Guitarist wannabes are always coming up with new ways to avoid learning how to actually play the instrument.
We can sympathize with a few of their points. Yeah, building callouses is a bitch, and we can remember the wrist and finger pain from our first weeks of learning to play a few basic chords.
But anything worth doing takes some effort. While we can appreciate the use of a shortcut once in a while, when it comes to guitar there is no substitute for placing your fingers directly on the strings and making those chord shapes.
If, however, you insist on doing things the easy way, there’s Chordelia. YouTuber WayOutWest Blowinblog created this oversized contraption that fingers a handful of chords at the push of a lever. The device is made out of wood and clamps right onto your guitar. Press one of the chord paddles, strum the strings and—voila!—instant guitar chord.
Chordelia can play just five chords—G, D, C, A minor and E minor—all of which are the standard stuff of beginner guitar. Granted, you’ll be able to play a lot of easy popular songs with those five chords. But at roughly $250, Chordelia comes with a hefty price tag.
Callouses might be uglier, but they’re cheaper.
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