Strumming Through Rocksmith 2014’s Lessons

October is only a couple of months away and here at the Ubisoft San Francisco studio we’re putting our final touches on the all-new Rocksmith 2014 Edition. We can’t wait to show you more details about the new product; simply put, it blows the original Rocksmith out of the water. We listened to you, the fans, and made some pretty drastic improvements and additions, all while refining Rocksmith’s core features to be even better, faster, and more fun. Trust us, Rocksmith 2014 isn’t an update – it’s a full-blown sequel built from the frame up. You’re going to love it!

Strumming Through Rocksmith 2014's Lessons

One of the many improvements we’ve made to Rocksmith with the all-new Rocksmith 2014 Edition is our Lessons. First off, the video quality for the technique demonstrations has been vastly improved with higher resolution, multiple camera angles, and more. You’re going to notice a clear difference. Secondly, we’ve

It’s hours and hours of personal guitar lessons from a skilled and dynamic instructor

expanded the techniques we cover drastically, nearly tripling the number of overall lessons! Now, that’s all fantastic, but what I believe is truly remarkable is the re-working of how the lessons interact with the player.

In the original Rocksmith we aimed to make our lessons interactive by showing a video of a specific technique, then pairing it with a “play-along” where the user would practice the technique they just saw in a small riff. While it’s definitely helpful to practice what you’re learning right after you’ve seen it, we felt that the interactive portion didn’t provide specific, useful feedback. Yes, Rocksmith would tell you when you didn’t do the technique correctly, played too early, hit the wrong note, and more, but it didn’t offer a solution to each player’s unique mistake.

Strumming Through Rocksmith 2014's Lessons

In Rocksmith 2014, Lessons will be much, much more dynamic and responsive: Now we’re not just telling you that you made a mistake; we’ll tell you what the mistake is and how you should adjust to correct it. Trying to learn how to bend but not moving your note high enough? Rocksmith 2014 will let you know. Sliding one fret back from where you need to hit? Rocksmith will tell you specifically that’s what went wrong. Beyond that, if Rocksmith senses that you’re having trouble

Rocksmith 2014 is a full-blown sequel built from the
frame up

with a particular technique, it will pull you out of the interactive portion of the lesson and give you further instructions – this time with additional camera angles and tips.

Now we’re not just providing a static video and a practice opportunity; Rocksmith has grown to become a fully responsive personal teacher. Pair that with the fact that we’ve nearly tripled the number of lesson videos in the game and drastically expanded the techniques we cover to hit everything from the basics of strapping up, plugging in and tuning, to way more advanced techniques like tapping, and you’ve got an all-inclusive, thorough learning curriculum. Rocksmith 2014 isn’t just a way to learn some of your favorite songs, jam with a customizable band of A.I. musicians in Session Mode and hone your chops with awesome Guitarcade mini-games – it’s also hours and hours of personal guitar lessons from a skilled and dynamic instructor!

Strumming Through Rocksmith 2014's Lessons

Again, Lessons are just one part of Rocksmith that has been seriously improved and re-worked in Rocksmith 2014. In the weeks to come we’ll be releasing more details on gameplay, features and more – I’ve had the pleasure of playing through most of Rocksmith 2014’s different sections and can confidently say it’s unreal. There has never been a faster, more fun way to learn or practice guitar.

Rocksmith 2014

Rocksmith 2014

Release date — October 2013
Developer — Ubisoft San Francisco
The all-new Rocksmith 2014 Edition is bigger, better, and faster than ever. Rebuilt from the ground-up, you’ll experience vastly improved features, a new look, more flexible and deeper practice tools, new techniques and tunings, over 50 new hit songs, and much more. With the revolutionary Session Mode, Rocksmith 2014 Edition takes guitar-learning to the next level by allowing you to play guitar with a virtual band that follows your every lead. Select from an assortment of backing instruments or styles, and Session Mode reacts to the notes you play. Start your journey with Rocksmith 2014 Edition.

ESRB Rating: TEEN with Mild Lyrics and Mild Fantasy Violence
The Author

Mike is a self-described “guitar geek” who spends most of his time dreaming about wildly expensive instruments that are far beyond his means. When he’s not drooling over fret inlays, body binding, high-wattage amplifiers, or hand-wound pickups he can be found at Ubisoft offices in San Francisco, where he spreads the good word about several of our top games. Once, he slipped in the bathroom and hit his head on the sink. When he awoke, he came up with the idea for the Flux Capacitor.

Where We Offer Lessons
Where We Offer Lessons 5pts

You will likely find many of the younger skaters out there are more than willing to teach you too. Instead of being ridiculed as you would imagine they are happy to see older people taking on the sport.

