light up when the notes are being played in the music. Following the moving lights is definitely fun and can give a person a sense of accomplishment right away, especially if they have never played a piano or keyboard before. The more you see the music being highlighted in your iPad or Android and see the lights on the piano to indicate the proper key(s) to play, the easier it can be to repeat that. So there's no doubt this system can create some motivation to continue to want to play. However there are some drawbacks to this method of learning with combining visual LED lights above the piano keys along with moving sheet music notes on the tablet, all at the same time. So what may appear to be fun and helpful in the beginning can later possibly be used as a crutch, so to speak. So it's always good to think about how you or a child should be learning to play piano.
Also in the App are video lessons given by a professional piano teacher by the name of Joseph Hoffman. I happen to personally know this teacher on a professionally basis and he definitely knows what he's doing when it comes to piano lessons and performing. Joseph has put together an extensive video course of piano lessons for beginners (on up) of all ages and the lessons are well done, easy to follow, and instructive, and best of all...FREE. His teaching method is a step by step process in learning to play piano and understand the fundamentals including fingering and position, hand and note exercises, technique, rhythm & timing, key movement, and music theory among many other things. Joseph makes his video lessons available to the general public and anyone with a computer or tablet can download them, so you do not need The ONE to get his lessons. However, The ONE has the synchronized red & blue moving lights that add an extra element of visual note recognition which other digital pianos don't have. During the video lessons whenever Joseph is teaching a particular playing concept, the lights on The ONE piano are synchronized to light up as Joseph plays the keys of his piano in the video. This is actually pretty cool and allows you to see on The ONE piano where the notes are as well as watching the keys on the piano in the video. This is a nice idea and can be effective. Joseph Hoffman also has written materials that go along with his free videos but those materials do cost money but are worth it in my opinion and I recommend them. But remember, the goal of any good piano teacher is to get a person to be able to read music and not be conditioned to look down at the keys and lights.
However, this type of game is available on other Apps as well, although they are not tied into the follow along lights on the piano. There are also ear training exercises on the app which allow you to listen to notes and then you have to identify where they are on the keys and it gives you a hint if you don't know the answer and where to put your fingers. Notes are displayed as well as hints, and learning to play by ear is a good thing and can help a musician play music without the sheet music in front of them! It's not that difficult to do, you just need to know some of the secrets behind it:). The visual LED lights on the piano do light up on the note that you are trying to play by ear, so you can see where it is on the music and on the piano. In this exercise, seeing the light above the keys can actually be a good thing when learning where notes are located doing ear training exercises. It is also important to know that The ONE offers video lessons such as the Billy Joel song above left. However those lessons are not setup for the LED lights so those lessons are just going to be through watching the videos and their waterfall bars on the keys within that video only, and not using the lights on the piano. The songs on the game mode can not adjust for a slower tempo so unfortunately have to be practiced and played at full normal speed, so these things are limitations in the software.
such as piano on the left and harpsichord on the right. The ONE App also allows for editing of the instrument sound library including adding effects, reverb and changing the transposition key, and all of it done from a tablet touch screen which is pretty cool. All of these features are fine if you are connected to the App, but the piano itself only has the one piano sound and an adjustable digital metronome. So when you are not using your tablet you cannot access any of these functions from the piano itself. Although I do like the extra instrument sound features in app and they can be useful and do a good job for what they are, quick local access from The ONE piano such as what you would have on other digital pianos with all of the sounds and functions being built in to the piano, is not possible on The ONE.
might be led to believe otherwise by The ONE web site. It's an imitation wood looking cabinet, but nevertheless it is quite attractive in my opinion with good construction. The ONE company claims their cabinet was designed in Finland and if this is so, then that does not really impress me. Although the piano exterior is fairly attractive as I mentioned, it is not using expensive materials, but this is true of many other pianos brands so it's not unusual. Normally I wouldn't have to point this out, but The ONE company is making a claim that this piano has a "wooden body." I don't know what their definition of wood is, but in my book a wooden body does not mean MDF board, particle board, press wood or anything less that solid core wood with actual wood veneers. If you look at the 2 pictures to the left above, the first photo is of the piano cabinet with key cover closed. The second photo is a view directly underneath the keyboard showing a speaker grill pointing down towards the floor. The material surrounding the speaker grill is definitely not solid core wood and this MDF material is what the entire piano cabinet is made out of which as I said, most other digital piano companies also use these days. The piano does have a nicely designed (non-wood) music rack and sliding key cover to protect the keys. The ONE digital piano has an optional piano bench available for an extra cost and although I have not personally seen this bench yet, it's probably fine as most digital piano benches go.
