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A recent interview with Dhani Harrison (son of George, and largely responsible for The Beatles: Rock Band seeing the light of day) in the Chicago Tribune revealed something interesting: Rock Band 3 is being developed with all-new peripherals that may actually teach gamers to play real instruments.

Will it still be fun?  Is it too good to be true?  Will it finally mute the people that often complain, “Why don’t you just learn to play a real instrument?”  Because now you actually can.

Don’t expect the debut of Real Rock Band anytime soon however.

“I’m working on Rock Band 3 and making the controllers more real so people can actually learn how to play music while playing the game,” [Harrison] says. “Give me a couple years, it’s going to happen.”

Word on the street is that it may even utilize Project Natal technology, although I can’t personally see the cameras being so detailed in their motion sensing that you could merely use a standard guitar to play the game – the strings are just too close together.

Still, Harmonix hasn’t steered the rhythm game industry wrong yet…

Source: Chicago Tribune

  1. Thou shall not be silenced. I firmly stand by the belief that playing an instrument can never be matched by any type of rhythm game. However, I do think getting more people playing instruments is a great thing, from personal experience, nothing beats a real teacher.

    I can play some grade 8 music on guitar yet, I can’t play rhythm game guitars at all, maybe it’s just me.

  2. I’ll believe it when I see it. I already find that my ability to play a real guitar gets in the way of me playing Rock Band at times. For exmaple, the way I play Free Fallin’ on my acoustic really clashes with the way you are supposed to play it in LEGO Rock Band.

  3. Interesting idea, I wonder how they will pull it off.

  4. avatar Patrick Richardson

    Hey there.

    During my grad school research at Drexel University, I did a research study to evaluate the impact of music video games (specifically RockBand 1 and 2) on musical skill development (measured with traditional music tests).

    From my initial results, I fond that the games AT PRESENT do not provide effectively bolster music memory or skill, but do improve one’s sense of “sight-reading.” The motor-memory and skills developed for getting good at rhythm games is not closely enough coupled to real-instrument skill sets. Also, the way that the “play mapping” changes across different levels of game difficulty further weakens this coupling.

    For more information, please keep an eye out for my research report/tutorial “Beyond Fun and Games,” which is presently submission to the Journal of New Music Research.

  5. avatar Chris Carter

    Are you saying the drums and the electric guitar are not instruments?

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