GUITAR HERO 3 Guitar Hero 3 FAQ by floackle Table of Contents I. About me II. About the FAQ III. Contact IV. Version history V. Terminology VI. Basics/Getting use to things VII. Easy mode A. Encore songs B. Boss Battles VIII. Medium mode IX. Hard mode X. Expert mode XI. Song list A. Setlist B. Bonus songs C. Downloadable songs XII. Co-op XIII. Face-off (versus) XIV. Pro Face-off (versus) XV. Battle (versus) XVI. FAQS XVII. Cheats XVIII. Unlockables and stuff in the shop XIX. Achievements XX. Conclusion and Legalities and thanks ABOUT ME Hello fellow rockers! My name is floackle (screen name at least), and this is my first FAQ ever, so please bear with me. Iíve been gaming for a bit over ten years, and have been following guitar hero since the release of number one. Why should you care? Because if youíre here, obviously youíre having some trouble. Now if youíre having trouble on the last brackets of Expert, leave now, because I am too. However, back when the game first came out, I couldnít beat hard mode, and if youíve been playing guitar hero, youíll know that hard mode on the first game is pretty close to medium on the third. Now however, Iíve five-starred Medium, beat Hard, and am on the eighth bracket of Expert (as of version .8). My goal here is to give you hints, clues, and little tips on how to advance yourself in this game. If I prove anything, itís that any FAQ will help sure, but the best thing for anybody to do, is just practice. Just play, and play, and in time you will get better. Donít come at this like a game, but rather like an instrument (that doesnít mean however that you can play guitar, you probably canít). You donít start to play an instrument and automatically ace hard music, it takes time and practice. No, it wonít take as long as an actual instrument, but it wonít come as easy as learning the controls to an FPS. Just remember, have fun with it. ABOUT THE FAQ Now as I said, I have not completed Expert mode as of version .7, so if youíre looking for help on the final brackets, it is not going to be here. In this FAQ Iím going to show beginners how to play on easy, how to move up to medium, how to move onto hard, and how to move into expert. Iím going to try to show you how to get by some harder parts in songs, how to make things easier for you, and other random things that come to mind. This FAQ will mostly help people trying to get through/five-star easy and medium, and people trying to get through hard mode. If you need help on expert, my only real advice that I can give you is practice. Practice mode is a god-send. There will be some information for people going through expert, but for the most part, if you are playing on expert, a FAQ isnít really going to help you; youíre mostly on your own now. For anyone else, I hope this can help you in anyway possible. I am using the 360 version, and havenít used any others, so if there are large differences, forgive me, but as far as I know there arenít any big differences other than characters and downloadable content. Good luck with gaming, and I hope you get past whatever you are stuck on. CONTACT You can contact me at email@example.com . Title the message as "Guitar Hero 3 question" or something along those lines. If the question is answered in the FAQ, donít expect a response. If the message says something along the lines of "You suck", donít expect a response. Questions not already answered and praise are always acceptable ;). If you have a tip, but donít feel like writing an FAQ, feel free to send me your tip, and with your permission Iíll post it in here with proper credit and thanks. If you want to add me on Live my gamer tag is floackle. If itís just a quick question, you can also message me through AIM as floackle3, however I wonít always be on and isnít the best way to get through to me. VERSION HISTORY 2/6/08 .6 Started FAQ. Finished East Career, Basics, Terminology, and started Song list. 2/10/08 .7 Started a hard mode and medium mode guide. Pro Face-off updated . Other minor stuff. Sending into GameFAQs, hoping for the best. 2/11/08 .71 Realised that word wrapping this stupid thing won't actually make it any smaller in the end. Made everything to (hopefully) 79 characters or under, and resending to GameFAQs. 2/16/08 .8 Wow! I never could even have imagined the huge response this has been getting. Thanks to everyone that's written, and to everyone that has read this, and to all that will. Obviously the FAQ got accepted and is now runnning at a great speed. Updates to guitars (thanks to heathernoel(all credit will be done in screennames for confidentiality unless specified)), numerous songs for hard and expert (thanks to dcuajunco), and other little stuff. Also now on the eighth bracket, largely due to heathernoel's help. More about that in gutairs. 3/6/08 1.0 There it is, the big 1.0! I figured since it hit over 10,000 views that it well deserves some more updates, and seeing as SSB:B comes out very soon, if I don't do it now, I won't ever. And so here it is. Scores are updated, more songs updated, hard mode updated, and other songs and random crap I can't remember but fixed/did. This'll probably be the last update in a while because 'Brawl' will deffinatly consume my life for a while. Hope there's enough here to occupy you for the time being. TERMINOLOGY Throughout this FAQ, there may be some words that I use that you may not know. First you should know some things that are going to be on your controller. ********** - this signals that the following information was submitted, and not my idea. Just want to give proper credit where it's due. FRETS - Do you see those pretty colored buttons on the top of the guitar? Those are called frets. When running through song parts, I will use ĎGí, ĎRí, ĎYí, íBí, and ĎOí to represent the different colors (if you donít know what each one represents you are going to need more help then I can provide). You put two or more frets together, and you have a chord. So far we have, frets that are the colorful buttons, letters that represent colors, and chords. Ok, letís keep going. STRUM BAR - That white colored bar on the bottom of the guitar is the strum bar. I will call it the strum bar, not the bangy-thing, or the note maker, or whatever you might think it is. Strum bar, period. You should also know what on the screen of your game. There are three main things on screen that you should know. BOARD - First is the Board, that big thing in the middle of the screen that all your notes come down, not hard. ROCK METER - On the right is your rock meter. Real simple, green is good, red is bad, and in between your ok. Play good, it goes to green, play bad, it lowers into red. When your rock meter gets too far into the red, your board will start to flash red. Thatís really bad, and youíre about to lose the song youíre on. SCORE METER/ NOTE STREAK COUNTER THING - On the left side of the screen is a counter that will show you your score. More notes you hit the higher your score will be. Two-note chords are worth more then single notes, and three-note chords are worth more then both of them. HAMMER-ONS/PULL-OFFS (H/O and P/O) - Next, when in the harder difficulties (and in the earlier ones, just not as much) you will see certain notes that donít have a black ring around the center, and seem to glow brighter then the other notes. They are quite easy to spot in the third game, and are called Hammer-On and Pull-off notes. Remember these terms, because in the hard and medium mode sections they will pop up a lot. There is a whole tutorial in the game on it, but here is the long and short of it. Hammer-On and Pull-Off notes (from here on they are known as h/o and p/o) are notes that you do not have strum on. They are always single notes (never chords) and usually are during faster segments in a song. H/O notes are notes that go up on the screen (as long as its not left-handed on) and P/O notes are notes that go down on the screen,though essentially they are the same, and you donít really need to know the difference between them. All you have to know is what these notes look like, and that you do not need to strum on these notes, though you can if you want to. STAR PATHS AND STAR POWER - Next, star paths and star power. Star paths are sections in the song that have notes shaped like, you guessed it, stars. Hitting every single note in this star path raises your star power. Once you have a certain amount of star power, you can tilt your guitar or press select, and activate said star power. By doing this, two things happen. One, every note you hit gets double the amount of points it would normally, i.e. you have a X3 multiplier, activate star power, and now itís a X6 multiplier. This makes your score go wild when used correctly. Secondly it makes your Rock meter rise at insane rates. This is very helpful when making though a tough section in a song. By knowing the things above, you should be able to navigate this FAQ quite easily. BASICS/GETTING USED TO THINGS Playing Guitar Hero for the first time can easily be a bit disorienting, and for good reason. Lots of lights, loud music, a whole new