A big issue I have with The ONE is that it is just a very basic digital piano with no built-in options other than one piano sound and a metronome. Given that it only has one piano sound on it (apart from what the App offers) and that piano sound is not near as authentic as compared to the name brand pianos in this price range (Roland, Casio, Yamaha, Kawai) along with the pedaling and overall key action just being basically OK. Then what we're really looking at is a $1500 retail price piano with it likely selling for about $1100-$1200 when it becomes available in US stores, and when you compare what else you can get in this price range for a good digital piano, then The ONe has a lot of competition. The difference is, of course...the ONE App. So what you really need to ask yourself is...what is this ONE App worth to you? That's what it really boils down to in my opinion because without the App, The ONE follow-lights don't work and then what you are left with is an overpriced basic digital piano for a retail price of $1500. Also, if and when you get to the point where you are not using the App for playalong and learning with lights or for other reasons, then what you have is an overpriced basic digital piano with a name that few people know or recognize, which can reduce any resale value The ONE might have. As I said before, The ONE is quite attractive to look at (although it's a fake wood photo finish over particle board) and the cabinet style has nice lines to it. Actually a beginner player may like this model very much because they don't have enough piano experience to know what a piano should really be able to do and sound like.
MIDI App so all you need is a MIDI/USB digital piano and the App will respond to the input from the keys on your digital piano, regardless of the brand and model. At the end of 2 years worth of lessons (as an example) of playing songs from their impressive song library (for the whole family), you would have only spent about $120 for using their App for those two years and then you can just stop using it and simply play your much better digital piano. With The ONE piano, if you pretty much stop using the App and the lights, and you just want to play songs on your own, you are left with a basic digital piano as compared with any of the other, better ones I mentioned. There's also another USB/MIDI App which is very popular called Synthesia (left pic). This App offer the same "waterfall style" learning system that's in The ONE App, but with more flexibility and available songs. Synthesia has been out for awhile and is the most popular App by far which allows for a beginner through advanced player to play a song of their choice and have the music highlighted while it plays and set the music to wait for you until you play the note correctly. It also shows the actual notation along with the "waterfall" game style color lines simultaneously, so you can see both ways of playing the song. The point I am trying to make here is that there are other iOS/Android Apps out there which can recreate some of the the cool features of The ONE App, but that will work with any USB/MIDI digital piano...as long as you realize there are no LED lights to look at on your piano keys. Also good to know and remember is that all of the good apps (including The ONE App) offer a large library of popular and classical music from Hal Leonard publishing, Alfred, Faber, and other song and lesson curriculum publishers which will cost you money. The charge for those songs are approx $2 to $4 per song depending on the song popularity, along with other factors, In some cases you can purchase the entire digital lesson or song book which has a group of songs in it for a reduced price. But overall, many of the songs are $3.99 each and after purchasing 25 of your favorite songs to learn in sheet music form, you could have spent and additional $100 for that. It's similar to purchasing iTunes but instead it's songs to play through the App so you can utilize the learning features of the App. This would be true for The ONE App, Synthesia App, Piano Maestro App, Notestar by Yamaha, and others. You usually don't get something for nothing except if the (US) government is involved...but that's another story:)
including music game Apps, video piano lessons, and extra sounds if needed, which would give a person more flexibility in my opinion, When you don't want or need the App(s) any longer or want to take a break from them, you still have a better piano as an alternative to The ONE which will, as I have already mentioned, likely take you much further as a better piano and offer a more realistic piano playing experience. For me and for many families, it's about getting that perfect balance of low cost lessons that work well, some great interactive supplemental piano/music education Apps and/or computer programs, and the best piano a person can afford. That's what it's really all about. I need to also point out that The ONE piano sound can never be muted while the piano is on. This is unfortunate because if you connect to other USB/MIDI learning or instrument sound Apps, those Apps have their own resident piano and instrument sounds which you will likely want to hear apart and separately from the ONE piano sound. To do this you need a feature on The ONE piano called "local off" which shuts off the "local" sound on your piano and most regular digital pianos have that function, but The ONE piano does not. So you will always hear The ONE piano sound when connected to other Apps whether you want to or not.
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