theglaze wrote on Aug 31, 2022, 10:46:
I tried learning guitar with Rocksmith during the pandemic. Even after a professional tune, the game wanted me to drastically change each cord to recognize it. It sounded and felt weird.
More importantly, however, my fingers literally cannot stretch to make some of the movements required. My finger muscles and ligaments are just too honed in on WASD and tight formations. Stretching my fingers to cover frets is extremely difficult, and (just) practicing the cord progression seems too inefficient.
If anyone has advice or resources on finger stretching routines, I'll try them! I've still got the telecaster laying around somewhere...
I've been a professional musician for a very long time (my main instrument is bass, but I play guitar and drums as well). I hate to be the one to say this, but learning how to play any instrument really comes down to "how" you practice. There are good ways to practice and there are bad ways. I haven't tried Rocksmith so I don't really know the mechanics, but as an instructor, all I can say is - start slow and build up speed over time. If you're having trouble shaping a chord because your fingers don't feel right, then try a different inversion. Otherwise, your 30 minute practice session should be all about making that particular chord work. Forcing yourself through a song and not getting it right is a tough way to practice. Find the thing you're having problems with the most and just do that for as long as you can, really slowly, and try to produce all the notes without fret buzz. Then after you've got it, go back to the song and try it again. Repeat.
What many people don't realize about musicians (and learning an instrument) is that practice can be really monotonous, but that's generally the only way to progress. Jumping right into songs while you're learning isn't always the best approach. Like I said, identify what you struggle with and just practice that for a while until you feel comfortable with it. One example I can remember when I was starting out, my instructor was showing me a certain fingering that I should be doing to walk up the fretboard. It turns out that he was wrong. He was telling me to use my index, middle, and ring finger, when I really should have been using my index, ring, and pinky. At first, I was like "how and hell am I going to use my weak pinky to do all that?". Then realized that I needed to strengthen it by doing a basic practice routine (1 = index, 3 = ring, 4 = pinky). So all I did was use those 3 fingers and completely omitted my middle finger. After weeks of practice like that, I got WAY better at playing songs. This is an example of how you have to change up your practice so that you can move forward.