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  • Is Rocksmith available for my console/computer?

    The original Rocksmith is available on Xbox 360, PlayStation®3 system, and PC. Rocksmith 2014 Edition is available on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation®4 system, PlayStation®3 system, PC, and Macintosh.

  • What are the minimum system requirements for Rocksmith 2014 Edition on PC and Mac computers?

    PC Minimum Requirements:

    OS: Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8
    Processor: 2.66 GHz Intel Core2 Duo E6750 or 2.8 GHz AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+
    Memory: 2 GB RAM
    Video Card: 256 MB DirectX 9.0c-compliant with Shader Model 3.0 or higher (see supported list)*
    Hard Drive Space: 12 GB
    Sound: DirectX-compatible

    PC Recommended:

    OS: Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8
    Processor: 3.06 GHz Intel Core i3-540 or 3.30 GHz AMD Athlon II X3 455 or better
    Memory: 4 GB RAM
    Video Card: 256 MB DirectX 9.0c-compliant with Shader Model 3.0 or higher (see supported list)*
    Hard Drive Space: 12 GB
    Sound: DirectX-compatible

    Mac Minimum Requirements:

    OS: Mac OS X Version 10.7 or higher
    Processor: 2.40 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7700
    Video Card: 256 MB DirectX 9.0c-compliant with Shader Model 3.0 or higher (see supported list)*
    Memory: 2 GB RAM
    Hard Drive Space: 12 GB
    Sound: DirectX-compatible

    Mac Recommended:

    OS: Mac OS X Version 10.7 or higher
    Processor: 2.40 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7700 or better
    Video Card: 256 MB DirectX 9.0c-compliant with Shader Model 3.0 or higher (see supported list)*
    Memory: 4 GB RAM
    Hard Drive Space: 12 GB
    Sound: DirectX-compatible

    *Supported Video Cards at Time of Release:

    AMD Radeon HD 2600 XT / 3000 / 4000 / 5000 / 6000 / 7000 series
    NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT / 9 / 200 / 400 / 500 / 600 / 700 series

  • Can I use my guitar with Rocksmith?

    Most likely, the answer is yes. If your guitar has a standard 1/4" output jack for you to plug in the required Rocksmith Real Tone Cable, then yes, your guitar will work. If your guitar does not have a jack (for example, many acoustic guitars), you can go down to your local music store and buy a pickup, and your guitar will be ready to plug in and play.

  • Do I need an amplifier to play the game?

    Nope. All you need is a TV and a compatible console or computer. With Rocksmith, your TV, computer, or home theater system becomes your amplifier. You plug your guitar directly into the console, and play. It's that easy.

  • I've never played guitar, and it seems difficult and intimidating. How do you expect me to play this game with no prior guitar knowledge?

    Rocksmith is designed for players of all skill levels, whether you’re a seasoned pro or touching a guitar for the first time. Rocksmith adapts to your personal skill level in real time, making it possible for you to play and have fun.

  • I'm an experienced guitar player, and am not interested in software for beginners. Why should I buy Rocksmith?

    If you're an experienced guitar player, it will recognize this, and feed you the amount of notes that you're able to play. If that's 100% of what the actual guitar is playing in the recorded song, then that’s what you’ll be able to learn to play at a pace that’s right for you.

  • There’s a new symbol on the note highway that I’ve never seen before. What does it mean?

    Rocksmith 2014 uses a variety of different note heads and tails to represent the vast array of guitar techniques needed to learn to play songs as accurately as possible. Click here to download a PDF guide which explains all of the different symbols and techniques present in Rocksmith 2014.

  • Does Rocksmith have rhythm or lead guitar? How about bass?

    All three! Rocksmith has arrangements including lead guitar, rhythm guitar, and bass guitar. Within a specific song, whatever guitar parts are featured in the actual recording are what we have available for you to play.

    • When you first start the game, you’ll be asked whether you’d like to play Lead, Rhythm, or Bass. Select the one you’d like to try playing first.

    • You can switch which arrangements are displayed in the song list, by selecting My Path and choosing the new part you’d like to try playing.

    • Rocksmith 2014 is designed to give you a level of difficulty that’s tailored to your current skill level, no matter which path you choose. That means whether you choose Rhythm or Lead, we’ll start you out with a simplified version of the song that you’ll be able to handle.

  • Should I choose the Lead, Rhythm, or Bass path? How are they different?

    Lead and Rhythm path will present you with the guitar parts for songs. Lead arrangements contain material that’s out front, like riffs and solos, while Rhythm arrangements will focus more on a song’s accompaniment, featuring more chord strumming and supportive material. Sometimes there will be some crossover between these, with the Lead strumming along or the Rhythm playing a short solo, so you should definitely check out all of a song’s arrangements. Sometimes, when a song has only one guitar part, it will have only one arrangement.

    Most songs only have one bass part, so there’s only one bass path. If you have a bass guitar, this is where you’d use it. You can also play bass arrangements using a regular 6-string guitar by using the “Emulate Bass” mode, available in the options menus.

    Here is a video explaining Emulated Bass and how to use it.

    Some songs also have alternate and bonus arrangements, available under “Bonus Arrangements” on the song hub screen. Those are fun too! Check them out!

  • Do I have to stay on the same path the whole time I play?

    No! Switching between paths is easy! You can change your path as often as you want, from almost any menu in the game. Just select “My Path” from the options at the bottom of your screen. Rocksmith will keep track of your missions and progress for each path independently, so when you switch back, you’ll pick up right where you left off.

  • Are there effects pedals in the game?

    There are loads of effects pedals built into the game, and they are all the real deal. You'll get to tweak your sounds, and string them together with nearly infinite combinations until you're satisfied. Whether it's a crunchy distortion, a vintage tremolo, or a psychedelic reverb, we have the gamut covered to make sure you can achieve the sound you're looking for.

  • Is there multiplayer?

    Absolutely. We have split screen multiplayer where you and a friend can rock side-by-side in any combination of guitar and bass.

  • What songs do you have in the game?

    Our always-growing song library includes a wide range of music, features hit rock songs by their original artists spanning alternative rock, heavy metal, classic rock, and more. With Rocksmith you can learn to play your favorite songs from a wide range of eras and genres! For the most up-to-date track list, visit the Music Page.

  • Can I put my own music into the game?

    Currently, no. The intended goal of Rocksmith is not to be recording software. We want people to focus on playing the guitar and having fun.

  • What’s the Rocksmith guitar cable?

    Rocksmith requires a unique quarter-inch to USB cable that allows users to plug any real guitar with a quarter-inch jack directly into their Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, or Mac. Developed exclusively for Rocksmith, this revolutionary cable turns the guitar’s signal from analog to digital, allowing it to be recognized and played through your hardware device. Rocksmith is bundled with the required cable, except in download versions and the Rocksmith 2014 Edition "No Cable Included" Version

  • What is the price of the standalone Rocksmith Real Tone Cable?

