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Arcana Strum

Arcana Strum empowers anyone to play guitar.

The Arcana Strum instrument is extremely easy to just pick up and play.

Providing an uplifting experience suitable and accessible for practically everyone.

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Arcana Strum

The story of Arcana began in 2015. Its origin was a young girl who faced difficulty to play musical instruments and wanted to feel equal and included.
The Arcana team of musicians, engineers and designers gathered together and founded Arcana to support her as well as millions of other people around the world who confront similar difficulties on a daily basis.


Meet the Arcana Strum

Music is created by many musical instruments, but unfortunately, not everyone can play and enjoy them.

The Arcana Strum is designed to change that. We created an instrument that is accessible, easy to learn and fun to play.

It’s the perfect solution, providing a full musical experience, with chords, tunes, riffs and scales, so that anyone can enjoy the uplifting rapture of playing music.


One Instrument, So Many Ways to Play!

The Arcana Strum was designed with you in mind, created to be adaptive and accessible for practically anyone, including those with various types of physical and cognitive abilities.

In addition to its embedded features, the Arcana Strum also has a set of accessories that can customize and personalize the playing experience further, making it perfect for anyone.


Designed With You In Mind

Arcana have been designing and perfecting the Arcana Strum for the last 5 years, and are excited to finally present it to you!

The Arcana Strum is very straightforward, easy and fully accessible. Everyone can learn to play the instrument, regardless of their age, cognitive and physical abilities.

Just start playing – and feel the difference.


Features

Instrument’s Elements

The Musical Attributes


Accessories

3 Keys

An alternative keyboard for a more simplified learning experience



The 3 Keys set is an alternative version of the standard Arcana keyboard (that has a set of 5 keys).

People with cognitive and physical difficulties can use the 3 keys set instead of the 5 keys set. This simplifies the learning and playing experience significantly.

Changing from 5 keys to 3 keys is very simple – the keys are attached to the instrument by magnets, so changing them is quick and easy.

Playing in 3 keys limits the note range and makes playing simpler by reducing the amount of octaves from  3 octaves to 1.5 octaves. In addition, the 3 keys mode consist of 7 chords only, as opposed to the 25 chords available in the standard 5 keys mode.

It is important to emphasize that the 7 chords correspond to the 7 notes found on each scale. This makes a range of chords that is wide enough for users to enjoy a satisfying playing experience.

After changing to 3 keys (which are larger and wider) and making sure the 3 keys switch located on the back of the instrument is activated, the user can start playing right away!

E-Box

An expansion box that enables the Arcana Strum to be controlled by standard minijack switches


Arcana can be adjusted to accommodate those with different physical abilities. Even those who use their feet, mouth or other parts of the body.

The E-Box enriches the instrument further. By connecting to different switches and sensors using the E-Box, players with certain physical or learning difficulties can benefit from a playing experience that is suited specifically for their needs.

The E-Box has six inputs; 5 that can be used to replace the 5 keys, and another one which can replace the strum stick.

The E-box enables connectivity with standard switches and sensors that are in frequent use by people who have various disabilities.

In addition, external switches, such as movement sensors, light sensors can also be used, so that anyone can play the Arcana Strum comfortably.

Handles

A variety of playing handles available for different physical needs



Details on Handle Options can be found below.


Handle Options

Y Handle

The Y handle, secures and bonds the hand/foot in cases where the player’s muscle tone is very flexible and movements are less controlled. The strap can be adjusted to hold both a hand or a foot.

Flat Handle

The flat handle is similar to the bonded-strip handle – it secures the hand or foot. The main difference is its small size and its flatter shape. It is a great accessory that allows more flexibility, so players can use their arm, wrist or elbow freely, while strumming.

Narrow Handle

The narrow handle is a simple upright rod that doesn’t contain a ball like structure. It is similar to a standard joystick handle. This handle was designed for audiences who require a unique grip. It is suitable especially for those who wish to use their thumb and index finger for holding, and it is convenient for anyone who requires a smaller surface handle, compared to the included handle.

Ball Handle

This strum-stick handle has a ball styled handle. It’s smaller than a golf ball, and is identical to the handle used in motorized wheelchairs. It can be grasped fully with the palm of the hand. Some people have difficulties playing with a large handle due to tight muscle tone they experience, therefore, playing with this smaller strum-stick can be more comfortable for them. It is suitable for those who have trouble opening their hand, those with limited finger control or even those who can only control the base of their wrist.


Support

Quick Guide

Arcana Strum Quick Start Guide (PDF)

Musical Guidelines

Arcana Strum Musical Guidelines (PDF)

Theory & Song Book

Arcana Strum Theory and Songs (PDF)

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