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I don’t know how to play guitar. However, I have played games that use the plastic guitar as a controller. Blacksmith + can be a bridge for people like me.
In Rocksmith+, players can now interact with an actual guitar to learn and play a large catalog of songs. As part of its subscription service, Rocksmith+ provides users with access to a library of thousands of tunes from a wide range of genres, including artists like Alice Cooper, Nsync, and even Mozart.
But, more importantly for a novice like me, it also comes with a set of learning tools.
Starting from scratch
If you’re completely new to the guitar, like me, Rocksmith+ can teach you the basics. It offers video tutorials on topics like guitar tuning and even how to hold the instrument properly.
Before long, I was learning some basic chords. A video tutorial will show me where I need to place my finger, then an on-screen lesson will begin. Here, I have to pluck chords when guided by a note highway, similar to the user interface you see in games like Guitar Hero. Except here, you’re playing actual strings on a real guitar.
From these starting blocks, you can start learning actual songs. Once you pick a piece of music, you can tackle it like a beginner or a vet looking to learn the notes of a song. For someone like me, I can play a simplified version of the piece. I can even use the setting to pause the song every time I need to play a note, patiently waiting for me to bring my fingers to where I need to tap and pluck before the music resumes.
Rocksmith+ will even isolate the parts you’re having trouble with and offer a hands-on approach. You can repeat the same section until you get a better handle.
A wide range of accessibility and personalization options also make things easier. You can change the layout of the user interface in a few key ways, such as the direction of the keys in your game. You can even play songs using tabs if that’s a more comfortable way for you to visualize the notes.
A powerful tool
Now, I’m not saying that Rocksmith + made me Van Halen. Either way, learning an instrument like the guitar means putting all your heart into practicing. But Rocksmith+ makes practice easy and accessible, and it can give you direct feedback on how you’re doing.
It’s a clear step up from just following YouTube tutorials, and it’s even a decent alternative to a live tutor. I have little doubt that if I really put in the time for it, I can handle the guitar or the bass just fine.
But Rocksmith+ is more than just a teaching tool. If you already know how to play the guitar, it can become something closer to an actual game. That’s when you can feel like a Guitar Hero experience where you’re playing along to your favorite songs. Except now you’re actually playing real notes on a real instrument and you can experience that outside of the game.
A gift for those who hope the guitar
Like I said, I don’t play guitar. I play some other instruments, like the tin whistle. I would kill if there was software like this to help me learn songs and techniques for that instrument.
So, if you are a guitar player or like to pick up an instrument, I really envy you. If you’re motivated, Rocksmith + provides the tools to help you become a true string musician.
Ubisoft gave me preview access to Rocksmith+, a Rocksmith Real Tone guitar and cable so I had time to practice.
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