So we have a new toy that has been designed to hopefully bring in fledgeling guitarists by the thousands. The GTAR allows the beginning guitarist to place their iphone into the body of a specially designed guitar like thing and instantly start riffing like their most beloved guitar hero. Little lights flash on the fingerboard and spoon feed the player into playing something that might sound like music. I am not going to apologize. I hate this crap. An artist holes up in a room and learns their craft. Painters experiment with paint. They combine colors and techniques in an effort to find what pleases the eye.
Musicians sit in cramped, windowless rooms and play scales. We learn chords so that we can play progressions and learn how to move people in emotional ways. Notes are combined, and taken apart, and then re-combined in as many different ways that we can dream of. These things are not learned by chasing pretty lights around a fingerboard on a guitar. If all you want to hear is music that is played by rote, go buy a C.D.