Before I even played it I mocked Guitar Hero. I thought it was a lot like Dance Dance Revolution which I despise. I’ve played guitar/bass for around ten years and although I’m not great at it, I can play both instruments well enough to jam with friends. So I’m not Yngwie Malmsteen or Jaco Pastorius. Once I actually played it a bit, I changed my mind. It actually is quite a fun game (especially with a few friends and some alcohol involved).
A few of my friends who’ve played the game ask me if it is as easy to play guitar as it is in Guitar Hero. I find it kind of an odd question because they are two seperate things. There is a big difference between touching 5 buttons and pressing on a knob up and down in time to a song than playing a 6 stringed instrument that may have 21 or more frets. Not to mention on a real guitar there are many things you can do on it that you can’t in Guitar Hero (sweep picking, harmonics, pinch harmonics, tapping, tap harmonics, etc…) I don’t know if you can even do hammer ons and pull offs on Guitar Hero. At the same time, I’ll admit I suck at Guitar Hero. It just seems odd to me at times that some complex song, complete with guitar solos (such as Metallica’s “One”) is broken down to pressing 5 buttons.
Today I was at a music shop killing some time and saw a guitar book for sale that made me smile. It was songs from “Guitar Hero“. Maybe it’s just me but I found it kind of ironic.