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layzejerze20006
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We all know that Guitar Hero is not, by any means, a real guitar, or meant to Be a real guitar. It is just for entertainment and that feeling of being a rock-star. Or is it? This popular video game actually helped me become a better guitarist.

Alright, being that I summed up the introduction in the description of this article, let's get straight to the facts. "How could looking foolish in front of your TV wielding a small-scale plastic replica of an X-plorer or Les Paul Possibly help me learn guitar!?" you may ask. But, believe it or not, Guitar Hero actually helped me in a multitude of ways while I learned to play the real instrument.

Stress Relief

This may sound silly at first, but not getting frustrated is a key factor in spending time practicing to learn any new skill. It is also given that sitting in your room with a pair of headphones on holding a guitar and struggling to play something over and over Can be frustrating. This is one area where Guitar Hero came in for me. Again, as silly as it sounds, whenever I became frustrated with something simply on the actual guitar, I got up, ripped through some Iron Maiden or Guns N' Roses with ease, and sat back down, motivated by the game to be able to play all those amazing riffs and solos and eager to continue practicing. This little rotation allowed me to practice anywhere from 3 to 7 straight hours a day, without feeling the Slightest bit of frustration.

Finger Strength and Speed

If you're accustomed to playing Guitar Hero on Easy mode, than this one might be questionable for you. Although, if you've already beaten the game on expert, you know that you are using your fingers (all of them) a Lot. This really helped strengthen my ring and pinky fingers when it came to real guitar, allowing me to use them almost as much as my index and middle fingers. This is extremely important for when you get past the stage of playing songs that are entirely on one string. Also, hitting an ocean of oncoming notes in a matter of seconds is no easy task. It will teach you to move and shift all of your fingers, and Fast.

In-Game Techniques

Believe it or not, the Hammer-on and Pull-off system in guitar hero isn't Too far off from actual guitar. On actual guitar, you obviousy are not simply hitting buttons with no use of your strumming hand at all, but it Does teach you and build on the concept of pressing one note to play two or three, simply by adding or removing a finger or two in rapid succession. The chords in game (hitting two or three buttons at one time) also helped improve my ability to keep my fingers in a set shape while navigating the neck of the guitar (i.e. the multitude of powerchords in the intro to the song Foreplay/Long Time by Boston.) and improved the overall capability of my fingers to stretch. (Hitting the Green and Orange buttons at the same time is no easy task at first.)

Timing

This one was major for me. Guitar Hero taught me subconsciously to find a beat quickly and keep it, (if you don't, you'll be hitting notes off-beat left and right and fail the song rather quickly) which is one of the biggest things guitarists often have trouble with. I learned what most need to practice with a metronome a ton to learn simply by playing video-games.

Picking

Last but definitely not least, Guitar Hero forced me to train my hand to pick alternately, and fast. I was having a great deal of trouble with the technique of alternate picking on real guitar, until I got the idea to try to use guitar hero to do just that. No lie, after about a week of playing songs on Expert using Strictly up-down-up-down picking, (Even if I was failing the song), I had the technique down on real guitar and haven't gone back to only using down-picking since.


There you have it. My testimony that, when applied the correct way, Guitar Hero can truly improve your actual guitar playing skills. Take if from someone who knows. The next time your friends make fun of you for having 5-starred every song on expert while they struggle with an actual electric guitar, you can tell them confidently that you probably already know more about the instrument than they do.
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Ahah, guitar hero actually inspired me to play guitar. =)
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Quote by layzejerze20006
... while they struggle with an actual electric guitar, you can tell them confidently that you probably already know more about the instrument than they do.


This was nothing new, but still slightly interesting... until the above.
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guitar hero is rythem game...so I guess you do get better at timeing stuff...

(p.s. Hope you don't get flamed to death for mentioning guitar hero is good)
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Did not even bother to read the huge wall of text, but no, you can get some abilities by playing Guitar Hero, but by no means learn real guitar.

