His criticism comes on the eve of the release of Â ‘The Beatles Rock Band’ computer game, which allows players to play along with to band’s back catalogue.
â€œIt encourages kids not to learn, thatâ€™s the trouble. It makes less and less people dedicated to really get down and learn an instrument,â€ Wyman told BBC News. â€œI think itâ€™s a pity so Iâ€™m not really keen on that sort of stuff.â€
Nick Mason of Pink Floyd supported Wymanâ€™s comments, saying, â€œIt irritates me having watched my kids do it. If they spent as much time practising the guitar as learning how to press the buttons theyâ€™d be damn good by now.â€
However, he also confessed he wouldnâ€™t mind his bandâ€™s tracks being used on such games as they provide a new audience for their songs, adding, â€œI think everyoneâ€™s looking at new ways of selling the music because the business of selling records has almost disappearedâ€.
Alex Rigopulos, one of the co-founders of the company that creates the Rock Band games, defended his product and claimed, â€œWeâ€™re hearing from fans who were inspired by Rock Band to start studying a real instrumentâ€.
The Guitar Hero series alone has sold more than 25 million games globally collecting revenues of $2 billion and can claim Simon Cowell among its celebrity fans.