La Touche Musicale platform tutorials
Do you have any questions about using La Touche Musicale? We answer them!
🎹 I don't have a piano yet. Where can I get one?
It seems obvious, but it is always useful to remember: if you want to learn the piano, you need a piano!
To get one, you have two choices:
1) If you’re not ready to buy right away, you can rent a piano for the first few months of your apprenticeship. In this case, we advise you to go through the instrument rental company Melismaa (who we work with), which offers the best prices on the market.
2) Buying a piano: today, you will find your happiness no matter your budget. If you’re looking for advice on buying a piano, you can consult the selection made in La Touche Musicale !
And don’t forget: choose a piano with MIDI connectivity so you can connect it to La Touche Musicale and learn at your own pace 🙂
🔗 Comment connecter mon piano à la plateforme ?
1️⃣ Make sure that your digital piano is equipped with MIDI connectivity.
2️⃣ Take your MIDI-USB cable (where to find a MIDI-USB cable?) : Plug the MIDI connector of the cable into the MIDI jack of your piano, then plug the USB connector into the USB jack of your computer. The application does not yet work well on mobile and tablet, we are developing in parallel a mobile application that will be released in the coming months. In anticipation of the release of this mobile application, please note that adapters exist to connect your mobile or tablet to your piano (where to find an adapter for mobile and tablet?).
3️⃣ Go to the learning interface of the application: press a key on your piano, the same key lights up on your piano on the screen, you are well connected to the application! You can now use the interactive game modes and learn at your own pace.
🎵 Where to find and download music in MIDI format?
A MIDI file is a computerized score of music.
If a MIDI file does not have a piano track, The Music Key will not be able to convert it efficiently into a tutorial. You can find MIDI files on several websites, with a wide variety of quality and content:
1️⃣ Musescore (paying, 7 days trial period): it is by far the best MIDI file site. Musescore has more than a million of music of all genres. By paying about 4 euros per month, you can download an unlimited number of MIDI files and learn them on La Touche Musicale.
2️⃣ Musescore (very limited free version): Musescore has a “Public Domain” section composed of about 2000 musics which are freely downloadable (after creation of your account).
3️⃣ Mutopia (free) : Mutopia offers a rather rich catalogue of music of various genres (classical, jazz, romantic, popular…). The downloading of music is totally free.
4️⃣ My Piano Notes (for a fee): On My Piano Notes, you will find an extensive catalogue of contemporary music, including the most famous hits of the moment. You can download the MIDI file of your choice for about 4 euros.
5️⃣ VG Music (free): site specializing in video game music, VG Music offers a library of over 700 music of diverse and varied quality.
6️⃣ Bit Midi (free): Bit Midi has a very large catalogue of MIDI files, of very different styles. However, the files are not often well treated: sometimes the left hand and the right hand are not always differentiated, sometimes the file does not have a piano track (in this case, La Touche Musicale will not be able to convert it efficiently into a tutorial). Typing “piano” after your search will increase your chances of finding compatible music.
⬇️ How do I import music into my account?
1️⃣ Go to the “My songs” section of your La Touche Musicale account.
2️⃣ Click on the “+” button on the left of the interface. A pop-up window opens.
3️⃣ Click on the field in the “MIDI File” section to import your MIDI file.
4️⃣ If you wish, enter the artist and the title of the imported song. If you don’t fill them in, we will automatically take the name of your MIDI file instead.
5️⃣ If you wish, go and find the URL link of the image you want to associate with your MIDI file. If you don’t import one, we will automatically associate your MIDI file to a default image.
6️⃣ Click on the “Validate” button. Your music appears on your personal space and will be stored there permanently until you delete it.
📚 How to learn music well on La Touche Musicale?
On La Touche Musicale, everything is designed to learn at your own pace. To evolve progressively towards a total mastery of the piece you are learning, 4 learning modes are proposed to you:
📚 Learning mode: designed to take the music in hand in the first phase of learning, this mode waits until you play the right note to be able to continue to the next note.
⏯️ Start & stop mode: once the notes of the music have been selected with the learning mode, you have to work on the fluidity of the sequences with the start & stop mode. This starts the music when you press any key on your piano and stops it as soon as you release it.
▶️ Playback mode: You have memorised the notes of the music and feel comfortable with the various sequences. Now it’s time to work on the rhythm of the music with the play mode. This mode makes the notes scroll continuously: you must play them as they arrive on the piano. You can start this mode with a low note scrolling speed and then increase it as you progress.
🙈 Expert mode: you now know the music and know how to play it on the application. But are you able to play it without looking at the screen and therefore play it everywhere without the visual help of The Music Key? It’s time to move on to the last stage of the learning process: the complete memorization of the music you are learning. With the expert mode, the notes will gradually disappear from the screen to let you become a true virtuoso.
The Music Key therefore offers you learning modes to use according to your progress on the piece you are learning. But you can use them whenever you want and combine them with other features (speed, loop, different hands, …) to customize your learning according to your desires and your ease: to each his own learning method!
📱 Can I use the application on my phone or tablet?
As a first step, we strongly advise you to use your computer rather than your phone or tablet. Indeed, the technologies used on the La Touche Musicale web platform require a lot of resources and it is likely that there will be latencies on your phone and tablet, which will greatly hinder your learning.
We are developing in parallel a mobile application that will be optimized for the use of phones and tablets. Your account will be the same as it is now and you will be able to connect to it from any medium. The mobile application will be released in the coming months and we will keep you regularly informed of our progress, we promise 🙂