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Instrument skill
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a Sim with her guitar

For the similar skill, see Creativity (skill).

Guitar skill iconDrums skill iconBass skill iconPiano skill iconLaser Rhythm-a-con skill iconViolin skill icon

Instrument skills are six similar skills in The Sims 3 each dealing with a different instrument, guitar, bass, drums, piano, laser rhythm-a-con, and violin. The Guitar skill is available in the base game, Violin skill is added from The Sims 3 Store Duke of Bows Renaissance Faire set; Bass, Drums, and Piano skills are featured in The Sims 3: Late Night, and Laser Rhythm-a-con skill is featured in The Sims 3: Into the Future. These skills are augmented by the Virtuoso traits.

The four instrument skills, i.e. Guitar, Bass, Drums, and Piano, are also known as Band skills[TS3:LN]. These instruments essentially have the same features, such as the ability to jam, perform for tips in the subway, learn compositions, and be used for a band. Laser Rhythm-a-con is also considered a Band skill, though it has some limitations, such as the lack of ability to jam and be used for a band. Violin skill, however, is a standalone skill that is not related to the other instrument skills. It cannot be used for a band either.

Statistics Edit

Most statistics of each instrument are similar, but they have different titles.

  • Compositions Learned (Guitar, Bass, Drums, Piano, Laser Rhythm-a-con)
  • Percent of Compositions Known (Violin)
  • Number of times compositions have been performed (Guitar, Laser Rhythm-a-con)
  • Compositions Played (Bass, Drums, Piano)
  • Total Played Compositions (Violin)
  • Total Played Medieval Compositions (Violin)
  • Times Watched (Guitar, Bass, Drums, Piano)
  • Number of times Sims have watched you perform (Laser Rhythm-a-con)
  • Total Watchers (Violin)
  • Money Made (Guitar, Bass, Drums, Piano)
  • Money earned through playing the Laser Rhythm-a-con (Laser Rhythm-a-con)
  • Tips Earned (Violin)

Challenges Edit

Sim playing guitar

Most instruments have identical skill challenges. Violin doesn't have skill challenges, however.

Master Guitarist / Drummer / Bassist / Pianist / Laser Rhythm-a-con Artist
Master Guitarists learn to play every song awarded to them and available for purchase at the store. After learning so many songs, they receive a special Master Track!
Guitar / Drum / Bass / Piano / Laser Rhythm-a-con Star[1]
Guitar Stars must play at 10 Parties and Venues in the town to earn their title. Afterward, they earn larger monetary rewards for tips and performances!
Money Maker
Earn §25,000 playing the instrument to earn a new Master Track to perform. Money can be earned through tips or by completing opportunities.

Abilities Edit

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A Sim playing guitar in the park

Sims with level 5 or higher instrument skill can learn new compositions by buying and reading sheet music from bookstore. Compositions can only be learned once, and after Sims finish learning it, the sheet music will vanish. Some compositions are available to be learned from completing Master Guitarist / Bassist / Drummer / Pianist / Laser Rhythm-a-con Artist and Money Maker challenges.

Unlike the other instruments, Violin skill doesn't have sheet music in the bookstore. Sims will instantly learn violin compositions when they reach higher skill levels. Violin also has 2 types of compositions: normal and medieval composition.

Sims can play for tips at level 5. They can go to a community lot and play for tips to earn money from watching Sims. In addition, they can also play for tips in the subway[TS3:LN], which is more efficient because they may earn tips without actual Sims watching them playing. If the Sim has a romantic interest, they can also serenade them with their instrument.

More skilled Sims will create an "Enjoying Music" moodlet when Sims are around. The moodlet effect will be higher if the Sim has higher skills. The moodlet will start appearing with skill level 5 with +15 effect, and the effect will increase by +5 for each skill level. Sims who master the skill will create the moodlet with +40 effect. The effect does not stack with other music sources however, like stereo.

Compositions Edit

Each instrument, excluding violin, has four special master track compositions. These compositions can only be learned by completing the Master Instrumentalist and Money Maker challenges. Even though there are four master tracks, only two of them can be learned randomly.

