Aren’t you envious of people who pick up a guitar and bash out the most beautiful tunes with seemingly no effort at all? Of course, it does take a tremendous amount of practice and effort to learn to play the guitar, which is probably why the majority of us give up after our fingers start to hurt.
But what if there was a way to make playing the guitar a lot easier, and meant you didn’t have to put in all those frustrating hours of practice?
Well, welcome to the gTar, the world’s first fully digital guitar that allows you to play music, regardless of how good you are. Simply pop your iPhone into the body of the gTar and the LEDs located along the fretboard will light up interactively and show you what you have to do.
The gTar is the brainchild of a company called Incident that literally grew out of a garage in Santa Clara, California, before the five friends based their camp in sunny Silicon Valley.
It works on the basis that whilst most guitars use pickups to amplify the sound of vibrating strings, the gTar uses sensors instead that are designed to detect exactly what you’re playing in real-time, they then relay each note to your iPhone, which produces the actual sound.
The gTar comes with a free app and a library full of songs that even if you have never picked up a guitar in your life, you can start to play immediately.
And don’t worry if you play a bum note, as there is a feature in the gTar called SmartPlay, which, when it hears an incorrect note will mute it out as soon as you play it, and actually push you along as you play through difficult songs.
The gTar has three levels of difficulty, so if you are a novice start with Easy, and progress through to Medium and Hard as you get better. In Easy mode you only have to play the strings but this allows you to get stuck straight in and play your favourite songs, so there’s no hanging about, having to practice chords or getting your hands in position.
Once you’ve mastered Easy you can move onto Medium and learn to play both the strings and the frets at the same time, and don’t worry if you play a wrong note as the SmartPlay feature is always on in the background to mute your mistakes. The Hard level will begin to test your playing as SmartPlay is now turned off and you can play whatever song you want.
The gTar is entirely digital so will never need tuning. It runs off an internal battery that lasts between 6 to 8 hours on a full charge. You charge the gTar by using the USB charger or you can plug the gTar into any standard USB dock on a computer or charger of equivalent power.
And best of all, as the strings and fretboard of the gTar have been designed to be exactly the same as a traditional guitar, it will actually teach you the basics of playing on a standard guitar. So you really can’t lose!
The gTar was launched on the crowd-funding site KickStarter, but was so successful that it achieved way in excess of the proposed goal of $100,000, recording a massive $353,392 and 956 backers. The company is now into manufacture of the gTars and you can pre-order one for $399 by visiting the Incident gTar website.
We think it’s going to be the biggest thing since Guitar Hero!