La Touche Musicale is a multi-platform app that allows you to learn piano online with the songs you love. It is an excellent tool for beginner learners because it offers you the possibility to choose the songs you like according to your skill level and to learn to play them easily on the piano.
The app is very easy to use. If you have never played the piano before, you will immediately understand the notes and chords you need to play for each song. The classic scores are replaced by glowing notes that descend on a virtual piano. As the notes descend on the piano, you must play the same keys on your piano or keyboard.
With La Touche Musicale, you can connect your piano or keyboard to your device via a MIDI-USB cable. Thanks to this connection, the tool is able to know how you play to adapt to your own learning pace and give you feedback in real time.
A whole range of learning features are available on the app. These features help you customize the tool to your level and learn the piano at your own pace.
The song catalog is one of the most complete on the internet. It includes more than 3000 songs of all genres and for all skill levels.
We will explain in detail the content and functionality of the app in the rest of this article.
La Touche Musicale’s learning process
La Touche Musicale offers an extremely simple method of learning the piano. Each note of the song is symbolized by a luminous stick that descends on a virtual piano. When the note reaches the virtual piano, the key lights up and you have to play the same key on your piano or keyboard connected by USB.
Thanks to this visual method, the tool is very easy to use. It only takes two minutes to understand how it works and you’re ready to play your favorite songs on the piano right away.
La Touche Musicale is specifically designed for beginners. If you’ve never played the piano before, or if you’ve been playing for a long time, you’ll quickly get the hang of it.
Be careful though: La Touche Musicale is an app that helps you learn the piano, but it won’t teach you the technique like a teacher would. We advise you to take piano lessons while using the app.
The MIDI connection
Unlike many apps that only show you what to play, La Touche Musicale has developed within its tool a module for connecting the piano via a MIDI-USB cable. To connect your piano or keyboard, it’s very easy: get the appropriate cable (MIDI or USB to Host) and connect it to your device.
Once your piano is connected, the app recognizes it right away and you can follow the interactive lessons. Thanks to this connection, La Touche Musicale knows how you play. The app waits for you until you play the right notes and chords on your piano. It also gives you instant feedback and tells you the right notes and mistakes you make in real-time. So you can progress very quickly.
The app’s learning features
The La Touche Musicale piano learning app contains a large number of features that allow you to customize the tool and adapt it to your own learning pace.
Here is an overview of some of the features offered by the app:
– Learning mode: the app waits for you until you play the right notes and chords before moving on to the next ones;
– The choice of hands: you can disable one of the two hands to focus only on the notes and chords to be played with the other hand;
– Slow motion: set the speed at which the notes scroll on the screen to play at your own pace;
– Loop function: choose a specific passage of a song to play it in a loop and learn to play it quickly;
– Personalized follow-up: the app tells you in real time which notes are correct and which are wrong;
– Metronome: activate the metronome to play the song or exercise at the right tempo.
It is interesting to note that all these features can be combined. You can use them at the same time to personalize your learning to the maximum.
The song catalog
The catalog of songs offered on La Touche Musicale is one of the most complete on the web. You can find about 3000 songs of all genres and all difficulties.
Once you have registered, you will be taken directly to the song catalog. First, you can see the Genres section containing about 20 categories:
Here are the details of the genres available on the app:
– Romantic : Yann Tiersen, Ludovico Einaudi, Christina Perri, …
– Pop : Billie Eilish, Lady Gaga, Alan Walker, Beyonce, …
– Anime & manga : Naruto, Your Lie in April, Demon Slayer, …
– Hits : Adele, Alicia Keys, Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, …
– Movies & series: A Star is Born, Twilight, Titanic, Harry Potter, …
– Classical music: Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, …
– Kids: Au clair de la lune, Pokemon, Paw Patrol, …
– Rock: Avril Lavigne, Elvis Presley, Evanescence, …
– Rap: Coolio, Drake, Childish Gambino, …
– Jazz: Ben E. King, Frank Loesser, Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, …
– Electronic: Avicii, Daft Punk, David Guetta, Swedish House Mafia, …
– Religious: John Newton, Lauren Daigle, Leonard Cohen, …
– Christmas: O Holy Night, Let It Snow!, Deck the Halls, …
– Halloween: Halloween Main Theme, Candyman, This Is Halloween, ..;
– Video game: Minecraft, Skyrim, The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros, …
– Cartoons: The Little Mermaid, Pocahontas, Frozen, Up, …
– Nostalgic: Adele, Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, …
– Asian pop: BTS, Blackpink, Jay Chou, …
Each category contains between 100 and 300 songs. So there is a lot of choices!
As soon as you get to the home page, you will also see a section containing all the difficulties: easy, medium, difficult, and expert. Just click on one of these difficulties to filter the entire catalog and explore only the songs that match your skill level.
The MIDI import function
La Touche Musicale is also the only piano learning app to offer the ability to import and store your own songs and exercises in MIDI format on your account. This is an interesting feature as it allows you to customize 100% of your learning repertoire by choosing yourself the songs and exercises you want to learn to play.
Once the file is imported, the app will instantly transform it into a piano tutorial and will make you learn the notes and chords it contains, in the same way as the songs in the catalog.
To use the MIDI import, you just have to download MIDI files on your computer (available everywhere on the web) and import them directly to your account. You can store them without time limit and play them whenever you want.
Freemium vs Premium
La Touche Musicale is an app based on the famous Freemium model. That is to say that it offers a certain number of contents and features for free and without time limit. To use the whole app, you will have to become a Premium member.
With a free account, you can still access more than 250 songs and use a significant part of the available features.
With a Premium account, you have access to the entire catalog of songs (about 3000) and you unlock the following features:
– The metronome: the metronome is only available to Premium members;
– MIDI import: with a free account, you are limited to two MIDI files stored on your account at the same time. With a Premium membership, you can store an unlimited number of files.
To access La Touche Musicale Premium, you must pay a subscription fee. You can choose between 3 plans:
– 1 month: €8.99 /month ;
– 6 months: €6.99 /month;
– 12 months: €4.99 /month (7 days free trial).
La Touche Musicale is an excellent introduction to the piano. It is very quick to learn (about two minutes) and you will quickly understand the learning process, whether you are a beginner or advanced. The user interface is intuitive and the navigation is very easy.
La Touche Musicale helps beginners discover the piano and expand their repertoire in a fun and effective way.
However, if this app is a great learning tool, we advise you to complete it with private lessons with a piano teacher or with lessons in music school. Indeed, an app could not replace the advice and expertise of a teacher (especially on piano technique, postures, fingering, …).