Arthritis Sufferers Can Still Play Guitar with Rock-It Barre

Rock-It Barre

Introducing a brand new product that enables arthritis sufferers to enjoy guitar playing


Designed as a way to let many frustrated guitarists continue playing, Rock-iT Barre was created to play guitar chords (and still allow for some fingering) for experienced guitarists who have developed arthritis or for those who have a missing digit.

Laurie Hansen, a 63-year-old inventor with osteoarthritis, developed the device that allows players to play 108+ chords without bending their fingers. A rocking motion allows players to switch from major to minor chords with ease.

The Rock-iT Barre is adjustable, allowing it to be used on various sizes of guitars and ukuleles. It can also be used left-handed and can be rotated to compensate for the various widths of instrument necks.

You will be able to play all major and minor chords right away. With the Advanced Method—which includes “Pinkie” devices—you’ll be able to continue to extended chord variations, including: 6ths, 7ths, major and minor 6ths and 7ths, as well as diminished and augmented chords.

Created as an alternate way to play guitar quicker, easier, and less painful, the Rock-iT Barre is amazingly versatile. Here are just a few features:

  • Play guitar as a beginner or an experienced musician with hand issues.
  • Arthritics and people with a missing finger can easily customize it.
  • Only takes 1 hour to  start playing a full song.
  • Focus on learning guitar strums and picking.
  • Eliminates finger soreness.
  • Plays all major and minor  chords (plus more advanced).
  • Fits any guitar or ukulele.
  • Easy enough for a child to use.

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This simpler playing method encourages individuals that are either musically intimidated or suffering from arthritic pain to pick up a guitar or ukulele and start playing. Once confident using this method, it is Hansen’s hope that these players will then move on to playing guitar in a traditional manner and further embrace the joy of music making.

There is nothing on the market that can do what this device can do — even with arthritis, it still allows for movement and creativity!

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