Learning to play the guitar can be such a drag at the start, because it’s hard to get a grip on the strings and every played chord feels like your fingers have been sort of circumcised with a knife. But after a certain amount of months, you suddenly get the feeling and playing guitar will not primarily be linked to damaging your fingers – or what’s left of them – anymore. I speak from experience. However, isn’t there a way to learn to play the guitar, while saving your fingers a little? Don Bacon thinks there is. You just have to use his self-made 3D printed guitar keyboard, which he’s currently promoting on Kickstarter.
This Finger Friendly Guitar Company Keyboard (FFK) is not just a keyboard, it’s a guitar-overlay, which could help starting guitar players to learn to play the guitar in a less painful and easier way than the world was used to. Bacon from Denver, Colorado calls himself a “failed guitarist” and he blames it to the difficulties he had with getting into it at the start: “When I first attempted to learn to play guitar, I wasn’t successful. It was a frustrating experience and I was very disappointed – I was sure I was going to become at least a decent casual guitar player.”
The 3D printed ‘keyboard’ is made from ABS plastic, which is a soft material, while the guitar’s metal strings are hard and are causing the sore fingers at the start. Using this keyboard, you won’t have to touch the hard strings while learning to play the guitar. Another advantage is that you can easier form chords. Normally it’s a little harder, because the strings are really close together and it’s very common to accidentally press a wrong one. If you would use this keyboard, then you could just press a key, which is a lot easier than doing it the regular way.
Funny invention, so much is more sure. However – and then comes the ‘however’ – there is one thing we keep asking ourselves and that is: you will one day have to throw away your ‘keyboard’, and really start playing guitar. Will this invention not just be a delay of actually learning to play guitar and getting used to the strings? I personally am glad to have learned it the regular way, without having to use a plastic keyboard. However, if my opinion sounds like total nonsense to you, then I guess this Kickstarter link could be valuable to you.
Or just watch the vid:
Image credits: Don Bacon.