Xairaz Oct 7, 2013 @ 9:17am
First timer, in search of advice
Hi everyone.

So... I've never played guitar before, but always wanted to. So will I be able to pick up a guitar and get started with this game?

If so, can anyone recommend a guitar for a beginner ? And do I need anything i particular, other than the game, the cable and the guitar ?
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generatedname Oct 7, 2013 @ 10:16am 
have some patience at first, but yes that is the idea.

I played guitar for many years before picking up rocksmith and still had a bit of a learning curve just to learn the game. since you are starting out on guitar, you will be learning the guitar and game at the same time.

don't cheat yourself. when it tells you to move your hand to a certain area, do it; use your pinky when the game wants you to, etc.

i didn't find this game to be helpful for teaching me finger placement in chords but I could be skipping some lessons.

i won't recommend a starter guitar, just stay away from floating bridges for playing rocksmith as you cannot change tuning easily.

guitar, real-tone cable, game, guitar picks, guitar strap, maybe a guitar stand.

if you buy the boxed version of the game, it comes with stickers to number the frets on your guitar. alternatively, you can buy stickers or skip this. having the fret numbers visible can help out, especially for the frets past the 12th
FacePoppies Oct 7, 2013 @ 12:00pm 
I don't usually recommend starter guitars, but you definitely want to avoid one with a tremolo bar for learning. Also, if you get a nicer guitar in the $500 or so range, like a BC Rich Mockingbird special, you'll find that the build quality is higher and it stays in tune better.

The best thing you can do for buying any guitar, however, is to go out and try some out to get a feel for them. Find one that is comfortable for you. Try it out, even if you don't know how to play really. Any good shop will have somebody who can help you find what you're looking for.

The most important thing to keep in mind is that learning guitar is really hard. It's not easy no matter what, and you HAVE to practice before you can get good. It's like math in that way. You've gotta do your homework.

The best thing about Rocksmith, in my experience, is that it makes practicing more fun. Before you know it, you're playing a couple of hours every day, and that makes you better.
Vatney Oct 7, 2013 @ 12:44pm 
i bought this game only playing my brother guitar a couple of times, the first rocksmith made it fun to play my guitar. As i got better i took the time to learn chords and scales outside of rocksmith. This new rocksmith looks very promising in teaching more aspect a guitarist needs to know instead of just being a game. I would recommend an epiphone as a good cheap alternative for a guitar. I have a epiphone les paul honeyburst, i love it and it is very cheap in comparison to the gibson equivaulent, and it sounds great.
Sidez Oct 7, 2013 @ 2:05pm 
Originally posted by Xairaz:
Hi everyone.

So... I've never played guitar before, but always wanted to. So will I be able to pick up a guitar and get started with this game?

If so, can anyone recommend a guitar for a beginner ? And do I need anything i particular, other than the game, the cable and the guitar ?

I would highly recommend this game for anyone interested in the guitar, at any skill level.

You do need the game, cable, and a guitar, but you also need to make sure your PC meets the requirements, in the video and sound areas, especially. Also, bear in mind that USB and Bluetooth headsets do not work well with Rocksmith. At least not the original one. You'll want some decent speakers, or a headset that connects directly to sound hardware.

As far as a guitar goes... I purchased a used Jackson strat from Guitar Center for less than $200 and I could not be more happy with it. Pricing and quality have a very loose relationship when it comes to guitars. What I would recommend to do is to define your own price range, and then play several guitars in that price range before you decide. Even at a beginning skill level, the way a guitar feels to you personally is extremely important.

I know a lot of people are saying to avoid tremelos, and Rocksmith does not make use of any tremelo, even if a song normally would... But... A good tremelo/locking nut system greatly increases the value of any guitar you might buy, and will serve to keep your guitar consistently in tune. I'm not saying you SHOULD get a guitar with a tremelo system. Just that if you find a guitar that you like, and it feels good to you, don't dismiss it just because it has a trem.

I also recommend buying a second cable, if you can afford it. I killed one of mine by rolling over it with my chair... lol... Also I was able to turn my cousin on to Rocksmith by giving him one of my spare cables and my PS3 version of the game..!

Spread the love!!! =)
Beloragh Oct 8, 2013 @ 4:44am 
A beginner journey (based on original RS game):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAP-IvVXoHM

As for guitar, you should definitely avoid cheap guitars. In my past experience I was starting to play on cheap $100 guitar and it was hard to even distinguish two separate notes. After that a well designed $500 guitar opened me a full joy of music!

