WildChords: Guitar Hero For a Real Guitar – On an iPad

November 30, 2011

2:00 pm

Finnish-based startup Ovelin has developed an iPad app called WildChords that sounds like a fun way to learn an instrument – especially if you were thinking of adding that to your list of New Year’s resolutions.

Of the company’s 3 founders, 2 used to play guitar and one still does.  Their goal is to make learning to play the guitar fun, addictive and motivating – and it is played with a real guitar (no additional equipment needed).   And yes, they do make learning fun: you hypnotize animals in the app by playing chords, like a digital Pied Piper of Hamelin.

This family friendly game, which is suitable for beginners and intermediates of all ages, was chosen as Best European Learning Game 2011.  If this catches on, maybe it’ll help combat these sad statistics: out of all the people that start playing a music instrument, 85% quit before they reach a reasonable level, while 82% of people who would like to learn lack the motivation to start.

Since it’s not on the market in the US yet, you can try it out for yourself at our Tech Cocktail San Francisco mixer tonight, where the Ovelin team will be demoing WildChords.

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Monika Jansen is a writer and editor who is happiest pounding out blog posts, newsletters, website content, and other materials. Follow her at: @monikacjansen

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