AS A CHILD in London, Olivia Campbell confirmed promise as a pianist, solely to cease taking classes earlier than the equal of center faculty. When the now-grown operations engineer determined to reacquaint herself with the piano late final yr, she obtained a Lumi.
Good devices just like the Lumi and Jamstik’s Guitar Coach, each launched final September, mix instruction through their respective apps with videogame-style workout routines and scoring. The combo is sufficiently addictive that you just (or your children) is perhaps loath to cease practising, quite than begin.
The Lumi has solely 24 keys in contrast with an actual piano’s 88. However that’s sufficient to show the basics. To begin practising, pull up the Lumi app on a pill or smartphone. The app will steer you thru a newbie curriculum, or allow you to select from amongst 72 beginner-to-intermediate interactive classes and 40 free songs. (A $10/month subscription unlocks 600-plus songs by acts starting from the Beatles to Beyoncé, and almost 400 workout routines.)
As songs and classes play on the app, coloured bars akin to the keys scroll towards you in your display. As they do, the analogous keys in your keyboard mild up in the identical colours, cuing you to strike them. The Lumi will rating your accuracy on a note-by-note foundation as for those who have been taking part in Guitar Hero, the music rhythm videogame.
Ms. Campbell dove in with the “intermediate”-level theme from “Recreation of Thrones.” Because the notes superior on her like an unceasing rainbow-colored throng of White Walkers, she realized she might need been “a bit too bold.” Nonetheless, she says, “it’s all about practising making excellent.”