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The first tip I have is a bit cheap -- if you have a Rock Band Guitar controller, then you can use the higher frets (the ones closer to the guitar body), which are much closer together than the lower frets. As far as hand positioning, this is a common issue that happens all the time when playing actual stringed instruments. Musicians on violin, for example, ...


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Warning: essay-length answer ahead. I'm going to start off with a "disclaimer" just so you know what perspective I'm coming from: I used to take these games very seriously. I was a staff member on the largest GH/RB website, and I suppose you could technically call me a "professional", since I won several thousand dollars worth of cash/stuff playing these ...


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It depends on the instruments. Here is a really nice compatibility chart that I found when I had the same question.


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Guitar Hero: List of songs in Guitar Hero List of songs in Guitar Hero 2 List of songs in Guitar Hero 3 List of songs in Guitar Hero: World Tour List of songs in Guitar Hero: Metallica List of songs in Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock List of songs in Guitar Hero: Aerosmith List of songs in Guitar Hero: Smash Hits List of songs in Guitar Hero: Rocks the 80s ...


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Several of the Guitar Hero games have been released for Windows and Mac, including Guitar Hero III, Guitar Hero: World Tour and Guitar Hero: Aerosmith, and USB-based instruments should work natively with them. None of the Rock Band games have been released for PC, however, and intercompatibility is generally bad. Try Frets on Fire for a free and open source ...


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The Wii is simply not capable of the same level of graphics that you'd expect from an Xbox 360 or PS3, so the effects, models, audience, etc. will all be toned down to different extents. Do consider, however, that most people don't play Guitar Hero primarily for the graphics. The actual gameplay is pretty much identical. Earlier versions of the Wii Guitar ...


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As JustinP8 pointed out, you can also check here: http://www.joystiq.com/Instrument-Compatibility-Matrix/ But there's no need to read that, as long as we're talking about a game released in the last 2 years or so, all the plastic instruments are broadly cross-compatible and work in either game — microphone, drums, guitar. Pick Rock Band instruments, ...


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I always move all the four fingers, since in most songs you'll get a stream of notes on that side. Off course, when it's only for a couple of notes you should only move your index finger or pink to get the one/two notes at the edges. However, this might vary between songs, but luckily you can practice what the best strategy is for each song.


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Performous is a nice alternative for Guitar Hero/Rock Band on the PC. Open source, compatible with GH and RB instruments, most of console games' songs are available as packs on the net, some game features are already implemented better than the console games.


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Yes, as long as you have the latest Rock Band 2 title update -- this installs automatically if you're connected to Xbox Live. Beatles Rock Band and Guitar Hero: Metallica were the first titles to support the wireless mic, anything released after that should support them out of the box as a matter of course.


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Just addressing your first three questions... it really depends what you find discouraging and what you find helpful. Broadly speaking, Rock Band has tools, and Guitar Hero has rewards. The Rock Band series has almost entirely moved away from treating each song like a 'level' in a game, having you unlock harder songs by playing easier ones. If you want to ...


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http://assets.dreamgear.net/sell-sheets/DGPS3-1334.pdf This specifies that it works with the following games: Guitar Hero games includes Guitar Hero, Guitar Hero II, Guitar Hero Encore: Rock the 80s, Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, Guitar Hero: Aerosmith & Guitar Hero: World Tour; RockBand games includes RockBand & RockBand 2. This list ...


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I finally got around to trying this (picked up GH:WoR with the Guitar in a half price sale) and I can confirm it definitely does not work. The game picks up the MIDI controller only if the switch is set to D for drums, but then all attempts to start the game indicate that you're using a standard PS3 controller and the game asks you to plug in a microphone. ...


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As far as I'm aware, no, there are no left-handed guitar controllers available. You'll have to either play right-handed, or deal with the whammy bar being on the wrong side of the strum bar. If the whammy bar falls onto your hand as you're playing, you can try using a rubber band or two to hold it up.


