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Chord Buddy Guitar Learning System

Brand: Chordbuddy

$44.95

MSRP: $49.95

Item: #354284
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Ready, Set, Play, Today! With Chord Buddy, it's now that simple!

The Chord Buddy Guitar Learning System includes:

  • Chord Buddy, with tabs for the key of G that will allow you to play literally thousands of songs.
  • Instruction book and companion DVD, which guides you through a two-month, self-paced learning process
  • Chord Buddy Songbook, with an impressive collection of over 100 pop, classic rock, country, bluegrass, gospel, and traditional songs.

The Chord Buddy works on all standard dreadnaught, concert, 3/4 and 5/8-sized acoustic and elecric guitars with average to low string height. Chordbuddy will not work on classical or 12 string guitars and 1/2 size guitars.

Chords that can be played: G, D, C, e minor.

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Chord Buddy Guitar Learning System
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West Music Store asked: Why did you choose this?
Chantal M: Because my husband lost a finger in an accident and he can't play anymore. and when i saw that i was very happy to know that he gonna be able to play guitar again. Jan 3, 2013
Denise B: Saw it on Sharktank and had to have it!! Dec 27, 2012
Celeste M: think it will be a great gift for someone who desires to learn to play the guitar Dec 12, 2012
Julie G: Perfect adaptive device for use in music therapy. Dec 11, 2012
Lauren F: I know someone who has been trying to learn to play the guitar and I saw this on the Shark Tank and thought it would help them tremendously. Dec 4, 2012
Michael L: Love the website. Price is better than at the actual website that makes the Chord Buddy! Dec 4, 2012
Cliffton B: I have heard pros and cons about the product. Want to try it for myself. Dec 4, 2012
Mia B: saw it on Shark Tank and then found the best price with West music. Nov 28, 2012
WILLIAM B: For my 6 year old. She just now learning how to play. Nov 26, 2012
Jase B: ITS A GREAT PROGRAM AND IT LET YOU ENJOY YOUR GUITAR SOONER Nov 26, 2012
Maureen M: learning to play the guitar Jul 11, 2012
Norman C: I would like to learn to play guitar I have electric and an acoustic Jun 20, 2012
Mark C: I saw it on Shark Tank. If you can devote 30 minutes a day, this is a great tool to get started with the guitar.
After not quite 3 months, i just went out and bought a new, nicer guitar!
Jun 11, 2012
Robert E: we want to teach our child, due in august to play the guitar! Jun 10, 2012
Richard C: A middle school music teacher wants them for some autistic students she has. May 15, 2012
Jack T: seen on sharks, hope it works as easy as seen on tv May 2, 2012
Marilyn R: My son is a paraplegic and also delayed. His life has so many compromises but the one thing he wants so badly is to play the guitar. I saw this on Shark Tank and really feel this is his chance to fulfill his wish.
Thank You
Marilyn Rothfelder
Apr 24, 2012
Karen H: My boyfriend is leaving on a Mission Trip to Thailand in about a month and wants to learn a few songs to play while he is there ... I saw this on a rerun of Shark Tank and knew this would help him reach his goal! Apr 24, 2012
Eva F: I chose this product because I would like to learn how to play the guitar in a simpler way> Apr 24, 2012
Billy S: WANTED TO PLAY GUITAR FOR A LONG TIME. Apr 21, 2012
Beth H: saw it on Shark Tank! Apr 21, 2012
Chris D: I have a guitar for years but I never seem to play it. Every time I get motivated to learn I end up hurting my fingers and them I stop. This product will able me to play with ease. Apr 21, 2012
Richard W: Saw this on TV wanted to purchase for my son who is interested in learning the guitar searched for Guitar buddy and found you website Mar 15, 2012
John M: I saw this product on Shark Tank... I have three guitars and have always wanted to play... I have given up several times, so I thought I would try this as a last resort... I am hoping for the best! Mar 11, 2012
Rosemary W: It was reccomended by a family member as my fingers have arthritis and aren't quite long enough for my guitar. Also, it's cheaper than a new , smaller guitar! Mar 11, 2012
Gary P: I purchased the Chord Buddy last week for my self, and my son Rick loves it so much he kinda took it from me. So I needed to buy me another one. Mar 8, 2012
James J: Look like an item that will help teach how to play guitar Feb 28, 2012
Samantha L: saw it on shark tank Feb 27, 2012
Gary P: I saw it on Shark Tank Feb 25, 2012
