Music Games Drive Kids' Interest In Real Instruments

from the school-of-rock dept

A report from the UK says that 20 percent of the kids there that have played music video games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band have picked up real instruments because of the games. The author of the report says it shows that when music is presented to kids in new and compelling ways, it can get them interested in creating their own music. We'll note it's nice to see that kids getting excited by video games can have some positive effects and not only translate into violence, as one recent study said. It's also interesting to note that Gibson says it's getting a sales bump from the games, particularly for its iconic Les Paul guitar, after which one of the plastic axes in Guitar Hero is modeled. This is a little ironic, after Gibson wanted to extract some money from Activision by waving an unrelated patent in its face and trying to get the company to license it. This further illustrates to record companies how these games can add value to their content and serve to promote it, but sadly, you know that somehow that lesson will still be lost on the labels.
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Filed Under: guitar hero, music, rock band, video games
Companies: activision, gibson


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    SteveD, 8 Dec 2008 @ 6:32am

    The thing I love about Guitar Hero is it short-cuts a really frustrating learning curve.

    It can take months, even years of practising before someone is good enough to pick up an instrument and play along well to their favourite songs. With guitar hero it takes around five minutes.

    Unfortunately there's still a lot of snobbery around games like these; people who consider themselves 'real' musicians often dispute their worth (Nickelback even went as far as to call them the reason for the decline in the quality of modern rock, the irony apparently lost on them).

    But I'd think it fairly obvious that while playing a guitar-shaped controller is nothing like playing a real guitar, games like this can help you learn about rhythm, tempo and timing, skills that do transfer to real instruments. Its not a big step in reading the notes in Guitar Hero to reading actual guitar tablature.

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