    The Rocksmith Real Tone Cable alone retails for $39.99. If you have two, you can play multiplayer with a friend. You can buy extra cables here.

  • Will my cable from the original Rocksmith work with Rocksmith 2014 Edition?

    Yes – the Real Tone Cable is universal and works with all editions of Rocksmith on all platforms. It’s also required, so make sure you have one.

  • Is there DLC for the game?

    Yup! Our DLC library includes well over 100 songs and is constantly expanding. For a complete, up-to-date list of what’s available to download visit the Music page.

  • Can I use DLC from the original Rocksmith with Rocksmith 2014 Edition?

    Yes. Your previous DLC purchases are compatible, as long as you’re playing on the same platform or platform family (e.g., trying to move your original Rocksmith DLC you got on your Xbox 360 console to a copy of Rocksmith 2014 Edition on PlayStation®3 system will not work).

  • What about the on-disc songs from the original Rocksmith? Can I play those?

    Yes! If you still own the original Rocksmith, you will be able to import 52 of the original songs into the new Rocksmith 2014 Edition for a one-time music label relicensing fee of $9.99. As part of this process, all these songs will be updated with the new tunings, techniques, tones, and other enhancements new to 2014 Edition. These 52 songs include everything except Eric Clapton "Run Back To Your Side" and Cream "Sunshine of Your Love" from the main disc tracks, plus 3 of the 6 unlockable bonus songs. To do this process, you will be prompted inside the main menu the first time you launch, or you can access it from the SHOP as the "Song Import" pack. This carries over to PlayStation®4 system and Xbox One as well, but since the original Rocksmith was not available for those platforms, you’ll need to import the songs on your previous console.

  • Where can I request songs for future DLC?

    Just fill out this form. We’d like to hear your suggestions!

  • What’s the difference between the original Rocksmith and the Rocksmith 2014 Edition?

    All the original game’s features have been drastically improved and revamped, and we’ve added a ton of new ones! Check out our product comparison list for more details.

  • Are there latency issues with Rocksmith?

    If you experience any noticeable latency with Rocksmith, then it’s more than likely due to the specific setup you’re using. Since everyone has a unique arrangement with their home entertainment systems, we’ve outlined steps you can take to avoid this issue.

    • If available on your TV, use the Game or PC mode setting. These modes bypass extra video processing filters to seriously reduce lag time.

    • If the TV does not have a Game or PC mode, you can diminish lag by turning off video processing filters. Refer to your TV manual for more information on how to turn off processing filters.

    • Check to see that the console is outputting video at the native resolution of your TV. If your TV’s native resolution is 1080p but your console is set to 720p, the TV must process the signal to scale the image up to fill the entire screen, which adds to the input lag.

    • On some TVs, HDMI connections can introduce more input lag than component or PC cables. If your TV has noticeable input lag using HDMI connection, you can diminish the lag by switching to component video cables or PC cables.

    • If you’re using external speakers, connecting the audio from the console to a stereo receiver or home theater system using analog audio cables (on Xbox 360 and PlayStation®3 system) or optical audio cables (on Xbox One and PlayStation®4 system) can fix audio lag.

  • I play lefty. Does Rocksmith 2014 support left-handed players?

    Yes! When you first start the game, it will ask you whether you’d like to play left-handed or right-handed. If you’d like to switch the handedness later on, you can do so by selecting Options > Play Settings > Select Handedness.

    If you’d like instructional videos displayed during the game to show a left-handed player, select Options > Visual Settings > Mirror Video.

  • Does Rocksmith support 7-string guitars and 5-string basses?

    The material in the game is designed by be played with 6-string guitars and 4-string basses. You’re welcome to use instruments with more strings, but there is no content specific to these expanded instruments.

  • Rocksmith 2014 keeps telling me I’m on the wrong fret, but I’m absolutely sure I’m on the right fret. What’s wrong?

    There are a few things that could cause this:

    • Your bass or guitar could be out of tune. If it’s out of tune, Rocksmith will think you’re playing the wrong note. To tune your guitar or bass, select Tools>Tuner

    • You could be pressing down too hard on the string. If you press too hard, it can bend the string slightly, causing it to sound higher than it should. Try pressing a little lighter.

    • Your bass or guitar’s intonation could be off. Adjustments can be made to basses and guitars that affect how in-tune they sound at different spots on the neck. Information on setting up a bass or guitar can be found online. If you’re unsure about doing it yourself, your local guitar shop can help you out.

  • I can’t hear my guitar at all, but otherwise the game sounds fine. What’s wrong?

    There are a few things that could cause this:

    • Make sure your bass or guitar’s volume knob is turned up

    • Make sure the cable is securely plugged into your bass or guitar

    • Make sure the other end of the cable is securely plugged unto the USB connector in your system, console, or computer

    • Some guitars have “active” pickups, which require battery power. If your instrument requires a battery, make sure the battery isn’t dead.

  • I’d rather not have the game set a song’s difficulty for me. Can I set a song’s difficulty myself?

    Yes! There are a few ways to do this:

    If you want to set your starting difficulty, but still want the game to adjust to your playing while you learn the song:

    - Enter Riff Repeater while in the song

    - Select the sections of the song that’s difficulty you want to set (the entire song, if you want), and adjust the difficulty to your desired value

    - Select “Resume Song”

    If you want to play a song all the way through with a fixed difficulty:

    - Enter Riff Repeater while in the song

    - Set the difficulty to the desired level(s). You can set the difficulty for the whole song or for each section individually.

    - Select each section of the song until the entire song is highlighted in the phrase bar at the top of the screen, and then choose “Start Riff Repeater”

    If you want to play competitive, fixed difficulty, scored arrangements:

    - Choose “Score Attack” from an individual song’s play menu

    - OR choose Score from the Guitarcade menu

    - Select difficulty and play song

    Click here to learn more about Riff Repeater.

  • I’m color blind and can’t tell which string is which. Is there a way to make them different colors?

    Yes. Select Options > Visual Settings > Color Blind Mode

  • I’m having trouble getting my guitar in tune. What can I do?

    Here are a few things to keep in mind while tuning your guitar:

    • Be sure you’re turning the right peg. You should be turning the peg that’s currently highlighted on the tuner screen.

    • Tightening the string makes the pitch higher and the needle on the tuner go up

    • Loosening the string makes the pitch lower and the needle on the tuner go down

    • Let the note ring out after you play it, so the tuner can get a good reading

    • Play the string again whenever the sound starts to fade out – as the note gets quieter, the harder it is for the tuner to get an accurate reading

    • Try loosening the string and then bringing it back up to the right pitch rather than starting high and bringing it down. If your string gets too tight, it will break.

