I have always wanted to learn music, but it seemed to me so boring and painful, that I have never really tried.
Couple of weeks ago, I ended in a party with an electric guitar in my hands, and my childhood dream reappeared. I bought an acoustic guitar and started learning.
Thanks to technology and the internets, the age of painful learning is over. I found 4 different ways to learn electric guitar.
Hiring a music teacher is expensive.
To cut the logistic cost, some teachers offer lessons by Skype. I didn’t try yet but it seems to me that it is good to understand the basics and to check your progression, but it’s not really a tool for a daily practice.
Yousician is very smart. It uses a tablature (simplified partitions for guitar), where a little ball jumps from a note to another to indicate you when and how to play. The software recognizes the sounds produced by the guitare and gives a feedback on the note and the tempo.
The tutorials are organized on a roadmap where the level increases smoothly. Every part of the guitar experience is simplified, so you can focus on what matter the most: reading the notes and playing without watching your fingers.
I have 2 cons:
- following a dynamic tablature doesn’t train you to memorize the notes neither to have rhythm skills,
- the songs are a bit cheesy, which for a future hardcore metal music player like me, doesn’t motivate that much.
Rocksmith uses a video game console to connect with your electric guitar and displays a rich gaming experience on a TV screen.
Like Guitar hero, the up coming notes are coming from the background. The player has to play them when they hit the corresponding string and fret (part of the guitar).
A wide range of rock&roll music makes it very stimulating.
I met this start up at Connected Conference Paris. The idea is to put LEDs just behind the strings at every fret and to guide the player. The system can be easily plugged on an existing guitare and is connected to a smartphone.
Compare to Yousician or Rocksmith, the experience is much more focus on the instrument, which means you don’t need to carry a laptop or an I pad to play outside.
It is interesting to see how hardware and software interact with each other in a different way on these 4 products.
Then, the guitar is one of the most affordable instrument, and it is easy to recognize its sound or to connect it.
I wonder what will be the next connected experiences for more complicated music instruments, such as drums, piano or saxophone.
What about you, reader of Shake Up ID, do you learn music by yourself, what’s your trick?