Rocksmith Catch All

Yeah, they're hoping to have it done by the end of the month and looking for a late January release. No full changelog yet but they're addressing complaints. Looks like they're expanding the Rocksmith team and recruiting experienced UI people as well.

Outstanding. I've fiddled with guitars periodically over the years, but I feel like I'm finally in a place to really get some skills. Rocksmith has really inspired me, to the point that I bought an amp, just so I can play around without messing with my Xbox. To its credit, I think I've played a little bit every day since I got Rocksmith, which is much better than I've done in my past desultory efforts to learn. Looking forward to them cleaning up the UI and practice systems, and filling out their DLC store a little more (okay, a lot more). I'm a fan.

For those interested, I picked up a Fender Mustang I for $100 and it is absolutely fantastic. I can't recommend it highly enough as a practice amp for people like me who want to play around. The sound is superb and the effects remarkably fun. My only criticism is that it only goes up to 10. I guess I'll wait until I get some real guitar chops before I buy an amp that goes to 11.

Two more days until the Megadeth pack! This might be the Symphony of Destruction of my marriage as I'm ready to \m/ and my wife hates Megadeth.

Thought you guys would be interested:

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Megadeth's app for the iPhone. It's pretty much the Rocksmith concept with Megadeth exclusive songs. I've only tried it for a few minutes (don't have my guitar with me) but it's pretty well done, basically scrolling tablature with comments from Dave Mustaine himself.

Rock Prodigy is also a more general app. This is like Rock Band: The Beatles to it. It's one of the reasons I'm considering an iPad after the holidays.

So up until now the Riff Repeater flaws have just been mildly annoying. But tonight I've been trying to master Symphony of Destruction and the solo in Outshined and I LOATHE the 5 life idea. Seriously, who the f*ck approved that? And why kick me out when I 100% it once? I want to repeat that and grind it in. Hell, kick me out if I 100% it 5 times in a row, but this other things are annoying as hell. I want a mode where I control all the parameters. If I want to set it to 100% difficulty but at 70% speed, let me do it. Some of the parts are actually more difficult until you level it up so you get the notes that help you keep the rhythm or show you how it should be fingered.

I don't get it. Obviously they have talented guitarists on the team. Why didn't they chime in and say, "We're close to unprecedented awesomeness, but we've got some stupid sh*t in here." ? I mean the flaws in the system are so self-evident why did it release with them. Rocksmith is like 85% of the perfect trainer that every modern guitarist has dreamed about but they deliberately gimped it. If I could turn off the tuner, import Guitar Pro files, navigate through a smoother UI, and set up the Riff Repeater parameters I'd give them a lot more money for Rocksmith: The Serious Practicer's Version. So much of it could be an order of magnitude better if they just copied the Rockband system. Come on Harmonix, buy them out!

Oh man, Rocksmith Guitar in RB3 Pro Mode? That would freaking win, methinks.

You're back, yeah? Did you trade in the RB3 Squier?

LiquidMantis wrote:

I mean the flaws in the system are so self-evident why did it release with them. Rocksmith is like 85% of the perfect trainer that every modern guitarist has dreamed about but they deliberately gimped it.

I don't think they deliberately gimped it so much as someone decided that they needed a more "game" feeling to tap into the Rockband/Guitar Hero segment of the market. I suspect that they thought if they just released it as a pure trainer, it wouldn't sell. However, the amount of pure, unadulterated backlash they've had on certain parts--ironically, almost all the 'game' parts--will probably lead to a significant patch (I hope). They underestimated the value of what they're doing for a lot of the folks who found RB3/GH lacking, and hopefully they're nimble enough to change gears and give the people what they want.

LiquidMantis wrote:

You're back, yeah? Did you trade in the RB3 Squier?

Sold it on Ebay, actually. Got $450 for that + Midi Adapter.

As for Rocksmith, it's downstairs and I plan on hitting up local shops for a real guitar as soon as the payment processes. Mrs AnimeJ's making me wait till Christmas for it.

Coldstream wrote:
LiquidMantis wrote:

I mean the flaws in the system are so self-evident why did it release with them. Rocksmith is like 85% of the perfect trainer that every modern guitarist has dreamed about but they deliberately gimped it.

