Written by Danielle Gomez
Published: April 30, 2014 at 5:59 PM [UTC]
Eventually the fad wore off but a new type of game has entered the picture: Rocksmith. Rocksmith has the same format but instead of button mashing you have to plug in a real guitar. Yes, you read that right. It uses a game to teach real instrument skills.
So argue all you want about the can of worms this opens (can it replace the private teachers, good technique, etc...) but there is a very important bottom line to this game: it's fun. It makes practicing FUN. Like, you WANT to do the tedious work that it takes to get better.
As a music teacher I couldn't help but be impressed. I want all of my families to be taking notes from this game! Maybe the style of teaching is different but it really cemented in my brain that a successful practice session is all in how you sell it. Make tedious work a game and it becomes a game.
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