    • Click here for a video to learn more about tuning tips and troubleshooting

  • Why do I have to retune my guitar to play some songs?

    There are a couple of reasons why a song might not be in standard tuning.

    Sometimes guitarists play in alternate tunings. To be as authentic and accurate as possible, we teach the songs using the tunings the artists used. In most cases, it’s not possible to play the guitar parts as performed on the recording without adopting the alternate tuning. Human fingers just can’t reach all the notes played in the song if the strings aren’t retuned.

    In other cases, a song might not be tuned to A440 (the note A defined as 440 Hz), which is the most common reference pitch used by musicians for tuning. If A is set a bit higher or lower than that, but not far enough off to get to the next note over, your guitar will need to be retuned to match this offset. This can come about if the musicians were not tuned to A440 to begin with, or if the recordings were sped up or slowed down during the production process.

  • For minor tuning offsets and common alternate tunings like Eb and D Standard, couldn’t you just pitch-shift the whole song so that I can play in standard tuning?

    In some cases, we can, and we have. However, this is something we can’t do unilaterally. We have to have permission from the owner of the song to put out an altered version of the recording. If they don’t allow us to release a pitch-shifted version, then your guitar will have to be retuned to play along. Otherwise it would sound horrible.

  • Can’t you just make the retuning automatic, in software?

    This is not as simple as it sounds. First, when different strings are retuned different amounts (going from EADGBE to DADGAD, for example), there’s no way to pitch-shift each string separately. They all come in through one audio channel, so there’s no way to shift the notes coming from one string a different amount from the notes coming in from another string.

    Even in cases where all the strings do get shifted the same amount -- going from E Standard to Eb standard, for example – pitch-shifting the audio signal has some major drawbacks. The audio coming from your speakers will be different from the sound produced acoustically by your guitar, which can be both confusing and unpleasant to hear. Pitching down a pure interval like an octave (as we do for Emulated Bass) is relatively simple, since you’re just cutting the frequency in half, but tuning down an impure interval can give less convincing results.

    Finally, it’s worth noting that tuning and retuning is a part of playing the guitar. It’s a valuable skill and one worth acquiring. Once you get the hang of it, it will become a minor issue.

  • But I don’t want to retune so much! What can I do?

    Fortunately, Rocksmith 2014 gives you a lot of flexibility when it comes to sorting and choosing songs to play, so you’re never forced into playing a song in a tuning that you don’t want to play. Tunings are listed in the song menus, and you can sort songs by tuning in order to group songs in similar tunings together. In Non Stop Play you can create a playlist including or excluding whatever songs you like. You can also skip a song if you’d rather not retune for it.

    Some lucky people who are able to afford more than one guitar will keep one tuned to E Standard and another to use just for non-standard tunings. Of course, this might not be an option for everyone, but if you’re looking for an excuse to buy a new guitar, this could be it!

  • I don’t have a bass. Can I still play the bass parts in a song?

    Yes. You can play bass parts on a regular guitar for everything except for the bass lessons and the initial game setup sequence. Once you’ve finished the initial setup section of the game, just select Options > Play Settings > Emulate Bass. This will allow you to play bass parts with a regular guitar, and will apply an effect to make your guitar sound like a bass.

    NOTE: Although you won’t be able to participate in the bass lessons with a regular guitar, the guitar lessons will help you with almost all of the techniques you’ll run into in a song’s bass arrangement.

    Here is a video explaining Emulated Bass and how to use it.

  • I’m used to the strings being displayed in the opposite order, with the thick one on the bottom and the thin one on top. Can I display it like that?

    Yes. Select Options > Play Settings > Invert Strings to reverse their order.

  • I don’t think I’m ready to play these songs from memory. Can I stop the notes from fading out while I play?

    Yes. Select Options > Play Settings > Master Mode to toggle Master Mode on and off. Setting Master Mode to “On” fades the notes out once you’ve mastered the song. Setting Master Mode to “Off” keeps the notes visible, even after you’ve mastered the song.

  • Is there a Help or general Instruction Manual for the game?

    Yes! Here’s how to access it:

    • If you’re still in the initial part of the game, before you first see the Main Menu, then push the Help button. Here you’ll find troubleshooting tips and lots of information on basic guitar and bass skills, as well as tips for getting to know the Rocksmith 2014 interface.

    • If you’re already in the main part of the game, then select Tools > Options > Manual. Here you’ll find the same troubleshooting tips, basic instrument information, and tips for getting to know the interface from the game’s initial setup. You’ll also find information on the button controls, a Session Mode glossary, and a detailed, labeled guide to the key screens for both Learn a Song and Session Mode.

    • NOTE: Some of the topics and diagrams change based on whether you’re playing guitar or bass to ensure you’re viewing the information relevant to the instrument you have currently selected.

  • Can I slow down a song to practice the tricky riffs?

    Yes! Just enter Riff Repeater while you’re playing a song. The song will prompt you with the Riff Repeater button at the start: B on Xbox 360, Circle on PlayStation 3, or Space Bar on PC or Mac. Then, select Speed. Set the speed your comfort level and then use Section Start and Section End to pick which parts of the song to practice. Click here to learn more.

  • Can I skip ahead past a video, or replay a lesson video?

    Yes! You can do both. If you’re playing on an Xbox 360, press the right and left bumpers and triggers (LB, RB, LT, RT) to quickly select any part of the lesson. Then press A to navigate to it. Use this if you want to skip ahead, or replay any video you’ve already seen. You can also press X to pull up the Lesson Contents, then and select which video or section you would want to replay or skip ahead to.

    For PS3, you can press L1, R1, L2, R2 followed by X to navigate to any lesson section. Square opens up Lesson Contents.

    For PC, press the left and right arrow keys followed by Enter to navigate to any lesson section, or press Spacebar to pull up Lesson Contents.

  • What do I do if I break a string?

    Unfortunately, once a string is broken, it is unusable. You’ll need to acquire a new string.

    To learn how to restring the string, you can go the Restringing a Guitar (or Restringing a Bass) lesson. If you’re still in the initial tutorial, you can select Force Bypass to skip pass that to access the Restringing lesson.

  • What are all these knobs and switches on my guitar or bass? Do I have to do anything with them?

    The short answer is that these all affect your sound and that you should always have the knobs turned all the way up (clockwise).

  • There’s so much to do… I can’t decide what to do next! Any suggestions?

    Sure! Rocksmith 2014 has a ton of stuff to do, and you can play any part of the game at any time you want, right from the start. But for those looking for a little more guidance, Rocksmith suggests Missions for you to complete as you progress through the game. Each of path has its own set of missions. Select “My Path” from the options at the bottom of your screen to see a list of your current missions.

  • I’d like to know the name of the note I’m playing. What note is this?

