In this series, I talk about various aspects of The Lord of the Rings Online. This series is meant for newcomers, but may also help veteran players find more to love about the game.
If you thought music in The Lord of the Rings Online was only for NPCs and Minstrels, you are sadly mistaken! Not only can ALL players make music in the game, but there are plugins available so you can make music as a group with other players. In this entry, I'll be talking about what Player Music is, how you do it, and point you to references to help you on your way to fame as a musician in Middle-earth.
You may have noticed in your character skills that there are Passive ones saying you can play a few instruments. If you haven't, you can go take a look for yourself. Different classes are able to play different instruments automatically, as noted here by the LOTRO wiki:
But before I go any further with this, I need to confess something: I don't like Player Music. For me, personally, it absolutely ruins my immersion in the game to ride through Bree and see a group dressed the same, swaying to their slightly off-key "Eye of the Tiger." I immediately cringe and try to get as far away as possible. For the most part, I usually have Player Music muted entirely to avoid this. If you're like me, this is where you can do that:
However, I do admit that a LOT of players enjoy and participate in Player Music, and that's why I'm covering it as part of the Learning LOTRO series. I can't only write about the parts that I like if I want to claim to share all of the basics, after all! Just this weekend as I'm writing this, there's a huge event happening on the Landroval server called Weatherstock. Players flock together, there's a list of performing groups at specific times, and general merriment is had. If that sounds more like your thing, you can read up on it here: Weatherstock Concert Series.
Learning An Instrument
the LOTRO wiki's info. The use of these files also allows groups of people to play together in sync with one another (for better or worse).
However, here are a couple plug-ins that I know groups to be using recently: Maestro, Poetical, BandAide. Find an active musician in-game for better suggestions than that!
Change My Mind
Do you absolutely LOVE Player Music? Are you in a band? I'd love it if you shared recordings or invited me to a concert to prove to me that it's more than I am giving it credit for. (Fair warning: I started playing an instrument at the age of 7 and minored in Instrumental Music in college!) I'd love to find a group to cheer on that doesn't break my immersion or at least helps me have a better understanding of what other players find so great about it. Comment here, Twitter, Facebook... wherever you wish! You can also drop me an e-mail: Gamer Reverie.