MikeT 5pts

I am a complete amature at the guitar and so far I have found the game really useful and am learning a lot. I have app see though all the lessons with ease until I reached the Bends lesson and I have now been trying to get through this every day for the last ten days and have failed each time. It is very frustrating and though I am following the instructions and hitting the note before bending I still cannot get through the practice session and my fingers are hurting a lot. Can you enlighten me on how to progress before I wear my fingers down to the bone or throw the game away.

Kadin 5pts

It's because Metallica won't let them I don't know why but on youtube there are a lot of covers that have been taken off and stuff it's Metallica not the game

Akash 5pts

Marvelous post. I really like this site.

Thanks for share this great post.


Jimi 5pts

HI John. Why not consider buying a bass? I have been playing guitar (not very well) for decades and bought a bass early this year. As well as being easier to hit the right notes, it does make you listen to music differently to pick up the bass line.

Bahesty 5pts

Nice one. I really enjoy it. This is very great site.



ladygalaga 5pts

Oh Good I Was Hoping An Illiterate Twit Would Find A Way to Make This A Complaint About Obamacare, Which I can Guarantee Doesn't Actually Affect You.

john 5pts

I have always wanted to learn to play guitar. Being older than most using this game (almost 60) I find that my fingers don't work like they used to. Any tips on ways to learn using Rocksmith, and what would be a decent guitar to start with, I have just a beginners model that was really cheap.

Muttley 5pts

Who is that female guitarist featured in the Lessons portion, I mean that girl pictured above?

Robson 5pts

HEY !!! What´s the name of that Girl in the lessons ??

Wade 5pts

Can I play Rocksmith 2014 with a acoustic/electric guitar?

Jason 5pts

Black Sabbath.

Rian 5pts

It Blows allright. Was The Program written by the same people who Created The Obamacare debacle?

Way too Many bugs. It really would be Nice If It Worked after Two days Of Downloads and Updates.Very disappointing!

Chris Dana
Chris Dana 5pts

Honestly I'll keep the first one until I see for sure whether or not they're going to make it for Xbox one. It would be poor business not to, and yes, I do plan on selling my 360 first chance I get. I mean they don't have to MAKE it for xbox one, it can be the same game, but just like they make the game for Xbox 360 and ps3 I don't see why they can't make it for next gen consoles also. Other game developers are.

Daniel 5pts

Hope you guys can get some of Jay Smith's songs in the mix. Would be great to learn those.

Steve 5pts

Will there be blues lick tutorials, please!

Jay 5pts

Hey while playing a song will the tone change automatically like from clean to high gain at a certain time or do we have to change it with the controller?

Piotr 5pts

I hope UI was not designed by the same person who did it in the first version?

jon a
jon a 5pts

I'm sure better stuff that comes with next gen consoles etc will improve the experience roccksmith is one of the few games that would work as well on any harder wear (as long as it could handle it).

Kevin taylor
Kevin taylor 5pts

Will previous Xbox 360 dlc's work with it, or would I need to buy them again.... Thanks

daniel 5pts

cant wait smashed the first one and already pre ordered 2014 on steam :)

Eddy 5pts

I'm so stoked for Rocksmith 2014!!! You guys are amazing. Now let me see...we have guitar instruction, and there is bass instruction...any drums in the future? Also, I am not very mainstream...are artists picking up on the idea of promoting their music through you? I can honestly say that my love for The Black Keys, Radiohead, and Red Fang was greatly enhanced while playing along with their songs on Rocksmith.

Rebecca 5pts

I loved Rocksmith and thought it was brilliant, but the one thing I found tricky as a beginner, was that sometimes the songs would level up too quickly and it would easily go beyond me, and I would like to have been able to pause the difficulty for a while to get used to that level before carrying on. Will this be something I can so in RS2, or will it be a similar levelling system to before?

Jeremy 5pts

Absolutely love playing this game. Always been a fan of the guitar hero/rock band games and playing guitar, was so stoked when I first learned about Rocksmith. The only downsides I have experienced is whenever I'm playing using my acoustic guitar, sometimes the game doesn't pick up what I'm playing (especially harmonics), and when I had to strum on the 22nd fret, but I don't have that many frets on my acoustic... it would be great if the game somehow recognized that I'm using an acoustic and not an electric guitar!

Tomas Bergman
Tomas Bergman 5pts

When will i get Black Sabbath Iron Man? Should I abandon all hope?

Jatin 5pts

i know the game is arriving in October but when can we expect real gameplay video's?Also will rockmsith be at gamescon this year

Matt Hargett (@syke)
Matt Hargett (@syke) 5pts

Couple of questions:

1. Will the videos be 1080p native with decent bitrates, or will we be seeing sub-720p video with tons of artifacts that obscure the fingering details?

2. Will the backing tracks be higher audio quality this time? Multi-track music assets in most games is 256kbps Ogg, with some games going lossless for tracks with a lot of dynamic range.

