Slash Talks "BandFuse" and the Best Piece of Guitar Advice He Ever Got
Wed, 22 Feb 2012 09:47:54
"You're picking up the guitar and playing along with the real music in BandFuse," smiles Slash. "How fucking cool is that?"
The answer is a resounding, "Really fucking cool."
That simple fact is what drew the legendary guitar-slinger to BandFuse: Rock Legends in the first place. Boasting groundbreaking technology and an extremely user-friendly interface, BandFuse is the ultimate instrument game. Not only can you jam along to your favorite song from real tablature, but you'll be ranked based on how well you're nailing the notes and the little details of the song. As an added bonus, legends like Slash will guide you through the game, giving pieces of advice and encouragement as you progress. BandFuse also features a massive, genre-jumping song list including Coldplay, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Five Finger Death Punch, Maroon 5, and, of course, Slash.
Plus, there are numerous surprises in store for BandFuse when it drops later this year.
After ripping through "Back to Cali" in the game during its unveiling event this past week, Slash sat down for an exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino about BandFuse. He tells us what makes the game special, the best piece of advice he ever got as a guitarist, and so much more.
Watch the video and read the Q&A below!
What makes BandFuse different from other video games out there?
From my experience, what makes it different is the fact that you're utilizing a real instrument. That's the big difference for me. That was the integral thing that was missing from Guitar Hero when I was doing it. No matter how much time you put into it, how much of a good time you were having, or how many competitions you won, once you put that thing down you got absolutely nothing out of it. With this, you get all of those same elements of a good time, but you walk away actually knowing how to play your favorite song. You know how to play this lick or that lack or these chords. Whatever it is, you're learning how to play guitar while you're playing the fucking game. It's great.
What's the best piece of advice you ever got about playing guitar?
The best piece of advice I ever got was from my manager back in 1986 or 1987. The advice was about intonation and how important it was. Intonation is when you're holding a string or bending a note to have it in key so you don't have it too sharp, too flat, or have it vibrate out of key so and so forth. It's one of the most crucial pieces of information because I didn't know verbally what that was. It drives me crazy when people don't use it.
Where does intonation figure into the game?
That's a good question. If you're learning any of the single note solo stuff, when you bend a note, it's going to have to be in tune. If it's not in tune, it's going to tell you. That's where intonation is going to be a crucial thing. You're going to learn about intonation in the process.
Is BandFuse something you can play with your kids?
Definitely! I obviously haven't been able to take it home yet, but I can't wait for them to see it. I think they're going to be so tripped out by it.
Will you be picking up BandFuse?
Be on the lookout for Slash's new album, Apocalyptic Love, on May 22!
See our review of Slash's "Made In Stoke 24/7/11" here!