Individuals who want to learn how to play a new or used guitar have several options these days. They can take a traditional, in-person group or individual lesson or take a lesson online. They can also try learning on their own thanks to various websites and online tutorials. Some music experts say those who want to play the guitar can also learn the basics via a video game called Rocksmith.
Video game reviews have given the game, which is available for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PCs, good feedback.
"Rocksmith is a triumph, it's cheaper than guitar lessons and probably as useful," wrote a reviewer for The Sun.
A Digital Spy reviewer concurred, saying, "Rocksmith doesn't provide a fast-track solution to guitar playing and won't magically motivate users to continue playing. It does, however, offer continued feedback and a genuine sense of progress and achievement, providing all of the tools necessary to become competent guitarists."
Players used the game by plugging an actual guitar up to their game system. The game has four difficulty modes and will automatically adapt to the player's personal skill level. He or she can play along to a variety of hit songs or play various mini-games that help them perfect certain guitar skills. Ubisoft, the game's developer, says 95 percent of Rocksmith players reported an improvement in their guitar skills just by playing the game.
While the game does make learning to play fun, experts say it cannot perform miracles. Remember that practice makes perfect!