Yet Another Training Device for Guitar Beginners: Power Chord Trainer

Guitar Power Chord TrainerHere is a new guitar accessory belonging to the family of accessories that always raises the following question: is it really useful? Let me introduce the Power Chord Trainer (spotted via Guitar Strings Guide)… What is it? Well it is pretty simple. The power chord trainer is a flexible plastic “bridge” that fits between the guitarist’s fingers that shape the chords.This training device is designed to help beginners to learn the finger spacing of the famous power chords that made the history of rock’n’roll!

I gave it a good thought, and actually this is true that power chords are not that easy to manage when you are a guitar newbie either considering the finger spacing or the strength required to make ’em sound as mean as they should be! So after all why not selling a gadget designed to learn how to properly play power chords faster and easier? The power chord trainer device was created by 2 British guitarists Paul Leverett et Kelvin Pratt.

The latter is already known for being the inventor of the Space Trainer which is another training device made to help the guitarist’s hand form the correct shape for playing and stops over-gripping of the guitar neck (check it here at guitar-gizmo.com). It seems that Pratt’s imagination is quite fertile, and he has a talent to spot the most common problems that his guitar students have with learning guitar, and then come with a solution to solve these problems.

I still wonder if it is really efficient but I guess that it still can be quite useful to build finger strength and stretch! The day someone comes with a similar solution to help learn the weird jazz chords shaping… I’ll buy it!! Yeah power chords finally made it in my system…

This Power Chord Trainer thingy reminds of a chat with an old chap a couple of years ago in one of those crappy bars in Paris. That day  I had my guitar on my back when I stopped by to get me some lager. The old chap was staring at my axe, and then asked me “d’you know Django Reinhardt?”. My answer was as simple as “you bet I do papy!”… And here is the rest of the chat (more or less)

– I’m going to give you a piece of advice if you want to become a good guitarist!
– C’mon Papy hit me with it… I’m listening!
– You see, this is an advice from a professional jazz guitarist… do you know name-of-the-guitarist? (it was a long time ago so I totally forgot the name he gave me but I clearly remember that I simply noded my head though I never heard of the guy, Ed.) Well, he knew Django back in the days (sic), and he was so impressed that he attached 2 fingers to learn how to play with just the 2 others!
– Nowaaaaayyyyy?
– You bet he did fellow
– Papy you are bullshitting me… I already have problems to play guitar with all my fingers!!
– Hey boy… Just tell me that you don’t want to become a great guitarist!
– Oh Papy… I’m still 1m83 tall!
– Little punk! Let’s clink glasses!
– Cheers… Seriously? He really attached his fingers?

Yeah  I know it almost has nothing to do with the initial topic of this post but I digged this drunkard encounter!

Anyway if you want to know more about the Power Chord Trainer that is available for $9.99 (€7.75, and £6.45) go check powerchordtrainer.com.

About Sem

I am the founder of Muzicosphere (that also exists in a French version). In 2011, I also created Guitar Fail, the Guitar LOL place to be. And before that I created GAS a GoGo, a gear giveaways blog in French.

5 comments

  1. à quand une guitare vraiment electrique qui te balance une décharge quand tu ne mets pas tes doigts au bon endroit?

    plus sérieusement, quand j’apprend la guitare à quelqu’un, je lui répète sans arret jusqu’à plus soif qu’un accord, c’est une position de main, pas de doigts

  2. Aaaahh ! Enfin des engins de torture pour guitaristes ! (voyez ceci pour les pianistes : http://pianoweb.free.fr/videos-pedagogiques/piano-instrumentsdetorture.html )
    Que ce soit le space trainer ou le powerchord trainer, ça leur fera la b… aux débutants. Nan mais

    Heu..en réfléchissant, c’est pas si bête le space trainer, ça change de la baffe que le prof doit impérativement donner à l’élève si l’avant-bras n’est pas correctement avancé. Moins fatiguant donc.
    Bouaah, finalement c’est pas si mal (à tester en fait) et pas très cher.

    Pour la contrainte statique sur la main du faiseur de power chord , l’avis d’un toubib serait intéressant

  3. Bon dans mon expérience perso de professeur intérimaire, c’est vrai ques Power chords ne paraissent pas être aisés a réaliser pour les débutants mais de là a se coller un truc en plastique entre les doigts je m’interroge ???

    Ceci dit certains profs demandent a leurs élèves de se coller des bouchons entre chacun des doigts pour agrandir l’espace inter palmaire alors pourquoi pas ;o)

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