I’ve always been passionate about making quality piano lessons affordable and accessible to everyone, from kids to adults and beginners to advanced students — which is why I have spent many years developing Musiah, the world’s first virtual piano teacher, so folks everywhere from New York to Sydney can enjoy learning piano 5 to 8 times faster than through traditional piano lessons — all in the comfort of your own home at the most convenient possible time for you.
But what about the many people who would love to try piano lessons but don’t currently own a MIDI keyboard?
Using a two small free software applications that can easily be downloaded and set up on your computer within minutes, you can play piano notes on your computer keyboard during your piano lessons with Musiah.
In fact, you can complete all of the first two levels of the Musiah piano course — that’s 34 songs, before you ever have to buy a MIDI keyboard. Of course, nothing compares to learning on a real piano keyboard, but this Virtual MIDI Piano Keyboard is a great FREE temporary solution for those wishing to try a few lessons before deciding to purchase a real MIDI keyboard. Note to Spammers: All comments on this blog are subject to approval before they are published. I was given a keyboard and was signed up to musiah by my husband as a Christmas gift and retirement gift. Learn to play your favourite song, explore some brand new music or try out a classic piano piece!
Earlier this week Oculus announced official pricing for the upcoming consumer version of the Oculus Rift.
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Just like in real life leagues like the MBA and football leagues, you can have an idea of how strong the teams are by looking at their standings on the league. Virtual Piano music sheets are written to correspond with the letters on your computer keyboard.
We have an extensive music sheet library on the site and new songs are constantly being added. While there are great guidelines on what to look for when choosing a MIDI keyboard HERE  — understandably, some folks may feel unsure about investing in a MIDI piano keyboard before they have tried the Musiah piano lessons software.
After that you will need to buy a MIDI keyboard, but the first 34 songs of the course is a lot of material, and certainly is more than enough to give you a good sense of what you will achieve in your Musiah piano lessons.
Five months in the making, this significant update features (among many other things) a new scrolling Single Stave View mode which makes the notes much larger and therefor easier to read than the default Full Page View (FPV) especially on small screens.
To explore, open the Music Sheets to bring up a selection of music in Virtual Pianoa€™s very own sheet music language. You can also use the tags underneath songs to bring up other songs of the same genre, by the same artist or from a particular country.
Even if the The PlayStation VR and HTC Vive headsets are considerably cheaper, they'll probably end up costing a few hundred quid as well. It's possible to get play games in a form of virtual reality without having to take out a loan.
In fact, you can do it all on a smartphone, the device most of us carry around all the time anyway. There are some minor downsides playing VR games this way, but if you don't want to spend a lot then it's your best option. A quick visit to Amazon will show you that there are countless headset options available to you, and they don't all cost an obscene amount of money.


Google Cardboard, for instance, only costs as much as the cost of the parts if you build it yourself, and pre-built headsets are easily available for less than ?10. For one thing, the more expensive headsets are a heck of a lot nicer to wear since they're made from materials lighter, sturdier, and far more comfortable than cardboard. More expensive headsets also come with fancy bonus features like headstraps (which Google didn't feel the need to include with Cardboard), adjustable focus and pupil distance, as well as the option to wear glasses while in use. The field of view also differs from headset to headset, and you will find that cheaper headsets do cut off a bit more of the screen than some of the more expensive options. It is also important to remember that you need to get a headset that is the correct size for your phone. The last thing you want is to find that your phone doesn't fit, or that parts of the screen end up being needlessly cut off. You could probably get away with 720p if that's what you have at hand, just remember that the picture will be rather pixelated that close. Obviously you'll have better picture if you have a phone with Quad HD or 4K resolution, but they're expensive and buying one specially defeats the purpose of a budget headset. It's also worth investing in an external battery pack to make sure your phone doesn't run out of juice mid-game. Don't attach it to your headset, though, since that would add a heck of a lot of unnecessary weight. Instead make sure you have a long enough USB cable so that it can be stored in your back pocket or something. It doesn't really matter what, but if you want proper immersion you need something to pump the game's audio into your ears. This involves downloading a mobile app onto your phone and using it to connect to a server on your PC. This connection allows you to stream games to your phone in side-by-side 3D, even if the game doesn't officially support that feature. There are quite a few apps out there that work with VR, but KinoConsole is probably the best of the lot.
For starters it's available multi-platform, and can be downloaded on Android, and iOS devices. This means that the majority of people can get in on the action, regardless of what system their phone runs on. Linking your phone up to your PC is done via the local wireless network, and in my time using it I had no issues regarding lag or latency.
Setting up takes virtually no time at all, and it even manages to include a form of headtracking by mapping your phone's gyro data to your mouse. What this means is that your head movements will register in-game as if they are coming from your mouse. This is a fairly big deal, since it means that you can move your head to control what's going on without extra software, even if the game doesn't have any formal VR features.
For instance I had Kino streaming Dishonored over to my phone, and I was able to control Corvo's direction simply by moving my head around. Similarly, while playing Elite Dangerous turning my head let me nosy around my cockpit mid-flight.
It's not automatic, though, and you do have to go into the server's VR menu to set things up like so.


KinoConsole also send the game's audio over to your phone (with the option of muting it on your PC in the process), so you don't have to worry about an extra wire getting in your way.
You can also connect controllers to your phone, and use the touchscreen for rudimentary control if you want to. That's probably a sound investment, since the premium version lets you stream games in higher resolution, 60FPS, as well as having stereo audio and no ads. Android users wanting something they can fiddle around with a bit more can also try Trinus VR. It's not available on other platforms, and it doesn't appear to have headtracking implementation in old games (as far as I can see anyway), but it does let you go into the settings to play around with things in ways that KinoConsole does not.
Trinus also has the option of letting you connect your phone to the PC via micro USB, in case wireless gameplay isn't your thing. It has no dedicated settings menu, which means that there is no option to toggle VR settings from within the phone.
That means that if you want to experience VR games on a phone running Windows you have to ensure that it's in side-by-side 3D on your PC first. It's not just for PC games, either Yes, we can now enjoy Nathan Fillion's glorious CG face in virtual reality. This method also means that it's possible to play Xbox One and PS4 games on your makeshift headset by streaming the game content over to your PC. Playing your consoles in this way does cause serious lag and frame-rate issues, but it's just about possible to play comfortably. All you have to do is get KinoConsole running on your computer, and open up the relevant window with the game stream. Just remember that there is no headtracking here, and all you're getting is the game beamed into a headset.
That means you're more than likely going to end up with bugs and glitches as you try and play.
It's just worth remembering that unlike the Xbox One, this client it isn't a perfect system and you are taking a risk when you pay for it. The downsides As much as we'd all hate to admit it, there's a reason why dedicated VR headsets are going to cost what they do.
Going the cheap option comes with a bunch of drawbacks that some people will be more than happy to pay extra to get rid of. The main one is all the stuff about headset comfort I talked about before, but there are a couple more to keep in mind.
For starters, your smartphone isn't really designed to be used in virtual reality, and that comes with a few pitfalls. One problem that some people may have is that having your eyes so close to your screen does mean that the image looks somewhat pixelated, even if you have a Full HD display like I have. The first headset I tried was a bog-standard Google Cardboard, and my head was a mess after a few hours of on and off use testing and getting it all set up.
Think the kind of headache you get from seeing a badly converted 3D film, but a hundred times worse.
I have no doubt that I might be in a minority here (3D films give me a headache and I'm incredibly prone to motion sickness), but it's an important problem to bear in mind.



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