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Generally, using 4 fingers as opposed to 3 will make your life easier on more difficult songs since you will need to move your hand less, but in either case, shifting your hand position on the fly is a must. To use 4 fingers, you must practice using your pinky to strengthen it and improve its dexterity. If that simply seems too difficult, you can just stick ...


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My kids use a music stand. They fold up the bit where the music sits and wrap the wire around the mic to hold it in place. This works best for the youngest as it's not that high, but the other two put the stand on a box to raise it to their level. Yes, it does look a bit Heath Robinson but it does the job.


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I'm sorry, there is no definitive answer for the general case of USB mics. Here an echantillon of my search: Since you're on Wii, not too many mics have been made for it (at least here in the u.s.) MOST usb mics will work. I own a GH and a RB mic along with a Disney Logitech mic and they all work with RB and GH. So it's a case of Trial and ...


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I have bought a set of the Ion Drums (http://www.drumrocker.com/products/index.php) and I have been very happy with them. I typically play expert and the drums are far more responsive than the Rock Band and/or Guitar Hero drums (I've been through two of the RB ones, and one of the GH drumsets). The pads actually have some rebound in them and are much ...


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I have tried using the midi pro in Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock for Wii and confirm that it actually does work but the game maps the notes as only the 4 drums plus base pedal, as if it was a RB1/2 drum-kit. No cymbal support. Have yet to try older Guitar Hero games on Wii apart from Metallica, which didn't recognise it. Now tried it on absolutely all ...


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For the wireless controllers, there's no cross compatibility between consoles. Each console uses a specific protocol to connect, and they don't talk to each other. For USB wired controllers, it's likely possible with a 3rd party adapter, but each controller has console-specific buttons, so I don't know how that would work exactly. For instance, my Xbox ...


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With these sorts of games, you should really make your purchase decision based on the one that has the best track listing for you. And an alternative way to look at it, which I took, was to use it as a way to get to know some more bands. I knew most of the songs, but when I found some new ones I liked, I went and bought their albums. Have to admit I like ...


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There are multiple versions of the Rock Band 3 keyboard, which I hear are incompatible with each other. The Wii edition connects via a specific bundled USB receiver, which has two pass-through ports (and an obnoxious blinking blue light which blinks even when the system is asleep). (anyone, feel free to edit PS3/360 info in here) Note that you can also ...


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Although I don't know of a way to use PS# guitar on Wii and vice versa, I was able to use a a wired Guitar Hero guitar for the PS2, the one that came with the first Guitar Hero, on both the PS3 and Wii, though both require adapters. I have used this adapter for the PS3 and this adapter for the Wii, though I'm pretty sure there are other compatible adapters. ...


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I think it's unlikely that anything other than Guitar Hero drums will work. I have an Ion kit with three cymbals; it works fine with Rock Band 2 and 3, but shows up as a "normal" 4-color kit in GH: Monsters of Rock. It's disappointing, because while I greatly prefer the Rock Band series now, I enjoy variety, but I'm not going to buy another kit just to get ...


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You could always ditch the microphone altogether and just use the XBOX headset for the singing. Here is an article on the topic: Tech Tip: How To Sing and Play Rock Band Simulatneously.


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I played the drums from GoodWoodMods at a party once and I can highly recommend them. Incredibly accurate, they give a great spring-back feel, and best of all they are completely silent. The only thing I didn't care for is that my crazy-ass drumming ended up hitting the rims a little often, but I think that was just because I wasn't used to them.


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I've been happy with stock Rock Band 2 drums, but I don't have kids, so I'm not sure how well they'd hold up to that. They did survive two moves and a cat, though, with no trouble. Be aware that if you buy RB drums, your drum charts in Guitar Hero will change to adapt to the different drum setup. Even with adding third-party cymbals on to them, you'll still ...


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The Wii version is "under powered" in regard to its online component. The offline components are identical between any of the console versions. Online multiplayer and song dlc will be vastly different experiences depending on your console. Hardware wise, the instruments are exactly the same between consoles except their interfaces. A 360 drum set is not ...



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