controller, and to top it all off, if you do badly a crowd starts booing you off stage. Sounds like good fun. However, once you get used to playing, this game can provide a great experience for all of us that want to be big rock stars, without all the baggage that comes with it. Now if this is your first time using this game, letís try getting used to the controller. I suggest you run through the tutorial modes that are packaged with the game, but if you donít feel like it, this segment here should help you. Hold the controller so that if you are right handed, your right-hand is over the guitar and on top of the strum bar. Your left-hand should be cradling (not strangling) the upper part of the guitar so that your index finger is on the green fret, your middle on the red, your ring finger on the yellow, and your pinky is on the blue fret. You only have to worry about your first three fingers right now, or the G, R, and Y frets. The B fret doesnít appear until medium, and the Ďevilí O fret until hard. Ok, so now you have the controller held properly and can go rock out! But wait one moment! What is this metal stick popping out of the guitar? Well no, your guitar is not happy to see you, but rather this is called the Whammy Bar. This Whammy Bar is used on long notes and it bends the sound of the note. It makes the note sound a bit different, and you can push it up or down to make is sound however you choose. This does NOT increase your points. What it does do though, is when on star power notes is make the star power increase. So if you have a star path section that includes long notes, use the whammy bar to increase the amount of star power you get out of it. Without using the whammy bar, it takes two star paths to first use your star power, and four star paths to completely fill up your star power. There are also start and select buttons. Start pauses your game, and select activates star power. Alright, for beginners, Iíve just thrown a lot of information at you, take a brake. Ok, brake over. So now you know how to hold your guitar, how to use it (kind of), what everything on your screen is, and even how to change the sound of notes. Thatís a lot. Think itís time to start your Easy Career mode yet? I do, so letís move on. EASY CAREER So youíve selected easy mode, and named your band now it's time to get a character and guitar. Choose your character based on..well whatever you think looks coolest, it doesn't matter much. Now for you're guitar. Thanks to heathernoel, here's a little tip. ************************************************************************ When choosing your guitar, it may not look like there is any difference between them other than looks, but there is. The more expensive the guitar is, the more likely you are to stay in the green with your rock meter. So take for example the Flying V, to the CES. If you were constantly losing a song (like I was in "Before I Forget" on Expert) using the Flying V, switching to the CES will keep you closer to the green throughout the song (which is how I beat "Before I Forget"). So one of the first things you might want to buy (songs are nice too) is the most expensive guitar you can find. Whether or not specialty guitars do anything (The Bat, Distant Visitor, El Jefe, etc.) is still up to debate. Thanks again to heathernoel for this great tip! (this is also posted under tips for songs in case you miss it) ************************************************************************ So letís go my favorite first song, "Hit me with your best shot" by Pat Benatar. Iím going to walk you through this so it will be really easy. Your going to not move your hand at all, but keep your fingers exactly on the notes that they are on. Your hand doesnít need to move to touch the O fret, because it doesnít appear. In fact, your pinky can rest too because the B fret doesnít appear either. Simple enough. Now when the first note comes up, you are going to wait for it to come to the on-screen frets at the bottom of your board. When it is at the center of the on-screen frets (it doesnít need to be exactly centered), you can strum up or down while holding the same fret color of the one on screen. For example, a G note is coming towards you, before it even is close to the on-screen frets, hold down the G fret on your guitar. Once it is touching the on-screen G fret (as long as it is touching you will get the points for it) you are going to strum up or down, whichever is more comfortable for you. Generally people use their thumb and index finger to strum, either by hitting the strum bar, or by holding it and moving it up and down. Before playing a song, try out different ways to strum. See which way if better for you, which one you have more control of when going faster or slower, and which position wonít wear you out over time. I personally hold my index finger and thumb together, and hit the strum bar with the bottom of my thumb, except for in fast parts, but you donít have to worry about that on easy mode. Alright, so back to Benatar. Your basic rhythm here is beat, pause, two beat, pause, multiple beats, beat, pause, two beat, pause, multiple beats. Itís not too technical and is a good starting song. Should be relatively easy, even if it your first time. So how did you do? Five-star? If not thatís ok, you can go through it again any time you want to. If you think you did good enough, you can move onto the next songs in this bracket. Now youíre not always going to want to play every song in a bracket, and thatís ok because in easy mode you donít have to beat one of the songs in that bracket. So if you end up getting stuck on a song, or just donít like one, skip it and move on. If you get stuck on multiple songs, see my help with specific songs later on in the FAQ, which should help. A. ENCORE SONGS Ok, so you went and beat the amount of songs needed for the opening bracket and now the game wants you to play an encore. It gives you an option to take the encore, or decline it. Accepting it just means that you play it automatically, while declining it makes you play it later. No matter what you choose, you are forced to beat the encore song if you wish to move onto the next bracket. So the first encore song is "Rock and Roll All Night" as made famous by Kiss, but sung horribly (sorry guys, you didnít do too hot on this one) by the guys at Guitar Hero. Good luck, and if you get stuck on it, just look at the bottom part for song details. You went and beat your first bracket, good job! Onto the second bracket now (there are eight total). Go through these songs and check the bottom as needed. Onto the encore song, but wait one second! This isnít an encore song at all! No, this is something entirely new to guitar hero. B. BOSS BATTLES Boss battles are very different from normal songs. First youíll notice that youíre not the only person on the screen now. The boss also has a board that plays on the right of yours. The boss will hit every single note correctly, unless you attack him. How do you attack said boss? Well no longer do you have any star power or star paths, but rather you have battle stars that come through. By completing these Battle Paths (I made that term up, I donít really know what theyíre called) you gain a power-up. However, the boss will also get power-ups to try and mess you up. These power-ups are as follows: BROKEN STRING - this power up will make it so you or your enemy has one fret button that is broken. You cannot play any notes on this fret until you fix it. To fix it you have to repeatedly tap this fret button a good amount of times until it is good to go. AMP OVERLOAD - This power up will make your board flash and shake so that you canít see notes properly. You just have to wait this one out as there is not way to get rid of it faster. DIFFICULTY UP - This power-up will make you or your enemy play one mode higher than what youíre on. So if youíre playing on Easy, it will make you play on Medium mode for a short period of time. Although (and this isnít comfirmed) Iím pretty sure that it makes you play even harder then that mode. Like if you did the Easy to Medium jump, not only would it use the B fret, but it would also have more notes then normal Medium mode would, but of course I could be wrong. DOUBLE NOTES - This power-up will make your or your opponent play all chords. It will still use the same amount of frets(you still wonít see B fret on easy), but instead of playing only one fret, you will use two, or if you would use a two fret chord, it would change to three fret chord, and so on. LEFTY FLIP - This power-up will make you or your opponent play as if lefty-flip was on (or if it is, then as if it wasnít). This makes all the notes flip over to the other side, so G fret is now on the left, and O fret now on the right. You still play the same frets, it just looks weird on screen. It takes a while to move back, and you just have to wait it out. WHAMMY BAR - This power-up is probably the most destructive and best/worst (depends what side of it your on) power up. This makes it so that you canít play any notes whatsoever until you move your