Guitar Hero and an Ironic Anecdote

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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. 

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One Response to Guitar Hero and an Ironic Anecdote

  1. axisman says:

    Jaco Pastorius would be proud to hear the bass chops of jazz artist Alessandro Bottura. His latest record, “Morning Grooves” is a smooth fusion of rock, jazz, and pop instrumentals all rolled into one amazing sound. Bottura’s bass playing speaks for itself and is immediately evident right from the opening track, “Out of Sight.” His jazz fueled bass runs fly up and down the neck and are nicely driven by some outstanding guitar/drum work. Bottura changes gears a bit and slow things down on “Sweet Tears,” which also highlights his staccato playing skills. Any fan of Jaco Pastorius or of virtuoso bass playing will love this album, plus the band behind Bottura is just as exceptional as he.

    -Shaun H. and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team

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