Cuello: An Educational Instrument
The emergence of string instruments 600 years ago marked a shift in the traditions of musical objects. These inventions focused on the production of rich new sounds, but less attention was paid to ease of use and instrumental learning processes.
Centuries of development have, to an extent, improved sound output, structural characteristics and ergonomics. However, the complexity of interaction has seen little to no evolution, and so there remain opportunities for innovation in this area.
This project deconstructs and simplifies the form of the guitar while maintaining the aesthetic and tactile qualities of its origins. Analysing points of contact reveal the main issues inexperienced musicians have when learning the guitar.
These findings provide the basis for creative solutions to the problems that inhibit learning processes and skill progression. This research, combined with knowledge of instrument construction, ultimately will result in making stringed instruments more accessible to learners.