whammy bar up and down a bunch of times. If you time this right during an insane solo (talking about later difficulties) then you can end a boss very easily. STEAL POWER UP - This power up steals your opponents first power up and gives you it. If you use it and your opponent doesnít have a power up, then it is wasted. There is also one more power up, but that only shows up in multiplayer, so we wonít worry about it. Throw using these power ups, you can throw your opponent off and make them mess up. The only way to win is to make your opponent lose. You can carry three power ups at a time, and if you get a fourth, it will knock out the first power up you got. You activate these power ups the same as star power. There are a few main strategies when in a boss battle, but of course, you do whatever works for you. STRATEGY 1 Collect three power ups, and release them one after another. So if you have Amp Overload, followed by Broken String, followed by Whammy, you would activate the Amp Overload first (not that you have a choice what goes first). The moment that the Amp Overload ends, you then send out the broken string. Once that time is up, then you set out Whammy. That way the enemy never has time to get their Ďhealthí back up. STRATEGY 2 Collect one power up, and then use it when your enemy is about to get a power up. So whatever you have, you are occasionally looking over your enemyís board, and when they are about to get a power up, you activate yours. By doing this your enemy never has a chance to throw you off. However there are a couple problems to this strategy. One, some power ups take a while to activate (the double notes wonít actually start until a couple seconds after you activate it). Two, by doing this, your enemy has some time to recover their Ďhealthí, and if they donít fail by the time the song is over, you fail. But this has worked for me in some cases, and thatís why itís here. STRATEGY 3 Learn the song. This is sometimes the only way to beat the bossís on harder difficulties (Lou on Hard is hell to go through). Sometimes luck is your best friend, but if you combine luck with knowledge, then you can destroy your opponent. My point being that if you know a point in a song that has a large solo for your opponent (knowledge), and you keep repeating the song until you have the whammy power up (luck), then you can take out your opponent with possibly just one power up. I have heard (havenít done) that this is the easy way to beat Lou on Expert. If you keep failing a boss battle, it may do you good to watch your opponentís screen a little more, so that you can time your power ups exactly right. Now you can also just send your power ups out the moment you get them, but I donít recommend that, especially not in multiplayer for other reasons, but thatís not necessary now. Knowing this should be able to get you through Tom Morello (your first battle) and Slash (your second) easily. Lou may be more difficult, but in time I think you can get through it. Oh but they wonít let you out that easily. After you beat the boss, you still have an encore song to play. For Tom itís "Bulls on Parade", and for Slash itís "Welcome to the Jungle". Bracket three now. You should be able to handle things on your own now, and if you ever get stuck, just remember to look at the song list on the bottom for help. Things are on a steady rise of difficulty the farther that you go, but none of the songs are drastically harder then the ones before it (on easy mode that is). This is only true until bracket seven. No matter what difficulty you are on, bracket seven always seems to ramp up the difficulty at an insane rate. Main song to watch out for is "Before I Forget". "Stricken" is easy enough, and "Knights of Cydonia" is long but fairly easy is on this mode. "Before I Forget" is a good bit harder then the other songs youíve played so far. Just use practice as necessary, or look at the hints at the bottom. After the Seventh bracket comes your final, and most difficult bracket. Songs to watch for here are "One" (which is incredibly long), and "Raining Blood". "One" is relatively simple until the end, which has an amazing solo that can be a bit hard, and will require you to strum faster then you might be used to. But if you go into practice mode, and select only the parts toward the end that trouble you, then Iím sure you can get through it. Then thereís "Raining Blood". I want you to know right now that I hate this song. "Raining Blood" is quite difficult for people playing through easy for the first time (even took me two times to five star it, and I beat hard). This song was hard for me to five star on medium, and very hard for me to even beat on hard. This transcends down to easy mode as well, and if this if your first time with a guitar hero game, this song will probably frustrate you as well. The key here is learning the timing for your strumming in the beginning, and just learning where the notes are at the end. Practice mode is your best friend to get through/five star this song. Just slow it down, and repeat it as much as necessary for you to beat it. If you try hard enough, you will finish the eighth and final bracket, and meet Lou, the devil. LOU - This is what it has all come down to. You must fight for your soul in a battle against the devil, playing what? Why "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" of course! But this isnít the DWDTG that you know, rather this is a whole new version completely redone with a new singer, electric guitars, and well, a whole bunch of new stuff. Iím going to try and walk you through this to the best that I can. OPENING - Song starts out and itís relatively simple. Its mostly just up and down. By this I mean G-R-Y-R-G-R-Y and so on. After that itís a G/R chord that goes on a good pace. Simple enough, and no power ups on either end. MID OPENING - This section is G-G-Y-Y-G-G-Y-Y. Every now and then it will switch to one yellow, but stay at two greens. Still not too hard, and still now power-ups either way. SECTION 3 - Here we have a bunch of G notes, followed by a bunch of Y notes, then a bunch of R notes, and back and forth for a while. Just keep a good beat, and youíll be fine. Still no power ups. SECTION 4 - Repeat opening. No power ups to speak of SECTION 5 - Up and down again, still nothing too hard, just keep strumming at the same beat, and donít lose tempo. SECTION 6 - This is where it is all instrumental. Itís G-G-R-R-Y kind o pattern (donít hold me to that exactly) but isnít too difficult. Right before you hit a bunch of yellow notes in a row, Lou will obtain a power up. No matter what you get, just remember that itís all yellow going at the same tempo you were at. So if you get sent amp overload, donít worry about it. You will get your own power up in the midst of these Y notes. Use it as you see fit. SECTION 7 - G-G-R-R-Y-R-Y-R repeat...ish. Donít hold me to that either. In the middle of this Lou will get another power up, and the notes arenít as easy to memorize. For the most part however itís the same exact tempo, so concentrate and donít worry. At the end you will get another power up on the R- long G notes, I suggest that you save this one with your other one if you havenít used it already. SECTION 8 - Same stuff repeating, up and down, and then some faster notes at the end, and your third power up. Long pause while the dude talks. SECTION 9 - Faster notes here, strum faster to keep up, but donít go too fast and double hit the long notes at the end. Then itís a bit over the place, but the tempo is back to normal. This is followed by a good amount of Y notes with a G-R thrown in every now and then. Watch carefully at the pattern of the yellows as the timing is different from before. SECTION 10 - This is where you want to move in for the win. When you start playing a bunch of the same notes in a row, Lou will be playing a relatively fast solo. Send your attacks over to him, timing them one after another, and he should be beat relatively easily. When your notes start going up and down again you should receive yet another power up, so this makes it even easier to defeat Lou. There are over four power ups in this solo that comes up, and honestly it is too hard to detail the solo you have, but if you focus on getting the power ups, and have attacked him earlier like I said above, then Lou should fall at your feet. END - After you destroy Lou, the song cuts to the part where it says "And the Devil bowed his head for he knew that heíd been beat." Very cool if you ask me. The second board is no longer on screen, and itís just you in all your glory. This end solo is mostly a re-hash of stuff youíve already done, with some simple long notes at the end. Conrgats!! You just beat easy mode! After you watch the end movie, you play "Through the Fire and Flames" by Dragonforce. Donít worry, this song isnít an actual song. You canít fail and thereís no score. Once you beat it, you can buy it at the store if you wish. You can also buy the "moon-shot" guitar at the shop, and the "bat" guitar if you five starred it. Take a break, youíve earned it. Because