25 best music making gadgets

Whether you're a heavy metal machine, a jazz hepcat or a synth wizard, you'll be able to make some noise with these musical gadgets

Ion Piano Apprentice

£65, Ionaudio.com

Learning to play the piano is too much like hard work. Who has time for proper lessons, anyway? Let your iPad (and Emmy award-winning piano instructor Scott Houston) show you the ropes with the Ion Piano Apprentice.

Bag yourself this plastic piano accessory and the dedicated app – then all you need to do is follow the onscreen instructions and tutorials to become the skilled ivory tickler you’ve always dreamed of being. The keys even light up for extra assistance. You’ll be at Grade 8 in no time.