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What is a Chordelia? It's an attachment that fits onto a standard 6-string acoustic guitar.

What does it do? It uses levers to push the strings down in all the right places, so chords are made. All you have to do is strum (or pick) the strings.

Who’s it for? It’s for people who just want to play guitar immediately. Who want to pick up a guitar and play right now, without the slow, tedious, painful learning that's normally involved.

And it’s for anyone who finds it physically difficult to make the chords. You only need one finger to operate a lever – so someone with just one finger can play! So if you have have bad arthritis or other movement-limiting conditions (or not enough fingers) you could still play guitar.

But I still have to do something, right? Yes, you still have to choose the chord you want – by pulling one of the levers. And you still have to strum or pick the strings.

How many chords can it make? Chordelia Number Six makes these six chords – A-minor, G, F, C, D and E-minor.

But how many songs can I play with just six chords? Hundreds! Thousands! Ask a musician if you’re not sure – or just look up some of the songs you want to sing. Type in ‘chords and lyrics for…’

Here are a few songs you’ll be able to play – but there are many many more listed on the Chordelia website...

Does it work on any guitar? No. One day there will be Chordelias for different guitar types (and other instruments too), but we’ve only just started so for now it only fits one type. (Which just happens to be the most popular guitar type in the world!) Check here for the requirements of your guitar…

Does it use a lot of batteries? Or do I have to plug it in somewhere? No – it doesn’t need any batteries or electricity at all. It's entirely mechanical. So you can take it to the beach or into the bath or wherever you like. (Actually best not take it into the bath. But you could.)

Will Chordelia damage my guitar? No, not if you use Chordelia correctly. A simple wooden wedge holds it in place and you can remove it any time (and play without it if you like).

Does my guitar need to be tuned in a special way? No. Chordelia uses standard tuning – E – A – D – G – B – E

I had to stop playing guitar because of arthritis in my hands – could Chordelia work for me? We can’t promise, but if you have the strength and movement in at least one finger then, yes, it will work for you and you will be able to play again.

What if it doesn’t fit my guitar – can I send it back? Yes – if you don’t harm your Chordelia in any way, and return it within 30 days, then we will give you a full refund (excluding postage).

I’m learning guitar – will Chordelia help me? Yes, it will help you by making the chords so you can concentrate on your timing and strumming – but if you want to progress to more than these chords, then you will have to replace your Chordelia eventually.

I’m learning to sing – will Chordelia help me? Yes! That’s exactly what it’s for! Singing is so much easier when you sing along to a guitar. You will quickly hear when you’re singing out of tune and learn to correct it.

Will people laugh at me when I take a Chordelia out in public? Yes, probably! But who cares about that anyway?? (They’ll just be jealous.)

But what do I do if they keep laughing? Sing louder.

Do I really only need one finger on my left hand to make a chord? Yes. But it’s easier if you have a thumb too. (Although a friend of ours who has no left hand at all managed very well to use one.)

So, there are no downsides at all? Chordelia makes the most popular chords of all, and you will be able to play hundreds of songs using just these few chords – BUT there are lots more chords out there that Chordelia doesn’t make. If you want to play those then you’ll just have to make them yourself.

Does it make coffee too? No.

So why this Kickstarter campaign? We really need a better laser cutter for cutting out some of the parts. It's that simple. If we had a machine that could cut aluminium too, that would be very helpful indeed (and very cool).

Who helped out on your videos, Tim?  Sandra Schmid, Casper Cohu, Sandra Kutscha, Sean Collins, Aoife Doolan, Dave Warrens, Madeline McKeever and Miranda McCarthy. Thanks so much everyone!

What happens if you don't reach your target? No worries - they will be available anyway from the website. In fact, if you pledge now, then we'll honour the price agreed - just contact us afterwards. So there's nothing to lose!

More questions?  Email me directly on  timrowe@eircom.net

Risks and challenges

We're already making these machines so, unless a hurricane arrives or I break my arm or something, we should be able to fulfill the orders if the campaign is successful.

(If we're very successful, then we'll have to get some help to make them and that will cause a delay, but they'll get shipped out as soon as they're ready.)

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    Just want to help out?

    Thank you! Making a donation would be so generous of you and we would be very grateful. We're the tiniest of businesses located way out in the west of Ireland - we could really use a little help!

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    Name Plate

    Can't really afford a whole Chordelia guitar machine right now? Why not get just the name plate! (and help us out a lot.) They'll be dated and signed on the back and who knows how valuable they will be in the future?

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    A song just for you..

    We'll write, perform and record an original song just for you! (Or whoever you like, obviously.)
    A love song? A fun song? A tragic ballad? - Whatever you like. The song will go up on YouTube and on the Chordelia website and we can send you the lyrics/chords by post if you like. We can't guarantee it will be a great song but at least it will be quite loud..

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    Early Bird Special

    We will send you a Chordelia Number 6 guitar machine, with instruction booklet.
    These will be sent out as soon as this campaign ends successfully, by registered post, so they will surely be with you in time for Christmas. (Though we can't quite guarantee that..)

    Please check that your guitar is the right type before you order!

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    Pledge €250 or more About $291

    KickStarter Special

    We will send you a Chordelia Number Six guitar machine, with instruction booklet. (Expected retail cost of these will be 280 euro).
    We're busy making these right now and we'll send them out just as soon as we can.

    Please check that your guitar is the right type before you pledge!

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    Priority Shipping

    We will send you a Chordelia Number 6 guitar machine, with instruction booklet. We expect to have these all ready and waiting for when this campaign ends. They will be sent out immediately by registered post. We can't guarantee it but they should get to you in time for Christmas.

    Please check that your guitar is the right type before you order!

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    Pledge €300 or more About $350

    Personalised Chordelia

    Instead of 'Chordelia Number Six' engraved on the name plate of your new guitar machine, you get to choose the wording. Anything (reasonable) goes..

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    Pledge €480 or more About $559

    Pump up the volume!

    We will send you TWO brand new guitar machines, by registered post, just as soon as we can.

    Please check that your guitars are the right type before you pledge!

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    Duet in Cork!

    I'll meet you in person, in Cork city (Ireland). I'll buy you a coffee and cake and fit your Chordelia onto your guitar, and get you started. It'll be fun. (Probably.)
    Pledge includes cost of guitar machine AND coffee and cake!

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    Duet in London!

    I'll meet you in person, in London (England). I'll buy you coffee and cake and fit your Chordelia onto your guitar, and get you started. It'll be fun. (Probably.)
    Pledge includes cost of guitar machine AND coffee and cake! (Do they have good cakes in London?)

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