Learning the Piano: Combining the Old With the New with Synthesia

When I was on Facebook, I posted this video on what would have been my mother’s 103rd birthday.  It is from an old piano roll of the 1920’s popular song, Whispering.  It was one of her early favorites.  The piano roll was converted into a midi computer music file.  Let’s listen to the song first and then explain what they did (Click on it to play):

What you see in the video is what was marketed as a  computer game.  It creates a midi player piano that will play the file and what you see and hear is an updated version of an old Aeolian player piano playing a piano roll.  The software is freeware  and can be obtained by downloading it from the company site, Synthesia.

In my next post(s), I will explain further how Synthesia can help people who want to better learn to play piano.

About Richard Rollo

I am a retired Community College Instructor. I taught Political Science 1 American Government for 22 years in Southern California. I am originally from Northern Minnesota. My earliest years were spent in the living quarters of a rural Duluth Winnipeg & Pacific Railway Depot. Then my family joined the great 1950's migration to Southern California where I joined up with fellow baby boomers in overcrowded schools.
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