christopher_robin wrote:Well, you fucking douchebag, the whole point of the original post is that GH *is* replacing music for this young person.
And so what if it is? Not everyone's calling in life is or should be to become a skilled musician. And parents are certainly NOT the one's to decide this. At least that is how I feel.
No one has even bothered to ask how old the kid is. So a 10 year old would rather play a video game than practice learning a real instrument? Wow! Big surprise!
I grew up with similar interests as Bigote's kid many decades before GH or most other video games for that matter. My dad's younger brother played in a band and that made quite an impression on me at a very young age. My sister and I used to drag his old broken down guitars out of the closet at my gramma's house and pretend to play them very early on. Then I discovered "my own" music (Kiss, Cheap Trick, Nugent, Van Halen). Then in junior high I got my first acoustic guitar and started taking lessons after school from the choir teacher who volunteered his time. I was not forced into this by my parents and was great fun at first, learned an easy (2 chord?) Beatles tune and then got to learn a song of my choice - I think it was a Kiss song. But it was hard work, my fingers hurt, and slowly lost interest.
This was during the '80's and the new thing at the time was air bands. Since I was so much into music, it was only natural for me and my friends to become completely obsessed with making instruments, rehearsing, and competing in air band competitions. We took it to a new level and even beat out the seniors at our high school when we were mere sophmores doing songs from a new upcoming genre of music called heavy metal.
Fast forward to early college days, bored and looking for something to waste time on instead of studying, I pulled out that old dusty acoustic guitar and started to relearn all the basic chords. I saved up money for an electric and an amp, taught myself how to play Judas Priest and Metallica rhythms and not long after joined my first band. Since then I've been playing in bands for the past 20 years.
While getting up to speed on the real guitar in college and joining that first band, I wished many times I would not have wasted all that time with airbands. But now looking back would not trade all the fun, experiences, and life lessons learned I had with my junior high and high school air bandmates.
When it came to playing music it was always on my own terms. You can't force a kid to want to play an instrument. All you can do is encourage them to follow their interests. And I see very little wrong with allowing them to play video games that help enhance these skills and develop these interests. Of course it is up to the parent(s) to decide how much time spent on the "game" is right for the kid and make sure he/she has priorities set (i.e. finish that math homework and then you can play guitar hero).
I think my air band experiences are similar to today's guitar hero and rock band video games. As a teenager, I turned my back on the real instrument only to come back to it later in life because of the fun I had faking it in air bands only made me want to do the real thing that much more.