The Real Guitar Video Game

The REAL, I said. The REAL one. This is the one where you learn a real, actual, applicable beyond the game skill. Habeeb it! The designer of this project had the idea stop upon his mind-grapes while he was watching friends jam upon Guitar Hero and Rock Band all day long. He thought hey, they’re so good at this, but they can’t play a real guitar at all! Well wouldn’t you know it, he was (and is!) an industrial designer so he pumped up his muscles and got to work creating what he calls “Vision.”

Vision is a self-teaching electric guitar. It’s an LED-lit neck and body working in unison with guitar learning software. Tune is always tune, reducing the time a student uses on this elementary task. Vision teaches through games involving visual and audio feedback. Chords, percussion, and popular music are played alongside the student to provide easy assistance, allowing the student to become familiar with the instrument in an environment they’re basically already used to.

Connect to a computer with Bluetooth, plug in an amp, or go unplugged with battery. Gameplay is very similar to popular guitar games out now where students complete levels, difficulties, and unlock challenges.

Connecting to an amp allows the student to play uninhibited. The guitar has regular tone and volume knobs as well as a built-in effects system.

Unplugged works on rechargeable batteries, LED lit fretboard and rear-mounted speaker allow the student to practice or play portably.

The guitar comes standard with several interchangeable bodies to appease any weirdly shaped person.

Designer: Tyson Leslie

Vision the DIY learn it yourself guitar and guitar learning game by Tyson Leslie

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36 Comments

    • brian t says:

      Been done already, just a few details different. See http://www.fretlight.com/

      • hbomb says:

        The Fretlight seems more realistic, but, after a brief glance at the website, the software doesn’t appear to have the game-style features that this does.

        • GuitarTEacher says:

          That’s just one example though.

          This ENTIRE concept is completely unoriginal…

          In fact, this is just a “design concept”…all it is is a pretty photoshop.

          There are tons of people who have ACTUALLY BUILT it already.

          Lots of people have hooked up “real instruments” to Guitar Hero (etc)…also there’s lots of work turning Guitar Hero plastic guitars into “real instruments”

          Also, this concept misses the point.

          The problem is that this is not the real bottleneck for people who are learning guitar.

          The problem they generally have is not that they need to have color coded notes streaming towards them on screen (a glorified form of tablature or sheet music)…

          The wall they generally hit is with developing finger-strength and flexibility, as well as hand independence and various other coordination and strength related skills.

          I think the main way this device will be helpful is learning how to play SONGS once you are actually somewhat proficient at playing the guitar.

          It will also help in generating some interest in learning to play “real” guitar, but I think scored of people are going to pick it up and drop it later just as in the past…

  • VoReason says:

    Useless, its too complicated, and there is too much frustration in using this tool. There was a reason that the more “toy” style games were created in the way they were. Its just less frustrating. Even people actively wanting to learn guitar would become overly frustrated.

    The software would need to apply Valve Software’s game design element. Start extremely simple, work very slightly up the difficulty curb, then try a real test to hammer home the technique learned. I am skeptical that even under those circumstances that it would be worth while.

  • GameMaster says:

    I’d love to be able to use a videogame to learn how to REALLY play the guitar – I’m sure you’re imagining the awesomeness! But they can’t get it to be simple and easy yet.

  • Well games like Guitar Herp led the way in colour coded play along, so this next step to take colour coding to realistic guitar play is sure to prove the tipping point for many people to finally take a musical instrument seriously.

    Learning the cords and positions for fingers often puts a lot of people off but learning it through a game will definately help with the initial learning curve. I'm all for getting people into more and more creative gaming….

  • Well games like Guitar Herp led the way in colour coded play along, so this next step to take colour coding to realistic guitar play is sure to prove the tipping point for many people to finally take a musical instrument seriously.

    Learning the cords and positions for fingers often puts a lot of people off but learning it through a game will definately help with the initial learning curve. I’m all for getting people into more and more creative gaming….

  • Patrick says:

    Okay, I need to know where I can get this. Now! I mean: please.

  • Mad Riffer says:

    Congrats, you almost made it, I’m pretty sure next time you’ll be able to make a real guitar that will feel, you know, real, and teach you the real thing as well.
    Keep going!