3. No PS4 version? This is the most disappointing aspect to me :(

4. On the PS3 version will there be any Remote Play features accessible on the Vita?

Looking forward to a new Rocksmith; pre-ordered the first one but haven't "upgraded" to later versions yet :)

Powers 5pts

I'm very excited about the new Rocksmith 2014! I just want to know three things. Is the still going to be a split screen multiplayer? Is there going to be a sort feature by tuning? And I'd also like to see a random feature!

Bruce 5pts

Will there be a TAB view like Guitar Pro? I find the 3-D scrolling neck, flashing colours too much like Guitar Hero.

Justin 5pts

I am so excited for the innovations RockSmith has put into the 2014 edition. Instant buy for me as a beginner.

bassist 5pts

Do all of these improvements in lessons and such extend to BASS as well as guitar?

Willem 5pts

Girl on first pic also included in the 2014 package ? ;)

Anders 5pts

I really hope you don't wait a whole year before you ship to denmark like the last time.

B10thousand 5pts

I know Rocksmith has some funk music in the but i would like u to add some singer like Jamiroquai songs like Cosmic girl , Space Cowboy and please but in a solo part in it but that dont work but in funk song.

Riffmaster 5pts

Hey Mike - Would love a quick list of the lesson topics, could you post?

nick 5pts

i hope you guys put some arpeggio exercises in, that would be awesome!

Ray Wilson
Ray Wilson 5pts

Will the song files install to the hard disk this time? Can't stand the loading times...

MrCrapaud 5pts

Hi Mike!

Thanks for the news, can't wait for gameplay videos! I have a small question: I bought the US version of Rocksmith (couldn't wait for the european release!). Will Rocksmith 2014 european version be compatible with US RS1? What about DLCs? Thanks in advance for your answer!

Oren S.
Oren S. 5pts

I'm pretty sure it's been said alot of times before, but great as Rocksmith 1 is, it had navigational problems. The jumping/sorting/navigating between songs, especially if you bought the dlcs and the list grew, it became extremely annoying on the Xbox. And if I'd sort the songs in a certain way, the next time I came back to the list after playing a song - I'd have to do it all over again and from the beginning of the list.

As a start - RS1 was awesome. Can't wait to see the improvements made in RS2k14.

Barry 5pts

"We can’t wait to show you more details about the new product"

It must be really hard on em then given that they really have made a point of saying the same things since the announcement of the game. Nice to see that they've somehow progressed from barely recognizing proper bends to recognizing every error that YOU make.

we can't show you footage, we can't list the features, we can't even answer your questions about lag or load times. But hey, REM and Red Fang are gonna be on disc! So preorder now!!!!

Grudgingly admit, if the lessons are done well, they will be a welcome addition. But you won't even show us a video of it in action will you? Just gonna take ubis word for it yet again.

I'll buy it first day. Because I'm addicted to this concept and I think its the future of guitar instruction. Plus the dev team rocks. Then I'll steal copies for my friends. Because ubisoft needs to die.

Keep on playing.

Keegan 5pts

Is there gonna be a bundle featuring a guitar? I have an acoustic and I'm thinking about getting rocksmith. I'll definitely gonna get it if there is some sort of bundle deal.

Victor 5pts

Tried Rocksmith could not cope with the vertical scrolling notes after years of guitar pro. Also could not cope with the lack of full notes speed trainer(Looper). I hop these have been addresses.

Marcus 5pts

Being an Alice in chains fan it was great to see Jerry Cantrell demoing Rocksmith 2014 at E3.. hope that means were going to be seeing a lot of there back catalogue on the new game.. also i would be interested to know whether the dlc from both games will be compatible with one another?

Where We Offer Lessons
Where We Offer Lessons 5pts

You will likely find many of the younger skaters out there are more than willing to teach you too. Instead of being ridiculed as you would imagine they are happy to see older people taking on the sport.

Mike Madavi
Mike Madavi 5pts

Hey Jatin - Gameplay videos are on their way and will be out shortly. We're definitely going to be at Gamescom! Come visit us at the Ubisoft booth.

Mike Madavi
Mike Madavi 5pts

Absolutely! Everything we're offering on-disc for guitar is also available for bass.

fluffy 5pts

I second that! Rocksmith was delayed because of a band named rocksmith from the uk. I trust that that it wont happen again. fingers crossed!

Mike Madavi
Mike Madavi 5pts

Hey Keegan - we are indeed releasing a bundle for Rocksmith 2014! The details will be announced soon so stay tuned.

Mike Madavi
Mike Madavi 5pts

Hey Marcus - We're working to make it so the DLC from the original Rocksmith is compatible for Rocksmith 2014. However the new DLC once RS2014 is out will not be back-compatible as the old game can't support some of the new techniques and features the new game includes.

Mathias 5pts

Are you sure Rocksmith 2014 will be shown to the public in the entertainment area ? I heard that RS 2014 will only be shown to the press in the business area and only by invitation of Ubisoft.

Steve 5pts

HA! "Stay tuned" ... I see what you did there... ;)