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Yamaha EZAG Self-Teaching Electronic Training Guitar  

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    If you are thinking of learning to play guitar, you might want to take a serious look at the EZ-AG guitar from Yamaha. Now anyone, of any age, can learn chords and strumming by following lights. Features include a selection of built-in songs and riffs for you to play along with and you can download more songs from your computer into the guitar. In addition to 9 realistic guitar sounds, there are 8 bass guitar sounds, banjo, shamisen and grand piano. It comes with a built-in speaker and headphone jack and can be connected to an external amplifier (optional). An LED gives visual feedback and there are volume, tempo, balance and capo controls. These cutting edge features help overcome many of the objections of beginner guitar players:

    Lighted frets: Help you learn to play

    Fret-board The EZ-AG has 25 built-in songs and riffs for you to learn to play separated into left and right hand parts, allowing you to learn to strum and play chords at your own pace.

    Chord Training: Start one of the songs and the EZ-AG will show you the chords by lighting the frets. Just press the lighted frets and the chord will sound (the EZ-AG strums for you). You can slow the tempo or put the guitar in "Waiting mode" where it will actually wait for you to press the correct frets and then continue on through the song to the next chord!

    Strumming: The EZ-AG plays the chords (left hand part) for you while you concentrate on strumming (right hand part) in time with the music.

    Full Play: You strum the chords (both hands together) to the current piece of music.

    Sounds like a guitar to me

    One of the differences between the EZ-AG and a conventional guitar is the LED and the series of switches that surround it. This control center allows you to:

    1. Adjust the volume of the guitar and the balance between the lead voice and song/riff tracks

    2. Select a new song

    3. Choose a different lesson mode

    4. Select a different sound

    5. Adjust the tempo

    6. Change the tuning using capo controls

    7. Select Standard Tuning or one of the Open Tunings.


    Buttons are clearly labeled and the guitar is easy to operate. There are a total of 20 voices or sounds for you to choose from including 9 guitar, 8 bass, banjo, shamisen and piano. For learning and playing along with, the guitar comes with 12 songs and 13 riff-based patterns. In addition, the guitar is GM (General MIDI) and Yamaha XF compatible, allowing you to add new songs from your computer via MIDI. An example setup might be the EZ-AG guitar and an optional UX-16 MIDI-USB interface. Then, head out on the Internet (example: yamahamusicsoft.com) in search of your favorite songs. Once you find the files you're looking for, connect the guitar to your PC (using a MIDI interface like the UX-16 above) and use the Yamaha Song Filer software (free download at www.yamahapkclub.com) to transfer the song into the EZ-AG.

    Note: Although the EZ-AG will play back any GM file, the lighted fret learning function will only work with specially designed XF MIDI files like the selection found at yamahamusicsoft.com.

    Everything you need to get started playing the guitar

    The EZ-AG can be powered from an optional AC adaptor for playing and practicing but when you want to go portable, simply play the guitar using batteries (also optional). It has a built-in speaker, so no external amplifier is required. However, there is an output jack so that you can connect the guitar to an external amplifier or to headphones (not included). MIDI in/out is also built in and, in addition to downloading songs into the Flash ROM, can be used to transmit data (example: note data, strumming etc.) to your favorite sequencing program. With the EZ-AG, learning to play has become as easy as following the lights on a fret board. It not only prepares you for a future of playing, but also makes learning interactive and fun for those who may prefer the guitar to a traditional keyboard.

    Operates on six "AA" size batteries or optional PA3C AC power supply.

    Features

    • No sore fingers because there are no strings to press
    • Lets you learn to strum while it plays the chords
    • Shows you the notes for chords using the lights
    • This guitar is always in tune — no tuning required
    • No strings required
    • 25 built-in songs and riffs to play along with
    • Find your favorite MIDI song file on the Internet and transfer it into the EZ-AG with optional UX-16 MIDI-USB interface
    • Change the voice on the guitar to a piano or bass sound & play those instruments

    No more excuses! Call or click today to order and start playing the guitar.

     
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    YamahaEZAG Self-Teaching Electronic Training Guitar
     
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    5.0

    Cheap Midi Controller

    By Sonar Freak

    from Michigan

    Comments about Yamaha EZAG Self-Teaching Electronic Training Guitar:

    I bought this to control my midi soft synthesis and I love it. I don't care about it's internal sounds I shut them off and use it for a controller. Using this with Sonar I can create the sounds I want triggering my midi devices.

