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Unread 12-18-2012, 08:14 PM   #1
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Rocksmith (for PS3)

Anyone on here played Rocksmith? I've been wanting to learn to play a new instrument for awhile now (obviously was thinking guitar) and I thought Rocksmith might be the most interesting way for me to do so. I figure the video game aspect of it might hold my interest well, and it will be good to be able to just put in an hour whenever I get a chance, since I have a fairly erratic schedule that's not conducive to lessons with an instructor.

Any thoughts on if it's worth it? Is it more geared towards people who already know how to play and want to learn new songs? Is it even fun?

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Unread 12-18-2012, 08:49 PM   #2
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My brother bought it, forced me to play it and I only played it the once. He only played it maybe 3 or 4 times himself.

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Unread 12-19-2012, 12:28 AM   #3
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Thinking about getting it myself for xbox...
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Unread 12-19-2012, 11:59 AM   #4
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I have it for Xbox... It's great if you are dedicated. I learned enough that i can get through a few songs on guitar, but I still have a hard time with chords...

I started with the bass a few months ago and I am now capable of playing about half the songs on there and probably 5 or so without the tabs..

It's definitely way more fun playing this and learning than trying to learn from just straight tabs or sheet music..

Just remember it's all in the repetition..
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I play guitar and have for 23 years. I have never used Rocksmith but it seems like it would be effective. If I had a console I would own it.

EDIT: HOLY CRAP there is a PC version...
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Unread 12-19-2012, 12:23 PM   #6
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I'm hoping my gf will get it for me for Christmas. I have been playing guitar for about 10 years but I don't play as much as I should. I hope it will make things more interesting. You should check out the reviews on Amazon, they seem to be pretty informative.
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Unread 12-19-2012, 05:00 PM   #7
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Thanks for the input guys!


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You should check out the reviews on Amazon, they seem to be pretty informative.
Yeah, I looked a number of reviews before, they seemed quite mixed, though the majority said it was pretty well done.
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I'm planning to get a copy soon, a friend of mine used it to start learning guitar. Apparently, it's a fairly competent learning tool, but is short on a lot of basic fundamentals. It's not a substitute for classical training, but teaches you a lot of the basics to make further learning a lot easier-essentially, it's great for getting you over the early 'hump' of learning.
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Unread 12-19-2012, 07:39 PM   #9
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Well, sounds like I might need to get myself a guitar, a game, and start learning and having fun!
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Unread 12-20-2012, 07:40 AM   #10
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I bought a copy last night. It will be here tomorrow.
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Unread 12-20-2012, 09:12 AM   #11
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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.


SORRY FOR THE LONG POST. I know there is only so much internet to go around, so I apologize for taking up your space.
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6-The game makes you check your tuning before every segment of the game.
I'd bet that's mainly to balance out the fact that a huge portion of players are going to be playing it on super-cheap, super-crappy Walmart-grade Strat knockoffs that can't hold tuning to save their life.
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I'd bet that's mainly to balance out the fact that a huge portion of players are going to be playing it on super-cheap, super-crappy Walmart-grade Strat knockoffs that can't hold tuning to save their life.
That, and playing the least bit out of tune would probably kill gameplay. I will be shredding on an Explorer
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Yeah, that works. I just ordered an Epiphone Les Paul Standard, to replace the SG I had to sell in university to cover rent for a month. (Granted, I hadn't really played in years, but still sad to see it go)

Gonna pick up Rocksmith during the boxing day sale at the EBGames I work weekends at.
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Unread 12-23-2012, 11:08 PM   #15
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I have the game. I like it. I have found flaws like it does not always notice you hit the wrong note. Some things may seem to be a faster pace than what you can learn but it pushes you. As long as you dedicate some time you can learn to play. Lessons and learning to read music or tablature would help also.

I feel it is geared a little more toward someone who has played before. But I think you can use it with no experience but it will take a little more time.

It is fun to me. It is worth it to me.

Worse case, you hate it and sell it.
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