Low Cost of Guitar Heroism

The newest issue of Newsweek arrived last night as it does every Wednesday and inside was a pretty thought-provoking article about the hit videogame Guitar Hero 2. Unlike all the other articles you've read about the game, this one actually talks about the game's impact on those trying to learn how to play real instruments. It's a pretty good read and, fortunately for you non-subscribers, I found a link to it on the Newsweek/MSNBC website.

Here you go.

Clearly, Guitar Hero is fun. But by bestowing the rewards of virtuosity to those who haven't spent years to earn it, is it dumbing down musicianship? If a teenager can easily become a make-believe guitar hero, does that mean he won't ever bother to master the real thing?

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