pianobooster - learn the piano just by playing a game
Piano Booster is piano teaching software that can provide piano lessons
for beginners as well as for advanced players. It can be used for
teaching music theory and is useful for piano practice and learning
pianobooster [flags] [midifile]
-d Increase the debug level
-q Quick start
Display a help message
-v Display the version number and exit
Piano Booster is a fun way of playing along with a musical
accompaniment and at the same time learning the basics of reading
musical notation. The difference between playing along to a CD or a
standard midi file is that Piano Booster listens and follows what you
are playing on a midi piano keyboard.
The program has been designed to allow you to play along on a midi
piano keyboard with the scrolling notes shown on the screen. The notes
you press on the keyboard appear as coloured lines on the musical
stave, the colour of which depends whether you have pressed the right
or wrong note.
A different musical instrument sound is used for your playing depending
whether you are playing the right or wrong notes. This feature also
allows Piano Booster to be used with printed sheet music so you can
hear if you are playing the right notes while at the same time keeping
your eyes on the printed score. The music accompaniment will
automatically wait for you to find and play the correct notes in the
Timing markers show whether you are playing ahead or behind of the
beat. They appear as white crosses that are drawn over the note.
- Piano Booster follows you when playing along to a musical
accompaniment. If you stop, then so does the music.
- Play a single hand and Piano Booster will play the other hand, as
well as the rest of instruments, in time with you.
- Change the speed of playback to match your playing ability.
- Transpose +/- 12 semitones without stopping the play back.
- Change the Key Signature of the piece.
- Plays any standard midi or kar file.
- Play along to any instrument in the midi file.
- Adjust the volume of the current part or the volume your piano part.
- See how accurate you're playing.
- Change the start bar to start playing from any bar in the music. The
repeat bars allows you to practice just a few difficult bars
- Timing markers are white crosses that are drawn over each note and
show if you are playing ahead or behind the beat.
- A different instrument sound is used for the right and wrong notes
that you play.
You can find more about the game on its homepage:
The game has been written by Louis J. Barman
<firstname.lastname@example.org>. This manual page was written by Miriam
Ruiz <email@example.com> for the Debian project.