Re: Rocksmith for the PS3 & Xbox 360 has a LEFTY MODE
Sorry for delay, I've been busy playing Rocksmith still. I can't tell you how nice it is to have something set up perfectly all left handed. It's really neat.
I just heard the PC version has been delayed until May, so unless you have a console you won't be able to get it anyway.
Regarding the tension and erratic technique, the program starts off just showing the root notes, then builds them into bends, double stops, power chords, chords, barre chords, hammer ons, pull offs, slides, tremolos and sustains. It keeps adjusting the music so the player can be challenged but keep up with the rhythm. The goal is to master the song, then one just plays along with the jam track without any notes or frets showing in the display.
It has some indicators and tools for suggested finger positions, and some other practice tools. It's not without shortcomings, but especially for a lefty, those are minor quibbles.
PLUS! It's really fun. I've at least doubled my practice time. I'd do more if the rest of my life didn't get in the way of guitar practice, which hasn't always been the case. I also have a callus on my pinkie now, and that finger barely obeyed me a month ago.
My son has more time, and he plays much much more guitar than he used to. He has really advanced by leaps and bounds, and is by far the best guitarist in his school jazz band now after a month. Mainly I think, because of Rocksmith.
He would only practice for 45 minutes or so before and not every night. It definitely wasn't typically something challenging like double hammer ons at the seventh sliding to a double stop bend on the 13th fret, or I IV barre chords moving up the neck, or alternating pull offs on adjacent strings. Now he may do 10 of those in a song, plus keeping the beat and changing chord shapes in time. He's playing 4 or 5 entire different songs a night. It's much much nicer than hearing just the e minor penta once, then riffs of sweet child of mine and sweet home alabama for 1/2 an hour.