TabStrummer MIDI Controller Lets You Strum MIDI Chords

The TabStrummer is a programmable MIDI controller that combines elements of chord organs and the guitar.

You can program any of its 12 memory buttons with any guitar CHORD/TAB that can be played on a 12 fret guitar, plus all the 12 memory buttons can be programmed into any of the 200 memory SONG locations of TabStrummers internal memory.


  • 12 programmable memory buttons
  • Record and Play any guitar tabs/chords
  • Over 200 memory ‘Song’ locations
  • 6 touch sensitive ‘strings’
  • 14 touch sensitive ‘piano keys’
  • Choice of 5 octaves for the ‘piano keys’
  • Pitch Bend and Modulation buttons
  • Sustain Control
  • Transpose up/down 12 semi-tones
  • Playable with MIDI hardware and software
  • Set Velocity (not velocity-sensitive)

Here’s a demo of TabStrummer:

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TabStrummer Programmable Guitar Tab MIDI Controller

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Tabstrummer is an unusual programmable MIDI controller that’s designed to let you play any guitar tab that can be played on a 12 fret guitar. 12 memory buttons can also be programmed into any of the 300 memory SONG locations of TabStrummers internal memory.

It has a MIDI out connection and an add on MIDI sound shield from Sparkfun Electronics with onboard audio out jack, so you can plug in your headphones or connect it to your sound system or TV audio input.

The strings are PCB traces that are touch sensitive. They are widely spaced on the top of the strum board so you can “pluck” each string.

See the TabStrummer site for details.