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- A PROVEN METHOD TO LEARN GUITAR FAST National research studies have found that Rocksmith is the fastest way to learn guitar*. Over 95% of players have improved their skills. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned player, Rocksmith gets you results, fast.*National study by Research Media Group Inc.
- A REIMAGINED EXPERIENCE Newly redesigned menus and in-game interfaces are now clear, smooth, and blazing fast. It's never been easier to play along and get feedback on your performance as you go.
- LEARN YOUR FAVORITE SONGS Select from over 50 hit tracks, ranging from alternative rock, to heavy metal, and more. You will learn to play your favorite songs, step-by-step and note-for-note, with tutorials along the way.
- DESIGNED FOR EASE AND SPEED A new fully-customizable Riff Repeater lets you select your section, difficulty, and speed on-the-fly. Master Mode has been revamped to make learning by memory more approachable.
- GET PLUGGED IN Rocksmith 2014 Edition is compatible with the original Rocksmith Real Tone Cable that plugs any real guitar** directly into Xbox 360, PS3, PC, or Mac. **Guitar requires standard 1/4" output jack.
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From the manufacturer
The Fastest Way To Learn Guitar
Join over 3 million people who have learned to play guitar with the award-winning Rocksmith method. Rocksmith becomes your personal guitar teacher as it monitors how you play, dynamically adjusts the difficulty to your skill level, and then slowly introduces more phrases and techniques until you’re playing your favorite songs note-for-note.
A Great Gift For Guitar Owners Of All Skill Levels
Rocksmith includes a lifetime’s worth of guitar and bass lessons, all in one box. Over 80 interactive lessons will help teach you almost every technique associated with guitar and bass. Everything from the basics of holding a pick to advanced techniques like tapping are covered in detail with multi-camera videos.
Learn To Play Hit Songs By The Original Artists
From the moment you begin, you’ll be learning to play actual songs. Rocksmith includes over 50 songs from artists including Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, Avenged Sevenfold, Def Leppard, Foo Fighters, Kiss, Iron Maiden, Muse, Nirvana, oasis, Radiohead, Rise Against, The Rolling Stones, System of a Down, Weezer, The Who, and many more.
Hundreds more songs are available to download with added purchase.
|Guitar Type||Electric Guitar or Bass||Acoustic-Electric Guitar or Bass||Acoustic Guitar or Bass|
|Requirements||1/4" output jack||1/4" output jack||Acoustic pickup with a 1/4" output jack (not included) or a dedicated USB microphone (not included).|
|How It Works||Plug in your guitar or bass with the included cable||Plug in your guitar or bass with the included cable||Option A: Plug the included cable into your acoustic pickup with a 1/4" output jack (not included). Option B: Plug your dedicated USB microphone into your console or computer and position it near you pointing towards your acoustic instrument.|
|Songs Included on Disc||Over 50||Over 50 (including 30+ acoustic friendly tracks)||Over 50 (including 30+ acoustic friendly tracks)|
|Songs Available for Download with Added Purchase||Over 800||Over 800 (including 500+ acoustic friendly tracks)||Over 800 (including 500+ acoustic friendly tracks)|
“Rocksmith is the most fun and effective way to improve your guitar skills.”
– Jim Rosenberg, President of Epiphone Guitars.
“I wish I had Rocksmith when I was learning guitar.”
– Jerry Cantrell, Lead Guitarist/Vocalist of Alice in Chains
“Rocksmith is one of the best learning software products I’ve ever seen.”
– Chris Swain, Founder of University of Southern California Games Institute.
“It’s smooth, flexible, always encouraging, and makes practicing a pleasure rather than a chore.”
Rocksmith 2014 Edition - Xbox 360 (Cable Included)
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Rocksmith 2014 Edition
The Fastest Way to Learn Guitar
Join over 1.5 million people who have learned to play guitar with the award-wining Rocksmith method. Plug any real guitar or bass directly into your computer or game console, and you’ll learn to play in just 60 days.
