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Hold your smart device on your guitar
HOWEVER - - when you do have time to take that break, you may want to spend some time with your guitar. I have two guitars, but I'm not very good at either... which is exactly why this gadget might come in handy.
The Guitar Sidekick can hold your Blackberry, iPhone (or various other devices) while you try to learn some new tabs. ESPECIALLY if you're like me, and you're looking at your fingers, counting frets and trying to remember what the tab looks like all at the same time. This thing sits at the top of the guitar so you can look at the tabs and your fingers almost at the same time.
If you're a better guitar player than I am, you might be able to use it for a host of other applications that your smart device might offer you.
I haven't tried it out yet, and I'm a little skeptical on the application of this thing (it appears to clip to your strings up above the nut ???!!) They say it doesn't effect the tune - - but I don't think you want to swing your guitar around with this thing on it.... remember, the weight of your device is sitting on those strings. I haven't tried one out - - and each guitar will probably have a different response to this thing, depending on the weight of your smart device and the configuration of your pegs and the shape of the head.
It's probably a fun device to have for beginners - - who don't thrash about too much - - and can access tons of instructional videos online. With this, you can plant yourself in your comfortable chair, away from the computer and still get those online tips.
It's under $30. Might be worth checking out: http://www.castiv.com/en/guitar-sidekick.html
Ko Maruyama is a freelance animator in Los Angeles.¬† In addition to working on film and broadcast animations, Ko teaches at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design - focusing on motion design.¬† When working, writing or testing software allows, you can find him lending a hand in the After Effects board and lurking among the Cinema4D, Visual Effects and Photoshop posts within the DMNForums.
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