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Simply Piano uses the latest music recognition software to give you instant feedback. Here are our top tips to give you the best experience possible with our recognition engine.

1. CONNECT HEADPHONES TO YOUR MOBILE DEVICE

 

If you’re using an acoustic piano or a keyboard without a MIDI connection, we highly recommend using headphones connected to your device while playing the app. This will prevent your microphone from picking up the background music from the app and improve note recognition accuracy.

2. USE MIDI TO CONNECT YOUR KEYBOARD AND MOBILE DEVICE

If you are using a keyboard, we highly recommend using a MIDI connection to improve the accuracy of your note recognition. MIDI provides a direct connection from your keyboard to your device. While MIDI use is not necessary, it can avoid issues with note recognition, particularly when you get to playing more advanced music.

Here is a basic guide for setting up MIDI:

  1. Setting up a MIDI connection for Apple devices 
  2. Setting up a MIDI connection for Android devices
3. INCREASE KEYBOARD VOLUME, MINIMIZE BACKGROUND NOISE

Another way to improve note recognition is reducing the app volume and playing loudly by pressing the keys harder or turning up the volume (if you have a keyboard). Make sure your piano is tuned to concert pitch (A = 440 hz). If you have a keyboard, you may be surprised; many keyboards can also be tuned in different ways, so check your user manual to tune your keyboard if the tuning seems off.

Practicing in a room with little to no distracting noise, such as other music or noise from outside, will help the app recognize what you’re playing better. If you usually have a case on your device, we also recommend removing it to make sure your microphone is uncovered.

HAVE FUN AND LET US KNOW IF WE CAN HELP

We are very excited for you to begin your piano journey with us! We are more than happy to help with any questions or concerns you have. Just send us an email at support@joytunes.com. Enjoy!

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You walk around in the world, humming your favorite songs and thinking you know exactly what they mean, until one day – BOOM! Your musical universe collapses into itself when you suddenly realize that things are very different and are not at all what they seem. We have compiled a short list of songs that have managed to fool many, and that actually mean something very different than what they may seem to mean.

Total Eclipse Of The Heart – Bonnie Tyler
Call the butterfly police and tell them to stop fluttering their wings!
Ask someone to hold you tight all night, make it right forever and be brave as we reveal this is actually quite a bloody tune meant for vampires and not humans. Don’t believe us? Ask Jim Steinman, the songwriter, who revealed this song was originally called Vampires in Love. Now turn around those bright eyes and try not to fall apart.

Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse of the Heart (Video) - YouTube

Waterfalls – TLC
You would think that this song is just a nice gesture brought to you by your friendly weather forecaster advising you to not go chasing waterfalls, but alas! You have been living a lie. This tune is in fact quite morbid, and is actually about HIV, drug dealing and other tragedies. This actually makes sense, as TLC were known for being big on promoting AIDS prevention.

TLC - Waterfalls (Video Version) - YouTube

Barbie Girl – Aqua
Quick – cover your eyes, hide your dolls, pray it isn’t so! How can you possibly believe in all that is pure and innocent after you find out that your childhood heroine was objectified in a seemingly innocent song? This is not a feel-good, bubbly, kiddie-safe party song, but rather the opposite. Needless to say, Mattel (the toy manufacturing company), was not a fan of this song to say the least and we can see why. Mattel went on to sue MCA Records (Aqua’s recording company) for violating Barbie’s trademark. The case was ultimately dismissed.

Aqua - Barbie Girl - YouTube

Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana
Can you smell that? It’s the sweet smell of deception filling your nostrils. One does indeed wonder what teen spirit actually smell like, but luckily the great mystery has finally been unraveled. The master mind behind this iconic title was Kurt Cobain’s (the frontman of American rock band Nirvana) friend Kathleen Hanna, who at the time was the lead singer of the riot girl band Bikini Kill. She thought kurt smelled like the deodorant brand teen spirit, which his then girlfriend Tobi Vail wore. It obviously left a long lasting impression in her nostrils, and she decided to write in on Cobain’s wall. Cobain later claimed he was unaware that it was a brand of deodorant until months after the single was released.

Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit - YouTube

Wake Me Up When September Ends – Green Day
The video for this song made many believe that it had something to do with war. The real story behind this hit song had nothing to do with wars or politics for that matter. It was written in memory of lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong’s father, who passed away when he was a child.

Green Day - Wake Me Up When September Ends [Official Music Video] - YouTube

We know it is not always easy having to deal with your musical bubble being burst, so why not cheer yourself up by playing some authentic great hits on our Simply Piano app?

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As France became the 2018 World Cup winners the other night in a nail biting game, many fans certainly spent Monday watching game replays. We, on the other hand, couldn’t help but replay all of the unforgettable songs that served as World Cup anthems throughout the years.

Below, we have accumulated for you a list of our favorite 6:

1. 1978: Buenos Aires Musical Symphony, “El Mundial”

El Mundial - Ennio Morricone E La Sua Orchestra - YouTube

Argentina was the host nation and the song was “El Mundial”. It was composed by the legendary Italian composer, Ennio Morricone. The pairing of the Morricone and the World Cup was quite bizarre, and the result was criticized by some, but for us- it somehow seems to work.

2. 1994: Daryl Hall and Sounds of Blackness, “Gloryland”

Gloryland (USA 1994) (Official Video) - YouTube

This was the first (and only time to date) that America hosted the World Cup. The expectations were set high for a poppy, upbeat song to take over. However, America surprised with “Gloryland”, a traditional yankee doodle number. Luckily, J. Lo was around to overshadow with her hit, “Let’s Get Loud”, which became the unofficial theme song.

3. 1998: Ricky Martin, “La Copa De La Vida”

La Copa De La Vida (La Canción Oficial De La Copa Mundial, Francia '98) Spanish (Video ... - YouTube

This song is everything the World Cup anthem needs to be. The World Cup was held in France, and Ricky Martin was a year before releasing his massive self-titled album. “La Copa De La Vida” was fun, young, energetic, catchy and very much World Cup material. Some even question whether Martin’s self-titled album would have been so massively successful if not for “La Copa De La Vida”.

4. 2002 : Anastacia, “Boom”

Anastacia - Boom (PCM Stereo) - YouTube

The World Cup was hosted by Korea and Japan, and even though the song title may not have been very appropriate, it was a hit. “Boom”, the somewhat trashy, pop/rock number perfectly encompassed the early 2000’s music scene and was able to grow on many. It was even declared Italy’s favorite World Cup song in 2014 by MTV.

5.  2010 : Shakira and Freshlyground, “Waka Waka”

Shakira - Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) (The Official 2010 FIFA World Cup™ Song) - YouTube

This song had absolutely nothing to do with the World Cup, and was not received well by the South Africans who hosted the tournament in 2010 and preferred South African artists to represent them. Nevertheless, “Waka Waka” was wildly successful and catchy with 1.9 billion views on YouTube.

6.     2018: ‘Live It Up’ by Nicky Jam feat Will Smith & Era Istrefi

Live It Up (Official Video) - Nicky Jam feat. Will Smith & Era Istrefi (2018 FIFA World Cup Russia) - YouTube

The most recent anthem for the World Cup held in Russia had techno reggae vibe to it. The song, “Live It Up” was not extremely successful at first, and there were hopes of it growing on the audience as the World Cup progressed. However, now that the tournament is officially over, it is safe to say that the song was largely ignored and replaced by Jack White’s, “Seven Nation Army”. Personally, we love them both.

The World Cup has not only brought great and inspiring soccer game moments, but also some unforgettable music. We cannot wait to hear what anthem is in store for us in 2022, but until then, you can play music from around the world in the Simply Piano app.

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