The all-new Rocksmith 2014 Edition is bigger, better, and faster than ever. Rebuilt from the ground-up, you’ll experience vastly improved response time, user-friendly navigation, more flexible and deeper practice tools, new techniques and tunings, over 50 new hit songs, and much more.
With the revolutionary Session Mode, Rocksmith 2014 Edition takes guitar-learning to the next level by allowing you to play guitar with a virtual band that follows your every lead. Select from an assortment of backing instruments or styles, and Session Mode plays along with you in real-time.
Take the 60-Day Challenge and start learning guitar today with Rocksmith 2014 Edition.
Key Game Features
A Proven Method to Learn Guitar Fast
An independent national research study found that Rocksmith is the fastest way to learn guitar. Over 95% of players have improved their guitar skills. Whether you're a beginner touching a guitar for the first time, or a seasoned player mastering your sound, Rocksmith gets you results, fast.
Learn Your Favorite Songs
Select from over 50 hit tracks, ranging from alternative rock, to heavy metal, to classic rock, and more. You will learn to play your favorite songs, step-by-step and note-for-note, with tutorials along the way. Rocksmith 2014 Edition is also backward compatible with the songs you have from the original Rocksmith.
Designed for Ease and Speed
Features are now more accessible and flexible than ever. A new fully-customizable Riff Repeater lets you select your section, difficulty, and speed on-the-fly. Master Mode has been revamped to make learning by memory more approachable. Or jump into new and improved Guitarcade mini-games to hone your skills.
Learn to Jam with Session Mode
Session Mode lets you experience playing alongside a virtual band. Choose your own combination of instruments to follow your lead. With on-screen prompts and objectives that motivate learning and improvement, you can enjoy the feeling of jamming whether you’re a beginner or advanced player.
Get Plugged In
Rocksmith 2014 Edition is compatible with the original Rocksmith Real Tone Cable that plugs any real guitar** directly into an Xbox 360, PS3, PC, or Mac.
Rocksmith 2014 Edition features over 50 hit songs, including:
- Aerosmith – Walk This Way
- Alice Cooper – No More Mr. Nice Guy
- Alice In Chains – Stone
- Arctic Monkeys – R U Mine?
- Avenged Sevenfold – Bat Country
- Bob Dylan – Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door
- Boston – Peace Of Mind
- Bush – Machinehead
- B’z - ultrasoul
- Def Leppard – Pour Some Sugar On Me (2012)
- Deftones – My Own Summer (Shove It)
- Foo Fighters – Everlong
- Green Day – X-Kid
- Iron Maiden – The Trooper
- Jack White – Sixteen Saltines
- Joe Satriani – Satch Boogie
- Kiss – Rock And Roll All Nite
- Mastodon – Blood and Thunder
- Muse – Knights of Cydonia
- Nirvana – Heart Shaped Box
- Oasis – Don’t Look Back In Anger
- Pantera – Cemetery Gates
- Paramore – Now
- Queen – We Are The Champions
- R.E.M. – Losing My Religion
- Radiohead – Paranoid Android
- Ramones – Blitzkrieg Bop
- Ratt – Round And Round
- Rise Against – Savior
- Rush – The Spirit Of Radio
- Slayer – War Ensemble
- System Of A Down – Hypnotize
- Tak Matsumoto – GO FURTHER
- The Kinks – You Really Got Me
- The Police – Every Breath You Take
- The Rolling Stones – Paint It, Black
- The Shins – For A Fool
- The Smashing Pumpkins – The Chimera
- The Who – My Generation
- Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Mary Jane’s Last Dance
- Weezer – Say It Ain’t So
- White Zombie – Thunder Kiss ‘65
- AND MANY MORE
*Research Strategy Group Inc. – March 2013 – US nationwide in-home placement study
**Guitar requires standard 1/4" output jack.
Quickly and easily compare the different versions of Rocksmith to determine which one is right for you.
