I've played guitar for about 30 yrs, and I always find traditional lessons and tablature to be difficult to grasp. I've always learned the guitar best when playing with others, either in a jam-type situation with drums & amps & bass guitar & PA, or just sittin' around strummin' with my buds. I read about Rocksmith and thought this might be good for me. After buying the game and bringing it home, I got started.
Its an interesting concept in teaching the guitar, but I found a few issues to be a little troubling:
1-You need an electric guitar with rather powerful pickups to get the game to recognize you are playing a guitar. I like to try & learn on an acoustic guitar, and once I've mastered something on acoustic, using that lesson on electric is always so much easier.
2-When I learn something on the guitar, I have to look at the fretboard to make sure the fingers go where they are supposed to. However, the video aspect of the game kinda means your eyes need to be 2 places at once, because you have to see where the "instructions" tell you to go. Thats a tough skill to master, and in all honesty, doesn't help the guitar playing a bit.
3-The instructions of the game admit there is a bit of lag in the sound of your guitar coming thru the speakers. They say that if you have a state of the art 5.1 surround system, the issue is not as bad as just using the speakers of the tv. My 1st problem with this is I dont have the state of the art 5.1 surround sound system, and the 2nd problem is the fact that the wife doesn't always want to hear me practice/play guitar.
4-I'm not a real big fan of some of the songs offered. It was cool to learn "Vasoline" by STP, but there are a few songs that I flat out didn't care for. Those songs have to be "mastered" to advance in the game, and if I'm not interested in a song, I'm not going to give it the effort. This limited my progress in the game. (I realize this is not the games fault)
5-There were a couple songs that I've known how to play for years on the game. Yet, in the game's "eyes," I was getting them wrong. So it boiled down to the fact I had to "unlearn" a song I knew in order to play it to satisfy a game.
6-The game makes you check your tuning before every segment of the game. Some songes do use an altered tuning, and if thats the case, I'm cool with it. But to have to re-tune before every attempt of a segment of the game drove me nuts. I am fortunate enough to have professional guitars, so once they are in tune, they stay there unless I get really aggressive (which I can, and will do). I do understand the game is probably geared to beginners who might not have a guitar that stays in tune, but I sure would like to be able to skip that step.
There are some neat little games separate from the main game that are pretty fun, and some lessons also separate from the main game that kinda help. I unfortunately lost interest in the game because of the lag and songs. I did find it fun, and challenging. I just wish I'd had some input on the songs.
I'm not going to tell you not to get the game. If I were just picking up my first guitar, I have a feeling my results may have been different. I think it is an interesting concept to bring the guitar within reach to those who want to try it out. Perhaps the next Jimmy Page is going to get the game for Christmas and master it and take the guitar further than its ever been taken. I'll try the game again, and see if there are more lessons I can benefit from.
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