Granted, Synthesia isn’t news to everyone. But I was looking for piano tutorials on YouTube and came across Synthesia videos. After downloading it and playing around with it, I ended up learning a few songs and losing 4 hours. So, I wanted to make this recommendation to those that have yet to discover it. I finally understand how do create one-man-band videos on YouTube!
Synthesia is a piano version of Guitar Hero, but the key difference is that Synthesia software and songs are free! Not only that, anyone can create their own .midi files and use them on Synthesia.
So here is what Synthesia offers:
- Changing Speeds
- Sheet Music
- Millions of Free Songs (Everything from Top 40s to Classical)
- Practice Hands Separately(or even different instruments parts)
- Online Scoreboards
Created by Nicolas Piegdon in the early 2000s, Synthesia is compatible with keyboards that take USB or USB to MIDI adapters, but you can also just play with your keyboard keys as well. You can also adjust the songs to show the computer keyboard letters that coincide with the keys on a piano keyboard.
The downside to this is that some of the features (Sheet Music) are not available for free. However, they are included in the one-time-buy Learning Pack for $25, which includes upgrades forever among other things. This game works best for semi-experienced piano players who can figure out their own fingerings and chords.