This project's funding goal was not reached on October 29, 2012.
About this project
We are helping people learn how to play stringed instruments and keep them playing to make learning easier, more efficient, and fun!
We need help from you all to bring our strings to the consumers. These are students, hobbyists, beginners, experts, EVERYBODY!
We're raising money to begin manufacturing the Leiva Learning Strings here in Raleigh, NC in order to expand to a national presence and bring more talented musicians into the world.
We construct the Leiva Learning Strings using a proprietary lacquer which ensures a high quality finish without sacrificing sound quality. After all...you want you music to SOUND as good as you look playing it. The lacquer has proven to far outlast the tonality of the strings, so we're confident you'll love them! We're currently making these by hand. We need your help to step up to an industrial manufacturing process.
We have the tools to help everyone struggling with learning how to play a stringed instruments - the Leiva Learning Strings are the first stepping stone.
Leiva Learning Strings
Leiva Learning Strings provide an innovative and intuitive method for teaching students how to correlate musical notes to the cumbersome fingering positions of a stringed musical instrument by color-coding each note. Its seven different patented string colors are set to match the seven natural notes found in music theory, A,B,C,D,E,F and G, while sharps/flats remain plain. These notes and colors also correspond to our teaching manuals, which include patented, colored sheet music, to help individuals engage in reading sheet music by matching the colors on our “Leiva Learning Strings” to the color-coded music staff notes. Once students learn the Leiva Learning Strings technique, they can apply it to any stringed instrument.
Two-Toned Strings mimic the look of a piano and give the fretboard more structure for intermediate players while allowing them to express their favorite team colors, school colors, or simply matching colors to their instruments. By using the same intuitive outline to distinguish the sharp/flat notes from natural notes, players can now easily locate their half-step notes. We are able to make the product fashionable by providing customizable colors to match the player’s taste.
Current colors: White and Red, White and Carolina Blue, White and Duke Blue, and Gold and Purple.
SMILES is an acronym for Sheet Music Import, Leiva Export Software. This is our revolutionary new system for converting traditional black and white sheet music to our special colorized sheet music to all users to match notes with their Leiva Learning Strings. This allows for a swift progression into learning and playing while keeping the process fun and natural. SMILES access is available as a “freemium” add-on to our Leiva Learning Strings offering. This means we will give our users access to convert sheet music at no charge to them.
Leiva Strings has conducted a series of video testimonials from artists of different Genre's to answer some of the frequently asked questions about Leiva Strings.
Introducing the Leiva Strings - "Sound Check" http://youtu.be/24DPoZXet2E
One of our awesome backers asked the question above to figure out how we were going about lacquering the strings and would they be durable/how much play time could you get out of them? My response is as follows:
We have had samples on guitars for over a year now that are still yet to fade - so, no, the color does not wear off the strings. In order to do this we had an intense chemical engineering process where four (4) Chemical engineers developed a process to degrease, acid etch, paint, gloss & dry the strings in order to meet our in-house quality standards. Previously, our manufacturers in China had a process that was extremely efficient but after moving to domestic manufacturing we decided to take it a step further for tonality reasons. Tonality is everything and Sound is KEY when playing Any Instrument! With the acid etching, the surface of the strings are prepped for the paint to stick more efficiently and also help in the paint being applied in thin enough layers to not effect tonality.
1. The strings go through a prepping process before applying paint to ensure they don't effect tonality and they are long lasting. We have strings on guitars for over a year that are still yet to fade, even in the slightest. They are two sets of Two-Tones and have not met their expiration date yet. Though we encourage changing strings every few weeks if you are actively playing, for experimental reasons - we have found that our strings are extremely long lasting which makes us very satisfied with the product and eases our concerns for customers who do not play as often and expect their strings to last longer. We aim to please.
Chief Executive Officer
Leiva Strings, inc.
So here is a frequently asked question by all guitar players. I find that players that have been jamming for years still have a difficult time answering this unless they are in a band, actively touring/performing or teaching. Below is a quick little chart I found and agree with so I thought I might post it:
If you play the guitar Change your strings every
2 hours every day.............................................................2 to 3 weeks
30 minutes to 1 hour a day..........................................1 month to 6 weeks
30 minutes to 1 hour...................................................6 weeks to 2 months
3 to 5 times a weekhttp://rockhousemethod.blogspot.com/2010/01/how-often-should-you-change-your-guitar.html
The point being, keep your strings fresh for best quality, playability and sound quality/tonality.
- (40 days)