As someone who loves music, is a wannabe musician, iPad mini owner and The Gadgeteer, I love any gadgets or apps that allow me turn my tablet into a musical instrument. We've seen apps that convert your iPad into a piano, guitar, ukulele and even a drum set. Using your fingers to play piano, guitar [...]
Pull on these USB enabled gloves and you'll be on your way to creating music just by tapping your fingers on a flat surface. Each fingertip plays a different note. The gloves which are attached to a speaker, are powered by 4 AAA batteries and offer you the choice of 8 different instruments, 20 different [...]
The Eigenlabs Eigenharp Alpha is a radical looking USB electronic instrument that requires a Mac to play. The Alpha is a professional level instrument which allows the musician to play and improvise, change scale and key, transpose, alter tempo, program beats, create arrangements, switch and layer multiple sounds all while performing live on stage. Check [...]
If your previous attempts at learning to play an instrument ended in failure, the Novation Launchpad might be your ticket to musical bliss. This device is an audio controller that you can use with your computer. It consists of an 8-by-8 panel of buttons. Each button is used to launch an audio event – a [...]
The Rhythmring is a small polycarbonate tube filled with beads that you wear on your hand to add some extra rhythm to your guitar and ukulele playing while you strum, without hindering your playing.
Friend of The Gadgeteer and music man extraordinaire Mark Rosengarten sent me an email tonight to tell me that he's waiting to take delivery of a Tenori-On. Since I had no clue what he was talking about, I went directly to my BFF Google for the 411. The Tenori-On is a really wild looking musical [...]
The DT-4 is a strobe style musical instrument tuner from Korg. It might be a good alternative to the more expensive Peterson strobe tuners. I've ordered one to review and use with my ukuleles.
As a kid, I remember sitting in front of my Mom's vertical Baldwin piano, trying to learn to play Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 Ode To Joy. I never had real lessons, I just used the many lesson books that my Mom had used when she was a little girl. The piano bench was full of them and I loved paging through them, seeing the cartoon-like pictures for each new song. Once in awhile my Mom would sit down on the bench with me to give me pointers, but for the most part she never criticized my talent or lack there of. I just loved plunking those keys, making music. It didn't matter if I was any good at it or not. Wow, I'm tearing up just writing this. I miss my mom...
Are you a wannabe guitar god that can't even play a C chord to save your life? Or do you have a child that keeps touching your shiny new Fender Strat with their little peanut butter and jelly encrusted fingers? Then I have an inexpensive 'guitar' for you or them to check out. It's the mi Jam Guitar from B2.
From an early age, I wanted to learn to play the guitar. I took a few lessons here and there through the years, but for the most part taught myself from books and tapes. I never was a very good player, but that hasn't stopped my love of the instrument and music. I've had several guitars, from electric to acoustic, to even a mini electric that I built myself using a kit. I even had a dial up BBS back in the day completely devoted to TAB (tablature files) that was named CrossRoads BBS.