January 19, 2015

Flowkey – Learn to Play Piano

Private music lessons are expensive and time consuming, and as a result, they aren’t always a viable option for people who are interested in learning to play the piano in their spare time. Instead, Flowkey is a solution that uses a computer’s microphone to monitor how people learn and play the piano in a way that’s easier than online tutorials and less expensive than private lessons.

Getting started with Flowkey takes less than two minutes, and you can use the app even without knowing how to read sheet music. Visit the Store to choose a song you’d like to learn how to play, then click over to the Player and begin the real work of learning how to play. Flowkey uses the microphone on your computer to monitor how you’re playing, and it adjusts the tempo of the song based on how you’re doing. Not only does Flowkey know how quickly you’re playing, but it also knows which key is being played by which of your fingers. Flowkey offers online courses that you can take if playing the music you’ve selected is too difficult. The combination of video and sheet music makes it possible for complete beginners get started playing the piano, even without having any prior experience.

Advanced features become increasingly useful as users improve their skills and get used to using Flowkey on a daily basis. “Flow mode” is a feature that people can use to play songs with interactive live feedback. Meanwhile, the platform’s loop function replays specific sections of songs to improve user focus during practice. For budding musicians of all skill levels, Flowkey is a fun platform that’s worth checking out.

Practical Uses:

  • Learn to play the piano
  • Practice playing a specific song
  • Get advice on how to improve your musical skills
  • Practice with your right and left hands separately

Insider Tips:

  • Sort songs by genre or difficulty level
  • Use the loop function to replay specific sections of songs
  • Rhythm training speeds up and slows down songs during practice
  • Get interactive live feedback while you play in “flow mode”

What we liked:

  • Flowkey has a very straightforward user interface
  • Instructors can use Flowkey to supplement their student training
  • Users can learn to play with their left and right hands separately
  • Flowkey does a great job of combining video with sheet music

What we didn’t like:

  • Flowkey is better suited for amateur pianists than for true beginners


Company Info:

  • Launched: 2014
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: Germany
  • Founded by: Jonas Gößling, Alexander Heesing, and Ahmed Hassan
  • Web site:


  • Free

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