Rocksmith+ makes learning guitar fun for a beginner like me

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I don’t know how to play the guitar. I have, however, played games that use plastic guitars as controllers. Rocksmith+ can be a bridge for people like me.

In Rocksmith+, available now, players can use a real guitar to interact to learn and play a large catalog of songs. As part of a subscription service, Rocksmith+ gives users access to a library of thousands of tracks in a variety of genres, including artists like Alice Cooper, Nsync and even Mozart.

But, more importantly for a novice like me, it also comes with a suite of learning tools.

Start from nothing

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 correctly.

Soon I was learning some basic chords. A video tutorial would show me where to place my fingers and then an on-screen lesson would begin. Here I had to strum the chord when prompted by a highway of notes, similar to the user interface you’d see in games like Guitar Hero. Except here, you’re playing real strings on a real guitar.

Rocksmith+ helps you learn with a variety of tools.

From these starting blocks, you can start learning real songs. Once you’ve picked a track, you can tackle it as a beginner or a vet looking to learn the song note for note. For someone like me, I can play a simplified version of the track. I can even use a setting that pauses the song every time I need to play a note, patiently waiting for me to put my fingers where they need to go and strum before the track continues.

Rocksmith+ will even isolate the sections you’re struggling with and offer to practice. You can repeat the same section until you understand better.

A wide range of accessibility and customization options also make things easy. You can change the UI layout in some key ways, such as the orientation of your fretboard in-game. You can even play songs with tabs if that’s a more comfortable way for you to view notes. .

A powerful tool

Now, I’m not saying Rocksmith+ made me a Van Halen. Regardless of the method, learning an instrument like the guitar means dedicating yourself to practice. But Rocksmith+ makes practicing easy and accessible, and it can give you direct feedback on how you’re doing.

It’s a definite step up from just following YouTube tutorials, and it’s even a decent substitute for an in-person tutor. I have little doubt that if I actually put the time into it, I could get a decent fretboard on guitar or bass.

Rocksmith+ gives you lots of feedback on what you’re doing right and wrong.

But Rocksmith+ isn’t just an educational tool. If you already know how to play the guitar, it can turn into something closer to real playing. That’s when it feels more like a Guitar Hero experience, where you play along to your favorite songs. Except now you’re playing real notes on a real instrument, and you can enjoy that experience outside of the game.

A gift for guitar hopefuls

Like I said, I don’t play guitar. I touch other instruments, like the tin whistle. I would kill to have software like this to help me learn songs and techniques for this instrument.

So if you’re a guitarist or interested in picking up the instrument, I’m honestly a little jealous of you. If you have some motivation, Rocksmith+ offers the tools to help you become a true string musician.

Ubisoft gave me early access to Rocksmith+, a Rocksmith Real Tone guitar and cable for my hands-on time.

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