Guitar gaming gets serious

The Guitar Wizard software interface uses a colour-coded symbol system to represent fingering positions

Following on from the likes of Guitar Hero and Rock Band, details have emerged from the January 2008 CES show in Las Vegas of a new game entitled Guitar Wizard.

What has this got to do with serious music making, you may be wondering? The answer is that the software ships with a bona fide Washburn electric guitar with a MIDI pickup, and additionally the pickup itself can be used with any six string instrument.

The bundled software is apparently already packaged with the Mattel 'I Can Play Guitar' toy targeted at children, but Guitar Wizard promises to be a complete guitar learning experience. US RRP looks set to be around $180.

Click here to see a video that shows the system in action.

In related news, who says that all IT boffins are nerds? Check out this video of Bill Gates on stage with Slash at the CES show.

As far as we are concerned, if products like this encourage more people to pick up musical instruments then they can only be a good thing. What do you think?