This game made by Ubisoft is, in my opinion, an absolute genius concept. In my first post, I explained that I've been playing for 16 years. Truth be told, I just dabbled before I bought this game. It has helped me more than any teacher, tab, or program ever has.
The short and sweet of it is simple. The music flows down the screen much like Rockband or Guitar Hero. The difference is that this game comes with a cable that hooks up directly to a real guitar. After you are hooked up, you select a song and tune up. You start of the song on your pre-determined skill level, and as you get better, the song gets harder until you've unlocked the full song. Once you can play a song pretty close to 100%, you unlock master mode. Master mode is just you, your guitar, a simulated spotlight and a simulated crowd going wild. They try hard to make you feel like a real rock star, and since it's a real guitar, they've done a pretty good job at beating out the fandom of Guitar Hero and Rockband. Learning the songs is fun, but theres a whole other section that is getting great reviews from players. It's called the guitarcade and it's full of mini-games designed to help you get better at some of the things you have trouble with.
- Ducks - Focus on fret placement
- Super ducks - same as Ducks, but uses all strings
- Scale Runner - teaches scale patterns. once you're good enough, you'll be able to write with this
- Quick Pick Dash - works on your tremelo skill, or "backpicking"
- Big Swing Baseball - bend your string to move your bat. practices the bending technique
- Super Slider - helps with slides, in a Dr. Mario kind of feel
- Dawn of the Chordead - Play the chord, kill the zombies
- Harmonically Challenged - Simon Says, but with harmonics.
To me, the reason Rocksmith is fun is because it teaches you how to play guitar, while introducing many techniques and styles in a fun, easy to learn kind of way. You can almost feel yourself getting better as you play. I highly recommend it to anyone that's had a hard time learning any part of the guitar. Whether you're not great at barre chords or hammer-ons, sliding or nailing pinch harmonics, Rocksmith can certainly help you get where you want to be.