How many people born between 1945 and 1960 dreamed of one day becoming a rock n’ roll star? Most likely a lot more than actually attained that status in their prime; but like the saying goes: “It’s never too late!”  Now there is a computer game/learning program which will turn anyone with an electric guitar into a modest version of Carlos Santana, Nancy Wilson and/or Eric Clapton.

The game is called Rocksmith 2014, and it kind of bears some resemblance to Guitar Hero, but the player does not use a controller shaped like a guitar. Instead, he/she plugs in his/her own electric guitar, pulls up a song from a library of licensed rock n’ roll hits boomers can groove to. The program sends the needed notes to the musician, challenging him or her to play faster, more accurately, and with better dexterity.

The program includes introductory videos that explain step-by-step the very basics of guitar playing, such as how to hold a guitar while standing. There are also arcade-like games which transform boring, repetitive practice exercises into fast-paced, exciting contests. The desire to practice is almost irresistible.

No matter how old you may be, and how well (or poorly) you can play the guitar, Rocksmith 2014 promises that you can “Still be a rock star!”

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