Helped walk my nephew through his first masterred arrangement: Really fun!
So we have family in town, and my young nephew is one of them. I had bought him Rocksmith for xmas last year, but I got the impression he didn't really play it much. He randomly started strumming some basic power chords (to rock you like a hurricane) on one of my guitars, so I asked him if he had ever masterred a song on Rocksmith... He said: "No, I'm not that good."
Enter "Go with the flow Combo"
It was clear that he had basic power chords down reasonably well, so I booted up the game and walked him through 'go with the flow'. He had never seen leveller before, and I think just assumed that by the time a song levelled up fully it would be way beyond his level. Within a few minutes I was setting mastery to 100% and he was nailing it.
After getting go with the flow fully levelled he played it out in Reherasal, and got 101k on his first try: First masterred arrangement.
Anyhow, after this he was pretty excited, and we went out and played "Black" Chord, and I almost got him to try out Breaking the Law, but it was too late - so maybe tomorrow.
I get the impression he might play the game a bit more when he goes back home. I hope so.
I'm not even 100% sure why I wrote this here, figured someone here might have had a similar experience.. Any of you guys help introduce your friends/family to RS? Man I wish I had this game when I was growing up
I have done this with about 4 or 5 friends then they go out and buy the game and play for about 2 days and give up. They usually end up going back to playing COD Modern Warfare 3. I play COD as well, but very little for it serves me no benefit. I think because it is hard people assume they won't get better and in reality they could and would. I don't know why my generation who owns guitars and have this available and still choose not to play baffle me to some extent. I noticed most people in the forum have played guitar for years. a lot of you for 20+ years. So maybe that is why there are so many who own guitars and very few who can actually play them. I am at 9 months and I don't plan on ever stopping.
Last edited by derrickhenry1; 07-15-2012 at 01:04 AM.
Yeah, his preferred game is definitely MW 3 too We played a bit of that.
The thing is, he's definitely interested in learning guitar. He brought along his old Ibanez Junior (to give to my daughter when she gets old enough) because he's grown out of it, and is now onto a full sized guitar.
I'm hoping this experience here helps get him more interested. I also showed him my Rock Band drum set-up which he absolutely loved, but there isn't much chance he's gonna recreate that at his place
I think the game still requires a big commitment to guitar. If you're not willing to put in the time to learn the guitar, either with this or lessons of self teaching, its not going to happen. You have to really want to learn it.
I convinced my cousin to buy the game, but he hasn't even broken the plastic wrap yet. He's had it since Christmas. Last time I visited him I saw he had a guitar, before Rocksmith was released. He told me it was for when he learns guitar off rockband pro mode, which he never bothered with. Doesn't have the special guitar for rockband anyway. That's what prompted me to suggest Rocksmith, which I was eagerly awaiting, at the time.
I think I'll have to go visit him again and make him play some rocksmith. But I can predict he won't commit to it.
Yeah, I was working through "Breaking the Law" with him. He got the intro riff levelled relatively easily after a bit of practice, but was having trouble on chord detection on one of the easier sections... I think if I wasn't there he would have given up on it... I forget how tenacious I am at these things. He was nailing every chord 'reasonably well', and the detection was just not working that well. I often get chord detection problems, but I find ways to work around it by modifying how I strum, strumming a bit early sometimes, or strumming multiple times, up-strumming, down strumming, etc..... He wouldn't have done that, so would have just given up ahead of levelling a section that he should have levelled...
So, to get him past that section he was going to give up on, I just levelled it for him. He can play it well enough, so it won't level down while he plays it... But it reminded me that many folks don't have the same patience (or willingness to grind) I have in these situations.