Interested in learning to play the guitar? Optek Music Systems has a combination of tools to make every amateur a sexy-mad professional rock star in mere hours.
Announced to the press: â€œMacintosh users can now advance their guitar playing skills in significantly less time than learning from books, charts, and endless hours of tedious practice.â€ Be careful of the hype. Isnâ€™t it written somewhere that all great artists must suffer? No matter how great this GarageBand plug-in might be, it doesnâ€™t appear to imbibe the would-be Jimi Hendrix with instant skill, and every decent guitar player is proud to have a handful of practice-made calluses.
Optek Music Systems produces four Fretlight guitars: the FG-401 Acoustic, FG-405 Acoustic Electric, FG-421 Electric and FG-451 Pro Electric, ranging in price from $429.95 to $899.95. The new Garageband plug-in allows a Mac to power the lights that are embedded in the guitarâ€™s fretboard, which signify chords and scales. Using the plug-in, a Fretlight Guitar can be added as a GarageBand instrument to light any chord and scale, to create custom sequence lists and to cycle through them with a footswitch, and also to drag and drop loops or songs into the timeline.
The new plug-in requires OS X â€“ 10.4.x and a copy of GarageBand. A version number for GaragBand is not specified. Optek would also like potential Macintosh using customers to be aware that all of their Windows based software works within Windows on an Intel Mac using Boot Camp. They, however, wonâ€™t guarantee compatibility with Parallels or Guest PC.
The GarageBand plug-in is free for a 30-day trial, but a person who bought one of the required guitars probably wonâ€™t baulk at the $29.95 price tag for the software. Of course, the Windows training software is free with the purchase of the guitar, but it doesnâ€™t have quite as many features as this plug-in. The Macintosh software price is aligned appropriately with Optekâ€™s other software products.
The Fretlight guitars look like a great tool to make learning the mystical art of guitar playing easier. Anything that makes learning easier can’t be bad and if incorporates a Macintosh, even better. However, donâ€™t buy the hype. Every sexy-mad musician not only practices, he probably enjoys it.