I don't think they deliberately gimped it so much as someone decided that they needed a more "game" feeling to tap into the Rockband/Guitar Hero segment of the market. I suspect that they thought if they just released it as a pure trainer, it wouldn't sell. However, the amount of pure, unadulterated backlash they've had on certain parts--ironically, almost all the 'game' parts--will probably lead to a significant patch (I hope). They underestimated the value of what they're doing for a lot of the folks who found RB3/GH lacking, and hopefully they're nimble enough to change gears and give the people what they want.

I think they probably just wanted it out in time before the holiday hit. So much stuff feels like it was pushed out the door 70-90% done... that said, I am still loving it!

AnimeJ wrote:
LiquidMantis wrote:

You're back, yeah? Did you trade in the RB3 Squier?

Sold it on Ebay, actually. Got $450 for that + Midi Adapter.

As for Rocksmith, it's downstairs and I plan on hitting up local shops for a real guitar as soon as the payment processes. Mrs AnimeJ's making me wait till Christmas for it.

You got $450!? Did you have the game too? I sold my Squier and Box for about $360 and thought I was Teh Winner of all time. Was it brand new? Mine was def. used.

If you're in the market, I think it's GuitarPlayer magazine that has a great article on electrics under $500. I didn't buy one of the ones listed, but the whole experience of reading it all gave me a lot of insight as to what to look for.

What are some good resources for learning the basics of finger placement and how to pluck the right string without looking. After a few 15 minute sessions of playing this I still can't seem to do more than 1 note on one string within a 3 fret range. When it wants me to change 7 frets down then back up I can't seem to do it. Then it throws in another string and I'm lost all together. I have played Ducks several times and it helps a tiny bit. I was really hoping they would have some very basic stuff in there that you would need. They say I should be able to cover 4 frets with four fingers (one each fret) how the hell do I train my fingers to do that? They don't wan to spread that far apart or stay there if I do manage to.

Tigerbill wrote:

What are some good resources for learning the basics of finger placement and how to pluck the right string without looking. After a few 15 minute sessions of playing this I still can't seem to do more than 1 note on one string within a 3 fret range. When it wants me to change 7 frets down then back up I can't seem to do it. Then it throws in another string and I'm lost all together. I have played Ducks several times and it helps a tiny bit. I was really hoping they would have some very basic stuff in there that you would need. They say I should be able to cover 4 frets with four fingers (one each fret) how the hell do I train my fingers to do that? They don't wan to spread that far apart or stay there if I do manage to.

justinguitar.com

edit: 1 finger per fret is normal, you might be positioning your guitar in an uncomfortable way (you might need to bend your arm too much, or etc.). Try putting it in a classical position, and moving the neck higher/lower to see what fits you best.

If you're sitting down, you should be able to play for hours as long as you're in a comfortable position (finger tip pain not included).

Moving 7 frets up and down is just muscle memory and it might take weeks, months or even years, don't lose patience.

Mex wrote:

justinguitar.com Will check it out when I get home.

edit: 1 finger per fret is normal, you might be positioning your guitar in an uncomfortable way (you might need to bend your arm too much, or etc.). Try putting it in a classical position, and moving the neck higher/lower to see what fits you best. What is the Classical position? Coming from you, that is a scary question to ask. ;)

If you're sitting down, you should be able to play for hours as long as you're in a comfortable position (finger tip pain not included).

Moving 7 frets up and down is just muscle memory and it might take weeks, months or even years, don't lose patience. Yeah, I know.

Tigerbill wrote:

What is the Classical position?

This is the one you'll see at the beginning of Mel Bay books and the like. Rest the waist of the guitar on your left leg, rather than right. Elevate your left foot slightly if you can. This brings the headstock up to about shoulder height. Make sure you're keeping your elbow in close to the body. Covering four frets should be absolutely easy for finger spread, it's just developing strength, independence, and coordination in the pinky that is tricky.

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Tigerbill wrote:

What is the Classical position? Coming from you, that is a scary question to ask.

Guitar on the left thigh instead of on the right thigh (if you're right handed). Feels totes weird to me.

Typos you never want to make:

Ana Vidovic - beautiful classic guitarist
Ana Didovic - scat porn actress

Just don't look.

