Truss is a self-teaching guitar with an accompanying app that teaches users how to play with instant real-time feedback. With the use of LED lights set under the strings, the player can easily follow along with both the sheet music on the app, and the guides on the neck of their guitar.
One of Truss’ features is its video lesson plans. Each lesson has a split screen. The top of the screen is the Truss instructor’s hands and the bottom is the real-time playback. The real-time playback showcases the guide lights on the neck of the user’s Truss guitar as well as where your fingers actually are.
Truss also comes with a library of songs to learn. One can pick by song, difficulty level, or by a friend’s recommendation. Truss also offers in-app song purchases so you’re never out of songs to learn. Once on the song screen, it’s simple to click on a specific chord and get a detailed version of said chord. On the song screen, you can either play along with a background track, record a video of yourself playing, or simply learn the chords to play on your own.
Once you’re done playing a song, learning a chord, or completing a lesson, you can share your accomplishment via social media. In addition, you earn badges. Earn enough badges and you can unlock some of the in-app songs otherwise available for purchase.
UX, UI, Screen Design, Logo Design
UX, UI, User Testing Facilitator
After completing initial market research, my partner and I found that the technology existed for the production of this guitar, however, none of the products currently out on the market reflect the real experience of playing. Many had entirely digital interfaces or resembled more of a horizontal MPK. We found that utilizing frets as push buttons to activate LED lights, the guitar could in theory be used both while plugged in as well as on its own, something we felt was key to creating a more akin experience to playing a real guitar. After solidifying its ability to exist, we created 4 user personas based on the demographic research we found on who is purchasing guitars.