Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Move over, Hiro Nakamura

This past Sunday Kimberly and I went to Nashua and picked up Guitar Hero III for the Wii. We had already become addicts from our experiences with the Athanases' copy and it was only a matter of time before we caved in.

The wireless Les Paul

I've found the game to be interesting from a musician's perspective. In a sense, playing bass and guitar does not give much of an inherent advantage, but I think that a general intimacy with rhythm and temporal thinking does.

The scrolling fretboard, subdivided by beat or half beats, is nothing more than a straightforward music notation. Once I learned to "read" the music, my experience with traditional instruments began to translate a bit better (and I've noticed Kimberly, who also has a musical background, nailing rhythmically tough spots on her first try, when others probably would get slipped up).

a screen shot of the scrolling fretboard

All in all this is a very fun and addictive game and in spite of being an easy substitute for actually practicing my instruments, it is actually making me want to pick them up a bit more often. Let's see if I can follow through with that desire and get back into a regular practicing routine...


Laura :) said...

I love guitar hero, it's so fun! It does help on hard passages to anticipate more what is going to happen than just rely on pushing the button at the right time. Glad to hear it's semi encouraging you to practice! I don't know if it would do that for me :)

Kimberly Pye said...

Guitar Hero totally makes me feel cooler than I will ever be.

But I'm okay with that because I am turning out to be quite the Guitar Hero hero, and there's no chance of me ever being a real guitar hero.

(Thanks for the shout out, btw.)

Danielle A. said...

To echo Kimberly's sentiments about feeling cooler than I am, I just want to use a line I've said a few times when we've played:

"I wait and use star power for when I want the audience to cheer for me."

Yeah, that's how lame I really am. ;)