- Easy to learn and play
- Rugged and portable
- Able to do many new musical things
- Do most or all traditional musical things as well as or better
- and ... oh- yes, it's got to be affordable, eventually under $500, and initially under $2000
Ideally, it should actively help learn how music works, and each successive piece easier to learn.
For more details, see: Overview & Vision: Design Intent
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A huge time-saving and ear-friendly feature. more
This is another great idea: an big time saver, with many other benefits, and little downside - except it boogles the mind of traditionalists. more
Not very sexy, but this allows a player to do some impressive glissandos and other things
One of the best alternate keyboard designs, the jammer uses notes in an 2-dimensional array and uses the jammer key layout, formally known as the Wicki-Hayden
(W/H for short).
The W/H layout avoids many problems that the beginning pianist encounters. The jammer's key layout moves the keys to where they are more quickly reachable, useful and less prone to mistakes. We believe it also is easier to learn, faster to play and provides a special insight into how music comes into being. (more)
Longer explanations for those who like detail & theory:
The jammer is a flexible instrument and can be set up in many ways, here are some ways I promise to describe in detail.
Ideal setup for a full performance, with all the special controls,
Single keyboard setup, for when one just wants to be the drummer or bass player
Practice setup for just noodling around
Wearing the jammer across the chest, so one can walk around and strut
Hand-held with Wii-Stick
And details on how to use the components well:
Full multiplex piano replacement
For more see: more
Axis-49 - A nice compact instrument
Axis-64 - a professional level instrument
Opal this is the high-end version of the sonome keyboards - hand-made for the musical elite
A unique instrument - with microtonal flair
Terpstra Keyboard A very interesting keyboard - and it's b
eing crowd-sourced as you read this - Oct 2013.
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