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Keys is a keyboard that teaches you how to play


Play it, Sam

Most of us wish we could play a musical instrument. Keys makes it easier than ever to bash out a tune – it's a keyboard whose keys light up, telling you which to press next. Just follow the steps and you'll sound like Beethoven in no time.

You don't need a lot of pricey gear either. All you need is a laptop and a smartphone if you like. It has a mini-USB port, so plugs into any compatible device, and is ready to start making music. It works with plenty of MIDI apps too, so you can play around with any sound under the sun.

It's more advanced than your average keyboard. As well as pressing the keys, you can control it using gestures. Wave your hands around above it, and you can make cool new sounds. The keys light up, responding to your movements.

It comes with its own apps preinstalled. Play teaches you the basic notes, while Learn puts you on a learning programme for the basics. But it also works with hundreds of other apps.

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It's small enough to stash in a bag, and looks durable enough to withstand a few knocks. Put two side by side and they'll pair, giving you a greater range of notes and sounds.

It looks very nifty, and like an ideal tool for beginners and pros alike. You can order yours now through Indiegogo – it costs $92 (£61).

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