If you are ever in the mood to listen to some of the the most beautiful and compelling mashups of classical and pop music in piano and cello form, you should check out ThePianoGuys Youtube channel. Or better yet, invite pianist Jon Schmidt to play in your home with an augmented reality app.
As Steve Nelson, the cellist of ThePianoGuys explains, concerts are prohibited at this time. And they are not always the most suitable place to present a piece of music. Take For Elise Jam, Jon’s version of the classic song.
And the pianist knows it For Elise Do you have to play this song sooner or later whether you like it or not, and you have to play it often. But rather than playing it as is, Jon improvises around melodies and lines of music. He’s doing an old song again, but it works better in a more intimate setting than on stage.
This is where AR Pianist comes in, an app for ios and Android. AR Pianist uses augmented reality to bring award-winning musicians and their pianos to your home. You can make them small enough to fit on a table or larger than your living room.
ThePianoGuys worked with the developers behind the app to engage Jon, and now you can see and hear his perspective For Elise without leaving your home. Better yet, as the top picture shows, the app can even put a virtual pianist at your piano and can help you learn to play songs. This is my piano, and if you look closely, there is a set of number keys on the real keys.