April 13, 2015
Coming out of Berlin is an app that is trying to disrupt how people learn to play the guitar. The app, called Uberchord (yes…another company with Uber in the name, but this one is actually from Germany, so they get a pass), is known as “the personal guitar teacher in your pocket.”
Learning to play an instrument effectively takes a lot of time and dedication, and in most cases, money. There are other options, such as online courses or software, but they're not very effective. They can't really provide feedback, and a lot of the software programs out there teach using note repetition without teaching any musical understanding.
Uberchord CEO, Eckart Burgwedel, gave us some insight about the product, and what makes him and his company tick.
Leading by Example
Eckart is a very passionate person and has been told that his passion is contagious. He shows up every day and gives his absolute best and hopes that his team follows suit. He was very inspired by the biography of Steve Jobs written by Walter Isaacson, and he tries very hard to be like the thinker and decision maker that Jobs was, even if it doesn't come naturally.
What Gets Him Excited
There's two trends that Eckart is currently getting pumped up about.
“I love when high-tech meets education. The computer has become the bicycle for our minds, first making things easier, then enabling new things, now supercharging our learning abilities.”
There's been a lot of innovation lately working towards making learning easier and more accessible for people without unlimited time and money. Uberchord is another product that is taking advantage of this trend.
What Makes Uberchord Unique?
Uberchord is the first interactive chord trainer that listens to you play while giving accurate feedback, just like a personal guitar teacher. This makes it unique in that it's the only guitar teaching app that has this technology. And when you want to take a break from guitar practice, you can take the app around your house and learn the chords your pets make. For example, their marketing director Lindsay Lindsay, used the chord recognition feature to see if it could pick up chords from the snoring of her dog. For all who are wondering, her pug, Lexi, snores the chords C6#11/G and Eb (Add #11) /A (I'm the least musical person in the world, so I have no idea what any of that means, but maybe some of you do).
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