As previously mentioned, I was kindly sent a Jamstik 7 by Zivix this past week. I had a chance to use the Jamstik 7 for a while today, and I am not yet ready to write a full post/review on the device. It is clearly the next generation of the Jamstik, not only in terms of being the most recent release, but in technological advances. It is different than the Jamstik and Jamstik+, and I want to spend some more time with the device before writing more about it.
I will say that the Chome-based play portal (https://play.jamstik.com/) works well (I was using it with my MacBook Pro).
The news that I wanted to share tonight is that Zivix is offering special pricing for teachers, students, first responders, and military personnel. They have a special link set up for the discount: https://jamstik.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360021334732. Educators will receive a 20% discount, and students will receive a 15% discount. And I also want people to know this is not a referral link that sends a commission my direction.
Although I no longer teach guitar classes (I currently teach ukulele at the middle school level), when we opened my last school (2009), a high school, we made sure that guitar, music history, music theory, and music technology were courses that existed in the school. I taught class guitar levels I & 2 each year, and I would have LOVED a Jamstik to teach with. First of all, the Jamstik is portable (running bluetooth to iOS in particular), allowing a teacher to easily move throughout the room–which is a necessity in a classroom guitar setting. I bought a Washburn Rover “backpacker” guitar when I was teaching so I could move around the room! Second, the Jamstik can project over a room’s sound system (via an iOS device attached to the system through the headphone jack). With such a setup, not only could every student hear what you were playing–you could also use it to help students tune by ear at the start of class. Third, the Jamstik can show which fingers are being pressed on the fretboard, and then project that on a large screen (again, through the iOS app, or via USB cable and the new Chrome web interface).
And those three aspects do not even discuss the concept of using the Jamstik for differentiated instruction (advanced or remedial work). However, those three aspects would have made teaching guitar SO much easier.
So–many thanks to Zivix for offering educator, student, first responder, and military discounts.
And more about the Jamstik 7 later!