|Rocksmith 2014 Edition||Rocksmith 2014 Edition - No Cable Included Version||Rocksmith Guitar & Bass||Rocksmith|
|Summary||All-new version of Rocksmith. Also available for the first time on Mac.||All-new sequel, but without the required Real Tone Cable. Intended for players that already have the cable.||Original version plus support for bass guitars. Also available for the first time on PC.||Original version of Rocksmith.|
|Available||October 2013||October 2013||2012||2011|
|Platforms||Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC/Mac||Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC/Mac (download only)||Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC||Xbox 360, PlayStation 3|
|Rocksmith Real Tone Cable Included||Yes||No||Yes||Yes|
|Compatibility||Electric guitar, bass guitar||Electric guitar, bass guitar||Electric guitar, bass guitar||Electric guitar|
Note: All versions and platforms of Rocksmith are compatible with the Real Tone Cable. It is a required 1/4-inch audio jack cable necessary for Rocksmith to detect and respond to your guitar playing. All versions of Rocksmith include the Real Tone Cable in the box, except downloaded versions and the Rocksmith 2014 Edition "No Cable Included" Version.
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Everyone is talking about Session Mode and I'm sure that will be a big selling point for people that already know how to play. For me, a beginning bassist, it's nice to have the band backing, but randomly hitting notes when you have no real idea of what you are doing is cool but I'm sure once I get the hang of playing, this part of the game will be much more enjoyable.
If you want to learn to play, get this. I am doing bass only but I am sure the guitar play works the same way. I am using the Lessons and here is how they are laid out:
You first choose your instrument and click Lessons if you are a noob like me. The first couple show you how to hold the instrument and things like that. Then you start getting videos of different techniques and each of those lessons comes with a practice track. Here is where Rocksmith shines! Using the Riff Repeater feature, you can adjust the difficulty level from 0-100 using a slider: the lower the difficulty, the fewer notes that will scroll on by. If you start at say, 30, you can play that difficulty until you nail all of the notes and then move up to 40 and so on until you reach 100 which is all of the notes.
But that is not all. In addition to choosing the difficulty level, you can also use a slider to increase/decrease the speed. So if you want all notes but really slow, you can have that. If you want fast but fewer notes to play, then you can have that and everything in between. You can also loop the tracks so you play it a couple of times instead of just one, or you can have an infinite loop and the track will rewind and begin again until you stop it. You can pause and ramp up the difficulty and go right back into the track. If you overstep your ability, just pause, open Riff Repeater and readjust as you need to.
This is really an educational package for the Xbox rather than a game but it's amazing. I received it on launch day from Amazon and have been strictly using the Practice tracks in the Lessons and working on the Walking Bass lines in there at slow speed with fewer notes. I've inched up the meters a few times but need to master the level that I'm at now before moving on. Playing the track in an infinite loop has me playing it over and over and over and over again and I can feel my fingers beginning to stretch out and get more comfortable moving around the fingerboard.
The idea that you can plug in that guitar that's collecting dust rather than having to purchase special instruments to play with this game makes it such a worthwhile buy. It will be frustrating in the beginning if you've never played before (I know the feeling very well) but you really do find yourself saying "I'll never get this" and then all of a sudden you nail it and get such a rush. Then you add a few more notes, up the speed a little and get that too and you can't pull yourself away from playing because you realize that you can do it.
I have had DVD tutorials for bass and while good, they don't provide the instant feedback that Rocksmith does. The presentation in this game is lightyears ahead of the original. Loading times are fast and the options were created to accommodate learners of all kinds and proficient players as well.
I just can't say enough about this "game." It's just amazing, fun, and really teaches you to play. While there is no substitute for a real teacher and learning theory and the like, if you are just a hobbyist looking to learn to play some songs and jam out on a real guitar, this is definitely for you.
