Music Gear

When I played the piano growing up, I remembered the days when I needed an extra person to turn the pages in my sheet music so that I could play uninterrupted.  Nowadays, sheet music can be displayed on tablets giving rise to an accessory device that can signal a page turn using your feet.  The… Read More

I've seen hundreds of ukuleles made of all sorts of exotic woods and even carbon fiber, but these one of a kind musical instruments from Tyde Music use reclaimed materials from piers, boat houses, old barns, and more. Tyde Music builds ukuleles in the four sizes including soprano, concert, tenor, and baritone. The images shown… Read More

A lot of people who enjoy playing guitar for fun and profit don't just own one instrument. They are always seeking something new, better and different. The problem is that owning multiple guitars takes a lot of money to buy them and a lot of space to store them. Somnium guitars look like they could… Read More

We have several wind chimes hanging from our front porch including the one shown in the image above. I love the relaxing sound of a wind chime as the breeze blows against it. But my wind chimes don't play a recognizable tune. They make more of a tinkling, pinging, dinging, and donging type of sound… Read More

There hasn't been a whole lot of innovation in stringed instrument tuners in the last few years if you don't count that they continue to shrink in size like the D’Addario NS Micro which clips to the edge of a guitar or ukulele's sound hole. That's why I was surprised to hear about the Cling… Read More

Fender, the iconic guitar manufacturer, has released an Android version of their Fender Tune guitar and bass tuner application. Larry talked about the iOS version of this app last summer, and now it's available for free for Android devices. The app uses the mobile device's microphone to listen to a plucked string's pitch and then… Read More

Making music on the fly has become commonplace today and with various music apps like GarageBand you have a virtual band in your pocket. There are a lot of devices on the market that capitalize on the portability of music making with devices that simulate guitars and keyboards, but no one has really addressed the… Read More

If you've ever wanted to create music but felt you didn't have the aptitude or ability to play a physical instrument, the BLOCKS system from ROLI looks like a simple and fun way to make your dreams come true without needing a huge budget. ROLI BLOCKS is a scalable music creation system that connects together… Read More

Sandworms.  Admiral Ackbar. Dual-lens Camera. These are a few of the things folks said this Bluetooth speaker looks like. I thought the speaker market was nearing its endpoint with different designs, but this tubular doughnut came out of nowhere. SumSonic calls it the LLX-01 - which is not helpful in imagining what it looks like. But, the… Read More

This beautiful stool with built-in guitar stand is handmade in the US by fillingham, an Etsy store.  The Guitar Stool/Guitar Stand is made to order from "wood, walnut, ash, felt, cork, and yacht braid."  fillingham says:  "Hardwood surfaces (walnut and ash) are finished with a custom, hand rubbed finish that improves with age and use… Read More

We like to cover IK Multimedia products because they consistently offer powerful tech music accessories that are fun and easy to use. Today they announced the iRig HD 2 pro-quality digital guitar and bass interface for iOS. The iRig HD 2 features 24-bit analog-to-digital conversion and 96kHz sample rate. The device connects directly to your… Read More

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xznRcpGe53E The Mogees sensor will turn a table into a drumkit, a skateboard into a harp, a shovel into a guitar, etc. The sensor is a contact microphone that connects to an iPad or iPhone and creates music from the vibrations within a variety of materials such as woods, metals, plastics, and glass. But it… Read More

Wow, now I think I've seen everything... Apparently, fingertip protectors for playing guitar, ukulele and other stringed instruments is a thing. The protectors come in a package of four and are made of food-grade silicone material that stretches to fit the size of your index through ring fingers. Each fingertip protector has an opening in… Read More

Fender music, you know the folks who make cool guitars and amps, have entered the mobile app market with the new self-produced Fender Tune iOS app. This free app has been designed for beginners and seasoned players alike and offers an auto-tuning mode, pre-set and customizable custom tuning options. The Fender Tune app also has… Read More

As some of you may know, I love to tinker around with making music on my iPad. I have bought, traded and reviewed a number of products that allow me to interface with programs like Garage Band on my iPad to create and record music. I have had various amounts of success with these products… Read More