User Interface Rating: ★★★½☆
Re-use Value Rating: ★★★☆☆

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

When I was a kid, my parents very kindly gave me a keyboard. Not the type that’s sitting in front of you now – a musical one. We couldn’t afford a real one so this was a fantastic substitute. I yearned to one day be like John Lennon. It didn’t happen, of course. As kids do, I became disinterested and the keyboard was left languishing in the corner, forgotten in favor of video games.

15 or so years later and here I am reviewing ePiano, an app that means I’ve got a piano in my hand. Amazing how far technology can advance, really.

ePiano is just what you’d want from such an app. It offers a miniaturised piano on your iOS device. All the notes are there. The minor chords, the major chords, the single notes. You can adjust the tone up or down. It’s not going to be an app that can replace the piano – after all, finger placement is a big thing in learning how to play, and it’s difficult to replicate here.

As a learning tool, however, that can supplement your training on a ‘proper’ instrument, ePiano is extremely promising. On the move, you can remind yourself if you still know all the notes to When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again, for example.

There’s also the additional advantage of being able to show off to your friends and show them how far you’ve progressed, which is always satisfying (Ed. note: What, no leaderboards?).

ePiano is a fun little app, it’s also quite useful. It feels a little like a niche product but anyone with a passing interest in learning or practicing the piano would do well to try this. It’s only $.99 after all. You never know, you might learn something!

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