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No More Sore Fingers: Finger Friendly Guitar Company Keyboard

Finger Friendly Guitar Company Keyboard

It takes a lot of time and practice to master playing the guitar. It also requires steely determination and a high tolerance for pain because pressing on those strings for hours on end will eventually take a toll on your fingers. Cue the Finger Friendly Guitar Company Keyboard that aims to make guitar playing less painful and easier at the same time.

As the name implies, it’s a cover of sorts for the frets on the neck of your guitar. Once it’s on, it replaces strings with color-coded buttons that shields your fingers from the pain while helping you learn how to play. Pretty neat, eh?

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Deal Of The Day: 25% Off On DJ Connect Bundle

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Any DJs in the house? Or rather, aspiring DJs? The deal you’re looking at today is made up of two parts. The first is the Griffin DJ Connect device that splits your audio so that you can have one signal go to your sound system, and another to your headphones, which is just about the most basic and essential ability that DJs require. To go along with this piece of hardware, you also get a download, which is Djay for Mac. With this application, you have access to some more advance features like Harmonic Match, which detects a song’s key and allows you to match it with songs in the same key. Normally $119, you can get both of these for $89 today.

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For Explosive Sound: Nine Millimeter Earphones

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Pull the trigger on explosive sound with these Nine Millimeter Earphones. Featuring an in-ear design, these earphones are machines from a copper alloy housing coated with titanium. The Kevlar-reinforced fabric cable means that you can expect these to last despite constant wear and usage. It also comes with an in-line [M]ic suppressor so you can change tracks or answer calls when you’re on the go.

The earphones are available online for about $106. They’re compatible with most smartphones, music players, and gadgets with a 3.5mm stereo jack.

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This Poster Plays Music With Every Touch

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If you’re thinking that this doesn’t look like your typical poster, then you’re spot on, because it isn’t. Beck’s playable poster is different in the sense that plays music when you touch it. It may look like a mere image of a speaker, but touch a couple of knobs and buttons and tunes from selected bands will begin to play.

The posters were commissioned by Beck’s to promote New Zealand’s local musicians, and this is truly an innovative way of doing that. Beck’s playable posters use conductive ink, with parts of the surface linked to an embedded flat panel speaker at the back, which in effect, makes the poster a speaker in itself.

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Gibson Memory Cable Will Capture Your Jams For Posterity

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Ever been screwing around with a guitar, pumping out some jams for the heck of it, and realize that last couple of licks were genius? But then you have no idea what you did and they’re gone forever? Yeah, never happened to us because we don’t play guitar, but it’s a plausible scenario that makes the Gibson Memory Cable a really interesting product for any serious guitarists out there. It’s integrated directly into the cable, and records everything you play for up to 13 hours, directly to an SD card. Think of it as an audio dashcam. It’ll be available May 15th for an undisclosed sum.

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Small Speaker, Great Sound: Aiia Ssssspeaker

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Big sound, small speakers. That’s probably what best describes the Aiia Ssssspeaker. At first glance, the speaker with the unusual name doesn’t really look like much of a speaker. In fact, it probably looks more like a hockey puck when it’s not in use. But pull the collapsible cone out from the base of the speaker and get ready to get lost in your favorite tunes.

One major downside? Aiia isn’t built with Bluetooth so you won’t be able to hook it up with your music player or smartphone wirelessly; instead, you’ll have to hook it up via the 3.5mm auxiliary port.

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Pykmax Reinvents The Guitar Pick

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Anyone who’s ever played guitar knows that holding a pick, as easy as it seems, is actually somewhat challenging. Granted it becomes easier as you become more skilled and there’s nothing inherently wrong with the current design, but that doesn’t mean picks can’t be made better. Pykmax hopes to do just that by adding a carefully crafted ergonomic grip that comfortably sits in your hand and lets you keep playing for hours without experiencing any of the tiredness that often comes from prolonged use. Tested by several guitarists of various levels, Pykmax appears to improve on an old design, and does so at minimal cost: $12. It comes in two sizes, and various plectrum gauges can be selected, just like regular picks.

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FretPen Is A Pen… And A One-String Guitar At The Same Time

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What on earth can you possibly do with one string and 3 frets? Not much of course, unless there’s a bit of digital magic thrown in. The FretPen is a fully functional writing instrument, but it’s also a smartphone-connected one-string guitar. You clearly won’t be able to recreate Slash’s solos from November Rain, but a tiny D-pad on the pen does allow you to switch strings on the fly, giving you the ability to play scale-like runs and some forms of rudimentary melodies. If you watch the video below you’ll get a sense of the device’s capabilities. There’s a Kickstarter campaign launching on the 22nd, so if this piques your interest, feel free to give them your email address to be notified when they’re ready to accept your pledges.

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DreamPad Plays Tunes Only You Can Hear

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Nothing beats listening to some soothing music before heading off to dreamland. But what’s music to my ears might not be for my roommate, who thinks the Rolling Stones sing the perfect lullaby. Two speakers in one room? Not a good idea. But what’s a good idea is the DreamPad, which is a pillow that plays songs that only you can hear.

The DreamPad works by using conductive technology to send the tunes straight to your ears, so that even someone sleeping next to you won’t be able to hear them. It also makes bedtime jamming more comfortable, because if you’ve ever slept with headphones on, then you know what a pain that could be.

The DreamPad comes with five music programs that you can choose from upon purchasing. You can download the tunes to your smartphone or opt to include a Sony Walkman MP3 player in case you don’t have a music player yet. It’s available online for $179.

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