Are you thinking about taking beginner guitar lessons but you’re not sure if you can afford them? Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just pick up the guitar and start playing along with your favorite songs without sounding like complete trash?
Well, thanks to a company called Music Everywhere it looks like you might just get your wish. They are currently developing a visual guidance system for the guitar called the Tabber. Tabber is designed for complete beginners but the developers say it can also be good for intermediate players as well.
The Tabber’s guidance system works by telling you what position you finger should be at on the neck of the guitar by lighting up an LED at the respective fret. It’s a pretty cool concept if they can implement the sleeve construction properly. The idea is to create a standard size so that the LED learning sleeves can be put on and taken off any kind of guitar. This will allow learners the luxury of not having to switch views from software like Guitar Pro which shows you exactly how a song should be played and the guitar.
The developers say they will focus on making special types of sleeves later for more less common neck scale lengths. The main goal of the Tabber is to help beginner guitarists understand the basics of playing the guitar.
The developers are also creating a smartphone app so users of the Tabber can connect to the sleeve via Bluetooth. The free app can also be used to make the lights spell your band’s name along the neck of the guitar. The app will also provide users with helpful videos to help them improve their technique.
A lot of details have been withheld but some of the things you can expect to see in the future include an integrated microphone so users can get real time feedback from a software instructor. This integrated microphone will also help act as a built in tuner , a web application for interacting with video guitar lessons for beginners, or even giving you the ability to connect with your friends on social networks.
The LED learning sleeves are a new concept for learning how to play the guitar, but I can see this turning into a popular tool in the near future. Not sure if the system will be able to tell you about techniques like hammer-ons, vibrato or bending, but only time will tell.