CES 2008: Guitar Wizard will teach you to play proper guitar using Guitar Hero techniques

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We’re still calming down after seeing Slash rock out with Bill Gates on stage yesterday at CES, but if you’re wanting to play a game that tests your proper guitar skills, you should check out Guitar Wizard.

It uses some of the same techniques – a rhythm game with blocks rising up the screen telling you when to pick a note – but the difference is it’s aimed at teaching you to play real guitar. It’s the work of Music Wizard Group, which released a piano version last year. It monitors your progression, so the better you get, the more strings it gets you to pluck.

guitar-wizard.JPGHow do you tell which string to play? That’ll be the colourful symbols (right) on the supplied guitar’s neck, which correspond to those on screen. Guitar Wizard goes on sale in August later this year in the US, for $149.95, with the customised guitar costing an extra $299. They tell me they’re hoping to release it in Europe too, in various language versions.

Music Wizard website

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Stuart Dredge