If you've ever wanted to learn to play the piano, Pianu can help. All you need is a web browser, and an internet connection — whether you're on a PC using a mouse and keyboard, a tablet or smartphone, or actually have a keyboard to plug into your computer.
Pianu has two big features: First, the song directory, which is a list of songs ranging in difficulty from beginner to expert, progressing in difficulty. The directory itself is free and you can play any of the songs in it, but you don't get guided instruction or anything there.
The songs work a bit like playing Rockband — the keys you should press come down from the top of your screen and when they land on the key, you should press it and hold until the next note comes down. For advanced songs, you'll have to manage multiple keys at the same time, timing, and so on. It's actually a lot of fun, and you can go experiment with the songs in the directory right now.
The second big feature is the Pianu Academy, which is a paid service. That's where you'll get interactive lessons, and a lesson plan that will start you off at learning the basics of the piano all the way up to playing complex pieces, step by step, to learn and follow at your own pace.
The Academy also teaches you how to read sheet music, play chords, learn meter, and more. The full package is only $US35 ($48), but if you just want to learn sheet music or learn chords, it's $US19 ($26) for either segment. You can even try the first lesson for free.
Pianu also has a keyboard directory, where you can get tips to help connect the keyboard you have to your computer, or links to buy portable, roll-up keyboards that work well with your PC, or a full-sized keyboards that are easy to connect as well.
While the service doesn't listen to you play the way previously mentioned Simply Piano does, it does work on any device with a web browser, and if you're ok with self-directed learning, it's completely free. Hit the link below to check it out, or try a lesson.