Piano Hero & the Realistic Frets

So when I first heard about Guitar Hero years ago I thought the concept was SO COOL… not because this nerdy girl has really ever wanted to be a rock star, but because I thought it was pure genius to use a video game to really teach people how to play guitar.

But I was a bit disappointed to find out the guitar controller little more than a glorified toy. A very fun toy, mind you — remember those little plastic guitars where you turn a crank and out pops Mary Had a Little Lamb? It’s more FUN that that. And I’d imagine the same for RockBand. Wii Music also looks fun but it doesn’t even have instruments. But why not go the extra mile and make a controller that works like a real guitar, with buttons that match the chord positions, so people could really learn to play? And while you’re at it, why not make a Piano Hero with a keyboard controller that teaches how to play piano for real? How hard would it be, and why hasn’t anyone done that?

I’ve wondered for years, just not intensely enough to google it I guess, because this morning, I found out someone has.

Here’s a video game that helps people learn to play the piano for real. And they’re coming out with a Guitar Wizard soon, too. Apparently I need to become more hip to the educational toy scene than I am to video games.

Do any of you out there own Piano Wizard? If so what do you think of it? I’m going to learn more about both items and update this page when I have more info.

8 thoughts on “Piano Hero & the Realistic Frets

  1. Is it too good to be true? 🙂 I’d talked a bit with Eva and Rick about it. And I feel like a jerk because haven’t totally Finalized things yet. I just found out a few days ago that apparently Jared had invited his friend over for Thanksgiving.

    Only after I’d freaked out about it for half an hour, then slowly come to the rational decision that it would still be lots of fun, and had just started to think about what I’d serve, I found out they’re not coming to see us. They’re coming for family parties, and might come see us while they’re in town. Which would make sense too, so then we started talking about still going there but just coming back in time to see them after Thanksgiving.

    But THEN I found out they still MIGHT be planning on dinner with us Thursday. Which I’d be fine with, but I’m a smidge annoyed that we’d already been talking about going to AZ and now have no idea what’s going on. Trying to get that all sorted tonight so we can let you know what’s up. Good times?

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  2. Is it too good to be true? 🙂 I’d talked a bit with Eva and Rick about it. And I feel like a jerk because haven’t totally Finalized things yet. I just found out a few days ago that apparently Jared had invited his friend over for Thanksgiving.

    Only after I’d freaked out about it for half an hour, then slowly come to the rational decision that it would still be lots of fun, and had just started to think about what I’d serve, I found out they’re not coming to see us. They’re coming for family parties, and might come see us while they’re in town. Which would make sense too, so then we started talking about still going there but just coming back in time to see them after Thanksgiving.

    But THEN I found out they still MIGHT be planning on dinner with us Thursday. Which I’d be fine with, but I’m a smidge annoyed that we’d already been talking about going to AZ and now have no idea what’s going on. Trying to get that all sorted tonight so we can let you know what’s up. Good times?

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