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.