Beginner or not, remember this: the better your guitar the faster you'll learn music! It doesn't mean that $1000 would make you play like Joe Satriani, but consider buying something mid price for a start. Take a friend with you to the music shop that can jam a bit and suggest the best guitar in scope of quality/price.
Xairaz Oct 8, 2013 @ 8:24am 
Thx for all the replies!

Originally posted by generatedname:
have some patience at first, but yes that is the idea.
I'm patient, I was just wondering if I should even consider buying this + a guitar. It seems like it will be the case. And well, Christmas is around the corner, so maybe I can get a couple $ for the purchase ;).

Originally posted by FacePoppies:
The best thing you can do for buying any guitar, however, is to go out and try some out to get a feel for them. Find one that is comfortable for you. Try it out, even if you don't know how to play really. Any good shop will have somebody who can help you find what you're looking for.

I guess your right. But theres no Music Shops near where I'm living, so I would have to travel a little. I will consider doing it though.

Originally posted by I.R. Dianetics:
For entry level guitars you can't go wrong with Epiphone or Squier really.

Great, I saw some bundles online for the orignal Rocksmith, with Epiphone. So I guess there will be bundles for Rocksmith 2014 too.
FacePoppies Oct 8, 2013 @ 8:00pm 
Originally posted by Xairaz:

I guess your right. But theres no Music Shops near where I'm living, so I would have to travel a little. I will consider doing it though.

Think of it like this - A guitar is something that you purchase with the knowledge that you're going to have it for years. I've gone through 4 different cars since I bought my first guitar, and I don't intend on getting rid of it any time soon. I mean, you can get a great guitar online. Or you can get a cheap guitar since it's your first one. It's totally up to you. But if you stick with it and learn to play, that first guitar is always going to be special to you. So if you have to drive to a shop to try some out, or maybe even look through craigslist or whatever, it's going to be worth it. It's an investment in your happiness.
RoCandRoll Oct 8, 2013 @ 9:15pm 
PRS Private Stock. Very inexpensive and decent guitars for the price ;)
Actually, some of the Epiphone's are pretty decent for the price. You should let us know your budget. As for accessories, at the most you whould need the cable, guitar and picks.
Riavan Oct 9, 2013 @ 4:07am 
Lots of decent Epiphones and Mexico Fenders (I've even heard good things about the quality control on the chinese modern player fenders. Squiers are alright, but sometimes its a bit hit and miss. If you are looking for the real cheap, find a local pawn shop, usually have a lot of 2nd hand squiers/epiphones.

As someone has mentioned, you need a decent PC to run this also, it's not the graphics, but how the sound works.
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CostlySpider[TGT-C] Oct 9, 2013 @ 7:28am 
I bought a squire start bundle for the orgianl rocksmith for like under 200, comes with a small amp, tuner and strap. A disk to learn guitar too but I never even used that I honeslty don't even know what happned to it. I looked for it but its lost, must of tossed it in the garbage I guess.

Anyways its not a bad guitar for the price. but when I first started I noticed I would hit a lot of notes and they wouldn't register. I was like wtf I know I hit the right note. Anyways took it to a guitar shop and they set it up, adjusted truss rod lowered strings. That made a world of difference. My score in ducks and super ducks went up ten fold.

A cheap guitar is ok, if your like me. Just want to make sure I would stick with it before I invested in a lot of money on a quitar only to find it sitting in the closet.

You can always upgrade, or get another one later, as two or more guitars are nice for rs.If you have alot of customs that have differnet tunings, kind of a pain to tune to EB for two songs, then have to tune it back to E, for most of the rest. Much easier just to switch guitars.

Anyways no matter what guitar you buy, make sure it is setup good, by someone who knows what they are doing.


My other suggestion would be after playing rs for awhile, think about lessons. RS is great I would have never stuck with playing guitar without it. But myself(and this is just me). It got to a point where I seemed to me, I just wasnt getting much better even though I was rank 11 on the game. So I tried taking lessons. Took me three different instuctors, till I found one that suited me.

Its kind of nice because after months of playing you will know alot of different cords, so you don't have to learn them. BUt he was like ok hit C sharp on the fifth string, I was like umm what. Could you put a yellow square on the fret for me.

But anyways the teacher I have now, (again this one just suits my taste, many other people would proably hate him) Is really about technique, all about hand, arm postion.

