The Best Instrumental Music Games

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Looking for some great instrumental music to play while gaming? Check out our top picks for the best instrumental music games!


There are a ton of games that let you play music, but not all of them are great. We’ve rounded up the best instrumental music games so you can get your rock, classical, jazz, or hip-hop fix without having to lug around a real instrument.

Rocksmith 2014 Edition
This is the gold standard when it comes to guitar games. It’s basically a giant instructional video game that does an excellent job of teaching you how to play the guitar. You can use any real guitar with it, so it’s great for beginners and experienced players alike. The game comes with over 50 songs, but you can also buy additional song packs.

Guitar Hero Live
This is one of the newest guitar games on the market, and it’s a lot of fun. It features a new Guitar Hero controller that has two rows of three buttons, making it feel more like playing a real guitar than previous versions of the game. The songs are also streamed live video footage, so you feel like you’re really onstage. There are over 100 songs available at launch, plus additional DLC packs.

Just Dance 2016
Ubisoft’s Just Dance franchise is always a party favorite, and the latest iteration is no different. Just Dance 2016 features over 40 new tracks, including chart-toppers like “Uptown Funk” and “All About That Bass.” One of the best things about Just Dance games is that they’re great for all ages and skill levels – anyone can pick them up and have a good time.

Rock Band 4
Rock Band 4 is the latest game in Harmonix’s hugely popular Rock Band franchise. It features over 1,500 songs, making it one of the biggest music libraries of any music game. In addition to vocals and guitars, you can also play drums and bass in Rock Band 4. The game also now allows you to use your existing Rock Band instruments with no adapters required.

The Best Instrumental Music Games

There are many music games on the market that are great for those who want to improve their musical skills. However, not all of them are created equal. In this article, we will be taking a look at the best instrumental music games that are available. These games will help you improve your musical skills and have a lot of fun at the same time.

Band Hero

Band Hero is one of the best games for those who enjoy instrumental music. It allows players to jam along with their favorite songs, and even create their own music. The game features a variety of instruments, including guitars, drums, and keyboards. Band Hero also includes a mode that allows players to compete against each other in musical \”battles.\”


Rocksmith is a music video game produced by Ubisoft, released in October 2011 for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 platforms in North America. Rocksmith was later released for Microsoft Windows in April 2012, OS X in May 2012 and a Linux version was confirmed but has not yet been released. An updated version of the game, subtitled All-new 2014 Edition, was released on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in November 2013 and on PC in January 2014.

Rocksmith allows players to use a real guitar or bass guitar with a standard 1/4″ input jack to play along with on-screen music, with the game translating polyphonic note information from the instrument into specific commands that imitate strumming or fretting techniques used in real guitar playing. The game also provides an adaptable learning curve to accommodate players of different skill levels.

Guitar Hero

Guitar Hero is a rhythm game in which you use a guitar-shaped controller to play along with lead and background guitar parts to popular songs. The game tracks your accuracy and scores you on your performance. You can play by yourself or with others, and there are online leaderboards so you can compare your scores with friends and other players from around the world.

The Guitar Hero franchise began in 2005, and there have been many different iterations and versions of the game released since then. The most recent release is Guitar Hero Live, which features a new guitar controller with six buttons instead of five, and a revamped gameplay experience that makes it feel more like playing a real guitar. If you’re looking for an immersive, challenging, and fun musical gaming experience, Guitar Hero is the best choice.

Rock Band

Rock Band is a video game developed by Harmonix Music Systems. It is the first title in the Rock Band franchise. The game allows up to four players to simulate the performance of songs by playing with controllers shaped like musical instruments. Players can play the lead guitar, bass guitar, and drums parts to songs with “button pressing and strumming simulations” on the Wii, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 versions. The PlayStation 2 version offers “sequencer-style play”. Rock Band was released on November 20, 2007, in North America.

The core gameplay in Rock Band is largely derived from Harmonix’s previous titles Frequency and Amplitude, both of which used a similar gameplay mechanic where notes are strewn about in a horizontal scrolling bar. Players must hit the notes in time with the music by pressing one of four colored fret buttons on a “guitar controller” and strike the correct colored drumhead by using a “drum controller”. Hitting notes increases each player’s score, as well as their “performance meter” which if filled will raise their score multiplier. Each instrument is capable of solo sections during which only one specific instrument track animates and plays; if any other players attempt to play these sections they will fail automatically. Overdrive can be used to activate colorful visualizations or triggers special events during sections for each instrument; for instance if used on drums it fills up an overdrive meter that when full allows drummers to temporarily play for double points value or break objects on-screen for bonus points.

The game features many real world licensed rock tracks Spread among five difficulty levels (Easy/Medium/Hard/Expert/Expert+) for each instrument. As players progress they can earn in-game money to spend on purchasing new songs as well as other improvements such as upgrades to their virtual instruments or little personal touches such as changing the color of fret buttons on their guitar controllers (playable colors include blue, red, green, yellow, orange, purple, pink and black).


In conclusion, the best instrumental music games help people of all ages learn about and appreciate music. They can be used as a fun way to bond with friends and family, or as a serious tool for learning about music theory and history. Instrumental music games can be enjoyed by anyone, regardless of their skill level. Whether you’re a seasoned musician or a complete novice, there’s an instrumental music game out there that’s perfect for you.

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