i-Tab Offers Rock Stardom By Way of Huge Geekdom

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Music and technology aren't unfamiliar bedfellows, but the i-Tab offers a unique method for enhancing your guitar with gadgetry: clamp it on. Like a TomTom for tunes, the electronic songbook prompts players with chords and lyrics for thousands of songs.


For hundreds of years guitarists have mastered their instrument with patience and practice. But this is 2010—who has time to practice? The i-Tab accelerates the learning process by offering thousands of dynamic tabs, scrolling chords at any tempo while you stumble your way through the song.

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The device has a 5" touch screen—using your guitar pick as stylus is encouraged—and 4GB of memory to hold the songs, which can be downloaded through a tab store. The company claims there will be 5000 tunes available at launch.

On some songs you can accompany your noodling with backing tracks that can be played over speakers or headphones. And you'll probably need them—having the i-Tab clamped to your guitar isn't likely to win you many bandmates. Sure it'll fast-track your fingerpicking, but at what price.

Well, the price of $199 and looking like a dweeb, as it turns out. Pre-orders are slated to be filled first week in March. [i-Tab via Oh Gizmo]



Wow, awful. In my experience, guitar tabs are typically wrong anyway...but a guitar player should learn how to tab out a song by listening to the song. When I was learning, I realized that most tabs online were wrong, so I started figuring them out on my own. I tell all my students this, you listen for the bass line first, once you find your bass line, the rest of the chord is right there around it. Takes a bit of practice with memorizing chords and being able to hear the notes, but once you get it..you should be able to tab most songs in under 5 minutes this way.

This is an unnecessary gadget.