Discovering Guitar Hero
My brother is a bad, bad man.
Hey Wendy, I got Guitar Hero III for the Xbox 360. Wanna play?
Guitar Hero strikes me as a fancy version of Simon with much better sound.
For us non-musicians - this thing is harder than it appears.
If you know the song - it's much easier to predict where the song is going.
After 2 separate encounters, I can report the following:
- I managed to get through Pat Benatar's Hit Me with your Best Shot on the first try. Yes - I like Pat Benatar. Whatsittoya......
- Foghat's Slow Ride took me about 3 tries. I forgot how great this song was.
- Heart's Barracuda took me 2 tries. Thank goodness for those long chords....
- I am shamed that I am embarrasingly bad at Kiss' Rock and Roll All Night and Rage Against the Machines' Bulls on Parade.
- This thing is almost embarrasingly addictive. Because dangit - I'm gonna figure out that riff!!!!
I talked to my Dad and Brother about how this might translate into learning how to play music. Their consensus - it doesn't.
Dad's Take (he plays trumpet and ukelele): You get good at a specific skill - getting good at Guitar Hero. But there really isn't a translation between this and playing music.
Bro's take (he plays drums, ukelele and bass): It might help with rhythm a bit - but that's about it. Sometimes the riffs are different from what you expect from the music. I suspect that's why it doesn't translate to real life quickly.
Thankfully - Dad and Bro have the family music ability so I don't have to.
So now I have a weird new addiction. My next goal - find Guitar Hero III for the Wii, so I can spend endless hours trying to get through Bulls on Parade.
Karl Kapp's wife has also discovered Guitar Hero. And I agree with her - the interface is a lot of fun....