after this comes the Blue fret button and a much faster board. MEDIUM CAREER The easy stuff is over, now it's time to actually begin Guitar Hero (as far as I'm concerned easy mode isn't the real game at all). There are quite a few new things to get used to when playing in medium mode. The biggest of all is: THE BLUE FRET BUTTON - Yes, now you have four buttons to worry about. Don't fret though (bad pun fully intended), it's alot easier then you may think. If you're having trouble getting used to the blue button, here are some tips. First of all, use your pinky. Sounds like common sense to some, but I've seen people that slide their three fingers down, which I guess makes sense because all you've used so far is three fingers. So now you have your pinky on the B fret. Try to get used to using your pinky with the game off. Just your guitar try getting used to the new chords your going to be using, such as B/Y, B/R, and B/G. Also try doing a R-Y-B-Y-R repeat exercise if your not used to it yet. The first time using your pinky may hurt a little just because your muscles aren't used to it yet, honestly how much do you use your pinky? But give it time, as it will become second nature. After you got the B fret down pat, you're going to see alot mroe H/O's and P/O's from now on, and its only going to increase the harder the mode you play. Now if you didn't read above what H/O's and P/O's are, go above and do so because they will become almost necessary when playing some songs. If you completly understand H/O's and P/O's and you can use the B fret button, you're ready to go through the medium career. If you're still having trouble with H/O's and P/O's then try this: Go into practice mode, and boot up the first couple pieces of "My Name is Jonas" by Weezer. Almost all the notes in the beginning are H/O's or P/O's. Your goal here is to strum the notes that you absolutly have to (the notes with the black ring around the white center). Every other note should only be tapped with the frets, no strumming required. If you need to, slow it down to get the fingering right. Then go back to normal. Try this again and again until you get a good 97% or higher (reminder that this is only for that sectional). Once you achieve that, you'll spot H/O's and P/O's much easier, and pull them off with ease. The songs are faster, the bosses are harder, but the money increases and it is alot more fun then Easy mode. So go into medium and I wish you the best of luck! Songs to watch for on Medium Expect this section to be updated more often as people ask for help with a specific song (which is perfectally acceptable). Remember to look at the bottom for help, and practice mode is your save you. Before I Forget Stricken Cliffs of Dover Raining blood Number of the Beast 3's and 7's One HARD CAREER So you just owned Medium mode and think that you can tackle the orange button. Well my hat's off to you, because play time is over, and now it's time for business. Before you even think of starting hard mode, go back through medium and 5-star every song in it. I'll let you slide on the last bracket, but ever other song should have 5 stars. Why? Because if you can not get five stars on all medium songs, you will not survive the seventh bracket on hard, and since you won't be able to finish the hard career, I'm just saving you time. Sadly, I'm telling you the truth here. If you haven't started hard mode yet, and you can not 5-star just about all of medium mode, don't bother. You won't finish hard mode. Unless you're satisfied with just leaving it half-done, then go ahead. Most people should be able to clear the first three, four, maybe five brackets no problem. However once you hit the seventh bracket, things take a serious turn for the worst. Well let's see the basics that you need to help you through Hard mode. ORANGE FRET KEY - *sigh* This is going to be tough for most people. There are two techniques to mastering the orange key, here they are: SLIDE - This means that you have your fingers on the G-R-Y-B frets, or the R-Y-B-O frets when starting a song. You then 'slide' (no, we're not creative people) your fingers over to the opposite position, this way you can hit both the G or O frets when you need to. The downside to this is that it take some time to move down, and in the harder songs, even 1/4 of a second can cost you. This is my preffered method though, and I personally use the G-R-Y-B starting position, though many people say the other position is easier, mostly because the next technique can be pulled off easier using it. STETCH - When using the stretch technique, most people have their fingers on the R-Y-B-O keys when starting out a song. From there they 'stretch' their index finger to reach the G fret when needed. By doing this three of your fingers stay in the same place, and don't have to move too much. The downside is the when trying to hit the G/R chord, you're going to have to stretch your middle finger out, or slide it, same with any chord that has G/R in it. In the end, you're going to be forced to use a combination of both. You can't pull off G/R/Y chords without sliding, and you can't hit a G/O (yes, those will happen) without stretching. It really comes down to what you're most comfortable with. Now you may not have used Practice mode much in Medium career, but unless you're extremly good at this game (and seeing as you're at an FAQ done by a guy who can't even beat Expert, you're probably not) you ARE going to use it in Hard mode. For songs like Raining Blood and Number of the Beast, you will be very thankfull for this amazing little device the Guitar Hero devs were nice enough to put in. Second thing you need to get used to in hard mode, is alternate strumming, or whatever people call it. The point is that you are going to need to grab the strum bar with two or three fingers (I use two) and flail it up and down as necessary to the song. Why would you do something as stupid-looking as that? Because you will never beat Knights of Cydonia by just tapping the strum bar (I take back that never, 7-year old kids have beat Psyhcobilly Freakout (GH2) on Expert without looking at the screen, someone can do this). When you get an insane amount of notes coming at you, at a speed that seems impossible, grab the strum bar and fling it up and down as you see fit. Some songs need this, but at a slower rhythm than others. Try it out on some songs that you see need it (I'm not going to list any, because some people can strum faster than others), and see what rhythm you think different parts need. I found that the game uses two main rhythms or speeds while double strumming, at least for me (with the exception of Knights of Cydonia on Expert which is just insane (I beat it finally!!!)). Work with whatever is best for you. Well good luck now that you're actually using the full guitar now. This won't be easy, but just think, Expert's even harder. If you do get stuck on a song, try playing it on Expert. Once you see how much harder it could be, the Hard mode won't look so scary anymore. By the way, if you happen to get to Lou on Hard, my sole advice is to not give up. Yes, he is infuriating. Yes, there is a good bit of luck involved to beating him. Yes, he sucks. However, no matter how much you may think he is (I did too for a good two months), he is not impossible. Just don't keep trying to tackle him so many times. Take a break, give it up for the day. I won against him my second try one day, after going at him twenty plus times earlier in the week. Good luck with Hard mode and Lou! SONGS TO WATCH FOR ON HARD MODE: Black Sunshine Before I Forget 3's and 7's Cliffs of Dover Knights of Cydonia Raining Blood The Number of the Beast One EXPERT CAREER Medium mode blew by. Hard mode is tackled. What's left? Why crazy-awsome- insane-shouldn't be played by human beings mode of course! Crazy fast boards, three note chords are the norm., and that orange button's gonna become your best buddy or worst enemy. Right now I want you to know that there is no need to ever even look at this mode. If you can play hard mode that's good enough, don't feel that this is necessary. Too many people think that if they can't play expert then they fail at this game. That's not true. This mode is only meant for players looking for an extra challenge, and for those that get bored with hard mode. So if you feel like you're ready for this (i.e beat hard mode), well then let's get going. Key point to remember when starting/playing Expert Mode: Alternate strumming is now a big part of your playing experiance. Like, nearly all the time. Ok, so not that much, but if you slid by without doing it in hard, well that's not going to work anymore. You're going to have to learn the timing for fast alternate strumming and slow alternate strumming. What do I mean by this? I mean the difference between doing it in "Paranoid" and doing it in "Number of the Beast". Your speed is going to have to change for these songs, and as for the rest of them. Generally I have seen two speed for when Alternate strumming is needed, the only exception being "Knights of Cydonia" in which you