Posted on Monday, February 17th, 2014 by Will Hagle
GuitarBots is an online game that makes learning guitar fun and motivating.
GuitarBots is an online game that takes an innovative approach to guitar instruction. The site challenges guitar players to learn new songs and skills with a game that allows you to play along with songs in real time. All you need to start playing and learning is a real guitar and a computer that has a built-in microphone. GuitarBots listens through that microphone as you play, so there is no extra equipment required. GuitarBots can also be used entirely in your web browser, so there’s no need to download any bulky software. The most important factor, of course, is that the game can be played entirely for free. A free account, however, is limited by the amount of time you can play. If you run out of play time (called picks), there are a few options. You can earn extra picks by inviting new members to the site (if you invite members, you can use them as motivation to improve as you compete with them and track your progress together through GuitarBots). You can also purchase a premium plan for more access to the site, which begins at $4.99 per month (although pricing plans vary).
GuitarBots game interface is somewhat similar to games like Guitar Hero in that you play along with a song as notes scroll across the screen (in this case, a ball bounces from left to right as you play, rather than Guitar Hero’s model of scrolling upwards). The major difference with GuitarBots is that you’re actually using a real guitar. For a game that operates simply by using the computer’s built-in microphone, GuitarBots’ interface is incredibly responsive. The game picks up everything that you play, and it even tells you whether your notes are on time or off rhythm. The site has other features that will enhance any guitar player’s practice routine. There’s a well-designed guitar tuner, as well as instructions on how to improve your abilities or play certain notes and chords. The game offers a great, unique way to play guitar, have fun and acquire new skills in the process. When you’re done playing the game, you can apply your newfound guitar skills while playing by yourself or in a band.