If you are thinking of learning to play guitar, you might want to take a serious look at the EZ-AG guitar from Yamaha. Now anyone, of any age, can learn chords and strumming by following lights. Features include a selection of built-in songs and riffs for you to play along with and you can download more songs from your computer into the guitar. In addition to 9 realistic guitar sounds, there are 8 bass guitar sounds, banjo, shamisen and grand piano. It comes with a built-in speaker and headphone jack and can be connected to an external amplifier (optional). An LED gives visual feedback and there are volume, tempo, balance and capo controls. These cutting edge features help overcome many of the objections of beginner guitar players:
Lighted frets: Help you learn to play
Fret-board The EZ-AG has 25 built-in songs and riffs for you to learn to play separated into left and right hand parts, allowing you to learn to strum and play chords at your own pace.
Chord Training: Start one of the songs and the EZ-AG will show you the chords by lighting the frets. Just press the lighted frets and the chord will sound (the EZ-AG strums for you). You can slow the tempo or put the guitar in "Waiting mode" where it will actually wait for you to press the correct frets and then continue on through the song to the next chord!
Strumming: The EZ-AG plays the chords (left hand part) for you while you concentrate on strumming (right hand part) in time with the music.
Full Play: You strum the chords (both hands together) to the current piece of music.
Sounds like a guitar to me
One of the differences between the EZ-AG and a conventional guitar is the LED and the series of switches that surround it. This control center allows you to:
1. Adjust the volume of the guitar and the balance between the lead voice and song/riff tracks
2. Select a new song
3. Choose a different lesson mode
4. Select a different sound
5. Adjust the tempo
6. Change the tuning using capo controls
7. Select Standard Tuning or one of the Open Tunings.
Buttons are clearly labeled and the guitar is easy to operate. There are a total of 20 voices or sounds for you to choose from including 9 guitar, 8 bass, banjo, shamisen and piano. For learning and playing along with, the guitar comes with 12 songs and 13 riff-based patterns. In addition, the guitar is GM (General MIDI) and Yamaha XF compatible, allowing you to add new songs from your computer via MIDI. An example setup might be the EZ-AG guitar and an optional UX-16 MIDI-USB interface. Then, head out on the Internet (example: yamahamusicsoft.com) in search of your favorite songs. Once you find the files you're looking for, connect the guitar to your PC (using a MIDI interface like the UX-16 above) and use the Yamaha Song Filer software (free download at www.yamahapkclub.com) to transfer the song into the EZ-AG.
Note: Although the EZ-AG will play back any GM file, the lighted fret learning function will only work with specially designed XF MIDI files like the selection found at yamahamusicsoft.com.
Everything you need to get started playing the guitar
The EZ-AG can be powered from an optional AC adaptor for playing and practicing but when you want to go portable, simply play the guitar using batteries (also optional). It has a built-in speaker, so no external amplifier is required. However, there is an output jack so that you can connect the guitar to an external amplifier or to headphones (not included). MIDI in/out is also built in and, in addition to downloading songs into the Flash ROM, can be used to transmit data (example: note data, strumming etc.) to your favorite sequencing program. With the EZ-AG, learning to play has become as easy as following the lights on a fret board. It not only prepares you for a future of playing, but also makes learning interactive and fun for those who may prefer the guitar to a traditional keyboard.
Operates on six "AA" size batteries or optional PA3C AC power supply.
- No sore fingers because there are no strings to press
- Lets you learn to strum while it plays the chords
- Shows you the notes for chords using the lights
- This guitar is always in tune — no tuning required
- No strings required
- 25 built-in songs and riffs to play along with
- Find your favorite MIDI song file on the Internet and transfer it into the EZ-AG with optional UX-16 MIDI-USB interface
- Change the voice on the guitar to a piano or bass sound & play those instruments
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Comments about Yamaha EZAG Self-Teaching Electronic Training Guitar:
I've wanted to learn how to play the guitar for years. I had learned a few cords but not enough to even strum along with some songs. With the EZAG I was doing more in a few minutes than I have all my life. It is quite fun. On the other hand, you need to do some research to find out what cords you are playing and the music that is on the instrument has a lot of very hard cords to get your fingers into position much less to change into when you are just starting out (lol I can just see someone with small hands trying to do some of the cords) I have not tried to download any music yet but I plan to. This little instrument is a lot of fun, in fact, I have already killed a set of batteries. I guess I need to get the power cord. :)