The TBRB Effect

AEF251AEF251 Opening Act
edited September 2010 in The Beatles: Rock Band
Playing TBRB in my house has had an interesting effect on my 2 boys. My youngest (7) asked if he could take piano lessons at the start of the summer so he can learn music, and is saving his allowance and tooth fairy money to buy himself a drum set.

My oldest (8) went to his grandmother and made a deal with her. If he saves up enough money for 2 months of guitar lessons, she'd pay for an electric guitar starter pack. He just bought a block of 10 one hour group lessons at the community centre with his Birthday money.

So we went into the store to look for a starter pack for him. In talking to the owner apparently he's been doing a brisk sale in starter packs for kids thanks to RB in general and he says THRB specifically.

"The parents with young kids have been coming in this summer, buying these starter guitars because their kids loved playing Beatles Rockband so much they all want to be a Beatle." He told me.

And he's had a lot of grown ups and teens coming in buying Beatles sheet music and asking about their instruments. He's also been selling more Beatles picks and straps too.

Just an anecdote from one store, but a year on it seems the game is still having an effect.

Comments

  • robbieconrobbiecon Road Warrior
    edited September 2010
    I must admit this gives me hope for the future of music.

    I'm delighted that they have gotten really enthusiastic about actually learning the instruments at such a young age. With some practice and determination, when they start at such a young age, they may well become extremely good at their respective instruments.

    I hope to hear more of their progress, and am delighted to hear that they are taking their enthusiasm for the game into the real world.

    On a personal level, I have been playing more songs on my acoustic guitar, and have been very interested in buying a Hofner Paul McCartney bass.
  • BlueJayGuyBlueJayGuy Rising Star
    edited September 2010
    I used to play piano before buying the game.

    But, after playing it... I began to learn songs like Blackbird or Eight Days A Week with my father's guitar.

    And I already know Blackbird (not perfect, but hey, I did it alone).
  • UmbrellaIncUmbrellaInc Unsigned
    edited September 2010
    picked up a harmonica, myself. Started to learn how to play, but need to get a book or more music.

    Learned the 'Love Me Do' riff from internet tabs. It's pretty awesome so far.
  • gamegyro56gamegyro56 Road Warrior
    edited September 2010
    AEF251;3994423 said:
    So we went into the store to look for a starter pack for him. In talking to the owner apparently he's been doing a brisk sale in starter packs for kids thanks to THRB specifically.
    What do proteins have to do with guitars?
  • JoeSaintsFanJoeSaintsFan Rising Star
    edited September 2010
    gamegyro56;3996182 said:
    :D
    AEF251;3996182 said:
    Playing TBRB in my house has had an interesting effect on my 2 boys. My youngest (7) asked if he could take piano lessons at the start of the summer so he can learn music, and is saving his allowance and tooth fairy money to buy himself a drum set.

    My oldest (8) went to his grandmother and made a deal with her. If he saves up enough money for 2 months of guitar lessons, she'd pay for an electric guitar starter pack. He just bought a block of 10 one hour group lessons at the community centre with his Birthday money.

    So we went into the store to look for a starter pack for him. In talking to the owner apparently he's been doing a brisk sale in starter packs for kids thanks to RB in general and he says THRB specifically.

    "The parents with young kids have been coming in this summer, buying these starter guitars because their kids loved playing Beatles Rockband so much they all want to be a Beatle." He told me.

    And he's had a lot of grown ups and teens coming in buying Beatles sheet music and asking about their instruments. He's also been selling more Beatles picks and straps too.

    Just an anecdote from one store, but a year on it seems the game is still having an effect.
    That sure puts a smile on my face :D, see there it is
    robbiecon;3996182 said:
    I must admit this gives me hope for the future of music.

    I'm delighted that they have gotten really enthusiastic about actually learning the instruments at such a young age. With some practice and determination, when they start at such a young age, they may well become extremely good at their respective instruments.

    I hope to hear more of their progress, and am delighted to hear that they are taking their enthusiasm for the game into the real world.

    On a personal level, I have been playing more songs on my acoustic guitar, and have been very interested in buying a Hofner Paul McCartney bass.
    me too, it's also the reason I'm on this forum as we speak, and why I've been taking drum lessons
  • JcFTW61JcFTW61 Rising Star
    edited September 2010
    yes well i learned the Please Please me Riff it took me like 10 minutes.
  • Martipin12Martipin12 Unsigned
    edited September 2010
    i buy a Epiphone Casino after play this game and see Paul playing Back in the USSR!
  • TheHunterX360TheHunterX360 Unsigned
    edited September 2010
    After playing this game with a few friends they said I have a great singing voice and now I'm a part of their band. I'm also going to start to learn how to play the bass guitar.
  • Zerobox94Zerobox94 Opening Act
    edited September 2010
    I got interested in guitar because of the Beatles a year and a half ago. Now I play acoustic and electric rhythm guitar. I even have an Epiphone Casino :cool:
  • AEF251AEF251 Opening Act
    edited September 2010
    My 6 year old was praised last lesson for picking up the piano so quickly. The teacher thinks he has a little talent. He practices of his own free will for 10-15 minutes every day. Good for one so young I should think.

    The community center cancelled the group lessons, but he asked if he could take lessons at the music school instead. He had his first lesson with his Squier Strat and did OK.

    Last night I came to check on them before turning in, they had snuck one of my CDs upstairs. I found them asleep on the floor listening to the Help! album on repeat. It gave me a flash back to when I was a kid sneaking my transistor radio into bed.
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