Anyway, the concept of Rocksmith appealed to me. After seeing kids play Guitar Hero or Rock Band, I always wondered what would happen if you could plug a real guitar into the game. Well, UBI Soft has done exactly that! So, on Christmas morning, I found Rocksmith 2011. Using some gift cards, I also purchased 2014. Instead of pressing color bars on a fake instrument, you have to press the correct fret and string on a real guitar! If I miss a note, helpful arrows nudge my finger in the right direction to find the correct note next time. Like Hero, you get to play along with actual songs from the actual artists. Even better, Rocksmith lays in the appropriate effects pedals/amps to mimic the correct sound. Tom Scholz of Boston spent much of an Engineering degree developing his "Boston crunch" sound, but when it is time to play that part of the solo, Rocksmith lays in the correct sound and I get all of his work for the price of a video game! This is true of all songs in the Rocksmith catalog. If Pearl Jam played it that way, you get to sound that way, too!
The beauty of this "game" is that when you choose to learn a song, you are presented with a small portion of the total notes and techniques needed to play the song from start to finish. If I am able to play the majority of the notes presented, the next time I play the song, the "game" will add in an additional small percentage of notes, increasing the difficulty. Usually, the difficulty doesn't jump so far that you get nervous, but occasionally, I find that it jumps me a little too far ahead and I start fumbling. When this happens, though, the "game" will readjust the difficulty the other direction until it learns that I am back in the groove of the song. This feature, alone, would make the "game" useful as a guitar trainer. However, there are so many more features. Based upon my play, Rocksmith suggests lessons or "Guitarcade" games that help to improve the techniques I am fumbling. These even include video lessons with an instructor demonstrating a bend or a slide, along with what that technique looks like in the "game". Then, it challenges me to try what I've just been shown, providing instant feedback on whether I "nailed it" or not. Many segments will keep rewinding the riff until I can play it perfectly. Then, it takes me back to the song where I can try my new-found skill. The "Riff Repeater" is another amazing tool. I can select the phrases that cause me pain or difficulty and slow them down (like Slow Downer apps) and can adjust both the speed and difficulty of the riff. I can keep replaying the segment, increasing both the speed and the difficulty, until I've mastered 100 percent of both. At that point, I'm playing the phrase note for note with the actual band. There are many more tools and I've only scratched the surface of either trying them or describing them to you.
The big question: Does it work??
Yes. Yes it does. Since Christmas morning (I am writing this on Jan. 21) it has been almost a month since I first plugged in the Rocksmith cable to my Strat. In that time, I have played the game well over 100 hours, and have only skipped ONE DAY of play as I was out of town. I try to get a minimum of 30 minutes of play in every day, but most-often find that I've spent 90 minutes or more. I was surprised to see an achievement pop up indicating that I had surpassed 100 hours of play after only 2 weeks. I have continued with an hour each night since then and am probably closer to 120 now. Does it work? Let me repeat: I have played my guitar (remember, the one that sat around for 15 years) for nearly 120 hours since Christmas morning. I am nowhere close to being tired of playing either the game, or my neglected guitar. I am probably annoying my friends with how much I rave about my experience and how rewarded I feel in finally being able to play my guitar.
Last night, I decided to re-enter some of the songs that I tried, but decided they were way over my head. These are songs that I'd only been able to play 6-8% of the difficulty upon first attempt. Using the skills I have developed through playing other songs, I was able to improve all of these to between 35 and 60% of difficulty. That is phenomenal growth in my skill and ability in only weeks.
Oh, I should probably mention that I am 49. Being a rock star has been a closet ambition of mine since I was 9. I took some lessons from a friend's mom in high school, but never had the fun I needed or the improvement to keep at it beyond a few months. It only took 40 years and an amazing video game to make me feel like I could actually join a couple of friendly hacks and make a go at playing a few real songs in a real garage. That, my friends, is the best testimonial to the power of this tool.
If I can do it...you can too. I even have the callouses to prove that I am now a guitar player.
Maybe I should grow my hair...hmmm...
If you are brand new to the guitar, you can pick it up with this game and never put it down. The little games it has to help improve basic (and even some advanced) techniques, and they are engaging enough that you will play for an hour or two and it will feel like fifteen minutes.
Finally, the downloadable content, (which can hit your wallet kinda hard) ensures that you don't have to get bored with the song selection, as there are many, many more available to choose from. Just be sure to browse the packs before the individual songs as you can save money buying the song packs rather than the individual tracks.
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