    Rocksmith 2014 has a chromatic tuner built right into its pause menu, and you can use that to tune up at any time to tune up. Another great thing about this tuner, though, is that it will tell you the name of any note you play. Just go into the pause menu, play a note, and the tuner will tell you what that note is. Give it a try!

  • Are there chord charts?

    Yes! And they are interactive. Rocksmith includes over 1,000 chords.

    • To access a basic, general set of chord charts, select Tools > Chord Book.

    • To access chords for a particular song, pause within that song and then select Tools > Chord Book.


  • What versions of Rocksmith supports bass guitar?

    All versions of Rocksmith 2014 and Rocksmith support bass guitar, except the very original release. However, even with that original copy, you can download bass compatibility through the in-game store for $9.99.

  • What songs will I be able to play using a bass?

    All the songs included on-disc and as DLC which include a bass part in their original recording will be playable for bass. That’s pretty much 99% of them!

  • Do I have to pay more for DLC or re-buy them to play them with bass?

    There is no extra charge for bass support on DLC songs. Bass arrangements are included with the guitar arrangements currently being offered.

  • Which features can I use with my bass?

    Nearly everything playable with guitar can be played with a bass! There are bass technique challenges and instructional videos, bass specific equipment for playing in amp mode, and even bass support for most Guitarcade games.

  • I don’t have a bass, can I still play the new bass content?

    Yes! The bass content will feature a bass emulation mode so you can play all bass parts with your regular 6-string guitar.

    Here is a video explaining Emulated Bass and how to use it.

  • How will bass and guitar progression be tracked?

    Bass progression is tracked separately from your other guitar progress. There are also separate lessons, arrangements, and dynamic difficulty settings for the two instruments. Just like with guitar, Rocksmith allows you to play bass at your own pace.

  • Is it safe to play bass using the speakers on my TV or computer?

    Yes. Unlike playing a bass regularly, playing bass with Rocksmith allows you to use any audio output. Since the software models an amp, it takes care of all the problems that may occur when not using a dedicated bass amp.

  • Can I play guitar and bass at the same time in multiplayer?

    Absolutely! You can play with any combination of guitar and bass during multiplayer.

  • I have a 5-string/fretless bass, can I still play Rocksmith?

    Yes! Even though Rocksmith will not support the additional utility or certain aspects of your bass, if it has a ¼" output jack, and you’re able to play along with the prompts in the game, you’ll be able to use Rocksmith’s new bass content. However, we recommend the use of a 4-string bass as the content was designed with that in mind.

  • Will there be a bass bundle available?

    No, unlike the guitar bundle featuring an Epiphone Les Paul Jr., there will be no Rocksmith bundle where a bass will be included.


Click here for an in-depth video which explains the various features found in Session Mode.
  • I've never improvised before. How do I use Session Mode to get started?

    Session Mode has a series of over 40 progressive missions designed specifically to teach beginners how to improvise. After you've learned a few songs and feel reasonable comfortable playing your instrument, just enter Session Mode and start tackling those missions.

    Complete the objectives and follow the advice in the Current Mission Panel in the My Band screen, and you'll be on your way to improvising in no time!

  • How do I start playing with a band?

    Go to Session Mode from the Main Menu and you’ll be on the My Band screen. Here, you can select or create a band to play with. If you already know what instruments you want in your band, choose from 76 instruments to fill your four instrument slots. If you’d rather pick a ready-made band based on a specific genre of music, pick one of our XXX preset bands instead. On the My Band screen, you can also choose settings that affect how the band plays with you, such as Root, Tempo, and Scale.

    After you have your band and settings ready, press the button or key that allows you to Start Session. This will be displayed in the button prompts at the bottom of the screen.

  • How do I know what to play in a Session?

    While in a Session, you'll see colored notes on the guitar neck at the bottom of the screen. These are Scale Notes and are guaranteed to sound good with the band. The solid Scale Notes are the Chord Tones, which will sound especially consonant. Play as much or as little as you want, as long as you’re playing those Scale Notes, you'll sound great!

    You can also shift your view up and down guitar neck or zoom it out to see the whole neck at one. Either of these will allow you to see where else along the neck the Scale Notes show up. So, you don’t just limit yourself the starting position. The whole fretboard can be your playground! Just follow the button prompts at the bottom of the screen to shift or zoom.

  • How do I know which instruments to choose?

    Session Mode has 76 instruments, everything from drum sets to a kazoo! You can create your own band from scratch or grab a preset band. You can even save bands you create!

    If you're just starting out, try following the first few Session Mode missions to get your bearings. The missions will start you off with some straightforward bands and instruments. They’ll also give you some great tips to help you get the most out of your Session.

  • Why are some of the instrument categories greyed out?

    You can only equip one instrument from a category at a time. It helps ensure that your band sounds as balanced as possible.

  • Why does the band keep stopping right after they start?

    The band stops playing when you stop playing. Sometimes, if you don't play loud enough at the start, the band will stop because they think you’re done. Try playing a little bit louder and bolder. If you still have problems keeping the band going, take a second to recalibrate your instrument from the Tuner.

  • Why can't I make the band reach the top of the Intensity Meter?

    The top of the intensity meter is reserved for players that are really slamming their instrument. Play louder! If you feel like you’re really wailing and you still can't reach the top of the intensity meter, take a second to recalibrate your instrument from the Tuner.

  • My band is playing at full Intensity all the time? WHY?

    Remember, the band follows you! You might actually be playing at full Intensity all the time. However, if you feel like the band isn't following you when you play quieter, take a second to recalibrate your instrument from the Tuner.

  • Ugh, why is Calibration your answer to everything…?

    Calibration is very important for all of Rocksmith 2014 to work correctly, but it's especially important in Session Mode. It’s helps the band listen to what you’re doing. The musicians in Session Mode need to understand how you and your instrument sound in order to follow you the right way.

    If you ever feel like you sound a bit weird or Session Mode sounds a bit off… recalibrate, recalibrate, recalibrate.

  • How do I know if I am getting the notes right?

    Don't think about notes being right and wrong. You're improvising now, so anything goes! Both notes in the scale (consonant notes) and notes outside of the scale (dissonant notes) have a place in music. In fact, contrast between them can make your Session sound more interesting.

    That being said, when you're learning the Scale Shapes, it's helpful to have visual feedback to know whether or not you’re playing notes in the scale. The Harmonicity Meter in the center of the screen does just that. When you play notes that are in the scale, you'll notice that the Harmonicity Meter has nice smooth lines. In contrast, when you play notes outside of the scale, the Harmonicity Meter will get fuzzy, unclear, and look dissonant.

  • How do I make the band stop?

    Just stop playing and the band will stop soon after. They want to play with YOU, after all.

  • Can I change the tempo while I'm playing?

