Rock Band 3 is going to revolutionize video gaming, and it’s probably going to have a major impact on the guitar, too. The game sports a fancy, new, Fender-approved real guitar that gamers can use to actually learn how to play an instrument. No more listening to your friends complain about how lame the Guitar Hero controller is. When you pick up the Rock Band 3 guitar controller, you’ve got a real frickin’ guitar in your hands.
However, before you set down the path to rock and roll glory, here are a few tips to help you learn how to play the guitar with Rock Band 3.
Technique is still important. Rock Band 3 can’t watch your technique for you, unfortunately, so you’re going to have to do that yourself. You can find a plethora of YouTube videos that show you how to hold a pick, where to put your hand, etc. You can also head to your local guitar shop and read through a few method books. Remember, it won’t cost you anything if you don’t buy the books!
Resist the urge to cheat, and don’t trade good technique for a high Rock Band 3 score. Learning the guitar takes a lot of effort, and unfortunately, a video game doesn’t change that. Oh, and by the way, you’ll eventually play way faster if you use good technique, so that’s another reason to watch where your hands are and what they’re doing.
One step at a time. Listen, I know you were good at Rock Band 2, but the pro mode of Rock Band 3 sports a real guitar and you’re not going to be able to start on Expert difficulty if you’ve never picked up a guitar before. It’s going to throw you for a loop; you’ve got to watch colors and numbers, which is way more complex than it sounds.
So, what do you do? Start on easy mode, fella. You’ll work your way up to legendary status in a few months, but for now, you get the awesome experience of being a beginner again. Work through Rock Band 3 slowly, and you’ll learn the guitar pretty quickly.
Calluses, yay! You’re going to have to deal with a new challenge that isn’t listed on any of Rock Band 3’s menus: calluses. Your fingers on your left hand (or right hand, if you’re playing lefty) are going to callus over as you play your new Rock Band 3 guitar, so only play for a few hours a day for the first few weeks. After a while, you’ll be able to handle longer playing sessions. Grab some extra strings and some picks, and you’ll be ready to pour hours into learning the guitar from Rock Band 3. And you know what? You might actually sound good to the neighbors for a change.
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