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    5.0

    Inexpensive and versatile

    By Swampjaw

    from New York

    Comments about Yamaha EZAG Self-Teaching Electronic Training Guitar:

    I use this as a MIDI controller (I can't play piano). As such, I find it very handy. The strings have good sensitivity, and the button-style fretboard isn't as annoying as I thought it might be. You can turn off the internal speaker easily; I just pipe the MIDI into my laptop.Probably not easy for doing blazing shred work, but moderate speed chording and picking is fine. I usually play fingerstyle. I play guitar already; I suspect it would be useless as a way to learn to play, but your milage may vary.One gripe is that it sounds a note when a fret is pressed. Good if you want to do tapping, but not if you put down a barre chord, and only want to have a subset of the strings picked. I also find the string dampening feature (there's a sensor that detects the palm of your hand) a little hard to control.I was hoping to use this to convert my playing into tablature, but it's not working yet. GuitarPro seems to be getting confused on which string is being picked (I think this is a GuitarPro issue), and having notes trigger on every fret press causes unwanted notes to get recorded. I'm sure I'll figure out a good solution, but I don't have one yet.If you have money coming out of your ears, there's better controllers. In the price range, I don't know anything that can touch it. Not perfect, but I'm very happy to own it.

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    5.0

    Great Midi Controller

    By A.G.C.

    from Eugene Oregon

    Comments about Yamaha EZAG Self-Teaching Electronic Training Guitar:

    I already know how to play guiar and I needed a midi controller so I wouldn't have to keep using the mouse to get midi into the computer midi sequencers I use. This works great. The best tracking of any midi guitar I have ever played hands down. It just needs some accesories. I got the Midi Solutions Event Processor which filters out the low level doubled notes that this thing sends out of the box and allows me to have a mode where I can do hammer ons (used to play melodies) and another where I can't (used to play chords) after getting a usb midi chord the whole setup is well worth it. I can now program a song in about 30 mins that used to take 6 hrs. My music has a better "feel" thanks to the velocity sensitive "strings" and I am free from the midi grid! It's a little flimsy feeling though, but for the price any keyboard in this price range is a little suspect as well. The light up keys and learning crap is silly. It just gets in the way. If you don't know how to play guitar get a nylon string (easy on the fingers) and a video from MI and save money and frustration. They are not marketing this to the right people. I wish they would put this in a real guitar sell it with the Event Processor and usb cable and they would not be able to keep them on the selves!

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    1.0

    Well made-Poor follow up

    By Buckshot444

    from Small town, WI.

    Comments about Yamaha EZAG Self-Teaching Electronic Training Guitar:

    This thing could be a riot. It's fun. It's well constructed but don't think that you're going to be able to play any good music. The hardest rockin' tune on this thing is probably "Hound Dog." It would actually be fun to play if there were some tolerable and challenging songs. If the follow up website were on top of things and offered better songs there is no doubt that this could be more popular than Guitar Hero. It advertises a 99 word capacity (or approximately depending on Kb, but they don't offer that many songs. At first glance it does but most are only for their pianos. It doesn't matter anyway- it's near impossible to find the cables to connect to a PC and then it's a finger-pointing contest between Yamaha and the company that manufactured the cables (you have to download a disc to use them) as to who's going to help you download the songs. The songs start at 5.95 so after the unit, cables, a few songs you're around $300.00. No one will help you download the songs. Yamaha cut corners on their site so you have to download other programs to patch the holes. NOT WORTH THE AGGRIVATION

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    5.0

    Awesome MIDI Controller

    By EricPublic-03yPP

    from San Jose, CA

    Comments about Yamaha EZAG Self-Teaching Electronic Training Guitar:

    This device has the most accurate velocity dynamics of any midi device I've every played. I don't know if you can use the EZAG to learn guitar, but if you already play you're going to love it. You can't really use it for playing leads, as it does not handles bends, but then again that is what messes up MIDI guitars anyway. It's perfect for chords and finger picking. The tracking is amazing. I don't really use the built in sounds, they're not great.

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