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Mobile App Design Update

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Apologies for being out of touch the last few months. We’ve been heads down on a number of fronts - finalizing and locking down the product design, getting a fully-costed Bill of Materials (aka BOM, or a comprehensive list of every single part in the guitar, with a full cost quote), and finalizing business arrangements with our manufacturing partners and suppliers. 

Today’s update is focused on the improvements we’ve made to the mobile app, which is how most of you will learn how to play the guitar. (We’ll have another update in a week regarding where we are in manufacturing and shipping times so please hold those types of questions until then.) 

We’ve continued to test our app with users, and the main feedback we received is that just seeing lyrics and chord numbers is not enough for users to understand how to find the right button/chord, strum, and play in rhythm. We’ve decided to add videos to the app, so you can now

  1. play along to an instructor
  2. play along to a music video
  3. play along with a band

The videos will be framed within our app, and there will be a dashboard that provides feedback and scores how well you played.

Here is an example of one of our instructors, Allegra, teaching you how to play Adele’s Someone Like You in Magic Mode (we’ll also have videos showing you how to play in Traditional Mode):

As you can see, once you get to the 40th second in the video a control panel on the right hand side appears with four different panels which shows you how well you’re doing while playing the song:

Overall Score - an aggregate score of your Chord, Strumming, and Rhythm Scores

Chord Fingering Accuracy - measures if you are pushing the correct buttons both in Magic or Traditional chords

Strumming - measures your strum pattern and velocity of the strings depending on the chord

Rhythm - measures the timing of when you play a chord in relation to the actual song via a gauge

Once you are oriented with your guitar with the instructional video, you can play along to a music video! (We’re working on getting the rights to display videos from the music publishers.) Here is an example of the original video for Adele’s Someone Like You:

This is perfect for the guitarist who does not prefer singing, but still wants to play along with their favorite artists.

Finally, we’re also planning on making videos with our house band, so you can have the experience of “playing along” in a music jam with our band.

While the design of the mobile app is not finalized, we’ve tested this on a number of people and the feedback has been great! Now people know when to to play the right chord in relation to the lyrics with interactive metrics.

That’s it for now, we’ll have an update in a week regarding manufacturing and shipping times. Thanks for reading and watching. As always, if you have any questions please send them to support@magicinstruments.com

Rock on!

Magic Instruments

16 comments

Jun 27, 2017 • Posted by MariaElissa Jaggard

I love music and excited when this product is completed & finalized ! I’m itching to try it and hopefully soon! I can’t wait!

Jun 26, 2017 • Posted by Joe T

Looking forward to this receiving this instrument. My step daughter loves music but has no patience for learning to play a real guitar. Hoping this will get her more interested in playing! Love all the current updates. As I have invested in a few start ups in past that fizzled, I hoping this one makes it to final production! Keep up the good work!

Jun 24, 2017 • Posted by Zacheriah

This will add a new dimension to my shows,can’t wait!

Jun 24, 2017 • Posted by Steve Sande

I am thrilled to see that the design of the app is targeted at teaching those of us who have tried and failed to learn guitar in the past. It’s thrilling to see just how this project is coming together!

Jun 24, 2017 • Posted by Marvic Farrugia.

I am looking forward for this, I have not played guitar for these passed two years because of Arthritis in some of my fingers.

Jun 23, 2017 • Posted by Tad

Wow! Ok I can see now this was definitely worth the extra wait time. You guys know what your doing. Keep up the good work

Jun 23, 2017 • Posted by Greg Pierce

Thanks for the update Andrew….much appreciated. Cannot wait to get my MI Guitar soon!

Jun 23, 2017 • Posted by Steve u

Really looking forward to this new product.
Very pleased that the developers are engineering this for the long haul and not just a fad.

Jun 23, 2017 • Posted by Paul Marsland

Very impressive app improvements.
Looking forward to being able to finally teach myself guitar, here in the beautiful countryside of Abruzzo, Italy. What other incentives are needed!
Keep on with your great concept.
Remember only fools rush in.
A presto.

Jun 23, 2017 • Posted by Greg

Way to go on the improvements… I can’t wait to make some music

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