A combination of hand-held controllers and a guitar synthesizer is called here the "Virtual Air Guitar". The name refers to playing an "air guitar", i.e., just acting the playing with music playback, and the term virtual refers to making a playable synthetic instrument. Sensing of the left hand position is used for pitch control, the right hand movements for plucking, and the finger positions of both hands for other features of sound production. The synthetic guitar algorithm supports electric as well as acoustic sounds, augmented with sound effects and intelligent mapping from playing gestures to synthesis parameters. The realization of the virtual instrument is described and sound demos are made available.
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