Shiva Stella over at Gaming Horizon has been testing Piano Wizard with 49E Keystation, which claims to teach piano playing through games.
Short answer: it doesn’t.
It seems its main shortcomings are:
- no musical notation display option
- no instruction on piano technique
- limited songs and games
Whilst learning musical notation is certainly not everything, learning good playing technique is essential.
Mimicking piano playing doesn’t produce musicians – it produces robots.
The game is Windows only, though ironically the keyboard is just as happy functioning on its own on a Mac.
It’s a shame – perhaps a future release of the software will improve things because it’s a great idea. At the moment, Shiva recommends you spend your money on a tutor rather than this combo.