Level Instrument Composition Source
5 Guitar Yes Ma'am, I Do Bookstore
6 Guitar A Love Since Forgotten Skill
6 Guitar Keep On Raining Skill
6 Guitar If You Mean It Skill
6 Guitar Flamenco Fever Bookstore
7 Guitar Pa Fights the Bear Skill
7 Guitar My Porch, Anytime Skill
7 Guitar Rails for Miles Skill
7 Guitar A Perfect Moment Bookstore
8 Guitar One More Dance? Skill
8 Guitar Two Steps at a Time Skill
8 Guitar I Won't, If You Will Skill
8 Guitar Improvise Here and Now Bookstore
9 Guitar One Night on Powell Skill
9 Guitar Keep It Up Skill
9 Guitar Meet Me Downtown Skill
9 Guitar Dream Escape Bookstore
10 Guitar If I Had Two Hearts Skill
10 Guitar The Southern Lady Skill
10 Guitar It Ends Now Skill
10 Guitar Master Track: Kaitlin's Song Challenge
10 Guitar Master Track: So Epic It Hurts Challenge
10 Guitar Master Track: Ballad of the Raider Challenge
10 Guitar Master Track: Walk the Path Challenge
5 Bass In My Truck Bookstore
6 Bass Into the Night Skill
6 Bass Sunny Skies Skill
6 Bass Jamming With You Skill
6 Bass Cha Cha Cha Ching Bookstore
7 Bass Sleepy Kitty, Purr, Purr, Purr Skill
7 Bass Walk of Shame Skill
7 Bass Hotspot Vibe Skill
7 Bass Subway Glances Bookstore
8 Bass Ra Ta Ta Skill
8 Bass The Sweet Move Skill
8 Bass Hunger in the Night Skill
8 Bass Feeling Cheated Bookstore
9 Bass The Bu-bu-bubble Song Skill
9 Bass Candy Stealer Skill
9 Bass Sleeping in Air Skill
9 Bass Gobo Trance Bookstore
10 Bass Paparazzi Man Skill
10 Bass Taco Truck Dreams Skill
10 Bass Nacho Woman Skill
10 Bass Master Track: Amazing Maya Challenge
10 Bass Master Track: Grandeur of the Strings Challenge
10 Bass Master Track: Fears Come True Challenge
10 Bass Master Track: Bridgeport Breeze Challenge
5 Drums Howdy! Means Hello Bookstore
6 Drums A Walk in the Park Skill
6 Drums Outdoors Boy Skill
6 Drums Alan's Star Power Skill
6 Drums Dancing Duel Bookstore
7 Drums Drummer Boy Skill
7 Drums The Flamming Waylon Skill
7 Drums The Greatest Brawl Skill
7 Drums If Only I Had Known Bookstore
8 Drums Ocean Ave Skill
8 Drums I've Gotta Crush on the Mixologist Skill
8 Drums Summer Retreats Skill
8 Drums Be Bop Blues Bookstore
9 Drums Battle Bongos Skill
9 Drums I Enjoy Being a Boy Skill
9 Drums She was my Match Skill
9 Drums The Awesome Song Bookstore
10 Drums Detonate It Skill
10 Drums The Man with the Red Scarf Skill
10 Drums Drum Circle Skill
10 Drums Master Track: Stargaze Challenge
10 Drums Master Track: Morning Joe Challenge
10 Drums Master Track: When We Met Challenge
10 Drums Master Track: Arcade Romance Challenge
5 Piano Summer Hayrides Bookstore
6 Piano Emily's First Day of School Skill
6 Piano I Think I'm in Love with a Ghost Skill
6 Piano Never Again Skill
6 Piano Nicholas's Fresco Impromptu Bookstore
7 Piano What's Your Sign? Skill
7 Piano A Walk in the Park Skill
7 Piano Don't Steal My Things Skill
7 Piano Wilkinson's Bay Sonata Bookstore
8 Piano The Day She Asked Me to Dance Skill
8 Piano Shuffleboard Love Skill
8 Piano Jumping into his Arms Skill
8 Piano Peanut Butter and Jelly Blues Bookstore
9 Piano Whispering Trees Skill
9 Piano Oops...I Stole Your Chair Skill
9 Piano Money Grows on Trees Skill
9 Piano Roland Forbearance Bookstore
10 Piano Fire in the Night Skill
10 Piano Secrets of the City Skill
10 Piano Lady in Grey Skill
10 Piano Master Track: My First Dance Challenge
10 Piano Master Track: Cwik's Legacy Challenge
10 Piano Master Track: The Line of Magnub Challenge
10 Piano Master Track: Bork! Bork! Challenge
6 Violin Amber Rose Skill
6 Violin Armored Armour[2] Skill
6 Violin The Tenth Ballad of Henry the Ninth[2] Skill
7 Violin The Duck Ascending Skill
8 Violin Plumbbob Bob Skill
8 Violin Jester's Last Dance[2] Skill
9 Violin Stairway to Dragon Valley Skill
10 Violin Don't Wall Me In Skill
5 Laser Rhythm-a-con Better Plucky Than Good Bookstore
6 Laser Rhythm-a-con Airships with Neon Billboards Skill
6 Laser Rhythm-a-con Cloudscapes in May Skill
6 Laser Rhythm-a-con My Summer with Cecil Skill
6 Laser Rhythm-a-con Dungeon Crawler Bookstore
7 Laser Rhythm-a-con A Country Drive Skill
7 Laser Rhythm-a-con Dragon Scales Skill
7 Laser Rhythm-a-con Noodling like Ramen Skill
7 Laser Rhythm-a-con The Chattering Classes Bookstore
8 Laser Rhythm-a-con Building a Clockwork Unicorn Skill
8 Laser Rhythm-a-con The Third Extinction Skill
8 Laser Rhythm-a-con Ghost on the Moors Bookstore
9 Laser Rhythm-a-con Polonaise in A-flat major, Op. 53 Skill
9 Laser Rhythm-a-con The Slow Creep of Fog Skill
9 Laser Rhythm-a-con Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565 Skill
9 Laser Rhythm-a-con Whistle while you Twerk Bookstore
10 Laser Rhythm-a-con As Steel Bison Awake Skill
10 Laser Rhythm-a-con Slow Pistons Skill
10 Laser Rhythm-a-con Wubbing in B Flat Skill
10 Laser Rhythm-a-con Master Track: Stomping on Flutes Challenge
10 Laser Rhythm-a-con Master Track: Rombus Fights Back Challenge
10 Laser Rhythm-a-con Master Track: Take Five Challenge
10 Laser Rhythm-a-con Master Track: Storming the Castle Challenge

TriviaEdit

  • The laser rhythm-a-con instrument is based on laser harp.

See AlsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. This challenge cannot be completed by playing instruments in a party, despite its description. It is required to complete 10 of any specific instrument opportunities to complete this challenge.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 These are medieval compositions for violin.

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