    Yes! You can change the tempo of the band in real time by using the button prompts at the bottom of the screen.

  • I made a sweet tone in Tone Designer; can I use it in Session Mode?

    Yes! Assign your favorite tones to your custom tone slots and switch between tones when you're playing with the bands in Session Mode.

  • The band keeps changing Scale Notes on me! How do I make them play something more straightforward?

    Go to the My Band screen and change the Complexity slider to Jam or Radio. Complexity affects how much the band members contribute their own ideas. If the Complexity is up very high, they might contribute some very dramatic changes that may be overwhelming at first. Once you feel comfortable with Jam and Radio, you can always slide the Complexity higher and see if you can follow the band’s changes!

    If you're just starting out, take some time to follow the missions. They will give you a really good idea of how to control all the customization in Session Mode.

  • Can I play Session Mode with a Bass?

    Yes! If you’re currently already playing bass parts elsewhere in the game, then just enter Session Mode. Your Session will be set up for bass, already.

    If you’ve been playing guitar in Session Mode, first exit Session Mode. Then, enter the My Path screen by using the button command at the bottom of the screen. Once in My Path, switch to bass and then go back to Session Mode.


  • What’s new in the PS4™ and Xbox One editions?

    The core experience of learning to play the guitar with Rocksmith 2014 remains the same, but both new versions output graphics at 1080p. Additionally, the PlayStation®4 system version supports Remote Play via the PlayStation®Vita, so you can practice the songs in another room even though you aren’t being tracked or scored. Also, building upon the Kinect support in the Xbox 360 version, Xbox One users can navigate the game using the improved Kinect voice commands system, so you never have to put down the guitar.

  • How many songs are included with Rocksmith 2014 Edition for PlayStation®4 system and Xbox One?

    Rocksmith 2014 includes 55 songs, plus an additional 10 bonus songs, which are unlockable as you progress through the game and achieve specific goals. A complete list of all 55 songs that are immediately playable in Rocksmith 2014 is available on our Music page. For the move to PlayStation®4 system and Xbox One, no songs have been added to or deleted from the core game.

  • Can I import my existing DLC from Xbox 360 or PlayStation®3 system?

    Yes. You will be able to import any DLC you have purchased within the same console family for no additional charge. That is, any DLC you have purchased on Xbox 360 will be downloadable on Xbox One, and any PlayStation®3 system DLC will be downloadable on PlayStation®4 system. You do not need to transfer any files between your existing consoles and your new one – just download

  • I bought the Import Pack to bring most of the songs from the original Rocksmith disc into my Rocksmith 2014 library. Will I still be able to access to those tracks?

    Yes. You’ll be able to re-download them as if they were any other DLC in your collection.

  • If I bought DLC on Xbox 360 but I now own a PS4™, can I import my DLC across platforms? Can I transfer my Steam DLC library to my console?

    No, sorry. You can only import DLC from within the same console “family” (so, PlayStation® 3 DLC only carries forward to PS4, and Xbox 360 DLC only carries forward to Xbox One). Cross-platform DLC transfer is not possible, as different, independent companies run each of those digital stores.

  • If I buy DLC on a new console (PS4 or Xbox One), can I also download it for my previous system (PS3 or Xbox 360)?

    No, sorry – but the opposite is true. If you buy DLC on an Xbox 360, you can bring it forward to Xbox One; if you buy DLC on a PlayStation®3 system, you can also download it on PlayStation®4 system. So if you want to own the DLC on both platforms within a console family, you should buy it on the earlier console, then download it on the newer one.

    So, for maximum clarity: If you buy Rocksmith 2014 DLC on PS3™, you will own it on PS3™ and PS4™. If you buy DLC on PS4™, you will only own it on PS4™. If you buy DLC on Xbox 360, you will own it on Xbox 360 and Xbox One. If you buy DLC on Xbox One, you will only own it on Xbox One.

  • Will DLC from the original Rocksmith be available for sale on the new consoles?

    Yes. All of the DLC released for the original Rocksmith is compatible with Rocksmith 2014 and will be made available for purchase on both PlayStation®4 system and Xbox One. If you’ve already bought it on your previous console, you can download it on your new console at no additional charge.

  • Can I transfer my save game/progress from my existing console to the new console?

    No, sorry. You'll need to start your career over, but Rocksmith will automatically adjust to your skill level after you’ve played a few songs, so you’ll remain appropriately challenged.

  • If I already earned Achievements and Trophies on the previous console versions, will I be able to earn those again on the new systems?

    Yes. The games are seen as different entities, with their own lists of Achievements and Trophies.

  • Do I need to buy the official Rocksmith Real Tone Cable?

    Yes, as Rocksmith 2014 Edition will not function without the Real Tone Cable. The physical/retail edition of the game comes with one, and if you would like additional cables (for instance, for multiplayer mode), you can buy additional cables from participating retailers or directly from Ubisoft.

  • Where can I buy a second cable for multiplayer?

    Ubisoft sells them online via the Uplay Shop, but Amazon also carries the cable as its own item. Your local store might carry it too, or be able to order it for you; give them a call.

  • I already own a Real Tone Cable from another edition of the game. Can I use that?

    Yes – the cable is universal and will work on any of the supported platforms (Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation®4 system, PlayStation®3 system, PC, and Macintosh). If you already own a Real Tone Cable, you might want to get the digital download edition from the PlayStation®Store or Xbox Marketplace. 

  • Can I use the console’s streaming functionality to broadcast my Rocksmith 2014 gameplay?

    In some modes, yes. You can broadcast your free-form jams in Session Mode out to the internets as often as you like, show off your skills by streaming Guitarcade games, and hold sonic clinics online in Tone Designer. If you want to stream Learn a Song, Multiplayer, or Score Attack gameplay, you won't be able to use the internal streaming functionality for that content, for copyright reasons.

  • Which AV connection will give me the best experience?

    We never recommend using only an HDMI connector to play Rocksmith 2014. Instead, we suggest you send the audio signal to an external receiver, speakers, or headphones using a separate audio cable, and only use HDMI for the video signal. In order of preference, we’d recommend one of these options:

    • Connect your optical output jack to a receiver. Both the PS4™ and the Xbox One feature optical audio outputs, but you’ll need an optical/Toslink cable to use them, not to mention a receiver or headphone system with an optical input.
    • If you don’t have an optical connector on your receiver, you can convert the optical signal to an RCA analog signal with an external “optical to analog” adapter.
    • You can also use an HDMI audio converter or HDMI switcher with additional audio outputs. These will let you send the audio signal to another device (like a receiver or headphones) before it reaches your TV.

    If you use any of the methods listed above, just turn the TV volume down so you don’t hear both.

