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In Guitar Hero: World Tour, I've noticed there are two different kinds of notes that are designed to be used specifically with the slider touch pad on the guitar.

Both types of notes are hollow-ish see-through, but sometimes there is kind of a purple string attaching strings of notes together and sometimes not. What's the string for?

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Note that you'll need a guitar that has the slide pad on it for this - you can typically play GH games with RB guitars, but they don't support this feature. If I recall, you can still tap the buttons (no need to strum) without the slide pad. – agent86 Feb 29 '12 at 15:33
@agent86 your memory is correct, but I have the appropriate guitar so all is well, thanks! (P.S. congrats on your diamond!) – Ender Feb 29 '12 at 17:50
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These are called Slider Gems, it means you can play these notes by sliding your finger between them on the slide pad instead of tapping each note.

From the WikiPedia page:

Guitar tracks feature notes connected by a semi-transparent purple line [...] called "Slider Gems"; the player can play these notes by sliding their fingers up and down the touch pad or by tapping the fret buttons without strumming.

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