Okay, I know what you might be thinking…
“Darryl, can a video game really improve my guitar playing?”
After all, it's just a video game, right?
Well the answer might surprise you.
The video game I’m talking about is Guitar Hero.
(In case you don’t know what Guitar Hero is… it’s a video game that gives anyone the illusion they can play guitar. You have this little plastic guitar, and you have to press coloured buttons in time to music.)
The reality is this… Guitar Hero does NOT make you a guitar player.
But there’s one skill that Guitar Hero and real guitar DO have in common…
And when you have this skill (... and you practice it) playing in time to music becomes a whole lot easier.
Here’s what I’m talking about…
In Guitar Hero, you have to anticipate when to press down the buttons. This is the exact same skill you need when playing in time to music.
You need to be able to anticipate when you have to play. You need to time your playing just right so you land in time with the music.
It’s a little bit like driving a car.
When you’re driving, you have to look out in front of you so you don’t hit some poor old lady crossing the road with her dog.
You wouldn’t look right at your bonnet while driving.
A lot of guitar playing is about learning to anticipate when you have to play.
And playing Guitar Hero can help with that one skill.
So if you have the game, here’s an excuse to play it more. (You can justify it as guitar practice.)