Suggestions to Improve Rocksmith
Bought Rocksmith a month ago and love it, but it could be better still:
1. The graphical display is not the best. Often it is difficult to tell which fret you should be playing - the second or the third, etc. I'm sure that some computer geek or gamer would think it looks cool, but to a guitar player it's hard to follow. Here's my suggestion. Why not add an option to display the fret board in a similar manner as Songsterr. It might look a bit more boring but its a lot easier to follow the song. You know exactly which notes to play and which notes are coming up. Also make sure to display the chords being played above as well.
2. Give an option to see the list of the chords that are used in a song. Just put an extra icon for each song beside the "Practice Song" that let's you practice those chords. Take for example Run Back To Your Side by Eric Clapton. Some of the solos are very tricky to play, unless of course you realize that Clapton uses specific chords and just plays them as arpeggios. Then it's real easy. This is just standard practice for teaching a song - show a person the list of chords to be used first so that you can get comfortable with the fingering, then start practicing the song. It's kind of nice to know you should be playing a C#7 instead of a Cm, etc.
3. Currently Rocksmith starts you out on a song showing you a few notes at full song speed. Then as you improve it adds notes but still at full speed. Every guitar teacher tells you to start by playing a song slowly with all of the correct notes. Then keep building up the tempo until you are playing the song at full speed. So I would recommend that Rocksmith provide an option to control the tempo of the song, 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 speed.
4. This is kind of petty but I think Rocksmith is a little liberal in the way that it ranks you as a guitar player. I'm not too bad of a musician but I really don't think I'm a "National Headliner"
I realize that Rocksmith probably started out as game intended to compete with Guitar Hero, etc. But, what you have actually created is a great guitar teaching tool. It makes it fun to learn to play guitar and fun to learn new songs. That's pobably why Rocksmith is the only game that is sold in music stores right beside the guitars.
Before I forget, another great thing about Rocksmith is it has introduced me to some music I'd never heard before. Since buying Rocksmith I've turned into a Dead Weather fan.
Keep up the good work and keep on rocking!
IMHO we mainly need another slider to set the speed, i do not understand why they did not include this in the last big patch , i understand that they have a ton of work to do but this just seems like the most common way to learn guitar , first at a slow speed and then work up to playing at normal speed and then maybe a little bit faster than normal speed that way when you go to play it in normal speed it will seem very slow to you
id hate to have to turn to this new tab game just for the one option of setting my learning speed