If you’ve always wanted to learn the piano but don’t want to invest in a real keyboard, you can always turn your PC keyboard into a Piano! It’s not ideal, but also not a bad way of playing simple melodies on your PC. MidiPiano is the neatest Windows app I’ve found for this.
MidiPiano has two windows, the keyboard with controls, and a piano roll into which you can upload midi files. When you record yourself playing, it’s recorded here too, in midi format.
How to use MidiPiano
I’ve played a real piano a couple of times, and using a qwerty keyboard is a bit awkward in comparison! The layout runs the white keys along four rows: starting at the bottom with the Z to M keys, then continuing with A to L, Q to P and then 1 to 0.
The cursor keys, and numpad also let you run further up the keyboard, but it’s much more comfortable sticking to the four first rows. Black keys can be found by using Ctrl plus any other key. Holding shift allows you to play one note with the octave above at the same time. The record feature helpfully starts when you play your first note, and the midi file will finish with your last.
MidiPiano is free, and doesn’t require installation. Check out my review and download MidiPiano here.