December 11, 2023

Ovation iDEA

SO you’ve mastered a few chord progressions and you’re looking to play a few lead lines from the JAMORAMA lead course too.

Now, unless you’re about 300 years old you probably don’t own a cassette recorder or even really know what a cassette tape looks like – “I mean music comes out of thin air these days doesn’t it?” – just like it used to when the internet was in black and white right?

If you’re laying those chords down on cassette right now, then skip this post, ’cause you’re probably still busy playing PAC MAN, buying hair gel and listening to Huey Lewis and the News.

Just HOW are you going to master the idiosyncracies of the modes in relation to all those far out jazz chords you’ve been inventing of late? Well, it`s easy in a digital world and Ovation have had the bright iDEA of building a digital MP3 recorder straight into their new iDEA guitar – FRESH!
A digital recorder is part of the on-board Ovation preamp as well as an inbuilt microphone. A simple and direct recording control makes it easy to record entire songs, riffs, fragments, vocals and commentary. The iDea is also a learning tool, with audio lessons pre-installed in the memory.

The Idea also connects via USB to your computer so you can edit, rearrange, move, rename right on your desktop. Mixes from recording software, rhythm tracks, even songs can be played back through the headphones or the guitar itself.

What makes this guitar so invaluable as a learning tool is probably the fact that the recording ability allows the player to self accompany and therefore to focus upon building an innate understanding of how a guitar actually works in terms  of scales, chords and their interrelationships.

If you were learning the JAMORAMA LEAD course this machine would really help you in understanding how the CAGED system works and prove ultimately beneficial in unlocking some of the musical mysteries of the guitar’s neck. Simply being able to record chord sequences and then play back over the top of them anywhere and at anytime means your practice could reach a whole new level of focus and put you on the fast track to becoming a more competent guitarist.

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