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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
- play along to an instructor
- play along to a music video
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org