Worlds First Self-Teaching Guitar Is "EZ"

ANAHEIM, CA (January 30, 2003) — Yamaha Corporation of America, Portable Keyboards, will showcase a new dimension in interactive music technology with the Winter NAMM 2003 introduction of the new EZ-EG Guitar, where learning to play has become as easy as following lights on a fret board.

Yamaha EZ-EG Guitar
The EZ-EG features 12 lighted frets that show beginners the actual hand positions for all the chords they'll need to know before they take off on their own, and six "strings" that emulate strumming or finger-picking. In addition to a built-in selection of 3 songs and 15 song riffs, a variety of songs can be downloaded into the guitar's Flash ROM via MIDI IN/OUT connections and a quick connection to a computer. The EZ-EG will also reproduce nine realistic guitar sounds, eight bass guitar sounds and the timbres of a banjo, piano and traditional Japanese shamisen through its built-in speaker.

"The Yamaha EZ-EG is a unique product in that it can provide a great foundation to music and to the guitar," states Jim Presley, marketing manager, Portable Keyboards. "It not only prepares you for a future of playing, but also makes learning interactive and fun for those who may prefer the guitar to a traditional keyboard."

Selectable play modes include: Strumming Practice for the right hand, where chords change automatically during a strumming practice; Chord Training for the left hand, where the user simply makes the chord changes while it strums; and Full Play, which shows chord changes by lighting the frets, while the user strums and plays chords.

Standard "guitar" features include volume, tempo, and balance controls, standard tuning plus open tuning options and a tremolo bar. A unique electronic capo allows pitch adjustment. Users may plug the EZ-EG into a standard guitar amplifier, or use the mini-headphone jack for private practice. The EZ-EG operates on six "AA" cells, and includes a power adapter, pick and strap.

The EZ-EG guitar will be available in February 2003.

For more information on the EZ-EG Guitar, write Yamaha Corporation of America, Pro Audio & Combo Division, Portable Keyboards, P.O. Box 6600, Buena Park, CA 90622; telephone (714) 522-9011; e-mail:

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