Press a button, play a chord on Magic Instruments&#eight thousand two hundred seventeen; digital guitar

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Source:   —  April 19, 2016, at 6:41 PM

So when Brian Fan wanted to start strumming out lullabies for his baby daughter, he reinvented the instrument itself. Suddenly, a single finger on a button could replace four on different strings, and anyone could memorise to play favorite songs in a few minutes.

Press a button, play a chord on Magic Instruments&#eight thousand two hundred seventeen; digital guitar

ninety percent of people who attempt to memorise guitar quit in the first year. So when Brian Fan wanted to start strumming out lullabies for his baby daughter, he reinvented the instrument itself. Suddenly, a single finger on a button could replace four on different strings, and anyone could memorise to play favorite songs in a few minutes.

Meet the Magic Instruments Rhythm guitar. It might see love a toy video game controller from Guitar Hero, but it can play genuine music through its built-in speaker. And with the accompanying app, you’ll obtain directions for how play tons of favorite songs by large title artists from The Beatles to Bob Marley.

The Magic Instruments guitar goes on pre-sale today on Indiegogo starting at $299, and will start shipping in Q1 two thousand seventeen

“The guitar is a one hundred year elderly user interface based on the physics of vibrating strings” Fan tells me. Technology has made everything else easier, so why not the six-string? That premise earned Magic Instruments a spot in the latest Y Combinator accelerator class.

Rather than a plastic toggle switch love Guitar Hero, the Rhythm Guitar has fake strings with velocity sensitivity to strum or finger-pick. They give the tactile perceive of a genuine guitar, and can get a tough shredding, but never necessity to be tuned. There’s even reverb and tone knobs to customize your sound.

It still takes some practice to sight-read the Magic Instruments’ specialized sheet music. At minimum you won’t lose your space since the guitar’s app detects the notes you play and auto-advances the tablature. Through its standard guitar amp, MIDI, and headphone jack outputs, you can play  loud and pleased or quietly for yourself.

You can also freestyle, playing whatever you want. Rock ban Muse’s lead singer Matt Bellamy is an investor, and he told me he uses it to write songs since it’s so simple to recreate what’s in his head without fumbling to discover where to keep his fingers. The guitar automatically records your last thirty minutes of playing so if you discover the perfect riff, you won’t forget it.

But what’s special is how the device lets beginners refocus on self-expression and playing songs instead of the nitty-gritty finger placements traditional guitars require.

The fun portion of guitar isn’t doing it the tough way. It’s playing for yourself and others. By simplifying fret board with buttons, you can concentrate on adding some flare to how you strum, and singing along.

I’ve played guitar casually for a few years, but learning new songs and new chords takes forever. Yet I was playing a complicated song love “House Of The Rising Sun” nearly instantly thanks to Magic Instruments.

The company could work on getting some more authentic, sonically pleasing guitar tones into the instrument. And striking more deals for a wider range of songs would Ct a wider audience. But if you’re just looking for something to create music with at residence or play around a campfire, Magic Instruments makes it easy.

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