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Stevie Wonder wows crowd on 'smart' piano at tech show

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Trying to distinguish your product among the thousands at the CES gadget show is no easy feat, so it helps when music legend Stevie Wonder pays an unexpected visit.


Learn to play the guitar (or piano) with these super cheap online classes

Mashable

Editor's note: Mashable and PCMag are both owned by Ziff Davis. Shawn Mendes taught himself to play guitar by watching video tutorials on YouTube and now he's selling out tours across the globe. So, who's to say you couldn't have the same fate? We'll save you the trouble of sifting through thousands of search results -- we've already found the best tutorial. The Complete Guitar System - Beginner to Advanced is a course hosted on Udemy that will help you master the guitar, and right now you can get it on sale for just $9.99 in the PCMag Shop.


MozARM's first symphony! Scientists create a 3D-printed robotic hand that can play Jingle Bells

Daily Mail - Science & tech

A 3D-printed robot hand that can play simple tunes on the piano, including jingle bells, has been built by scientists. The robotic hand plays simple musical phrases on the piano by moving its wrist. Scientists have said the robot is limited in what it can play but reveals how complex the mechanics of the human hand are and how difficult it is to replicate. The robot hand was made by 3D-printing soft and rigid materials together to replicate all the bones and ligaments in a human hand. The robot hand was made by 3D-printing soft and rigid materials together to replicate all the bones and ligaments - but not the muscles or tendons - in a human hand.


One's Smart Piano helped me play, but not understand

Engadget

As a kid, I was given a book about a famous doctor who may or may not have been Albert Schweitzer. The first chapter is how he, as a young boy, learned the value of practice from his music teacher. It was a lesson he learned early enough to become not only a virtuoso musician but also a physician and philosopher. I suspect I was given the tome as a way of encouraging me to practice the piano in the hope of becoming as good as ol' Albo. That might be because I've never been one to practice too much.


A Roland keyboard has Alexa built-in for voice control while you play

Engadget

Alexa is handy for helping with a lot of activities, and soon the virtual assistant will help you control keyboard settings with your voice. Roland's latest keyboard, a new version of its GO:PIANO, features Alexa built-in and the company says this feature offers hands-free control while you're playing. Basically, you won't have to take your hands off the keys to tweak the sound or access specific settings -- thanks to the combination of the GO:PIANO and a new Roland Alexa Skill. The company says the goal to enable voice control for musicians at any level. In addition the hands-free feature, the Alexa Skill will also provide access to libraries of play along tunes and enable sharing f recorded audio clips with friends and family.