just kinda flail the bar up and down as fast as you possibly can. The Orange Fret is now as commonly used as any other fret. Sure it was used in hard mode, but it didn't use it constantly. Hard mode kind of let you get the feel of sliding back and forth, untill the last brackets. Well imagine the use of the Orange Fret from the last bracket of Hard thorughout all of Expert career. Many people like to just start with their index finger on the Red Fret instead, which in some cases helps alot. Get used to sliding, because it's going to happen alot now. The board is extremely fast now. I know that you're expecting this, but it may throw you off at first. What you had memorized for note spaces before (i.e this note is this far away so hit it within this much amount of time) is now practically cut in half. Songs like "Hellicopter" and some others have to be done faster then they might seem. Last and probably most important, don't get upset. If you can't beat a song, it's ok. This is meant to be a challenge, not something you'll beat on your first try. Some songs will get you stuck and it's your job not to give up. But that's not give up, not chuck your guitar at your tv. Not yell at your TV blaming the world's troubles on it. It's take a breath, calm down, maybe take a break, then try again. These songs are not impossible (except 'Raining Blood'). I thought they were at one point. However now I'm just one song away from reaching Lou (guess which one). And this is coming from someone who couldn't even play hard on GH1, so all of you can do it too. Just don't give up, and don't get angry. SONGS TO WATCH FOR ON EXPERT: Talk Dirty to Me (If trying to 5-star only) Same Old Song and Dance Welcome to the Jungle Black Sunshine (My arm was going to fall off when I finished this song) The Metal Before I Forget 3's and 7's Knights of Cydonia Raining Blood Cliffs of Dover The Number of the Beast One SONG LIST AND INFO. ************************************************************************ Submitted by heathernoel: ((not my idea, but still fact)) When choosing your guitar, it may not look like there is any difference between them other than looks, but there is. The more expensive the guitar is, the more likely you are to stay in the green with your rock meter. So take for example the Flying V, to the CES. If you were constantly losing a song (like I was in "Before I Forget" on Expert) using the Flying V, switching to the CES will keep you closer to the green throughout the song (which is how I beat "Before I Forget"). So one of the first things you might want to buy (songs are nice too) is the most expensive guitar you can find. Whether or not specialty guitars do anything (The Bat, Distant Visitor, El Jefe, etc.) is still up to debate. Thanks again to heathernoel for this great tip! (this is also posted under Easy carrer, in case you missed it) ************************************************************************ STARTING OUT SMALL "Slow Ride" Artist: Foghat Release Year: 1975 Personal best: Easy- 62,973 5 star Medium - 115,860 5 star Hard - 125,530 5 star Expert - 128,251 5 star Tips: Come on. It's the first song of the game. You can do it! "Talk Dirty to Me" Artist: Poison Release Year: 1986 Personal best: Easy - 96,693 5 star Medium - 94,449 5 star Hard - 176,038 5 star Expert - 184,942 5 star "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" Artist: Pat Benatar Release Year: 1980 Personal best: Easy - 53,658 5 star Medium -100,639 5 star Hard - 127,799 5 star Expert - 125,380 5 star Tips: Coming... "Story of My Life" Artist: Social Distortion Release Year: 1990 Personal best: Easy - 178,017 5 star Medium - 212,912 5 star Hard - 287,762 5 star Expert - 271,284 5 star Tips: Coming... "Rock and Roll All Night" (encore) Artist: Kiss Release Year: 1965 Personal best: Easy - 66,892 5 star Medium -77,248 5 star Hard - 110,291 5 star Expert - 61,458 3 star Tips: Coming... "Sabotage" (Co-op only) Artist: Beastie Boys Release Year: 1994 Personal best: Easy - Medium - Hard - Expert - Tips: coming... YOUR FIRST REAL GIG "Mississippi Queen" Artist: Mountain Release Year: 1970 Personal best: Easy - 58,848 5 star Medium - 65,128 5 star Hard - 71, 805 5 star Expert - 74,508 5 star Tips: Coming... "Schoolís Out" Artist: Alice Cooper Release Year: 1972 Personal best: Easy - 72,324 5 star Medium - 98,414 5 star (100%) Hard - 108,950 5 star Expert - 99,295 5 star Tips: Coming... "Sunshine of Your Love" Artist: Cream Release Year: 1968 Personal best: Easy - 95,706 5 star Medium -165,049 5 star (100%) Hard - 194,669 5 star Expert - 167,392 5 star Tips: Coming... "Barracuda" Artist: Heart Release Year: 1977 Personal best: Easy - 102, 983 5 star Medium - 133,258 5 star Hard - 139,114 4 star Expert - 123,734 4 star Tips: For all modes, learn the triple strum. No itís not easy, and your probably not going to be able to do it without holding on the strum bar. This song uses the triple notes constantly, and the sooner you learn how to hit them, the easier this song will be. Practice mode is a godsend. I still have trouble hitting the triple notes, so donít feel dismayed if it takes you a while to learn them. "Guitar Battle vs. Tom Morello" Release Year: 2007 Tips: The easiest of all the battles. If you need help with Tom on lower levels, look in the Easy section of the FAQ. If you need help with Tom on the higher levels, just practice against him, watch when his fast solos are. If you still can't get it, just wuss out. "Bulls on Parade" (encore) Artist: Rage Against the Machine Release Year: 1996 Personal best: Easy - 88,333 5 star Medium - 150,748 5 star Hard - 168,463 5 star Expert - 182,465 5 star "Reptillia" (Co-op only) Artist: The Strokes Release Year: 2003 Personal best: Easy - Medium - 133,178 5 star Hard - Expert - Tips: Coming Soon... MAKING THE VIDEO "When You Were Young" Artist: The Killers Release Year: 2006 Personal best: Easy - 69,571 5 star Medium - 131, 868 5 star Hard - 248,881 5 star Expert - 155,029 5 star Tips: One of my favorite song on here. Just keep a good beat, tap your foot if you need to. On the easier settings itís just single notes again and again with small changes every now and then. On harder ones just know the chords that theyíre sending at you, and youíll be golden. A very simple song to play, as long as you can keep the tempo. "Miss Murder" Artist: AFI Release Year: 2006 Personal best: Easy - 68,193 5 star Medium - 109,206 5 star Hard - 167,279 4 star Expert - 158,476 4 star Tips: Coming... "The Seeker" Artist: The Who Release Year: 1971 Personal best: Easy - 91,136 5 star Medium - 99,509 5 star Hard - 148,817 5 star Expert - 112,083 3 star ************************************************************************ Tips: Submitted by dcuajunco: In the beginning, the GY chords are better used as strumming fast either upstrum or downstrum to make it easier not to lose your streak. (thanks!) ************************************************************************ "Lay Down" Artist: Priestess Release Year: 2006 Personal best: Easy - 74,637 5 star Medium - 124, 029 5 star Hard - 199,009 5 star Expert - 169,459 4 star Tips: Coming... "Paint It Black" (encore) Artist: The Rolling Stones Release Year: 1966 Personal best: Easy - 81,425 Medium - 136, 573 5 star Hard - 160,517 5 star Expert - 116,377 3 star Tips: On easy and medium this song isnít too hard, but on the harder modes it can be a bit of a challenge. My advice is to go onto practice mode and really nail down the tempo for the notes when the go G-R-Y-B-O-B-Y-R-G and so on. It wonít be easy to go at the speed that it wants you to, but through practice it wonít be too long. ************************************************************************ Another tip, submitted by dcuajunco: Life is so much easier if you hold down green for mos of the song (the parts in where you do R-G-Y-G-B-G-O-G-B-G-Y-G-R...) (thanks!) ************************************************************************ "Suck My Kiss" (Co-op only) Artist: Red Hot Chili Peppers Release Year: 1991 Personal best: Easy - Medium - 115,445 5 star Hard - Expert - Tips: Coming Soon... EUROPEAN INVATION "Paranoid" Artist: Black Sabbath Release Year: 1970 Personal best: Easy - 73,167 5 star Medium - 101,719 5 star Hard - 209,676 5 star Expert - 200,329 5 star Tips: Coming... "Anarchy in the U.K." Artist: The Sex Pistols Release Year: 2007 Personal best: Easy - 115,919 5 star Medium - 144,005 5 star Hard - 210,035 5 star Expert - 143,889 5 star Tips: The reason that the release year says 2007 is because The Sex Pistols actually recorded this song again just for guitar hero. Thatís because they couldnít find the original master recording, but whatever, itís still very cool that they re-recorded it just to get in guitar hero. Actual tips coming... "Kool Thing" Artist: Sonic Youth Release Year: 1990 Personal best: Easy - 115,919 5 star Medium - 133,256 5 star Hard - 189,645 5 star Expert - 91,841 3 star Tips: I hate this song, and donít even know why itís in Guitar Hero, no tips for this song because I refuse to play it more than I absolutly have to. "My Name is Jonas" Artist: Weezer