Aaand there's Mex's Classical position that Tigerbill was afraid of.

rabbit wrote:
AnimeJ wrote:
LiquidMantis wrote:

You're back, yeah? Did you trade in the RB3 Squier?

Sold it on Ebay, actually. Got $450 for that + Midi Adapter.

As for Rocksmith, it's downstairs and I plan on hitting up local shops for a real guitar as soon as the payment processes. Mrs AnimeJ's making me wait till Christmas for it.

You got $450!? Did you have the game too? I sold my Squier and Box for about $360 and thought I was Teh Winner of all time. Was it brand new? Mine was def. used.

If you're in the market, I think it's GuitarPlayer magazine that has a great article on electrics under $500. I didn't buy one of the ones listed, but the whole experience of reading it all gave me a lot of insight as to what to look for.

$450 new in box. Mrs AnimeJ bought it for me while I was on deployment, but then this came out, and I'd rather go this route. Anyway, I'll definitely go dig that article up and start nosing around; I plan on heading out this afternoon or tomorrow to buy one so that Mrs AnimeJ can then put a bow on it for Christmas.

I've been hearing a lot of good comments on the Squier Classic Vibe guitars. Supposedly they're at least as good as the Made in Mexico Fenders.

LiquidMantis wrote:
Tigerbill wrote:

What is the Classical position?

This is the one you'll see at the beginning of Mel Bay books and the like. Rest the waist of the guitar on your left leg, rather than right. Elevate your left foot slightly if you can. This brings the headstock up to about shoulder height. Make sure you're keeping your elbow in close to the body. Covering four frets should be absolutely easy for finger spread, it's just developing strength, independence, and coordination in the pinky that is tricky.

IMAGE(http://newsinfo.iu.edu/pub/libs/images/usr/6228.jpg)

Classical position for guitar is like traditional grip for drums: you might look a bit fruity, but it actually makes you awesome.

Concave wrote:
LiquidMantis wrote:
Tigerbill wrote:

What is the Classical position?

This is the one you'll see at the beginning of Mel Bay books and the like. Rest the waist of the guitar on your left leg, rather than right. Elevate your left foot slightly if you can. This brings the headstock up to about shoulder height. Make sure you're keeping your elbow in close to the body. Covering four frets should be absolutely easy for finger spread, it's just developing strength, independence, and coordination in the pinky that is tricky.

IMAGE(http://newsinfo.iu.edu/pub/libs/images/usr/6228.jpg)

Classical position for guitar is like traditional grip for drums: you might look a bit fruity, but it actually makes you awesome.

I have always particularly liked the little foot stool you need todo it... Fruity + 1

So I found that the "free speed" riff repeater mode gives you 5 lives every time you select restart. I'm willing to bet that's a "bug" within the current design but at least it lets you repeat the section over and over again. Free speed can be a bit tricky as it stops you the moment you mess up a note and restarts when you get it, which for me blows my rhythm, but at least it's one way of repeating a single section without having to jump through too many hoops.

FYI - Rocksmith has three free Christmas songs available now on XBOX and in a few hours on PS3!

Merry Christmas!

Hurrah! Of course, I won't be able to learn them, since I only get five lives in practice mode and it makes me want to throw my guitar across the room.

So, went to Guitar Center(let wretching commence) this afternoon w/ Mrs AnimeJ and a modest budget, came home with an Epiphone Special on the advice of one of the helpful salesfolk who demo'd it on a very nice amp, which is probably at least partly responsible for the overall sound. It was way inexpensive and probably in line with the guitar they pack in. I'll post pictures next week when I'm allowed.

Alright, I'll throw down the gauntlet since we don't have song leaderboards.

101,644 on Carol of the Bells Combo. I haven't tried Master Mode on it yet though as I still haven't memorized the piece.

[Edit] Now I'm really digging God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen. This is a fun jazzy arrangement.

MDBurch wrote:

FYI - Rocksmith has three free Christmas songs available now on XBOX and in a few hours on PS3!

Merry Christmas!

Awesome - thanks for the heads up!!!

BOOM! 102,281 on GRYMG Single Note 1, again not Master. I'm falling on the wrong side of the whisky-guitar scale though. That was trying to fall off the rails.