You’re never too old to rock ‘n’ roll

We realize this one may stretch the definition of “assistive technology for seniors,” but with Mick Jagger now a great-grandfather, we’re going for it. If you’re still harboring fantasies of fronting a rock band—or if you already play guitar and want to improve your skills—read on.

We were recently introduced to Rocksmith 2014, the second edition of a computer game/learning software that helps both novice and experienced guitar players increase their playing speed, accuracy, and dexterity.

Yeah, sounds sort of like Guitar Hero, except instead of a guitar-shaped controller, you plug in your own, real electric guitar. The software has a library of licensed songs that Boomers will appreciate, including Mick’s own Paint It Black, and it challenges you to hit the right note, then notes, as they come at you, faster and faster.

It also includes step-by-step introductory videos that start with topics as basic as how to hold a guitar while standing. Our favorites are the arcade-style games, which turn tedious, repetitive technique drills into adrenaline rush competitions. They’re probably the single greatest boon to practicing outside of groupies and multi-million dollar label deals.

Beyond that, as novices who are still trying to figure out how to tighten a strap, we’re not really qualified to review it, so if you’re an experienced musician, we recommend this review which speaks more knowledgeably of what challenges and improvements you can expect. We can say with confidence that if you’re a guitar teacher, the games just might get your students to live up to their promises to practice.

A video review from Gamespot: