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Local high school students create online site to help others learn to play guitar

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Combining their love of music and their technology smarts, two local high school students are showing that you don't necessarily need a teacher to show you how to play a guitar these days.

Brian Abod taught himself to play guitar. He is in a band with his good friend, Jack Ross.

Jack plays the drums, but had an interest in guitar.

“I wanted to learn myself and so I did a little search to see if there is anything that was like Guitar Hero online, something I could learn popular songs with, and there wasn't,” he said.

And that is how these Gonzaga High School students and musicians have become entrepreneurs. The basement of Jack's parents’ Fairfax County home is their headquarters for PickupGuitarClub.com.

One of the first things they had to do was create a spectrum graph, which is basically a real-time digital display of sound.

Jack wrote the note recognition algorithm. Brian focused on the music theory.

The fingers are numbered to show you what fret to play and you will see green if your note is correct.

“When you look down at the guitar, that’s what this is showing you -- the shape of your hand as you would see it,” said Brian.

And you’ll play songs you know.

“Whether you want to rock out and play some electric guitar in your basement or whether you just want to strum nicely to an acoustic guitar, it all works.

The Pickup Guitar Club Kickstarter took off.

“The first few days just blew us away,” said Jack.

“It's incredible to see all the people,” said Brian.

Membership will cost $10 per month. The website will be available in August -- right around the time the guys go off to different colleges. But they promise to keep the music coming.


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