That's just my opinion though
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Only problem with GH is that the way the songs are mapped out on the fretboard is horrendously inaccurate to the specific song. But you are right it does build up picking speed and timing so thats a plus i guess
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The only real benefit from GH is more limber fingers for stretching to awkward hand positions, being able to not look at your hands while you play, and developing a better sense of rhythm.

I din' read that wall of text so sorry if that was stated in there...
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Quote by TaV0
Did not even bother to read the huge wall of text, but no, you can get some abilities by playing Guitar Hero, but by no means learn real guitar.

That's just my opinion though

that's not helping your argument
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I'll learn finger dexterity and speed on the real thing, thanks...

Just my $0.02.
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Chances are that you'll be flamed to death if you post this, but I think it's a point worth making.

However, it's too short. There isn't really enough for a reader to sink their teeth into. Perhaps you could explain why, as a guitarist of two and a half years, I've never been able to play Killing In The Name Of on the standard setting despite knowing how to play it backwards on guitar.
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Quote by DoubleyouW
Ahah, guitar hero actually inspired me to play guitar. =)


same here :P
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that's funny. dance dance revolution helped my rhythm playing as well.

i disagree with this article and it needs more substance in it. it's just a brief compilation of all the points in the already thin argument that avid guitar hero fans make all the time.
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I find it impossible to play guitar hero on anything but hard/expert because of real guitar. o_o
Like, I see one note, but what I hear/know I automatically strum like 5 times.

Such as a song would be:
E|000-000-000-000-000
and the GH thing is
0----0----0----0----0----0

I'd be strumming three times.. lol
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mrnbkn
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using guitar hero "to learn" gutiar is pointless, i prefer using a real guitar just because of the feelng that what i'm playing is actually REAL, not virtually played like in the console, that sucks.
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Quote by nightraven
that's funny. dance dance revolution helped my rhythm playing as well.

i disagree with this article and it needs more substance in it. it's just a brief compilation of all the points in the already thin argument that avid guitar hero fans make all the time.
good one, Nick.

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Quote by layzejerze20006
There you have it. My testimony that, when applied the correct way, Guitar Hero can truly improve your actual guitar playing skills. Take if from someone who knows. The next time your friends make fun of you for having 5-starred every song on expert while they struggle with an actual electric guitar, you can tell them confidently that you probably already know more about the instrument than they do.
lol, no.

if one spends the same amount of time studying guitar as another does playing guitar hero, the one studying guitar will know more about the instrument. simple as.

delude yourself into thinking GH skills translate well to guitar if you like, but the truth is: the benefits are small and the time invested is high.
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I think the makers of guitar hero should be shot.

They cashed in on an ever growing market of youth interested in learning the guitar. It has nothing to do with their intent to make us learn guitar.

It does however have intent of making them a quick few $£$£ off the hard work of real guitarists.
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Yes, but if you would have just practiced the real guitar to start with, Wouldn't you be a lot further on right now?

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It inspired me to play
And i honestly do think it helps with hammer ons and pull offs but thats about it
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Tbh, it depends on how good you are currently on your real guitar. I can tell my picking speed and pinky strengt has improved because of playing Guitar hero on expert (especialy the last songs which are a pain in the ass).

It still is a game and playing on your actual instrument will be a better way to train these things tho. But if you enjoy the game, just play it.

Dont listen to the haters who think Guitar Hero is **** because it pretends to be a guitar. Its a game, and as guitarist i can tell you its great fun to play it. Everyone I play with knows it has nothing to do with the real instrument and that its just a game so I really dont know what should be wrong with it. Beside that its a great way to get people into bands they never heared of. WAKE UP everyone knows its a game, dont be pissed about this all the time. Your not telling people who play racing games to start racing in real life or people who play cod4 to join the army. They know its not the same.
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Quote by -core
It inspired me to play
And i honestly do think it helps with hammer ons and pull offs but thats about it

no.. you're just hitting your fingers on some plastic. by that logic, tapping your fingers on the table during biology out of boredom is beneficial for guitar. you are not hammering on or pulling off any strings on the guitar hero controller.