    The main idea is to avoid sending audio to your TV via the HDMI cable directly. Just about any other way you choose to reroute the audio signal before it gets to your TV will likely yield a better experience when you play Rocksmith 2014.

  • Can I run the system audio through the headphone jack built into the PlayStation®4 DualShock 4 controller?

    We don’t recommend this. We tried it, but we experienced a delay that we believe would hinder your progress in learning to play guitar. We recommend utilizing the optical audio output jack on your PlayStation®4 system for audio output instead.

  • Can I run the system audio through the headphone jack built into the Xbox One Stereo Headset Adapter?

    Yes. We were able to play by plugging a pair of headphones into the Xbox One Stereo Headset Adapter with only a slight delay. Connecting a USB micro cable to the controller turns a wireless controller into a (slightly faster) wired controller, so we recommend doing that to shave off a few milliseconds too. You will likely still have a superior experience through the Xbox One’s optical audio output, so we recommend that as your primary option, but this Stereo Headset Adapter method should also work fairly well.

  • If I already own Rocksmith 2014 on another platform, do I need to upgrade?

    It's totally your call, based on your personal needs and console setup at home. When we released Rocksmith 2014, many people were investing in their new consoles instead of buying software for their previous platform, so they might have missed it. This year, we're extending RS2014 to those new platforms so those folks can get a chance to learn to play guitar too. If you are enjoying RS2014 on your current platform, we'll keep supporting it with fresh DLC; if you are looking forward to getting new hardware, now Rocksmith 2014 is an option for you on that new console. Whichever version fits your lifestyle is fine with us -- we're glad you're playing!

  • What happens to the existing versions of Rocksmith 2014 on Xbox 360, PS3™, PC, and Mac?

    We will continue to support all the existing platforms, and fresh DLC will continue to flow for all platforms on a weekly basis. Nothing is being taken away or discontinued; we're just extending RS2014 to two new systems.


  • What is Rocksmith 2014 Edition Remastered?

    Rocksmith 2014 Edition Remastered is an updated re-release of Rocksmith 2014 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Macintosh. Remastered is the same core experience that has helped so many people learn to play guitar, now with additional improvements and redesigned features.

  • When will Rocksmith 2014 Edition Remastered be available?

    Rocksmith 2014 Edition Remastered is scheduled for release in October 2016 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Macintosh. (Existing Rocksmith 2014 players will receive the Remastered improvements as a free patch/update.)

  • What has been updated for Remastered?

    Remastered includes a major title update featuring a wide variety of improvements that we hope will be welcomed by new and experienced players alike.

    - Manage your song library using updated Search, Sort, and Filter tools

    - Search by artist or song name in Learn a Song, Score Attack, and the Shop—just enter the desired text with your keyboard or game controller

    - Build custom Song Lists in Nonstop Play to group songs for personalized practice sessions

    - Pause and navigate freely through entire tracks in Riff Repeater, and loop phrases more efficiently

    - View all song arrangements from the improved Song Hub, and launch directly into any of them without changing paths

    - Filter your Nonstop Play list by tuning, and switch between all available arrangements between songs

    - Customize the rate of Dynamic Difficulty adjustments, or disable the feature altogether

    - Track your progress with detailed in-game player statistics

    A comprehensive list of changes will be posted in the forums when they become available.

  • If I already own Rocksmith 2014, do I need to buy Remastered?

    Nope! It’s the same core software, and the updates it offers will be supplied to existing players through a free patch.

  • As an existing Rocksmith 2014 player, how do I get the Remastered improvements?

    If you’re already enjoying Rocksmith 2014, all the improvements found in Remastered will be delivered in the form of a free patch. That applies to all six platforms – PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC, and Macintosh – none of our existing players will be left behind!

  • When will the title update be available for existing players?

    The title update is slated to appear this fall, near the time of the retail availability of Remastered. When it’s available, just go online with your system of choice and the update will download automatically. Watch our social media portals on Twitter and Facebook for news.

  • Are there any new songs in Remastered?

    The core song library that comes with the main software remains the same as Rocksmith 2014 Edition. As an incentive for new players, a voucher with codes for six bonus DLC songs will come with physical copies of Rocksmith 2014 Edition Remastered at retail; players will redeem these codes via an online connection to obtain the bonus songs. However, these songs will also be made available for purchase as DLC for existing players, so no songs will be available exclusively through Remastered.

  • If I already own Rocksmith 2014, how do I get the Remastered edition’s bonus songs?

    These six tracks will be available for purchase as DLC the same week that Remastered becomes available at retail outlets. There is nothing exclusive to Rocksmith 2014 Edition Remastered; all its content will be made available to current players, as well.

Rocksmith iOS FAQ

  • What is Rocksmith?

    Rocksmith is the fastest way to learn to play guitar on your iOS device. Use your device’s microphone with your acoustic guitar or connect your electric guitar or bass through an iOS audio interface and learn to play at your own pace. We’ve licensed a growing library of popular songs recorded by their original artists, so you’ll be able to learn to play the music you already know and love.

    Rocksmith is currently in a limited soft launch release in Canada on the iPad. A worldwide release and iPhone/iPod Touch compatibility are planned for the future.

  • I’ve never touched a guitar before. Will this really teach me to play?

    Yes! Like any teaching method, you’ll need to put some effort into it, but Rocksmith was designed to make the usually boring parts fun. It will also adjust the difficulty so you’re challenged but not overwhelmed, and it will offer feedback to help you improve your playing.

  • I already know how to play. What can Rocksmith offer me?

    Rocksmith listens to you play and adjusts to your skill level. If you’re an experienced player, Rocksmith will recognize this and adjust its complexity accordingly. You can also manually adjust the difficulty, and Rocksmith will guide you from there, either way, you’ll be able to learn at a pace and practice at a level that’s right for you. Plus, as an experienced player, you can use Rocksmith to slow down, repeat, and refine your performances on the more complicated segments of your favorite songs from a growing library of popular tracks. You can also dive straight into the advanced techniques detailed in Rocksmith’s interactive lessons.

  • How much does the iOS edition of Rocksmith cost?

    The iOS edition of Rocksmith is a free app; it comes with four songs, which are exclusive to Rocksmith. Additional songs are available as in-app purchases.

  • How is the iOS edition different from other editions of Rocksmith?

    The core experience of learning to play guitar will feel familiar to players of other editions; the proven Rocksmith teaching method remains. Some of the interface has been redesigned to better fit the iOS platform. As time goes on, we plan to expand the functionality of the iOS edition, so you’ll see more features appear over time.

  • Will my iOS device run Rocksmith 2014?

    The iOS edition of Rocksmith was designed for devices running iOS 9.0 and later. Older devices or devices running earlier versions of iOS are not supported and not recommended.

  • Does Rocksmith support iPads with a 30-pin connector?

    Yes, as long as that iOS device supports iOS 9.0 or later. Check your device for its OS compatibility.

