The questions in the title is this a suitable instrument for learning to play music ?
I have found it difficult to play the guitar , the main barrier is the strength required in the fingers to correctly hold down a string , this would seem great way to alleviate this problem
Personal story: I got an I1, found it rather difficult, and proceeded to learn playing guitar instead.
Particularly an electric is definitely a lot lighter.
Still: any fretted instrument needs a bit of commitment; The first few weeks (at least) it will not play the way you want, and barres take months.
On the other hand, you can play the I1 laying flat on a surface in tapped mode, this way it's a lot easier (lighter) than guitar; but then you won't be able to directly apply a lot of the training material available for guitar (particularly: open chords won't work!).
So, personally I would answer "not much, better get an electric guitar to learn"
There were certainly people on the old forum who found the I1 much easier than a physical guitar for precisely this reason, that the touch required was so much lighter. I certainly find a single note on the I1 works with a much lighter touch than on even light gauge electric strings, and is also much more comfortable because the string doesn't gouge into your uncalloused fingers. But barre chords are close to impossible, and the bridge triggers are much less responsive than real strings, so it's mainly useful for learning the fingerboard (particularly in tap mode), with basic strumming rather than picking. The neck is very wide and the frets evenly spaced all the way up, so there's a bit more stretching needed, especially in comparison to an electric neck, and if you have small hands it could be a bit discouraging. It's its own thing, and the more you try to play it like a physical guitar, the more frustrating you're likely to find it. But a complete novice can pick it up and play a basic blues box in tap mode with pressure bends, which is very much not something you can do with a physical guitar.
Thanks for reaching out. This is a very good question, and I think it definitely depends on what your goal and preference is.
If you’re having issues with the fretboard sensitivity on a guitar, then the INSTRUMENT 1 would be helpful for you. Although the neck is a little bit wider than a traditional guitar neck, the fretboard is much more sensitive than a guitar neck so it could be helpful in learning guitar fundamentals like shapes and chords.
On the other hand, the strumming for INSTRUMENT 1 is a little different from that of a traditional guitar because the INSTRUMENT 1 uses bridge triggers in place of guitar strings and you can’t play those with a guitar pick.
If you’re looking for a multi-purpose, portable tool to learn guitar fundamentals then I think the INSTRUMENT 1 could be very helpful. If you wanted to try it out and decide that it’s not for you, you can check out our return policy.
Let me know if you have any other questions about this.