Release Year: 1994 Personal best: Easy - 100,004 5 star Medium - 163,608 5 star Hard - 244,324 5 star Expert - 250,862 5 star Tips: I love this song. On the lower difficulties itís a great song to learn the H/O and P/O. They are everywhere, and arenít terribly hard on medium or hard. If youíre having trouble with H/O and P/O then this is the song to practice with. On the harder difficulties, go into practice and slow down the H/O and P/O sections and get them down, so when you play at full speed, youíll already be prepared for whatís coming. "Even Flow" (encore) Artist: Pearl Jam Release Year: 1991 Personal best: Easy - 115,031 5 star Medium - 140,335 5 star Hard - 188,071 5 star Expert - 157,999 4 star Tips: Coming... "Cities on Flame With Rock & Roll" (Co-op only) Artist: Blue Oyster Cult Release Year: 1972 Personal best: Easy - Medium - 118,967 Hard - Expert - Tips: Yes, Blue Oyster Cult is a real band, and yes they did more then just "Donít Fear the Reaper". No, Will Ferrel is not part of the band, sorry. Tips coming... BIGHOUSE BLUES "Holiday in Cambodia" Artist: The Dead Kennedys Release Year: 1980 Personal best: Easy - 98,329 5 star Medium - 142,305 5 star Hard - 193,602 4 star Expert - 126,064 3 star Tips: I think this song is weird. Actual tips coming... "Rock You Like a Hurricane" Artist: Scorpions Release Year: 1984 Personal best: Easy - 77,452 5 star Medium - 116,801 5 star Hard - 180,475 5 star Expert - 190,149 4 star Tips: Coming... "Same Old Song and Dance" Artist: Aerosmith Release Year: 1974 Personal best: Easy - 88,675 5 star Medium -89, 014 5 star Hard - 119,954 5 star Expert - 58,604 3 star Tips: I remember me and my friends having trouble on this one on Expert, so tips will be updated on this song ASAP. "La Grange" Artist: ZZ Top Release Year: 1973 Personal best: Easy - 116,142 5 star Medium - 120,718 5 star Hard - 131,288 5 star Expert - 160,652 5 star Tips: Coming... "GUITAR BATTLE VS. SlASH" Artist: Slash Release Year: 2007 Tips: A very cool battle, I really like how he made this. Tips coming... "Welcome to the Jungle" Artist: Guns Ní Roses Release Year: 1987 Personal best: Easy - 104,430 5 star Medium - 132,299 5 star Hard - 155,326 5 star Expert - 110,267 3 star Tips: Another song I struggled on on Expert, so tips also due on this song ASAP. "Helicopter" (Co-op only) Artist: Bloc Party Release Year: 2005 Personal best: Easy - Medium - 120,767 5 star Hard - Expert - Tips: Coming Soon... THE HOTTEST BAND ON EARTH "Black Magic Woman" Artist: Santana Release Year: 1970 Personal best: Easy - 102,020 5 star Medium - 124,853 5 star Hard - 124,981 4 star Expert - 127,919 4 star Tips: Some people find this song boring, but I personally like it a lot. It is a relatively long song, but stick through with it, it really isnít that hard. Tips coming... "Cherub Rock" Artist: The Smashing Pumpkins Release Year: 1993 Personal best: Easy - 113,434 5 star Medium -182,462 5 star Hard - 268,348 5 star Expert - 162,789 3 star Tips: Coming... "Black Sunshine" Artist: White Zombie Release Year: 1992 Personal best: Easy - 102,183 5 star Medium - 114,350 5 star Hard - 75,111 3 star Expert - 61,461 3 star Tips: Coming... "The Metal" Artist: Tenacious D (Yes, itís Jack Black. No, Iím not joking) Release Year: 2006 Personal best: Easy - 76,878 5 star Medium - 103,845 5 star Hard - 93,929 4 star Expert - 93,889 3 star Tips: Coming... "Pride and Joy" (encore) Artist: Stevie Ray Vaughan Release Year: 1983 Personal best: Easy - 111,869 5 star Medium - 124, 284 5 star Hard - 126,335 4 star Expert - 112,882 3 star Tips: Coming... "Monsters" (Co-op only) Artist: Matchbook Romance Release Year: 2006 Personal best: Easy - Medium - 156,437 5 star Hard - Expert - Tips: Another favorite, Tips coming soon... LIVE IN JAPAN "Before I Forget" Artist: Slipknot Release Year: 2004 Personal best: Easy - 128,438 5 star Medium - 158,860 5 star Hard - 163,345 4 star Expert- 134,445 3 star Tips: I love this song too, though I know a lot of people donít, whatever. Pretty simple on East and Medium, takes a drastic turn to incredibly hard on Hard, and then near impossible on Expert. This song had me beat for the longest time, until I switched guitars thanks to heathernoel's tip (shown above). Once using the CES the hardest part was just getting by the bridge (the part that uses G/Y, R/B, Y/O back and forth). Save up your star power to that point, then with star power activated, concentrate on the G/Y and R/B chords, that way you'll stay green, and won't worry about sliding too much. ************************************************************************ Here's another tip submitted by dcuajunco: A good tip for you to pass it....(Only passed it once with Guitar controller alone because of the bridge) 1)Save all your star power for the bridge 2)Slide really fast for the RBO to GRB chords 3)DON'T PANIC since most of the song repeats itself 4)Practice! ************************************************************************ "Stricken" Artist: Disturbed Release Year: 2005 Personal best: Easy - 131,114 5 star Medium - 259,722 5 star ((not a typo, one of my fav songs) Hard - 189,936 4 star Expert - 147,737 3 star Tips: Definitely one of my favorite songs, tips coming... "3ís & 7ís" Artist: Queens of the Stone Age Release Year: 2007 Personal best: Easy - 114,030 5 star Medium - 174,874 5 star Hard - 132,697 4 star Expert -95,703 3 star Tips: Another favorite, though I have no idea what the title has to do with the song, oh well. Tips coming... "Knights of Cydonia" Artist: Muse Release Year: 2006 Personal best: Easy - 142,994 5 star Medium - 203,544 5 star Hard - 159,845 3 star Expert - 152,080 3 star Tips: Two things to watch for in this song. Throughout most of the song, you will be bombarded with a bunch of the same notes in a row. You MUST master the rhythm for these notes, both the slower (if you can call it slow) parts and the faster ones. These sections are a pain to master, but once you do, your score will sky-rocket, and the song will be easier to complete. The second thing to watch for is at the end of the song, and you are thrown an immense amount of P/Oís to do. They usually are O-B-Y for a good while, and then B-Y-R. Getting your fingers to go at that speed, without skipping the middle button (which happens a lot) is key. Once again, practice mode is great because you can single out certain sections and work on them. "Cult of Personality" (encore) Artist: Living Colour Release Year: 2007 Personal best: Easy - 128,654 5 star Medium - 114,003 5 star Hard - 189,752 5 star Expert - 156,577 4 star Tips: An incredibly fun song to play on Hard mode, and an insane one on Expert. This song is full of H/Oís and P/Oís, and the key to mastering this song, is following those notes like you follow map directions. They arenít too hard up to the solo, then thing get a little crazy, A little trick I have is to strum every third note or so (on the H/O and P/O sections). This way, you never lose too many notes if you lose your fingering in a H/O and P/O section. Really a fun song to play once you get those tough sections down. BATTLE FOR YOUR SOUL "Raining Blood" Artist: Slayer Release Year: 1989 Personal best: Easy - 113,461 5 star Medium - 140,228 5 star Hard - 62,814 3 star Expert - Tips: This song is a beast. I had huge trouble playing this one, so I only have a few tips to give to you. One, practice, practice, practice. I canít stress that enough. Secondly, Learn the rhythm for strumming in the fast sections that are all one note, and keep close attention in the beginning for the it has the slide of notes (O-B-Y-R-G) because that holds the star power for a couple times. Star power is going to be your best friend in this song. Lastly, H/Oís and P/Oís will save your life if you can hit them right. Once again, just to be sure, strum some notes in between, so if you do lose your place, your rock meter wonít drop down horribly. In the end it comes down to practice and a lot of memorization. ************************************************************************ Here's some help from Dcuajunco: Raining Blood(Hard)-Took forever to 5-star! Keep on practicing on the Mosh since, unlike Expert has less HOPOs since you need to strum on the first parts of the O-B-Y-B-Y-R patterns and save star power too for the Flood. Raining Blood(Expert)-Practically the reason nearly no one can fight Lou... The Mosh... Get the two star power parts or else, if you didn't practice, YOU'LL DIE. It's also pretty obvious that you'll eventually miss notes so start strumming correctly when you do make mistakes. (thanks!) ************************************************************************ "Cliffs of Dover" Artist: Eric Johnson Release Year: 1990 Personal best: Easy - 81,308 5 star Medium - 142,350 5 star Hard - 114,806 4 star Expert - 68,264 3 star Tips: Such a fun song to play. Especially after "Before I forget", "Stricken", and "Raining Blood", to be thrown a chill instrumental was a very smart move on behalf of the Guitar Hero team. As with most of the upper bracket songs, memorizing (to some extent, not complete memorization) of the H/O and P/O