Jamstick+ Connects a Guitar to Your TV

Jamstick is a company that is trying to make learning and playing guitar much easier. Coupled with a custom piece of hardware, a Bluetooth MIDI guitar, you can connect it to apps on your phone or TV and get musical instructions. You can learn at your own pace with virtual lessons.

Jamstick+ Guitar

The $330 US-made guitar allows you to practice in your home on your own time, with a thirty-day return guarantee, with the color of your choice (as long as you only choose black, white, blue, or red). While the cost may be expensive up-front, it’s roughly the cost of private guitar lessons that may be at a set time and at a set pace. The guitar’s digital strings theoretically translate to a real guitar as the frets and strings line up perfectly.

In addition to being a great instructional tool, it doubles as a MIDI device. The Musical Instrument Digital Interface allows hardware peripherals to connect to a computer and let users record and playback music using any type of synthesizers in a format like sheet music. This allows you to use it with a variety of standard software tools.

The app is free to download on Google Play, although without the guitar it’s not very useful. Still, having this available for TVs gives people a large interface to easily focus on their guitar and not have to stare closely at a phone screen.

Nick Felker

Nick Felker

Nick Felker is a student Electrical & Computer Engineering student at Rowan University (C/O 2017) and the student IEEE webmaster. When he's not studying, he is a software developer for the web and Android (Felker Tech). He has several open source projects on GitHub (http://github.com/fleker) Devices: Moto G-2013 Moto G-2015, Moto 360, Google ADT-1, Nexus 7-2013 (x2), Lenovo Laptop, Custom Desktop. Although he was an intern at Google, the content of this blog is entirely independent and his own thoughts.

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