We’ve all seen the video’s, the ones titled “When Guitar Hero Is Life”…
But being able to actually play like my friend here, takes immense amounts of concentration, skill and mastery that not even I can comprehend.
However, if you’d like to get into Guitar Hero, then there are a few basic essentials that you must know…
Tip #1 Practice Makes Perfect – Easy Mode
I cannot stress enough to all the noobs out there, that if you are not warming up your fingers and getting used to the buttons, then you’re going to have a tough time.
I remember back when I first got the game, I jumped straight into the harder difficulties (not knowing that it would hugely backfire) and was booed off the stage by the virtual crowd that stood before me.
Just like learning to drive a car, when the speed is slow your brain has enough time to learn the functions and build that familiarity. This allows for better reaction times and easier playing.
You can also adjust the speed of the notes, so if you’re still having trouble with easy mode you have that option. Their is also a large variety of songs with varying difficulties.
My advice would be to keep playing on the easier songs until you’re comfortable to play the harder ones. Practice makes perfect.
Tip #2 Harder Difficulties Require More Keys
Once you’re ready to move up a difficulty, you’ll notice that you have to use an added key opposed to just three keys on easy difficulty.
This will throw you off a bit because you’ll need to start using your pinky finger, in order to hit the blue notes towards the end of the guitar.
The speed will also be increased, making for an even more challenging and fulfilling experience. This will start to put your focus levels to the test.
As you conquer medium difficult, you’ll hit the dreaded Hard and Expert zone. Here you’ll need some wrist maneuverability, as hitting the orange notes at super fast speeds will likely be your downfall. Be sure to arch your wrists upwards to hit the orange note with ease.
For added concentration I like to stare at one spot on the TV, which assists in rendering the cluster of incoming notes.
Tip #3 Expect The Unexpected
Do not be fooled if a song starts off slow, particularly on the higher difficulties. This is usually a warning to say “hey, you’re about to be f*****” so be focused the whole time if you want to stand a chance.
Your friends will also try throw you off guard, especially if you’re having a competition to see who can score the most points. This is inevitable, and will likely add to your skill and bragging rights when you do beat them.
Some notes will also be ‘hollow’ allowing you to press the buttons without having to strum at the same time which can make a lot simpler.
Make sure to hit notes accurately too, missed strumming and incorrect notes can cause the fail meter to drop quickly. You’re better off not doing anything and gaining back your momentum.
Through The Fire And The Flames
I wish you luck on your quest for Guitar Hero dominance. May the rockstar be with you.
Leave a comment below if you have any questions!
Take care guy’s and have a great day.