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. Featu... Click To Read More About This Product
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.
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After reading many mixed reviews on this item, I was still eventually convinced that this guitar would be great to own. After trying several times to get the Ez-Ag through auction sites, even trying to 'snipe' the item at the last second, the price was still as much as a brand new one from Guitar Center who offers free shipping! Some people were actually paying MORE for the item than the new price, further proving that auction sites are not the best way to obtain equipment. Now, back to the review. The guitar is plastic, so some flexing occurs when you pay chords, but it is not too bad to be worrisome. The plastic itself is pretty good, and has a nice semigloss finish. The strings are a bit looser than I would like, but they strum similar to a nylon guitar, yet feel sturdy enough that I can use a pick without worry. The fret board uses keys instead of strings, and indicates chords with back-lights when in teaching mode. Rather ingenious, really. The response is excellent, and you can slide up and down the neck and even do hammer-ons. No string bending, however as again, no strings on the neck. I plugged it in using midi-cables to my Casio keyboard, set the guitar to external, and was easily able to play the Casio sounds using the guitar. The sounds built in are not terrible, but they do show that most of the money spent is going to the interface, not the software. With that said, having a capo feature (which even transmits by midi), multiple tunigs, like drop-D, and covering artists from Clapton to Color Me Bad, I have to say Yamaha knows what they are doing. The built in speaker and the sound #1 produces a pretty good acoustic guitar sound. The bass sounds are pretty good too, but there is noise in the higher frequency (like the synth is just too cheap). No biggie, I can just plug it into a good keyboard or even use it to control a VST in my DAW. That is the point. What many fail to realize is that this can be a teaching tool but it can ALSO be a midi controller at a budget price. With some freeware downloaded from the web, I was interfacing with my computer pretty quickly. As a teaching tool it is perhaps insufficient for a true education, but is a good start nonetheless as it teaches chords rather effectively using real songs. The student will certainly not develop the callouses needed to play a real guitar.
I use this as a midi controller in a guitar format for recording in garageband and logic. It is fantastic except for the ghost notes (low velocity) you get when you fret a chord. It just means ya got do a bit of editing to clean up the notes in logic or whatever you are using. I would be lost with out this thing!
This is so cool!Im learing guitar too so it will be the best thing ever and the price is like the best!If you wanna learn guitar this is for you and I love mine too!$$$$$