Brenda G: My husband wants to learn the guitar and is having trouble with the chords 0 thought this would be great. Feb 15, 2012
Ken M: I saw on Shark tank, Great idea for some who would like to learn to play the guitar. Feb 7, 2012
Dennis Y: saw on shark tank and have seven children that want to learn to play Feb 6, 2012
Dawn L: My daughter and brother want to learn to play Feb 4, 2012
Frank H: All the Shark wanted to take a bite. It must be a good deal! They know a good thing when they see it. I got a Guitar sitting in the dark that needs to see the light of day again. I hope it works!! Feb 4, 2012
Betty N: A great gift for my granddaughter! Feb 4, 2012
Nancy K: Saw this on Shark Tank and would like to have our Grandson learn the to play the guitar Feb 3, 2012
Shannan M: sharktank Feb 3, 2012
donald l asked: hello,,,,,,, will this come with books to teach you how to play rock music with the chord buddy?????????????? Jun 8, 2012
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Angela G: yes. It comes with a book of quite a few songs (mostly folk, patriotic, songs that appeal to all ages). The text is black and white but the coding is written above the music, where guitar chords would be . ex. "blue" is written above the line of music in the appropriate place. I hope this helps. Jun 15, 2012
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Mark C: It comes with 1 instructional book and 1 song book and a CD. The music in the book is mostly county and some old hymms, but there is also Brown Eyed Girl, Let it Be, Teenager in Love, and a few like that. After about a month of learning how to strum, I was able to go and line and get a ton of songs to play (just search for the song you want followed by CHORDS).
After not quite 3 months, I can play quite a few songs (America, Eagles, Jason Martz, etc.). Some songs are still pretty hard.
The Chord Buddy taught me the first 4 chords, You will need to add more to play more.
If you can devote 30-45 minutes a day, you will be fine in a pretty short time.
Jun 11, 2012
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Robert S: It does come with an instruction book,a book of songs to play and a tutorial DVD. Haven't tried it yet but seems to be the easiest method to get a started
Jun 11, 2012
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Janis M: It comes with a book and a CD, but like anything else, you don't just instantly start playing rock music. You will have to learn and practice
every day!
Jun 11, 2012
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Ken M: This was purchased for my daughter who always wanted to learn how to play the guitar. SHe loves it, and yest it comes with books and over 100 songs. Jun 11, 2012
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Steve E: Don't waste your money. Learn the chords without this contraption Jun 12, 2012
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A shopper asked: Will chord buddy work for left handed players? Feb 4, 2012
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Amy LStaff: Unfortunately, the Chord Buddy will not work on a guitar that has been strung left-handed. Feb 6, 2012
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gary r: well darn, leftys never get a break Apr 21, 2012
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A shopper asked: Does Cord Buddy work on Bass guitars? Jan 22, 2013
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Amy LStaff: I'm sorry, but the Chord Buddy does not work on bass guitars. Jan 22, 2013
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A shopper asked: Would this fit on a Regal steel string acoustic? Jun 15, 2012
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Amy LStaff: As long as the guitar has a round neck, it should work just fine. If your guitar has a square neck, this will not work for you. Jun 18, 2012
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gary r asked: will this work on left handed guitars? Apr 21, 2012
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Amy LStaff: Unfortunately, this item does not work on left-handed guitars. Apr 23, 2012
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lorna h asked: I have a smaller guitar. Smaller than standard size due to my hands being so small; will this fit? I also have a regular size guitar if not, but my hands are hard to reach. I have been trying to learn for 4 years. This would be for me. Mar 9, 2012
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Melinda PStaff: From what we have found, the Chord Buddy seems to only work on full-size acoustic and electric guitars. Classical guitars tend to not work, as well as fractional guitars.

However, the nice thing about the Chord Buddy is that even if you have smaller hands, you can still play as long as you can press down the buttons. It’s designed to help teach, but overall it helps with just being able to play songs within the certain chords. Hope this helps!
Mar 9, 2012
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A shopper asked: Will the chord buddy work with students who have disabilities? Who lack strength and coordination to play chords the normal way? Feb 19, 2014
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Carrie J: I am a music therapist and have used the ChordBuddy in my sessions with clients with varying disabilities (autism, Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy, etc.) who want to play the guitar but don't have the dexterity to play regular chords. They are able to follow along with color-coded words and understand to push the corresponding button and strum the guitar at the same time, especially if I place the guitar on a table or flat surface for them. Apr 2, 2014
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Mark C: Not knowing what types of disabilities, it is hard to answer. However, my guess is yes. The chord buddy really simplifies the process and the 4 color buttons are easily pressed individually to make a chord.
The song book has a nice variety of songs.
If your students can strum with their right hand, I think the chord buddy would be a great tool for them.
Feb 26, 2014
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Bob Gifford: will Guitar buddy work up and down the neck first frte only or will it slide to any fret? or only on the first fret? I play with one arm one hand take a look
Google Bob Gifford one arm guitar you will see what I'm talking about
Aug 27, 2014
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Denise B: I think it might be difficult. I found it hard with no disability. Feb 26, 2014
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A shopper asked: does this really work? Nov 3, 2012
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Mark C: I had no guitar experience when i bought the chord buddy and a cheap guitar in March, 2012. I followed the program every day for about a month. I would estimate about 20-30 of practice a day.
Instead of continuing with the lesson plan of removing one tab at a time, I found that i was able to remove the entire chord buddy.
I still practise about 30 minutes a day and can play about 50 different songs. i google the name of a song followed by the word chord and have found a ton of songs. Since the chord buddy got me started and taught me 4 chords, i toaught myself about 10-12 more chords. I still struggle with certain F and B chords, but I am learning.
Bottom line, YES, without the chord buddy, i would not be able to play. I love it!
Nov 5, 2012
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Beth H: I love the concept but I haven't actually gotten it to work properly. the bridge or my guitar may be set higher or lower than standard. There is a vibrating sound when I try to use the chord buddy so I set it aside and haven't used it. Nov 5, 2012
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Robert B: It was a help to learn quicker. Like anything you need to practice. But I was playing simple songs quickly . Nov 5, 2012
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Steve E: No. Don't waste your money. Just learn the chords Nov 7, 2012
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j t asked: will this work with a ukulele? Apr 1, 2014
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Chuck T: I have a Sekova guitar with a steel reinforce neck and finding it imposiable to install chord buddy, will this work on my guitar Jul 21, 2014
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Carrie J: No, it will not. The ChordBuddy fits standard 6-string guitars. Since the ukulele is much smaller and only a 4-stringed instrument, the buttons will not line up properly. Also the fingering for ukulele chords are different for guitar chords. Apr 2, 2014
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Steve E: This thing isn't worth the money. Just practice and learn the chords without it. Apr 2, 2014
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Judith B asked: I'm ordering this because I have always wanted to play but have never been able to "stay hook" on the process. I am now 75 years old. I've been a singer for enjoyment and professional but I could never add the guitar. I've been a teacher and an administrator for the past 35 years. Am I too old to embark on playing with this tool? Apr 1, 2014
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Steve E: This may work for what you want it for but I recommend just learning to play the chords Apr 2, 2014
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Spencer C: Never to old to play with this tool Apr 3, 2014
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Trish V asked: also, our group changes keys we play songs in all the time so we all have a capo. Can the Guitar Buddy slide up and down the neck to have the same key they are playing in? Sep 11, 2013
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Mark C: Sorry to report, no. It can only attach right at the nut.
But, I only needed the chord buddy for 6 weeks or so. So work real hard with the chord buddy for a few weeks, and you could be good to go.
Sep 12, 2013
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Steve E: No Sep 12, 2013
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A shopper asked: Does it work on electric acoustics as well as electric stratacasters? Aug 26, 2014
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Kristin V: I use it on an electric acoustic and acoustic guitar Aug 27, 2014
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A shopper asked: Bass guitars? Nov 24, 2013
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Mark JStaff: This item will not work with bass guitars. Nov 25, 2013
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Trish V asked: Will this work on a 6 string Banjo? Sep 11, 2013
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Steve E: Don't waste your money. Just learn the chords the right way. This is a waste of money Sep 12, 2013
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A shopper asked: Is it possible to buy standard guitar books with songs and just write the chords above like in the chordbuddy songbook and continue to use the chordbuddy indefinitely without the transition away from chordbuddy? Mar 21, 2014
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A shopper asked: Is there a system for banjos ? Mar 3, 2014
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A shopper asked: does this work on both electric and standard guitars? Nov 30, 2013
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