Nirvana Bassist Vexed by Own Song on Rock Band

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"I knew the bass line to the song, of course, but I couldn't quite master this new, different way of playing it," writes Krist Novoselic, bassist for Nirvana, of his encounter with Rock Band 2.

Novoselic wrote about confronting a song he'd played hundreds of time - in studio, live, you name it - on Rock Band 2. But first, he's not a gaming luddite: "Rock has found new life with video games, and the phenomenon is leading to a revival of bands that have been around for a long time," he wrote in the Seattle Weekly.

But he never had any exposure to Rock Band or Guitar Hero until recently in a mall store, where he was literally beaten at his own game.

I know about Rock Band, because Nirvana has some songs on it. I had never tried the game before, so I gave it a go. I worked through the menu and found the song "In Bloom." I picked up the little guitar-shaped controller and hit the stage.

I knew the bass line to the song, of course, but I couldn't quite master this new, different way of playing it.

The game reminded me of Space Invaders. I tried to hit the notes cascading down the screen, but could barely keep up.

Meanwhile, this kid was watching me fumble with the game. I became self-conscious and took the controller off. I handed it to him, and he proceeded to jam on the song-and was really good! He had no idea that I was the musician he was emulating on the game, and I didn't tell him.

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But Krist's final analysis? Thumbs up:

Regardless of my first experience with the game as a player, I'm loving Rock Band. Instead of file sharing, people are actually buying music again! HA!!!

Putting that issue aside, I like how the game makes the player focus on certain components of the music. When I listen to songs, I'll usually tune my ear to the bass line. With Rock Band, you can do that, but also see the procession of notes.

Old Songs on a New Screen [Seattle Weekly, thanks huginn]

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its not a guitar its a toy. By a real guitar.