  • Movies says:

    If playing a guitar (competently) were simple and easy then it wouldn’t be interesting and cool if you could do it. Example: anyone can play the kazoo. No one above the age of six thinks playing the kazoo is cool.

  • Patant Violator says:

    Prepare to be sued by Steinberger for violating some of their headless guitar patents.

    • Confucius says:

      Why? as there has been no financial gain from this concept. Theres no money in it for them. They may have a quiet word though.

  • Dertiv says:

    If playing a guitar (competently) were simple and easy then it wouldn’t be interesting and cool if you could do it. Example: anyone can play the kazoo. No one above the age of six thinks playing the kazoo is cool.

  • CazCore says:

    yeah. glorified tablature. well, i can’t see what each colored circle says on it, but it MUST be the fret number. Guitar Rising seems exactly like this, except it uses an ordinary guitar. 6 diff colored strings with fret number notes flowing down the neck.

    this is NOT accessible or gamelike enough. it requires many runthroughs to memorize the whole song note by note. like tablature. the visuals aren’t good enough to help you play by SIGHT on the FIRST RUNTHROUGH, like you can do with Guitar Hero.

    and i’m sure any game requiring peripherals much more expensive than guitar hero controllers will never be anything but a niche product.

    i believe i solved most of these problems on the path forward to a new type of music game that will help you learn melodic skills. its a game where you play REAL music (not 5 fake “notes”), accessibly, by SIGHT, with a computer keyboard. or if you don’t care about scoring… with an ordinary guitar. doing it on guitar requires getting used to the hammer on/off technique with both hands on the fretboard (but only one string). and no need to move your hands around the fretboard. currently i only have keyboard sample sets, but plan to have at least one metal guitar sample set by release.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stidBsNrygQ

    the game takes advantage of the fact that there are only 12 notes, that repeat thru multiple octaves. any C# sounds good/correct no matter what octave you play it in. therefore you are only required to play in one octave. once you
    learn to play well within one octave its fairly
    trivial to learn to move your hands around to other positions.

    chords played on the guitar in this manner, of course, require rapidly cycling thru the notes in the chord ala Eddie Van Halen style tapping, since you can’t play more than one note at exactly the same time on one string.

    i will have an option to make the onscreen visuals match the way the leftmost frets are wider than the rightmost frets, but i mostly play it with keyboard, cuz i’ve been on the verge of carpal tunnel problems. 8)

  • Joseph says:

    There is already game for real guitars.
    http://jamorigin.com

  • avisioncame says:

    Oh, let’s put it in front of a mac, then everyone will want it. This is so stupid, a REAL guitar would cost the same price!

  • Dusty says:

    Wow these are very attractive plz let me know from where i can buy it.

  • Mea says:

    Or, you know, you could stop being lazy and actually get off of your ass and learn to play a real guitar.

    Obviously the people playing Guitar Hero/Rock Band know they aren’t going to learn how to play guitar- hence, why they play the GAME.

    If you want to learn how to play a real instrument, learning on electronics isn’t how to do it. Besides that, I don’t want more teeny boppers bragging that they “know how to play guitar” because of this shit.

  • mart says:

    Dude this needs to be brought out on the xbox 360 so that multiplayer gaming can be take to the next level.

  • Travis says:

    cool guitar… hopefully game is fun, here is a funny joke I saw comparing air guitar to guitar hero, http://ponderingstuff.com/2010/04/18/air-guitar-vs-guitar-hero

  • hippie27 says:

    as a young guitarist, I find this really depressing.

    theres soo many god damn guitarists in this world, and to make a musical instrument as easy as a video game is going to shatter what is left of the music industry.

    as if the guitar wasn’t easy enough to learn, now your going to make it accessable to any shmuck with a couple grand to pitch on another tool to get laid.

    maybe make something like this to learn sax or oboe, something we don’t have an unlimited supply of already!

  • Jim Guitar says:

    Very interesting guitar design, I haven't seen anything like this. I can't believe how easy it is to remember how to play guitar even though I haven' tin years.

  • Jim Guitar says:

    Very interesting guitar design, I haven't seen anything like this. I can't believe how easy it is to remember how to play guitar even though I haven' tin years.

  • This concept is in fact very interesting. Congratulations. I wondering why you do not monetyze it by sale.

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