Artificial Intelligence Can Now Teach You to Play the Guitar

If you've ever wanted to speed pick, check out this artificial intelligence.

4. 5. 16 by Kathleen Riley

Real-Life Guitar Hero

When different disciplines such as music and technology come together, they can spark remarkably interesting ideas. Thus, it’s no surprise to see that—for those of you who are aspiring musicians, avid guitar players, or anything in-between—there’s a new program out there that promises to help you master the guitar.

Allen Van Wert, who is known as one of the fastest guitar pickers in the world, developed an artificial intelligence program called the Ultimate Picking Program. The AI hones in on the user’s picking skills. Van Wert created the program to cut costs associated with private teachers and to customize lessons based on the user’s skills.

Ultimate Picking Process

The first time you use the program, you complete a test that assesses your strengths and weaknesses. The notes you play are recorded down to the exact 10th of a note per second. Once completed, the AI filters through a library of picking exercises that are recommended specifically for you based on your abilities. The AI works with you in a dynamic process so that once you master an exercise, it reanalyzes your abilities and creates a new set of exercises for you.

In some cases, hiring a guitar teacher for private lessons can cost up to $1,000 a year.


Learning chords straight off the internet from a DIY site or video can teach you the basics, but your typical computer can’t analyze the precise reason behind obstacles and difficulties. The Ultimate Picking Program is a cost effective alternative that still provides useful feedback for guitarists.

The Ultimate Picking Program is available on multiple platforms, including Windows, Mac OS, Linux, and Android. Which means once you buy the program, you can practice playing anywhere –whether it be at home, or on the road.

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