There are many ways that you can learn to play the guitar, you can pay for a tutor, get yourself a book or try some online tuition programs. However, we have become totally hooked on Rocksmith on the PS3 and we think that you will too. Give it a go and learn to play guitar with Rocksmith.
There have been a few guitar games available to buy, Guitar Hero is the one that instantly springs to mind. However, they all fail miserably, in my opinion, because they don’t actually teach you how to play the guitar. I mean standing with a plastic mock guitar just doesn’t really cut it as far as I am concerned. Rocksmith thankfully is very different.
Rocksmith is a music video game produced by Ubisoft and is based on the technology in the unreleased project, Guitar Rising. The true genius of Rocksmith, over such games as Guitar Hero, is that you can plug a real guitar into your console and learn to actually play a proper instrument rather than some plastic mock-up. Rocksmith was launched in North America on the PS3 and Xbox 360 in October 2011.
Rocksmith utilises the “Hercules” USB adapter allowing you to connect your guitar directly to your console and access the game. The game is designed around teaching you how to play by progressing your “career” as a guitarist. The aim is to make available more songs, game modes and challenges as you progress your career and you do this by earning Rocksmith points.
Playing the game is simple. The player is presented with a display that shows a representation of the guitar fretboard. The frets are numbered and each of the guitar strings is represented by a different colour. You are instructed which note to play by coloured rectangles, matching the colour of the guitar string to be played. The notes move from the background to the foreground along numbered lanes representing the fret position. The notes turn 90 degrees at the moment they should be played. The game also shows an ideal hand position on the fretboard for the current segment of song being played. Another handy feature is that the game gets you to check your tuning before the playing of each song. The thing we like most about the game is the way it reacts to your progress. For example it will vary the note density, that is how difficult the song is to play, based on your performance to that point. In essence the game adapts to your particular standard allowing the game to be used and enjoyed by more advanced players as well as beginners.
There is a useful Technique Challenge portion to the game which gives you the opportunity to hone particular guitar skills such as hammer-ons and pull-offs, chords and power chords. For those of you who like the gaming side once you complete a Technique Challenge the game enters “Guitarcade” mode which incorporates the new technique into a game like challenge.
Rockmaster incorporates amplifier modelling which simulates the sound of the guitar as played through a range of stage equipment and effects. This comes into its own when playing songs as the game models the guitar sound so that it matches, as closely as possible, the guitar sound in the original song. We think that this is a very neat and thoughtful addition to the game.
The song list is extensive and covers a number of styles allowing you to fully develop your guitar repertoire. As the game is developed the song list can change but the original addition includes the songs listed below.
- BestCoast – When I’m with You
- Blur – Song 2
- Cream – Sunshine of Your Love
- Dan Auerbach – Want Some More
- David Bowie – Rebel Rebel
- Eric Clapton – Run Back to Your Side
- Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out
- Incubus – I Miss You
- Interpol – Slow Hands
- Jarvis Cocker – Angela
- Jenny O.Well – Ok Honey
- Kings of Leon – Use Somebody
- Lenny Kravitz – Are You Gonna Go My Way
- Little Barrie – Surf Hell
- Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet HomeAlabama
- Muse – Plug In Baby
- Muse – Unnatural Selection
- Nirvana – Breed
- Nirvana – In Bloom
- Pixies – Where Is My Mind?
- Queens of the Stone Age – Go with the Flow
- Radiohead – High and Dry
- Rapscallions – California Brain
- Red Fang – Number Thirteen
- Sigur Ros – Gobbledigook
- Silversun Pickups – Panic Switch
- Soundgarden – Outshined
- Spoon – Me and the Bean
- Stone TemplePilots – Vasoline
- Stone TemplePilots – Between the Lines
- Taddy Porter – Mean Bitch
- The Animals – House of the Rising Sun
- The Black Keys – I Got Mine
- The Black Keys – Next Girl
- The Boxer Rebellion – Step Out of the Car
- The Cribs – We Share the Same Skies
- The Cure – Boys Don’t Cry
- The Dead Weather – I Can’t Hear You
- The Horrors – Do You Remember
- The Rolling Stones – (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
- The Rolling Stones – Play with Fire
- The Rolling Stones – The Spider and the Fly
- The Strokes – Under Cover of Darkness
- The White Stripes – Icky Thump
- Titus Andronicus – A More Perfect Union
- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – Good Enough
- Velvet Revolver – Slither
- White Denim – Burnished
- Yellow Moon Band – Chimney
I have to admit to being totally addicted to Rocksmith and we think that this is a great game but also an excellent tool for learning to play the guitar. I really recommend you give it a go and learn to play guitar with Rocksmith as it is just fantastic fun and what’s more it is reasonably priced too for under £40!
To buy from Amazon click on one of the links below.
However, if you want to wait for the new 2014 Edition due for release in the UK October 25th 2013 you can pre-order from Amazon below.