I’ll admit to having sat on this one awhile, just because I wasn’t quite sure what to think of it. It’s so intriguing, though, that I just had to share it.
Courtney Sexton posted his answer to Guitar Hero in this article showing how he hacked together a Sony PS2 controller and a roached-out cornet to create TRUMPET HERO (video included)! It’s not for the faint of heart – if you get woozy from seeing real instruments (even sad ones) destroyed, please save yourself! – but it’s an interesting project.
It’s as close as you’re likely to get to actually “playing trumpet” in a videogame. Your breath is used as a replacement to strumming a guitar controller (no buzzing, though – just breathing through the pipe), and the valves/keys (plus a couple) are color-matched to guitar controller fret keys. Not a perfect match-up, but actually pretty clever.
Check it out! We’ve discussed before the benefits you can obtain from playing music-based videogames (see links at bottom of article), but this one takes things in a different direction. While we all probably agree that limited time would be better spent practicing a real instrument than pretending to play one, videogames are a fun outlet for many of us…and something that often kindles an interest in the thing being “gamed”. What do you think? Should Trumpet Hero (!), Guitar Hero, or Rock Band be cast in the dumpster? Or should music departments use them as recruitment tools and bridge builders?
Whatever you play, keep playing!
P.S. – Please keep comments respectful! It’s a big (musical) world out there.