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GENERAL FAQ

  • What consoles or computers is Rocksmith available on?

    The original Rocksmith is available on Xbox 360, PlayStation®3 system, and PC. The all-new Rocksmith 2014 Edition will be available on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, and for the first time, Mac.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • Are there chord charts?

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

  • 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 $29.99. If you have more than one, you can play multiplayer with up to two people.

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

    Yes it will. The Real Tone Cable is compatible and required for all versions of Rocksmith.

  • 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.

  • Will I be able to use DLC from the original Rocksmith with Rocksmith 2014 Edition?

    Yes, you will. Your previous DLC purchases will be transferable without any sort of re-payment, as long as you’re moving them on the same platform (i.e., 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). This means that Rocksmith 2014 Edition will see new DLC releases in addition to the vast library already established with the original Rocksmith.

  • 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 5 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.

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

    Rocksmith 2014 Edition is all new. 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 can fix audio lag. To match the on-screen note display to the audio, you can advance the notes using the Note Advance calibration.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

BASS CONTENT FAQ

  • What versions of Rocksmith supports bass guitar?

    All versions of 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 $29.99.

  • 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.

  • 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.

60-DAY CHALLENGE FAQ

  • What is the 60-Day Challenge?

    We've put Rocksmith to the test and found that real people like you can learn to play guitar in just 60 days by playing Rocksmith 2014 Edition at least one hour per day. By registering your account on Rocksmith.com, you'll be able to track your 60-Day Challenge progress online. Learn more at www.rocksmith.com/60daychallenge.

  • I signed up for the 60 Day Challenge. Why aren't my stats showing up?

    Please check that you are connected to the Internet when playing and have linked your Uplay account on both your console and rocksmith.com/start60. If you are unsure if your console is linked to your Uplay account, click on "Uplay" from the main menu of the game and view your account settings. Verify the email address you are using on your console is the same email address you used to login to rocksmith.com. If you are still experiencing trouble, contact customer support at http://support.ubi.com.

  • Can I play more than 1 hour per day to progress through the 60-Day Challenge in fewer days?

    You can play as much as you'd like, but the 60-Day Challenge is designed to be completed over the course of 60 actual days.

  • I played for over an hour today and: (A) it didn't give me credit for a day completed; (B) it gave me credit for 2 days. Why?

    To trigger the next day of the 60-Day Challenge, you need to play least 60 minutes on a calendar day according to GMT/UTC time (the worldwide standard). This can be tricky if you live in a different time zone (which you probably do). The following list shows when the day changes over, so try not to play overlapping these times to avoid messing with your 60-Day Challenge schedule:

    • 7:00 p.m. if you're on Eastern Standard Time
    • 8:00 p.m. if you’re on Eastern Daylight Time

    • 6:00 p.m. if you're on Central Standard Time
    • 7:00 p.m. if you're on Central Daylight Time

    • 5:00 p.m. if you're on Mountain Standard Time
    • 6:00 p.m. if you're on Mountain Daylight Time

    • 4:00 p.m. if you're on Pacific Standard Time
    • 5:00 p.m. if you're on Pacific Daylight Time

    • 3:00 p.m. if you're on Alaska Standard Time
    • 4:00 p.m. if you're on Alaska Daylight Time
    • 2:00 p.m. if you're on Hawaii Standard Time

  • What should I do during my hour of play each day?

    That's up to you! There is no rigid curriculum. We recommend playing a wide variety of content to develop your overall skills. If you really can't decide what to do next, tackling your active Missions is always a good option.

  • Do I have to play for 60 days in a row, non-stop?

    Nope. When and how often you play is up to you, however we do recommend playing at least 3 days per week for optimal results.

  • How long does it take for my personal stats to update on the website?

    All stats are updated every 24 hours.

  • I don't want to do the 60-Day Challenge anymore. How can I disenroll?

    To continue playing Rocksmith without 60-Day Challenge notifications, please contact customer support at http://support.ubi.com.

  • What happens after the 60 days are over?

    Congratulations if you've completed the 60-Day Challenge! The first 60 days of learning to play guitar are by far the hardest. After 60 days, Rocksmith 2014 Edition has tons of advanced lessons, songs, and features (like Session Mode) that can continue to challenge you and develop your guitar playing skills for years. Your personal statistics will all continue to be tracked on your personal profile including Total Time Played, however the day-to-day tracker will be set to complete.

SESSION MODE FAQ

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.

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