Category Archives: Digital playing

Ovation guitars

The Ovation iDea.

I haven’t had a chance to play one of these yet but it looks like a great idea. Not only can you play it like a regular acoustic guitar but it also plugs into an amp, but the most interesting feature is the digital recording console built in; not only does it allow you to instantly and conveniently record, say a run you’ve come up with, some musical idea you’ve stumbled upon, but you can also layer musical lines, as for example a chord progression, and as you’re playing that back you can add a melodic line or another chord progression to go with it. This looks ideal for guitar composers. This particular model lists for over $900. or so but I’ve seen them now for under $250. (Amazon for instance)

Top mounted digital console.

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Gibson’s new electric guitar entry: Dusk Tiger

Dusk Tiger–check out the specs, with pics.

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iPhone guitar VS real guitar

“…Several guitar apps feature preloaded scales, chord forms and tablature features for those looking to work out ideas. They make for terrific notation tools for pros and theory tools for novices. But as for actual instrumentality, well, there aren’t many people who say an iPhone feels better in the hand than a guitar…” Article here.

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Guitar Hero VS real guitars

It seems that at least some guitar manufacturers are asking the question: shouldn’t real electric guitars be as easy to play as those plastic push button guitars?

Why are they still making guitars with “real” strings that are difficult and boring to learn how to play and really make your fingers hurt? What is the point? Do we still slaughter our own cows? Dig our own wells? Work in the turnip fields for 18 hours a day, six days a week? No. Buttons have proven themselves to be much easier and more efficient…We demand piece-of-piss-to-play button guitars now. And pre-programmed “hurdy gurdy” guitars that actually play both louder and faster the harder you crank the handle. And living guitars made out of pain-sensitive clone flesh with screaming Jagger-lipped mouths at the end of the necks that vomit a milk-like substance over the first five rows of the baying crowd at the end of each particularly impressive guitar solo. Read article here. (Note: please allow for at least some tongue-in-cheek context.)

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More digital fun

Guitar Hero 3 on iPhone:

Don’t worry, at some point real guitars will make a comeback.

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Pocket guitar

For iPod Touch and iPhone

Rocking out with Pocket Guitar

Keep in mind that if you’re trying to develop calluses on your fingertips this will not help.

…Speaking of pocket guitars here’s another one

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Fake guitar playing becoming popular

It’s all in the game box, and the main rivalries this year are between Activision’s Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock and MTV’s Rock Band. See article Dueling Guitars in Gameland.

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