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G is for game music
August 22, 2013

One of the many challenges I fact as a guitar teacher in our age of modern music consumption methods is trying to get kids to listen to music as an activity on its own let alone listen to music with guitars in it. It isn’t that there isn’t the music out there and in fact it is even easier to get your ears on it than ever before. But the simple fact of the matter is that putting on a CD or heaven forfend an LP and just listening to it really is a thing of the past. Music is something that goes in films, in games and on the TV, something to be clicked on and listened to while you watch the video.

One of the best weapons in this battle for me is computer game music. Once you get to a certain stage of your life playing the guitar (and I am generalising here) you tend to be the same sort of person who enjoy video games. A lot of the teenagers I teach spend more time playing on the house Xbox (other gaming consoles are available) than actually practising the guitar. There was a time in my life where I did too!

If you can get the two to combine you’re halfway there. Role Playing games, and especially the ones set in a classic fantasy location are the best. A lot of them make use of, if not guitars, then plucked stringed instruments of one kind and another to produce both themes and ambient background music. If you can turn up to a lesson with something that reminds your student of the time they defeated a large and hungry dragon, they’re likely to have fun playing the music.

And if they have fun, I’ve done my job right

H is next. I’ll do my best not to just write a post about myself…. No promises though.