sections is a big help. This song isnít terribly hard compared to the others in the bracket, and if you beat "Raining Blood" before it, this will be a cake walk. However, it is relatively hard on Expert, I'll post some tips for it later. "The Number of the Beast" Artist: Iron Maiden Release Year: 1982 Personal best: Easy - 181,066 5 star Medium - 174,481 5 star Hard - 184,388 3 star Expert - 157,051 3 star Tips: Hmm...finally we get some "Maiden". I personally would have preferred "Rainmaker", but we got "The Trooper"in GH2, so I canít complain. The chord patterns in Hard mode are extremely confusing, and to get them down, you should go into practice mode. Run through the intro a couple of time to get those down right. Then when you have a chord followed directly by a single, followed directly by a chord again (G/Y, G, G/Y, G, and so on) I have a little tip. Never let go of the note that continues to play. So say it was the pattern shown above, you would hold onto the G fret, and tap the Y fret when needed, all while strumming appropriately. This way your not moving as much and you can keep beat better. "One" Artist: Metallica Release Year: 1998 Personal best: Easy - 165, 684 5 star Medium - 279,374 5 star Hard - 153,633 3 star Expert - 221,366 3 star Tips: Well ever since the first game came out people wanted Metallica, and now we have it, and I have to say, "One" is not a bad choice at all. A great song and a nice way to finish the real setlist, 80% of this song isnít terribly difficult, but rather the last 20% is pretty difficult. The section that goes G-G-G-G-G-G/R or something along those lines very fast, is going to require you to hold on the strum bar, and move it up and down pretty fast, much like as needed in "Knights of Cydonia". Then we have another set of 3 P/Oís and H/Oís all in a row. Once again, timing is everything, and make sure you donít miss the middle note. Itís very typical when doing a P/O line of Y-R-G a bunch of time in a row that you miss the R fret, so watch yourself. Faster strumming, concentration, and practice will get you through this. ************************************************************************ Here's some help from DcuaJunco: One(Hard and Expert) To simplify... the secret pattern of the darkness areas!(The one where there are a lot of G frets) -When you reach the pause of each of those G frets, the strum last is the opposite of the first!(Except for G-G-G-RBO) (EXPERT) The recommended hand position I use is...(1 is my index finger, 4 is my pinkie.. and it's pretty obvious what 2 and 3 are) 1 is G(duh) 2 is Y 3 is B and 4 is O so it's easier to slide from G-G-G-G-G-G-GBYx2 to G-G-G-RBO (BOTH) Save all you're star power for Fast Solo A!!!!!!!! (thanks!) ************************************************************************ "GUITAR BATTLE VS. LOU" Artist: The Charlie Daniels Band Release Year: 1979 Tips: I have a whole section for easy mode on this above. For medium and hard (havenít reached him in expert) tips are coming soon. My only tips I have for you right now is donít play it too many times in a row. Play it maybe three or four times, then take a break. My biggest mistake playing this was doing it twenty times in a row, getting tired and frustrated and then giving up. I ended up beating it on Hard mode my first try on another day. Just out of nowhere beat it. So donít play it too many times, and give yourself a break. BONUS SONGS All the songs that you can buy from the shop. Personally I like most of the songs here better then the regular setlist. "AVALANCHA" Artist:Heroes Del Silencio Release year: 1995 Personal Best: Easy- Medium- Hard- 212,065 4 star Expert- Tips: coming soon... "In the Belly of a Shark" Artist: Gallows Release year: 2006 Personal Best: Easy- Medium- Hard- 113,427 4 star Expert- Tips: Coming Soon... "Can't Be Saved" Artist: Senses Fail Release year: 2006 Personal Best: Easy- Medium- Hard- 175,650 5 star Expert- 144,306 4 star Tips: Another favorite. Tips coming soon... "Closer" Artist: Lacuna Coil Release Year: 2006 Personla Best: Easy- Medium- Hard- Expert- 196,506 5 star Tips: Coming soon... "Don't Hold Back" Artist: The Sleeping Release year: 2006 Personal Best: Easy- Medium- Hard- 130,712 5 star Expert- Tips: Coming soon... "Down 'N Dirty" Artist: La Slum Lors Release year: 2007 Personal Best: Easy- Medium- Hard- 131,063 3 star Expert- Tips: Coming soon... "F.C.P.R.E.M.I.X." Artist: The Fall of Troy Release year: 2005 Personal Best: Easy- Medium- Hard- 64,617 3 star Expert- Tips: I love this song, on guitar hero or off of it, it's a great song. tips coming soon... "Generation Rock" Artist: Revolverheld Release year: 2005 Personal Best: Easy- Medium- Hard- 151,448 5 star Expert- 131,034 4 star Tips: Yet another favorite. Tips coming soon... "Go That Far" Artist: Bret Michaels Band Easy- Medium- Hard- Expert- Tips: Coming Soon... "Hier Kommt Alex" Artist: Die Toten Hosen Release year: 1993 Personal Best: Easy- Medium- Hard- 219,023 5 star Expert-199,196 4 star Tips: I love this song as well. Tips coming soon... "I'm in the Band" Artist: Hellacopters Release year: 2005 Personal Best: Easy- Medium- Hard- 146,810 5 star Expert- Tips: Coming soon... "Impulse" Artist: An Endless Sporadic Release year: 2007 Personal Best: Easy- Medium- Hard- 129,234 4-star Expert- Tips: Another instrumental, very cool. Tips coming soon... "In Love" Artist: Scouts of St. Sebastian Release year: 2007 Personal Best: Easy- Medium- Hard- 146,454 5 star Expert- Tips: Coming soon... "Mauvais Garcon" Artist: Naast Release year: 2007 Personal Best: Easy- Medium- Hard- 182,116 5 star Expert- Tips: Coming soon... "Metal Heavy Lady" Artist: Lions Release year: 2007 Personal Best: Easy- Medium- Hard- 133,642 5 star Expert- Tips: Coming soon... "Minus Celsius" Artist: Backyard Babies Release year: 2003 Personal Best: Easy- Medium- Hard-79,826 3 star Expert- Tips: Coming soon... "My Curse" Artist: Killswitch Engage Release year: 2006 Personal Best: Easy- Medium- Hard- 147,997 5 star Expert- Tips: What is this? Yelling in Guitar Hero? Yes! This what we need more of! Now I'm not saying make the whole game full of screamo and heavy metal, but if you were going to throw in some "Bullet for My Valentine", or maybe "Second Heartbeat" by "Avenged Sevenfold", well I wouldn't go complaining. This is another favorite. Tips coming soon... "Nothing For Me Here" Artist: Dope Release year: 2006 Personal Best: Easy- Medium- Hard- 58,628 3 star Expert- Tips: Coming soon... "Prayer of the Refugee" Artist: Rise Against (Fav band in guitar hero) Release year: 2006 Personal Best: Easy- Medium- Hard- 86,639 3 star Expert- 107,459 3 star Tips: Rise Against has been one of my favorite bands since "Revolutions Per Minute" and when I heard that "Prayer" was in GH I nearly pissed myself. Ok, so their not exactly the normal Guitar Hero band and care more about the message than the guitars, but still. It's Rise Against. And I love them. Anyways this song is pretty simple until the crazy fast chorus. Doesn't matter if you're playing on medium, hard, or expert, the chorus is very fast and kind of confusing. Hello practice mode! Slow it down, and run through it a couple of times. That's the only real tough part. Get back to enjoying awsome Rise Against. "Radio Song" Artist: Superbus Release year: 2004 Personal Best: Easy- Medium- Hard- 134,475 5 star Expert- Tips: Coming Soon... "Ruby" Artist: The Kaiser Cheifs Release year: 2007 Personal Best: Easy- Medium- Hard- 111,877 5 star Expert- Tips: I know I've heard this song somewhere before. If anyone knows what commercial or movie or whatever this was in, an e-mail would be highly appreciated! Tips coming soon... "She Bangs the Drums" Artist: The Stone Roses Release year: 2007 Personal Best: Easy- Medium- Hard- 197,323 5 star Expert- Tips: Another favorite. Tips coming soon... "Take this life" Artist: In Flames Release year: Personal Best: Easy- Medium- Hard- 140,941 3 star Expert- Tips: Coming Soon... "The Way it Ends" Artist: Prototype Release year: 2006 Personal Best: Easy- Medium- Hard- 118,452 3 star Expert- Tips: Coming soon... "Through the Fire and Flames" Artist: Dragonforce Release year: 2006 Personal Best: Easy- Medium- Hard- 137,112 3 star Expert- Tips: You want tips for TTFAF? Are you joking? Here's a tip, practice. Honestly this song is just plain nuts not matter what difficulty you're on. If you absolutly need the achievements for beating this on Expert then you're biggest concern in easily the intro. It's all H/O's and P/O's and yes, that's a G fret in between every single note. So what do you do? Hold it down, tape it down in necessary. I can't beat this song on Expert and I'm not going to continue to try. My only other advice is that this song is perfect for getting the '1000 note streak' achievement. Just go to Easy and play through a couple of times. I got it on my second day working on it. There's 1122 notes in the whole song on easy, so if you miss a few at the very beggining or end it won't matter, just don't screw up in the middle. Good luck! DOWNLOADABLE SONGS "Tom Morello Guitar Battle" "Slash Guitar Battle" "The