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I think the makers of guitar hero should be shot.

They cashed in on an ever growing market of youth interested in learning the guitar. It has nothing to do with their intent to make us learn guitar.

It does however have intent of making them a quick few $£$£ off the hard work of real guitarists.
I don't. C'mon man, it's just a game. If people buy and enjoy the game, so be it. Anyone who thinks it's more than a game might need a reality check. But to shoot the makers of the game? Even in a figurative sense, that's not right.
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I don't. C'mon man, it's just a game. If people buy and enjoy the game, so be it. Anyone who thinks it's more than a game might need a reality check. But to shoot the makers of the game? Even in a figurative sense, that's not right.



i agree

thats like saying if you are in the military and you hate games like call of duty because its stealing their thunder, just grow up. its a game, let kids enjoy it. you know that playing guitar is better then playing guitar hero, so just give it up and get on with your life
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Quote by SomeoneYouKnew
I don't. C'mon man, it's just a game. If people buy and enjoy the game, so be it. Anyone who thinks it's more than a game might need a reality check. But to shoot the makers of the game? Even in a figurative sense, that's not right.


Yeah All Apologies matey i need to lay off the caffine

Im just so god damn agitated waiting on my Jagstang to get here cant wait

I actually vowed to never ever play GHero, one day i did.

I died a little inside
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...if you use a real guitar you would learn those things a lot faster than on guitar hero and correctly...i mean you cant buy final fantasy and expect to learn to summon monsters and use magic...
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no.. you're just hitting your fingers on some plastic. by that logic, tapping your fingers on the table during biology out of boredom is beneficial for guitar. you are not hammering on or pulling off any strings on the guitar hero controller.


Umm it did help me so you cant say no to that
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Guitar Hero Actually helped me with my timing, Accuracy, and chord changing speed.
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Quote by BrokenF1st
Yeah All Apologies matey i need to lay off the caffine

Im just so god damn agitated waiting on my Jagstang to get here cant wait

I actually vowed to never ever play GHero, one day i did.

I died a little inside


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Umm it did help me so you cant say no to that

no. practicing on the real instrument helped you improve.
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Quote by ibanezel
...if you use a real guitar you would learn those things a lot faster than on guitar hero and correctly...i mean you cant buy final fantasy and expect to learn to summon monsters and use magic...

yeah, but your comparing something that could actually happen to what wouuldn't happen in this reality, im definately against GH/Rock Band but you have to compare two real possibilities.

Example: just because someones good at a Racing game doesn't mean they're a good driver.

and yes, i am telling how to argue
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I think Guitar Hero helped me in a way. It made my fingers stronger and it really boosted my timing and bass is all about keeping time. The only Guitar hero game I like is Guitar Hero Metallica maybe cause of the songs.
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It probably does have its benefits, but I'd rather play real geetar.
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It probably does have its benefits, but I'd rather play real geetar.

Oh I agree totally! Guitar Hero is just a fun escape from the real thing when ur frustrated.
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before I played guitar hero, I thought they deserved to be shot as well! When I actually tried it, I realised two things:

1. Many people I know have played guitar hero and been inspired to pick up the real thing

2. At least guitar hero is steering kids away from the sh*tload of rap and hip hop and getting them into good music!
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Same with me but I find it to have motivated me to play guitar more than anything. And after beating expert I tried real guitar and I was a 'quick learner' as told by many family members and friends. I did not get a lesson from a private instructor or classes but I learned on my own. I find this is one of the best ways too since no one is rushing you or there to tell you what you have to do in what order. You can learn alternated picking then chords then pinch harmonics rather than being told exactly what to do and when.
Guitar hero Motivates and is good practice if you haven't played in a while. Good post .
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It's fun playing GH/RB with others when you can't jam with instruments. But playing alone? I'd prefer a real guitar... or a hot chick. Either or.

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There's denying that Guitar Hero helps with rhythm. In fact, I'd say it's the best method around to gain more rhythm. It gives you feedback and it's fun. What more could you ask for?