Learning how to play the guitar (no not "Guitar Hero") can be a long and daunting endeavor. Sure, you can use sheet music or tablature, but who really has time for that when we all just want to be overnight rock sensations? Robert Sanchez, with partners Ryan Rogowski and Kipp Bradford, might just have the solution to that problem with his design teaching aid called ‘Tabber’.
The system uses an LED (13 in all) sleeve that slips onto the guitars fret-board and lights up the positions which lets the user know where to place their fingers. Future musicians will first download an app on their mobile device that has various songs, chords and lessons. Once the choice is selected it is then sent to an
Arduino Uno Dev platform, via Bluetooth, that in turns lights up the correct LED strips position for finger placement.
Powering the Tabber is a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that will ensure hours of practice time for becoming the next Eddie Van Halen. The guys are funding their project on Kickstarter with the ultimate goal of reaching $45,000 US to get the Tabber off the ground with donors contributing $5,356 US so far. The team is hoping for a release as soon as July of this year if funding keeps coming in which means all you perspective musicians should be ready for your first concert by the fall!
Promotional image (via Kickstarter)