  • Does Rocksmith work with my iPhone?

    During the period of limited availability, the iOS edition of Rocksmith will only support iPad devices. However, we are planning to add iPhone support when the app is released worldwide.

  • Does Rocksmith work with my iPod Touch?

    During the period of limited availability, the iOS edition of Rocksmith will only support iPad devices. However, we are planning to add iPod Touch support when the app is released worldwide.

  • Can I play Rocksmith offline or in airplane mode?

    The initial setup requires an internet connection, but after that, you can play offline or in airplane mode. You’ll also need an internet connection if you’d like to download additional songs, but once downloaded, those can also be learned offline.

  • Can I use an acoustic guitar with my iOS device to play Rocksmith?

    Yes! The iOS edition of Rocksmith uses the integrated microphone on your iOS device to hear your acoustic guitar. Make sure your guitar is positioned close enough to your device’s microphone for best results.

  • Will my electric guitar work with Rocksmith?

    As long as your six-string guitar has a standard ¼” output jack – which is the vast majority of electric guitars out there! – you should have no troubles.

  • How can I connect my electric guitar to my iOS device?

    You can also use a Rocksmith Real Tone Cable from the console and PC versions of Rocksmith, and connect it via the Lightning to USB Camera Adapter. Any Real Tone Cable from any edition of Rocksmith will work this way.

    The iOS edition of Rocksmith also supports a wide variety of third-party audio interfaces that support Apple’s CoreAudio. These interfaces may connect in different ways, including the Lightning port, 30-pin connector, or headphone jack – it will depend on the iOS device you’re using. If you already use an audio interface with other software like GarageBand and it supports 48KHz audio (most do), you should be able to use that with the Rocksmith app, too. Make sure your firmware on those devices is up to date – check the manufacturer’s website.

  • Does Rocksmith work with my electric bass?

    Yes – all songs include basslines, arranged for standard four-string bass guitars. Connect your bass via a standard ¼” output jack, using the same methods mentioned above for six-string guitars, and you’re all set.

  • Does Rocksmith support seven-string guitars and five-string basses?

    If you have a seven-string guitar or five-string bass, you can play the six-string guitar and four-string bass arrangements in Rocksmith just fine; you won’t need to use the additional strings.

  • Which input method is best?

    For acoustic guitars, the device’s microphone works quite well when you use it in a quiet room. For electric instruments, a direct connection with a cable will send the cleanest signal to your iOS device, so we recommend audio interfaces that connect via your device’s data port. Headphone-jack adapters work too, but they can sometimes add unwanted noise to the signal, so we suggest using another connection method if at all possible.

  • Can I use the Real Tone Cable I already own and use with my PC/console version?

    Yes. Connect it to your iOS device using the Lightning to USB Camera Adapter, and the iOS edition of Rocksmith will recognize your existing Real Tone Cable for input just fine.

  • Can I use my electric guitar and amplifier with the iOS device’s built-in microphone to play Rocksmith?

    We didn’t design it with that in mind, but it’d probably work. It won’t hurt to try, but for the best results, we’d still recommend something from the list above.

  • How many songs are included with the Rocksmith app?

    The app includes original arrangements and performances of four well-known songs: “Amazing Grace,” “When the Saints Go Marching In,” “Frère Jacques,” and “Ode to Joy.” These song arrangements have been specially crafted by the Rocksmith music team to be very approachable for beginners while also offering challenges for more experienced players. Additional songs are available as in-app purchases.

  • How do I download additional songs?

    Select the Shop icon on Rocksmith’s main menu to browse the song library; you can buy individual songs or specially priced Song Packs and Bundles. Additional songs, Song Packs, and Bundles will be added to our library on a regular basis.

  • What is the difference between a Song Pack and a Bundle?

    Both will offer you a discount on multiple songs, but there is a subtle difference. Song Pack is a term used in the console and PC editions of Rocksmith, so for consistency, we’ve made sure a Song Pack features the same songs across all platforms. For instance, The Offspring Song Pack contains “Come Out And Play (Keep ‘Em Separated),” “Gone Away,” and “Self Esteem” on iOS, just like it does on the Microsoft, Sony, and Steam editions. Some artists might have multiple Song Packs, so you could see “Song Pack I” and “Song Pack II,” each containing different songs, or even “Song Pack (I-II)” which contains both for an even greater discount.

    Bundles are unique to iOS; they also contain multiple songs for a discounted price, but the songs they offer don’t align with the Song Pack collections you’ll find on all other platforms.

    You’ll always be able to see a track list of what’s included in any Song Pack or Bundle before you buy it.

  • If I buy a few singles from an artist that has a Song Pack or Bundle, can I upgrade to the full Song Pack or Bundle for a discounted rate?

    Sorry, no – each item in the store is a separate purchase, so there’s no way to credit earlier purchases.

  • If I buy songs on iOS, do I also get to use them on other platforms?

    No, sorry – iOS Song Packs, Bundles and singles only work with the iOS edition of Rocksmith.

  • Will the songs that come with the iOS edition appear in other editions of Rocksmith?

    The Rocksmith-exclusive version of Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” is also available in the Bachsmith II song pack for PC and consoles. If the other songs included with iOS become available on other platforms, we will let you know.

  • Can I use songs from my iTunes library?

    Sorry, no – standard songs in your iTunes library do not contain any of the instructional notetracks that the Rocksmith team creates to teach you how to play the song. You’ll need to use Rocksmith song files that have been designed to work with the iOS edition of Rocksmith.

  • If I bought additional songs for one of the console or PC versions of Rocksmith, can I use those with the iOS app?

    Sorry, no. Apple’s App Store is independent of Microsoft, Sony, and Valve’s businesses, so they do not honor purchases you’ve made from other digital stores. Here’s an analogy: McDonald's and Burger King might both serve Coca-Cola, but you can't go to Burger King and get a refill for your McDonald's cup. It’s a bit like that.

  • Will the full song library from the console and PC editions of Rocksmith be released for mobile?

    We’ll bring out as much as we can, but since the mobile edition requires a different licensing agreement some tracks may not be available. We are constantly adding new songs to the mobile library; be sure to check back again and see what’s new. You can also suggest songs to be added in the future at our website,

  • What do all these knobs and switches on my electric guitar do?

    They generally control the volume and tone of your sound. For the best Rocksmith experience, you should always have the knobs turned all the way up (clockwise) so the software can hear you loud and clear.

  • What is a Rocksmith ID?

    Your Rocksmith ID (RSID) is your player profile – your identity within the app. You’ll be asked to create one the first time you use Rocksmith. It will be linked to your Ubisoft account. In addition to tracking your progress, your RSID is used to keep track of which songs you own.

  • Do I have to create a Rocksmith ID to use the app?

