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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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Sounds like the bad guitar is registering extra notes, and the clunks are happening when you "play" notes that don't exist. As to why, could be faulty wiring ... but who knows.


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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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Sounds like you're on beginner mode. Try increasing the difficulty level.


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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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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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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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In Addition to the great answer Ragnar gave you also have the DLC for Rock Band List of DLC songs in Rockband


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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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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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First hit on Google for your question title :) Make a mic stand out of a clothing hanger. (The link skips the two minute long intro.) Now you just need a high enough support.


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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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Guitar Hero III was available on PC. However, it was apparently far inferior to the console versions.


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Frets On Fire - a free, open-source clone that uses your keyboard. The Xbox controllers may work on the PC - never tried it, but I saw a video and some software a while back that used the Rock Band drum set on PC.


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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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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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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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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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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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Guitar Hero World Tour only supports game controllers, not midi controllers. You can circumvent this by using GlovePIE.


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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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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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