Abyssal Pixels: Starting The Rocksmith 60-Day Challenge
I’ve been interested in music for a long time now. Ever since I heard my first Metallica album, I’ve been infatuated with everything music related (except mainstream pop because that’s terrible). But my love for music actually started with a game. A game I played for literally thousands of hours. That game was Guitar Hero. Not only did I become great at it, able to play everything on Expert without trouble, but it also introduced me to music that I would otherwise never have heard of. Guitar Hero made me a metalhead and a lover of everything rock related. I’ve even started researching music and learning everything about all the different time periods of music.
I’ve even become a drummer thanks to Guitar Hero. It gave me the necessary skills to be able to come up with beats and be quite proficient at it, but I’ve never been able to fully harness my talent thanks to real life drumkits costing an enormous amount of money. I’ve always wanted to become a musician because I think it’s such an amazing concept to come up with music by yourself. But I’ve never been able to really get into the groove, so to speak. With Guitar Hero dead thanks to publisher greed, I decided that I would give the real thing a shot.
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Enter Rocksmith 2014. I recently got the game with the bundled guitar (real guitar) as an early Christmas present. It was a surprise gift that I didn’t expect to get, but before I got it I would stare longingly at the product page and wishing I could have it. I wanted to learn how to play a real guitar and to do that using a game would be more than ideal for me. I owned a guitar once before, but it was insanely budget and after about playing a month on and off, the neck got bent and the guitar was rendered unusable. While it still worked I just did random riffs from songs (Smoke on the Water, obviously) and could never really harness the power of playing due to not having effect pedals and such to really spice up my playing. That venture was pretty much a bust.
I’m a novice guitarist in every sense of the word. I don’t know chords, I never even knew scales existed and I could hardly fret to save my life. Rocksmith has the tagline “Learn guitar in just 60 days” so I decided to put that to the test. Two weeks have since past and I’m now fairly confident to call myself a guitarist. Yes, I learned that fast, but I also marathoned my sessions, sometimes playing 8 hours straight. This has gone on for most of the two week period and it’s actually painful to type right now because my fingers on my fretting hand are so sore and bruised from extended play. But it was worth it.
I can completely play 3 songs without the aid of the screen. Those are: Blitzkrieg Bop by The Ramones, Now by Paramore and Hollow by Alice in Chains on rhythm guitar. If you listen to those songs, you can kind of tell that they aren’t easy songs to play. And I can play them without even looking at the screen. In two weeks, that happened. Those aren’t the only songs I can play, of course. I can play a lot more, but only segments and I’m still learning some of the hard parts. That’s amazingly quick for someone that has hardly touched a guitar in their life.
I still have 46 days to go which is the amazing thing. I’ve already learned how to play guitar, now I just need to practice to refine my skills. I’m still rather shaky on chords, but I know most of the basic ones already so that’s what I’m going to focus on. This column is sort of a notification that I have started this “60 day challenge” and when it ends sometime next year, I will give a full progress report and then review the actual game and how it helps you learn real guitar. So stay tuned for that.
If you’ll excuse me, I have to go learn the intro to Hypnotise by System of a Down. It’s harder than it sounds.