I am a guitar wanker. There I‘ve said it. The problem is I’m also not a very good one; so back in the day I was more than happy rocking out using more plastic shit than Pamela Anderson’s favourite surgeon. Then things changed. In 2013 along came Rocksmith and the very next year the imaginatively titled Rocksmith 2014.
I have spent a pretty penny on Rocksmith, even with Steam Sales it must have broken through the £1000 mark by now, and it is still one of my favourite titles on my PC even for just jamming around with myself and it’s multitude of effects pedals. There has however always been one problem with the Rocksmith franchise, as good as it is. It simply can’t distinguish between an up-strum and a down-strum and with that you often play songs you don’t know without actually “feeling” the rhythm of the song.
This is (partly) where FourChords Karaoke comes in. Utilising, yep you guessed it, four chords (and pretty basic chords at that) FourChords Guitar Karaoke teaches a multitude of songs that all utilise the same chord progression, with the big difference being the strumming pattern. It’s hard to even begin to write how many popular songs actually utilise the same chord progression, the best way is to show you through (totally unrelated to the title) Australian comedy band Axis of Awesome
FourChords Guitar karaoke takes full advantage of this, providing a huge repertoire of songs you can play after learning four basic chords and a few strumming patterns. Well that’s all well and good I hear you cry, but what if you actually struggle with strumming patterns. Well FourChords have you covered here as well.
You see there is a Youtube Guitarist called Justin Guitar (I’m quite sure it’s not his real name) and he features in a ton of videos which are included in the title. These videos give you some background information on the songs, learn the required strumming pattern and help you to transition fluidly through the four chords. As an unrelated side note, watching Justin Guitar videos was how I learnt to play Good Riddance (Time of your Life) and Times Like These.
What about backing tracks and lyrics for the karaoke element. Fourchords is covered very nicely and everything is displayed in a similar fashion to a karaoke machine with what you are playing/listening to/singling highlighted and what is coming next clearly displayed to prepare yourself in due time. Everything is adjustable as well, so if you don’t fancy the full drums then why go for the old school learning of a metronome or if you want to recreate the party atmosphere, then use the handclap option.
FourChords Guitar Karaoke just seems to hit the nail on the head and if you are a beginner or just want to add to your Guitar Wanker repertoire then I highly recommend picking up the title on steam for £14.99. You can pick it up for free on ios or Android but the steam purchase gives you access to the full musical catalogue of over 100 songs within the title. This alongside the knowledge and tutorials provided by Justin Guitar encapsulated within a highly polished interface simply makes this a must buy for anyone with a six string sitting in the corner of their room and can’t be bothered trailing specialised cables to their PC.
Midlife Gamer Rating: 8.5/10 Format: iOS / Android / PC Release Date: Out Now
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