Factsheet

Developer:
Real Keys Music - Play Along Keys
Based in Framingham, MA, USA

Release date:
November 11, 2010

Platforms:
iPhone & iPad
Android

Website:
playalongkeys.com

Regular Price:
USDfree

Description

Play Along Keys is a new type of musical game that is both fun and authentic. With most music games, you play on a simulated piano or guitar, but when you play the same way on a real piano or guitar, your playing is meaningless. Not so with Play Along Keys! These are the real notes of the song. If you play enough to get a high score, you may find that you can go to a real keyboard and play the same song part that you did in the game. Play Along comes with a free large set of song-games.

History

Play Along Keys was originally designed for the XBox and required a special keyboard. However, the increasing capabilities of the screens and audio of tablets and phones made them a natural for Play Along Keys. The first version of Play Along Keys had only a few songs. There have been many updates to add many additional songs as well as better analysis of the player's performance and comparison with local, Facebook and global players. Play Along Keys welcomes requests for additional songs.

Features

  • Play a song in Play Along Keys, then play it on a real piano.
  • Anyone can perform songs, regardless of musical experience.
  • Each song highlights the keys that are actually used in the song.
  • Hear yourself and your backing band in high-fidelity stereo.
  • Compete with other players on your phone or tablet as well as your Facebook friends and all players globally.
  • High quality backing tracks with instruments and ensembles specially chosen for each song.

Videos

Brief Demo YouTube

How To Play YouTube

Take Your Game To A Real Piano YouTube

Young boy plays along with Jingle Bells on Play Along Keys YouTube


Images

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Selected Articles and Quotations

  • "People communicate by playing music together without even sharing a language. It's important for mutual appreciation, understanding, communication and peace. That's why Play Along Keys is free and safe for everyone."
    - Bruce Cichowlas, Real Keys Music founder
  • "Fun music game with a wide range of songs to play along with. Hoping this improves my piano playing."
    - Perry Grossman, Android App Reviewer
  • "The interesting thing about Play Along Keys is that not only is it melody-matching as opposed to rhythm matching, it's actually educational. So you learn the song on the keyboard and you can transpose it to a real piano and you'll be able to play that song."
    - Neil Tinegate, EMI Music VP of Digital Projects, Billboard Biz @ MIDEM Music Expo
  • "This game has its own fun way of teaching the player to learn some of their favorite songs. There are three simple steps to learning your choice of song. 1. Pick a song in the Play Along library. Almost every week this game is updated with more songs. 2. Practice what you learned on Play Along Keys. 3. Take your skills acquired to a real piano. This was a fun overall experience which is why I gave it 5 stars."
    - The Melon Gamer, iOS App Reviewer
  • "Before I played this game I was a non-piano player, but now I can pluck out tunes and play the songs a real piano that I have played in the game! It is so much fun and super addicting trying to earn all platinum scores for each song. This app is incredible!"
    - PowPow8, iOS App Reviewer

Play Along Keys YouTube channel
Tutorials and song demos youtube.com.


About Real Keys Music - Play Along Keys

Boilerplate
Play Along Keys is a music performance game for everyone from Real Keys Music that is both fun and authentic. With most music games, you play on a simulated piano or guitar, but when you play the same way on a real piano or guitar, your playing is meaningless. Not so with Play Along Keys! These are the real notes of the song. If you play enough to get a high score, you may find that you can go to a real keyboard and play the same song part that you did in the game. Play Along comes with a free large set of song-games.

More information
More information on Real Keys Music - Play Along Keys, our logo & relevant media are available here.


Play Along Keys Credits

Bruce Cichowlas
Designer, Developer, Musician

Marco Farsheed
General Manager

Luke Roberts
Musician

Chris McRobbie
Graphics Designer