Aaron Starke, a 20-year-old gamer from Sugar Land, Texas, was turned on to the guitar about three months ago after a job at Fry’s Electronics got him playing his fair share of Guitar Hero.
“I play expert mode on pretty much everything,” Starke said about his guitar-gaming prowess. Like Grondah, he found that learning to play a real guitar requires more patience than toying with a plastic, guitar-shaped game controller.
This means that in a couple of years we can expect MySpace to be flooded with dorkmetal bands! Will the nerds be disappointed when they find out that in the real world it takes more than just “expert-level” playing to gain fans? All kidding aside, this can only be a good thing for rock and roll. Right?
But this isn’t just affecting young kids. One of the original founders of Glorious Noise recently emailed me to say: “I have reached the point in Rock Band where the amount of practice it’s going to take to get better makes me feel embarassed. So I’m going to be giving the real guitar another go.” Let’s wish them all a whole bunch of luck!