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ChordBuddy: Easily Learn How to Play The Guitar

Published: 2016-05-25 - Updated: 2018-04-30
Author: Elena Ryan, National Director of Education for ChordBuddy | Contact:

Synopsis: ChordBuddy helps you learn to play music on the guitar in minutes, helps with playing chords and strumming.

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Have you always wanted to play the guitar? Have certain aspects of the guitar made it too difficult for you to play? ChordBuddy helps with playing chords AND strumming. You can play music on the guitar in minutes!


ChordBuddy was made famous on the ABC show "Shark Tank." Since the show, the growth and expansion of the ChordBuddy line has been tremendous.

More importantly, we have seen phenomenal musical success by people of all abilities learn to play the guitar with this learning system. Travis Perry invented this tool to encourage his children to play the guitar, as well as to support his mother's playing later in her life. She had been an accomplished musician, but as time passed she lost the ability to play. With the ChordBuddy she was able to play again. We are excited to share this tool with you today.

The ChordBuddy makes playing the guitar easier and more accessible to children and adults who have physical challenges, cognitive disabilities, arthritis, etc.

The ChordBuddy has functioned as a rehabilitation tool for people recovering from a hand injury or those who may need occupational hand therapy. Playing guitar with a hand injury or with arthritis was simply unheard of until ChordBuddy. Using this system makes it easy to learn guitar chords and begin playing your favorite songs despite the difficulties that may come with physical challenges.


The ChordBuddy is a molded piece of plastic that attaches to the fretboard of the guitar and rests above the strings.

The four color-coded buttons represent different chords- similar to the popular "Guitar Hero" video game that children and adults typically play on PlayStation or Xbox.

The four chords learned initially are C, D, G, & E minor.

The ChordBuddy will have you removing the buttons as you learn, and progress through the teaching books.

Your knowledge, along with the strength and dexterity improvement in your hands, may actually have you making chords without ChordBuddy within weeks.

It simplifies guitar playing for students without any prior guitar experience, while providing additional growth for experienced learners.

It really is possible to play the songs you love without difficulty associated from traditional guitar playing. By pressing the chord buttons you are exercising core muscles and joints in the hands. People suffering from arthritis who began to play with the ChordBuddy appeared to improve the dexterity and strength in their fingers and other muscles almost immediately.

Another great instrument modification that the ChordBuddy affords, is the ability to play the guitar flat.

Now, with ChordBuddy, children and adults who suffer from positioning issues can look down directly at the guitar as they play. For an example of this modification please watch the video below. Another option for those who may need additional assistance is having someone play the left hand buttons, while the player focus on the right hand strumming. As an example, we were able to teach a child who was born with a fused elbow to play the guitar. Traditional guitar was not accessible to her, because her elbow could not extend to get her in the right position to play chords. With ChordBuddy she was performing for her music class, and accomplishing the same curricular objectives as her classmates. The only difference between her style of playing and those of her classmates was that her guitar was lying flat in her lap as she played. This ChordBuddy device is here to help support the love of music and teach guitar to everyone!

Sometimes all it takes to make guitar playing dreams come true is just a little help from ChordBuddy!

The ChordBuddy is $49.95 and fits on most full-size acoustic or electric steel string and nylon string guitars. It comes with a learning book and DVD that instruct you how to play. The ChordBuddy Team is eager to support you as you begin to play or teach others to play.

The ChordBuddy makes playing the guitar quick, easy, and accessible for all learners. Contact us at to share your success stories of how playing the guitar has become a reality for you.

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Cite This Page (APA): Elena Ryan, National Director of Education for ChordBuddy. (2016, May 25). ChordBuddy: Easily Learn How to Play The Guitar. Disabled World. Retrieved September 18, 2021 from