Those who are jealous of real rockers can learn to play the guitar with Fretlight’s innovative system. The guitar literally lights up on each note on the fret to make a chord. The instrument comes in an Acoustic for $399.95, an Electric for $499.95 or the Acoustic/Electric combo for $529.95. Included in the price are some introductory lessons. Fretlight also sells additional video lessons and single tunes that come with chords, rhythms and solos for $1.99 apiece.
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iShred can turn your iPhone or iPod touch into a rock funfest. Frontier Design’s app can turn even the most musically-challenged newbie into an artiste. Included is an interface with effects such as Fuzz, Delay, Treble Boost, Vibrato and Tremelo, and has a recorder and starter songs. Altogether there are over 2,000 chords, fret positions and scales. iShred can be used with Frontier’s Guitar, an acoustic app, and can be found $4.99 at the App Store.
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Programmer Peter Neubäcker has developed Direct Note Access, software that can allow computers to analyze digitized chords and separate them into individual notes. While it was already possible to manipulate pitch, tempo and other aspects of music, this is the the first time that a single chord can be dissected. The former German guitar maker’s software can help musicians and engineers correct notes that are out of tune as well as unreleased classic music that was recorded on out-of-tune instruments.
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We have had a lot of musical gadgets on Gear Live recently, but leave it to Tomy to come up with something that almost looks like what it is supposed to be. The Guitar Rockstar, at a size of 250 x 210 x 70mm, has numerous buttons to make music. There are all the basic chords, as well as those sharp, flat, major, and 7th. With both strum and free-play, would that a real guitar could be this easy for those of us that just don’t have the fingers for it. The musical toy will be available in randomly chosen black, blue, and red in June and needs 3 AAA batteries (not included) at a price of £14.99 (~$30.00.)
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