Has Guitar Hero inspired you to pick up the sticks?

The latest instalment of Guitar Hero, number 5, is set to hit the shops tomorrow to great fanfare, but there has been great debate since the series began concerning its musical merit. The question on musical purists' lips is, does the game really encourage people to pick up the sticks for real (or guitar, bass and vocals for that matter)? Well, the guys behind the game want to know!

Did your first beats on a Guitar Hero drum controller inspire you to hit the skins for real? Perhaps you have a video of yourself demonstrating how you've developed from a gaming drummer to a real life musician? If this is you, email your stories/videos to guitarhero@bhpr.co.uk!

Chris Barnes

I'm MusicRadar's eCommerce Editor. It's my job to manage the buyer's guides on MusicRadar and help musicians find the right gear and the best prices. I'm a guitarist and a drummer and I've worked in the music gear industry for 18 years, including 7 years as Editor of the UK's best-selling drum magazine Rhythm, and 5 years as a freelance writer working with many of the world's biggest musical instrument brands including the likes of Roland, Boss, MusicRadar and Natal.