Not sure how I feel about this new product. Up to date I haven’t seen any notable guitars that learned their craft from Guitar Hero. Not sure how the gTar will do any better. Their have been keyboards with light-up keys for a long time now and still it comes down to old fashioned lessons and PRACTICE – not gimmicks. Time will tell I guess.
Music games like Guitar Hero introduced the notion of musical instruments that scale digitally to the masses. By the time Harmonix introduced the latest version of Rock Band, complete with MIDI controllers, you are able to go from something that’s a toy to simply playing the instrument in a conventional way. The idea of scalability isn’t even new in instrument design – from capos to an instrument like the Autoharp to the very invention of frets, instrument builders have always designed instruments in ways to make them easier to play. In a digital/software realm, though, the plasticity of an instrument means it can reshape itself at will. So, why not take that game-style “leveling up” system and apply it to the guitar? [read]