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An set-up for complete idiots/ accomplished musicians
I am musically challenged, I need to learn to play an instrument and my schedule makes it impossible to take lessons. What I need is a self-teaching guitar.
I want an electric guitar linked to a large-screen PDA or computer by blue-tooth. The electric guitar has built-in LEDs that tell me where
I need to press to make the chords and which strings to pluck/strum. The instrument also outputs my actions to the PDA, which can help to correct my wrong notes and tells me when I do so.
The PDA provides simulated music from the other band members (especially a base beat) and sheet music with the chords marked on.
During an actual performance, the subtly hidden LEDs can be switched off, but the bluetooth still operates and the guitar retains its wireless functionality.
This idea can also be used with keyboards, wind, even drums and other strings. With an internet connection, this means the band can also remotely reherse together and exchange chat between songs. "Hey Bob, you're in the wrong key. I know you are. Your PDA says you are."
Lastly, you can record your music digitally, right off the instrument, you can correct errors, enhance sounds, add effects, and remaster everything on your own , or through real-time collaboration. You can even send the completed track/ album to a PC to burn a CD, or upload it directly to the 'Net as an MP3.
I am fairly sure this idea is fresh, at least in the manner in which I describe. I have done all the usual searching. Let me know if I have to pull it.
Yamaha EZ-EG Guitar & others
Baked! [krelnik, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]
Yamaha EZ30 Keyboard
Baked in the keyboard form as well. [krelnik, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]
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||It's a good idea, but the LED tutor fretboard has already been done. If only I hadn't thrown away a decades worth of Guitarsit I could prove it...
||As it happens, I have a decade's worth of 'Guitarist' for sale.
||Do this with Banjos, and you could link it to "Weapons of Mass Irritation".
||Just this morning on NBC's Today show they had a guy demoing a guitar made by Yamaha that does almost exactly what you describe. There are LEDs in the fret board to show you where to put your fingers. You can download songs into it and so on. They also have a keyboard with similar features and a MIDI connection to do the PC-oriented things you mention. So this invention has been baked. Yamaha's high-end Disklavier pianos even do the remote play-over-the-internet thing you mention. See links I added.