I’m in my 40′s. I started guitar at the late age of 15 and was self-taught until 18. Then I had the awesome experiences of attending UCSB for classical guitar, studying Jazz at Berklee, Musicology at UCLA and touring for a number of years in an acoustic rock band.
I think the guitar is the greatest musical instrument created of our time, maybe in the history of humankind! At its most fundamental: no electricity is needed, it’s portable, it’s polyphonic, it looks great on anyone, and accessorizes extremely well with amps, effects, and more.
There are many ways to learn guitar.
As I learned at UCSB at the tender young age of 18, having a private instructor is great. Someone who shows you what it’s like to be a “passionate domain expert,” can listen to you, provides feedback and guidance and in general is able to discuss the craft and fine nuances of making your guitar make music. Instructors are timeless, in that whether you live in the 16th century, 18th century, 21st century or beyond, the right instructor will always benefit you.
What happens if you don’t have access to a private instructor? Well, since the 11th century or so, music notation started being spread for church music. That enabled people to learn music as long as they had access to paper, and knew how to read the language of music notation itself.
Books took the sheet music and integrated it with words, photos, drawings, and diagrams so that someone could learn to read music and apply the music to playing an instrument. The sheet music described what the music should sound like; the pictures and words described how to make the sound with the instrument.
Video and sound recording and playback technology in a short period of time went from a prohibitively expensive privilege of the few to a powerful tool ubiquitous as mobile phones. So learning guitar, say on video networks like YouTube and Vimeo, have quickly become a popular option. Not only can instructors make high quality informational videos, but also students can search a vast selection of different styles, techniques and teachers themselves. Sometimes, though, it’s difficult to know what to learn next. There are so many choices available, making sure you’re not wasting your time watching the wrong videos becomes a job in and of itself.
Then computing systems harnessed graphics, brilliant color displays and rich sound capabilities and launched truly immersive interactive experiences – intuitive, engaging and exciting – in a completely new medium (some would say art form), the video game. Devices could interact with its users and react based on how well users manipulated buttons and controls. Inspiring genres like rhythm games and music games actually exposed people to more great music and let them engage with music on a multi-sensory level.
And that’s where Rock Prodigy comes in.
We are just one way to learn guitar. Therefore we utilize aspects of all the other ways: listening polyphonically, providing real-time feedback, showing tab notation, photos, images, descriptions, diagrams, videos and more to provide guitar beginners a personalized experience that’s organized, interactive, fun, mobile, and most of all, useful.
Rock Prodigy has one mission: To make playing guitar something you’ll enjoy doing every day of your life.
So for me, learning guitar, playing guitar, sharing guitar music, and talking about guitar brings unique joy. I think if you have the chance to make guitar a part of your life, go for it! I’ve not met one person that has said their life was worse because they play guitar! We are here to help you get more enjoyment from learning guitar.
Guitar makes life better.
Rock Prodigy Cofounder, CEO