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Fisher-Price I Can Play Guitar System (blue)
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- The Fisher-Price I Can Play Guitar System is kids #1 instrument of choice
- I Can Play Guitar makes learning to play the guitar as easy and fun as playing a game
- It uses the same proven color coding method as the popular "I Can Play Piano!"
- Just pop in the song & game cartridge, plug the guitar into the TV and you¿re ready to rock
- Includes a guitar, strap, pick, one song and game cartridge and cool sticker packs for customizing your guitar
- Plug & play chords also included
- Requires 4 "C" batteries, not included
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Makes Music Lessons Fun!
Fisher Price's special Music Wizard method uses color codes to teach such skills as strumming, chords, and finding notes on the fret board, as well as basic rhythm and timing skills, all while learning to play fun songs.
Perfect for Little Hands
The guitar is perfectly sized for little hands, and your child will enjoy customizing the guitar with the included set of cool stickers. No computer is necessary; the guitar plugs directly into your TV and comes with its own game cartridges. Simply insert the cartridge, plug in the guitar, and your child is ready to play... and learn! The guitar comes with a game cartridge that features eight familiar family songs; additional game cartridges, featuring your child's favorite characters such as SpongeBob and Barbie, can be purchased separately. Four C batteries are required.
What's in the Box
Guitar, strap, pick, 1 song and game cartridge, sticker packs, and plug and play cords.
Top Customer Reviews
Initially my son had problems getting it to work that required parental intervention. It turns out the strings are a bit anal about where they are strummed. You have to strum it on the right side of the strings. Any other location will only intermittently register during the game. The other issue is that the video cable is placed in a very bad location. It is located right below the strings and is knocked out regularly when playing the game. Neither of these issues is a killer problem, but was very frustrating initially.
I also bought this locally at a large chain and paid about twice what the Amazon price is. Makes me wish I'd checked with Amazon first.
[Update] My son received several cartridges for Christmas. He's tried several and it's clear that the real educational value is in the additional cartridges. The Hot Wheels cartridge focuses on scales; the Nashville cartridge focuses on cords. I'm sure other cartridges focus on other skills. So be sure to pick up a couple of additional cartridges.
[Update 2] We recently got a copy of Guitar Hero for our Wii. Guitar Hero is a rhythm game -it makes no attempt to teach music skills (other than keeping the beat). It's mostly about synchronizing the (fret) button presses and strum rhythms with the music on the screen. That definitely is more fun and gives you more of an immediate feeling of accomplishment. However, it doesn't give you skills that are useful to playing a guitar. That's the biggest difference between Guitar Hero and "I can play guitar system". The Fisher-Price toy tries to teach skills to play a real guitar. So, yes it's more complicated and not necessarily as fun. But that's not the point.
Features on the included cartridge include a song play mode, which teachers you to play along to well known songs, and the finger positions learned will translate to a real guitar. The song mode is broken down into three separate levels, and allows younger children to just strum along to the music too.
After the song mode, the cartridge features a game and tutorial that will help you get a feel for the system and is fun. Another feature on the cartridge is the 'jam session' mode, where you can play anything you like on the guitar to a background track. Also, you can unplug the guitar from the TV and let your rockstar play on their own.
In a market currently saturated with musical toys, this stands head and shoulders above them all. Not only is it a whole lot of fun and easy to set up, but it provides real learning that can later be translated to a real guitar. Highly recommended!!
1) The cable that connects between the guitar and the TV requires a lot of strength to seat properly.
2) The sensors that sense the strum are not very sensitive and must be strummed very hard. So a big -1 on teaching bad strumming habits that will need to be unlearned later on down the road.
3) The sensors are not able to pick up anything faster than a quarter note. Don't expect the kids to get the "funk" feel of a pickup note.
4) The fretting exercises are difficult. They need to focus on 1 string at a time and build up. Apparently they do not understand guitar instruction. After playing Bach Preludes, I struggle to get 75% of the notes with practice. And then factor in the bad sensors and it is frustrating and nearly impossible. My son will not do the fretting stuff. He hands me the guitar and says its too hard.
5) The music notation is backwards from what trained musician's would expect (lowest pitched notes are highest on the screen). So experienced musicians will have a tough time reading the notes. And if the young player gets to a high level of site reading proficiency with this toy, he will need to relearn.
So at the end of the day, it is a TOY. Its educational value is not so great. With the some modifications to the hardware design (sensors) and some improvment on the games (fret hand 1 string at a time build up to all six strings), this could be a good product. I get the impression this was not well thought out by someone with a musical background.
Guitar Hero has already set the bar high for sound quality and graphics. Coming in late to the game, even if it is intended for a younger audience, this product should be of a little higher quality. The benefit was supposed to be that it teaches, but it does a very poor job of that as well.
Bottom line: this product just isn't very much fun.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this toy for my son this Christmas and the mini-jack on the AV cord broke within the first 5 minutes. Now I can't find this cord anywhere. Read morePublished on December 30, 2011 by Stallion
We purchased this for our son this past Christmas. When Christmas morning came, the thing barely worked. There seemed to be a short in the connection at the guitar. Read morePublished on January 26, 2011 by Ya YA
This product is great for kids (or even adults!) with an interest in music. The character creation screen is fun, and "performing" in different locations gives the game variety. Read morePublished on September 10, 2010 by Fabaceae
he wanted a guitar and one with strings. which this one does have but the quality of the product if far from whats expected.
cheap plastic and not very user friendly.
This was a present for my 3.5 year old budding guitar player who has had a previous acoustic guitar. Read morePublished on December 25, 2009 by TJW
I purchased this for my grandson's birthday. When my son set it up and put in the cartridge it did not work; the video/image was distorted. I gave it a try myself. Read morePublished on March 5, 2009
I bought this from another online retailer in December '08. It worked for about a week and then started going haywire. Read morePublished on January 12, 2009 by A. Reimann