If you’ve ever played a guitar, you know how tough it can be when you don’t know what you’re doing. In my experience, learning to play the guitar is a long and frustrating process. There were plenty of times along the way where I doubted I was making any progress at all. A lot of people give up at that point. For me, it was probably 3 years of guitar ownership before I REALLY got into it and tried hard to become a good player. I’d be lying if I said seeing the older guys at high school playing guitar in the hallways and the girls flocking toward them had no effect on my desire to learn the instrument. But I also discovered more resources and learning tools around that time as well, and my ability took off. I’m still by no means a great guitarist (especially in recent years), but I’m lightyears away from where I was when I first started.
And it’s funny, if I hadn’t stuck with it then, when I was godawful, who knows where I’d be today? I probably would’ve never played in a band, I might not have developed the same love of music I have now, and I might not even be working for a radio station if not for that.
But now there’s a device out there that will let you play a guitar without actually learning anything. It’s called the Chordelia, and it’s made by a guy named Tim, who’s not a musician:
If you want to learn more about the Chordelia, check out the website HERE. If you want to buy one, you’ll need a decent chunk of disposable change, as they’re all handmade and cost 200 Euros, or nearly $300 Canadian. Or you could enter to win one…
You can enter the contest HERE.
As the website says in the FAQ section, the device WILL help you with guitar playing – specifically helping you get your strumming down… But if you want to progress at guitar beyond being able to play 5 or 7 chords (based on which model you buy), you’re going to eventually need to take it off and start using your hands.
I mean, you can’t use a Chordelia to play this:
Though you might be able to play certain parts of The Tragically Hip song that I’m guessing Tim didn’t steal the name for his device from (don’t forget, Cordelia was a character in Shakepseare’s King Lear).
Anyway, if you or someone you know is struggling to pick up the guitar, or doesn’t know how to play but wants to be able to sing along with something, it’s something to keep in mind.