I previously wrote a review of an open sourced piano game: Piano Hero. Meanwhile, Piano Wizard is another piano game that claims that it is a fun and useful program that can actually teach you how to play the piano. I will review both of the software here and show you the result of my comparison. Both softwares combine the fun of a video/PC game with the fundamental of piano playing.
Allegro Rainbow introduced 2 Piano Wizard software packages:
1. The Piano Wizard Easy Mode – This is a beginner to intermediate version. Allegro, a Florida-based corporation founded in August 2001 claims that they has magically turned what once felt like practice, into feeling like child’s play with its patented, 4-Step Method used in Piano Wizard. Easy Mode comes with 100 songs. There is a limitation on the number of songs. If you would like to include more sophisticated songs later, you can upgrade to Piano Wizard PREMIER. EASY MODE version is selling for $69.95. This package contains Piano Wizard EASY MODE software, USB/MIDI cable to connect your
2. The Piano Wizard PREMIER is an advanced version which allows you to download unlimited
At the beginning basic level, Piano Wizard offers 4 choices of different game environment or “worlds”. You can choose from an underwater reef, a futuristic city, outer space or a prehistoric dinosaur world. There is a virtual piano keyboard running at the top of the screen. Every note in an octave is colored to match stickers applied to your physical
Move on to the next level, the screen is rotated 90 degrees counter-clockwise, with objects moving from right to left. This intermediate level aims to familiarize players with reading musical notes from left to right, as they appear in music sheet.
In the third level of difficulty, the cartoon objects are replaced with real musical notes. The notes can still be color-coded to ease the transition. In the final most advanced level, traditional notation moves across the screen. This is the real scrolling sheet music which every classical pianist are taught to read.
Piano Hero is software developed by Nicholas Piegdon at Halite Studios. Piegdon received a cease letter from Activision regarding the use of the name “Piano Hero”. He has no choice but to change the name “Piano Hero” to something else. You can suggest a great name to him as well. The winner will get a free
Without the colored keyboard, it is much harder to play compared to Piano Wizard which gives you 4 levels of difficulty. If you are a beginner, you should download some simpler
The best feature of Piano Hero is that it is an open source program, thus it is always free! Consider donate to Piegdon to help support his project if you find Piano Hero is useful to you.
If you already have a keyboard, try download Piano Hero and experiment with it. If you don’t, you can get the keyboard and sticker package sold at Piano Wizard website and download Piano Hero to give it a try. If you still can’t get any interest out of Piano Hero, then you can consider buying Piano Wizard software. It is more fun and addictive. These 2 programs definitely succeed to excite kids about piano and music. They made learning the piano more exciting than ever before for beginners!
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