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Rocksmith 2014 trailer introduces its heavy-duty guitar lessons

A new trailer for Rocksmith 2014 Edition focuses on its comprehensive new "Lessons" mode designed to teach players how to rock the six-string.

Rocksmith 2014 has over eighty new individual lessons that range from beginner topics like note-bending or how to properly hold a guitar pick to more advanced techniques like double-tapping strings, says Ubisoft's Jarred McAdams. The objective of the new edition was to break things down into smaller blocks, says McAdams.

Beyond age-old techniques like watching a video of an experienced player pulling off the technique, Rocksmith is designed to offer specific feedback and correct players' mistakes. In one example, McAdams is learning the note-bending technique, and demonstrates specific errors for being on the wrong string or bending the note slightly too far.

Each technique comes with a little song that players can use for practice, says McAdams, and individual sections and riffs can be replayed until the player is confident enough to move on. "With Lessons in Rocksmith 2014," says McAdams, "you're not just learning to play games, you're learning to play music."

Contrary to its name, Rocksmith 2014 Edition will launch on Oct. 22 of this year for Windows PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Ubisoft released a list of some of the tracks found in the game, which can be found below:

  • Aerosmith – Walk This Way
  • Alice In Chains – Stone
  • Arctic Monkeys – R U Mine?
  • Avenged Sevenfold – Bat Country
  • Bob Dylan – Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door
  • Iron Maiden – The Trooper
  • Jack White – Sixteen Saltines
  • Kiss – Rock And Roll All Nite
  • Mastodon – Blood and Thunder
  • Oasis – Don’t Look Back In Anger
  • Pantera – Cemetary Gates
  • Paramore – Now
  • R.E.M. – Losing My Religion
  • Radiohead – Paranoid Android
  • Rise Against – Savior
  • Slayer – War Ensemble
  • The Kinks – You Really Got Me
  • The Rolling Stones – Paint It Black
  • The Shins – For A Fool
  • The Smashing Pumpkins – Cherub Rock (with pre-order only)
  • The Smashing Pumpkins – The Chimera
  • The Who – My Generation
  • Weezer – Say It Ain’t So
  • White Zombie – Thunder Kiss ‘65

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