Stopping you from to much arm motion, all picking notes and chords , are done just by wrist back and forth.Try to limit arm momvment, so you hit the right string every time. Fret hand really trying to keep fingers above string, not have your fingers go to high up after so you are faster and more presice. Hitting notes and chords.

Again world of differnce, I am still just a novice, dont get me wrong, but with the two together I see improvment in my rs game play, and just playing guitar outside of rs improve every week.

Anyways good look really hope you enjoy your guitar and rs.
Xairaz Oct 9, 2013 @ 8:10am 
Originally posted by RoCandRoll:
You should let us know your budget
Around 180$-290$

I've been looking at this one Les Paul Special II [www.epiphone.com] It's 999 kr. (I'm from Denmark) or 181$.
But still haven't decided, and I'm prob. waiting till after christmas before I buy one.

Originally posted by Riavan:
As someone has mentioned, you need a decent PC to run this also, it's not the graphics, but how the sound works.

I got a first generation I7 920, 6 gb of ram, an amplifyer and sorround. Should be good enough :P.

Thx for the replies. I'm gonna run through this thread a couple of times both before and after I buy one :D. Lots of great tips to getting started :)
Sidez Oct 9, 2013 @ 1:23pm 
Originally posted by Xairaz:
I got a first generation I7 920, 6 gb of ram, an amplifyer and sorround. Should be good enough :P.

That should be fine. I'm running something very similar. i7 960/16GB running to a receiver and 7.1 surround. But what about your video card and sound board? I only ask because, depending on what you have, there are many tips and tricks for settings to lower the latency and make the game experience much better. I've seen a few people just hook up the USB, experience a delay, and then try to claim that the PS3/XBOX versions are better, without making much of a further efffort.
Pleazard Oct 10, 2013 @ 3:30am 
The cool thing is that this game start you at 0. When you start new game, it explains how to hold a pick, a guitar, and how to strum a note. Then it throws an easy song at you on its easiest level, which is basically a couple of notes on same string. Something like holding an Index finger for the whole song, while occasionally using a ring finger. ...And, as it turns out, a complete newbie can do it, and it's fun as hell! =)

I let couple of my friends, who never held a guitar in their lives to create new profile and play with it. They had tons of fun, it's very motivating for them to see that they make progress with every replay of a song. They only stopped when their fingers began to scream for help (and it didn't take much tbh.) . But for the first try it was damn impressive.

As mentioned above, this game makes practice fun. I play guitar as a hobby for more than 10 years, but I never had as much precious "guitar time" as in the last year, because of this game =)

TTErallye Oct 10, 2013 @ 7:30am 
other than what you mention, the only other thing you need is the passion / will to learn!

i was like you less than a year ago... i started with the Rocksmith (orig) guitar bundle, awesome value for money and you get a Eipiphone LEs paul Junior (which is a awesome little guitar to start out with)

i would start by hunting down a 2014 guitar bundle if i was you, as you can't go wrong for the price!

II'm 36, and had not picked up a guitar until december last year (thanks to rocksmith), now i've unlocked master omde on over 30 arrangements, can play 10 songs from memory without needed the computer, and have got 100% accuracy on 2 songs. and these days if i find a few spare hours to sit down and focus on one song, i can generally unlock master mode in an arrangment type i haven't played before on a song i'm kinda of familiar with.

So your never too old to start, i just wish i satered playing now back when i was in my early teens, however i don't think the old C64 or Amiga would cut it.in those days ;)

can't wait for 2014, another 50+ new songs!!!

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Sidez Oct 10, 2013 @ 7:52am 
Originally posted by yarik1001:
I let couple of my friends, who never held a guitar in their lives to create new profile and play with it. They had tons of fun, it's very motivating for them to see that they make progress with every replay of a song. They only stopped when their fingers began to scream for help (and it didn't take much tbh.) . But for the first try it was damn impressive.

I brought my PS3 to my cousin's house when he was having a get-together, just because I wanted to show them what Rocksmith was all about. I wanted to show them everything about Rocksmith. But on the PS3 you can't just create a profile. They had to play on MY profile.. and that didn't go over as well.

But even on my profile, I found a couple of songs that I hadn't leveled. And I got my second-cousin into playing it, and several people were cheering him on.

At first he was apprehensive, but once he got a greater understanding of what he was seeing, he started JAMMING,,, and he did really well.

And after that, a lot of people were asking me about Rocksmith, They all either wanted to play it themselves, or knew someone that wanted to learn guitar.

I count that as a good day...
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