    No, but you won’t be able to purchase additional songs without one. If you decide to create a Rocksmith ID after playing for a bit, your progress up to that point will carry forward to your RSID.

  • If I select the lead guitar path at the start, can I choose rhythm or bass later?

    Sure. You can easily change your path as often as you want, and you can hop between arrangements whenever you like, without changing your primary path.

  • What is this “calibration” step?

    Calibration does three things:

    1) It determines how loud your guitar input can be turned up, so that we’re getting the best signal possible.
    2) It establishes how loud your guitar can possibly get, so we can better evaluate your signal.
    3) It establishes how loud your input is when you aren’t playing, so we know what’s you and what’s background noise.

    If you use multiple guitars with Rocksmith, or if you switch between guitar and bass, you’ll want to recalibrate each time you switch, since every guitar is different. You can always recalibrate from the tuner – just look for the teal Calibrate button in the lower right of the Tuner screen. Info on how to access the tuner is below.

  • What do these symbols on the note highway mean?

    Rocksmith uses a variety of different note heads and tails to represent the vast array of guitar techniques needed to learn to play songs the way they were played by the original artists. Click here to download a PDF guide which explains all of the different symbols and techniques used in Rocksmith. Check out the Lessons section of the app to learn how to play them and see them in action.

  • What is Riff Repeater and how do I access it?

    Riff Repeater is a tool for customizing your practice experience for every song. You can select a phrase in a song, slow it down, repeat it as many times as you like, adjust the difficulty, and have Rocksmith slowly build you up to full speed or higher difficulty. It’s an extremely flexible way to focus on just the parts of song you’d like to practice. To bring up Riff Repeater, tap the screen while playing any song. The song will pause and the Riff Repeater menu will appear.

  • What do all these Riff Repeater controls do?

    At the top of the screen, you’ll see a series of rectangles. Those represent the various segments of the song, in order, from left to right. The taller the rectangle, the more difficult that section of the song will be – it might have more notes the other segments, or more complex combinations of notes by comparison. Your current level of difficulty in each section is shown by how much of the rectangle is filled in. Orange means you’re making progress but there are still notes you have not seen yet; purple means you’ll be playing at max difficulty, with all the notes in that phrase fully represented.

    To start, drag the white triangles to highlight some or all segments of the song. When using Riff Repeater, you’ll only practice those specific highlighted sections. (This is also the easiest way to navigate within a song, if you just want to skip ahead to a specific section – just select the phrase you like, tap Resume Song, and you’ll play the song from that point on.)

    Difficulty adjusts the complexity of the arrangements – how many notes you’ll be asked to play. 100 is all of the notes in the song. If you turn the Level Up switch on (it will turn green), Riff Repeater will gradually increase the difficulty automatically when you play your selection accurately. You can also use this to set the overall difficulty of the song. Highlight the entire song, drag the difficulty slider to whatever level you’d like, then resume the song.

    Speed adjusts the speed of the song. 100 means the song is playing at full speed; if you’d like to slow it down a bit, just choose a lower number that feels comfortable. Turn the Accelerate switch on to increase the speed whenever you play your selection accurately.

    Difficulty Repeats lets you choose how many times you want your selection to play, between 1 and 5 times. For instance, if you’d like to try to play a phrase three times correctly before the difficulty increases, set this slider to 3. Toggle the Auto Continue switch if you want to resume playing the rest song once you’ve completed the selected number of repeats on your selected phrases.

    Similarly, Speed Repeats lets you decide how many times you want to repeat a selection at the current speed -- between 1 and 5 times -- before the speed increases.

    The Show Mistakes switch will put small exclamation points over the notes that you missed on the previous playthrough.

    Tolerance determines how strict the Riff Repeater will be when you make a mistake. If you want to get every note right before progressing any further, select None. If you’re okay missing a few notes, select Low, Medium, or High. High Tolerance will let you move on with the highest number of mistakes. When you have all the settings adjusted the way you want to practice, choose Start Repeater from the lower right.

    Restart Song will leave Riff Repeater and start the track from the beginning. Resume Song leaves Riff Repeater, but starts at the phrase you’ve selected with the highlight triangles, and will apply your currently chosen Difficulty adjustment.

    Tuner will activate the in-game tuner – if you think your guitar’s strings have drifted a bit, it’s always worth checking them with this. Mixer lets you adjust the volume of your guitar and the track behind it. If you’d like to hear more of your guitar and less of the track, this is where to adjust those levels.

    Exit Song probably doesn’t need any explanation, does it?

  • Rocksmith keeps telling me I’m hitting the wrong fret, but I’m sure I’m on the right one. What’s up?

    There are a few things that could cause this:

    Your bass or guitar could be out of tune, which would cause Rocksmith to think you’re playing the wrong note.

    There are three ways to access the tuner:
    1. The tuner automatically appears before you play a song
    2. You can tap the tuning fork icon on the menu bar
    3. If you pause a song, you can select Tuner from the menu

    You could be pressing down too hard on the string. If you press too hard, it can bend the string slightly, causing it to sound higher than it should. Try pressing a little lighter.

    Your bass or guitar’s intonation could be off. Adjustments can be made to basses and guitars that affect how in-tune they sound at different spots on the neck. Information on setting up a bass or guitar can be found online. If you’re unsure about doing it yourself, your local guitar shop can help you out.

  • I’m having trouble tuning my instrument. Any advice?


    Make sure you’re on the right string. Sounds simple, but sometimes your fingers are simply in the wrong place. It’s okay to look!

    Tune up in pitch, rather than down. Strings stay in tune better when you tune from a low pitch up to the note, adding tension to the string, rather than overshooting the note and releasing some of the string tension.

    Make sure your volume and tone are all the way up. Rocksmith prefers having a loud, clear, bright tone. If it can’t hear you, it might not realize that you’re in tune after all.

    Make sure you’re calibrated. Rocksmith works best when it knows the volume and dynamics of your specific guitar. The more information you can give it, the less likely it will mistake a good tuning for a bad one.

    Change your strings. Low-quality or heavily worn strings are more likely to go out of tune. It might be time to put a new set on. It’s not hard, and there’s a lesson in the app to show you how to do it (we also have some advice in our forums), but you can also ask your local guitar shop to do it for a fee.

  • What’s the difference between mastery and accuracy?

    Accuracy is a gauge of how many notes you played correctly on your most recent playthrough. You’ll see this after each performance. Mastery, shown on the right side of a song’s list information, is an overall percentage that lets you know how far you have to go before you are playing all the notes in the song as they appear on the original recording of the song. So accuracy is specific to your most recent performance, while mastery is an overall progress gauge of how accurately you’ve played up to this point.

  • Is Rocksmith coming to other mobile platforms?

    We are focused on making a high-quality iOS product at this time.


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