Devil Went down to Georgia" All three songs are the real full versions of the boss battles. Good training if you can't beat the boss. All were made in 2007 and are all for free. "Halo Theme Mjonir Mix" Artist: O'Donnell/ Salvatori, Vai Release year: 2006 Personal Best: Easy- Medium- Hard- 83,519 4 star Expert- Tips: Halo + Guitar Hero = Awsomeness overload. The only thing I can imagine that's better than this is Ryu (Street Fighter) fighting Dante (Devil May Cry). Or maybe two Chuck Norris'. This song is a lot of fun to play and another favorite. Tips coming soon... "Pretty Handsome Awkward" Artist: The Used Release year: 2007 Personal Best: Easy- Medium- Hard- 210,597 5 star Expert- Tips: Love this song. Practically the only reason I bought this pack ((I'm a huge "Used" fan)). Tips coming soon... "No More Sorrow" Artist: Linkin Park Release year: 2007 Personal Best: Easy- Medium- Hard- 202,658 4 star Expert- Tips: Whoever thought that Linkin Park should be in Guitar Hero should be shot. Sorry, but they have no place in this game. Don't get me wrong, I love Linkin Park, I really do. Just not in this game. Ah well, it's still better than "Kool Thing". Tips coming soon... "Sleeping Giant" Artist: Mastadon Release year: 2006 Personal Best: Easy- Medium- Hard- 178,335 4 star Expert- Tips: Coming soon... "We Three Kings" Artist: Steve Ouimette" Release year: 2007 Personal Best: Easy- Medium- Hard- 112,004 5 star Expert- Tips: Yup, the christmas carol is now metalized and sounds better than ever. Awsome song, and another instrumental. Tips coming soon... "Any Way You Want It" Artist: Journey ((Why isn't there more Journey?)) Release year: 1980 Personal Best: Easy- Medium- Hard- 142,251 5 star Expert- Tips: The main reason I bought the Classic Rock pack. I love Journey, and ever since hearing this song covered by Rise Against I've been hooked. Of course Journey did it originally (and better) so here it is. Amazing song. Tips coming... "Jukebox Hero" Artist: Foreigner Release year: 1981 Personal Best: Easy- Medium- Hard- 110, 362 Expert- Tips: Absolutly love this song. Tips coming soon... "Peace of Mind" Artist: Boston Release year: 1976 Personal Best: Easy- Medium- Hard- 287,227 5 star Expert- Tips: Yet another awsome song. Tips coming soon... "Dream On" Artist: Aerosmith Release year: 2007 Personal Best: Easy- Medium- Hard- 188,383 5 star (100%) Expert- 166,537 5 star Tips: While possibly being one of the easiest songs on the game, it's still a favorite. Great song to listen to and to play. Tips coming soon if you really need it for this simple song. Co-op Coming soon...I promise! Face-Off This mode is alright, but won't prove somebody better than another. This mode switches off different sections of a song to both players, so that both players rarely ever play together. By doing this, some players may get easier sections than the others. This mode dates back to the first game, and I don't like it too much, Pro Face-Off is much better. Pro Face-Off My versus mode of choice. First introduced in Guitar Hero 2, this mode is 1v1 (they all are) and will have you and your enemy playing against each other, note for note. This is forced to make both people play on the same difficulty, so that way, nobody can have an advantage on the other one. If you really want to see who's better at this game, Pro Face-Off is the only way to go. BATTLE You remember the boss battles? Now replace the boss with a friend, and you have Battle mode. Make sure they're dead before the song ends, or else you end up replaying the song, only with one difference, every power up is a death drain. This means that the person that fires off this power up first with the most health (your rock meter is your health) wins. So say Player 1 sends it off to Player 2 first, but player 1 is constantly in the red, while Player 2 is consistantly in the green, if Player 2 can fire off their own death drain fast enough, they could win. It's a fun little game, and is the fastest one easily, so best if you're going for achievements. FAQS Q: Can I play Bass line ever outside of Co-op? A: Yes! Though it's not exactly normal, and the score won't save. You can go into practice mode, and select the bass line. You don't have to slow it down and can play the whole song, so it's almost like normal, you just won't know if you actually passed or failed or not (if it's below 75%, more than likely you failed). Q: What are the downloadable songs for 360? A: So far (2.16) there is: Boss Battle Pack: Has all three Boss Battles as normal songs, and its completly free! Warner/Reprise Pack: Contains "No More Sorrow" By Linkin Park, "Sleeping Giant" by Mastadon, and "Pretty Handsome Awkward" by The Used. 500 Microsoft points will net you these songs by big name bands of today. Velvet Revolver Pack: This package has "She Builds Quick Machines", "Slither", and "Messages", all done by Velvet Revolver. 500 Microsoft Points will let you pick this up. Foo Fighters Pack: This has got "The Pretender", "All My Life", and "This is a Call" all by The Foo Fighters. Another 500 Microsoft Points for this baby. "Trust" by Antisocial is a single worth 200 Microsoft Points. "We Three Kings" By some dude or group is completly free! "Halo Theme Mjonlinir Mix" By three different dudes is also free! "Dream On" by Aerosmith is free as of writing, but is gonna cost you after 2.17, probably around 200 points. Classic Rock Pack - "Anyway You Want It" by Journey (why isn't there more Journey?), "Piece of Mind" by Boston, and "Juke Box Hero" by Foreigner is in this sweet package. 500 points will give you a trip down memory lane. There are also two foreign songs, and I'm just too lazy to go write down the names. Both are worth 200 points. Now the only ones I have are the free ones (including "Dream On") because these costs far too much for someone making minimum wage. If you feel like sending money, I won't complain ;) ((just a joke, I don't want your money)) If you want tips on the downloadable songs that cost, you'll have to go somewhere else, or wait until someone sends tips for them, sorry. Cheats To get the following cheats to work correctly, go into options and select the cheat menu. Hold the frets listed down and strum. You need to go at an alright speed for the code to work. AIR GUITAR (makes you guitar disappear onscreen) - B/Y, G/Y, G/Y, R/B, R/B, R/Y, R/Y, B/Y, G/Y, G/Y, R/B, R/B, R/Y, G/Y, G/Y, R/Y, R/Y Bret Michaels as a singer (makes Bret Michaels the singer for every song) - G/R, G/R, G/R, G/B, G/B, G/B, R/B, R, R, R, R/B, R, R, R, R/B, R, R, R ************************************************************************ And here's some cheats submitted by Dcuajunco Precision Mode(Been there on Expert and passed except for TDWDTG((I never beat him on Expert)) [GRx3, RYx2 RBx2, YB, YOx2] x2 Hyperspeed! (you can change it up to 5 different speeds) O, B, O, Y, O, B, O, Y Unlock all songs YO, RB, RO, GB, RY, YO, RY, RB, GYx2, YBx2, YOx2, YB, Y, (R, RY)x2, O (thanks!) ************************************************************************ Bunch more coming, I promise! Unlockables/Stuff at the store Coming soon...I promise! Achievements Before we begin, I have a confession to make. I am a dreaded achievement whore. I am not proud of it, but it is something I have to live with every day. My gamerscore is over 14,000 as of version 1.0. Yes, I am that kid that actually played Fusion Frenzy 2 ((It was only a rental though)). So I'm going to try and help you get these to the best of my ability, though Guitar Hero 3 has some of the hardest achievements I've ever seen. This is not a game you're going to get all 1000 points out of. In fact count yourself lucky if you break 300 points. It's not easy, but here we go. Person stats: 33/59 achievements (I didn't wuss out on the bosses so think 34) 350/1000 points As of 1.0. These are in the order in which I unlocked them: A couple of Streakers 5G Hint:200 note streak in Co-op? Simple. Two by Four 5G Hint: 8x multiplier in co-op. easy. Bronze Streaker 5G Hint: 100 note streak. no problem. Silver Streaker 10G Hint: 250 note streak. Done. Gold Streaker 15G Hint: 500 note streak. Through Fire and Flames on Easy. Perfectionist 10G Hint: 100% a song. Pick any easy mode song. Track Master 5G Hint: Unlock all code. Medium Rare 10G Hint: Read the medium section Ready to Rock 5G Hint: C'mon now, just do the tutorial. Whammy Mania 15G Hint: Tape the whammy bar down, play on easy. Easy 15 points. Rock Guru 20G Hint: Practice, practice, practice. Blowin it 5G Hnt: Fail a song 10 times. Put it on medium and strum a bunch. Almost Got It 5G Hint: Fail a song past 90%. Try playing One on Hard or Expert. You'll fail right about 93-97% almost guarenteed. Tone Deaf 5G Hint: Slow Ride or Closer with the sound turned off. Simple. First Big Score 5G Hint: One on Medium. Meet Your Maker 20G Hint: It's viral so play online a lot. Life of the Party 10G Hint: Pro-Face off on a song that you know in and out on a difficulty you can 100% it 15 times. Bam, 10 points. Quit out if you're going to lose. I only condone quitting if your going for the achievement and even then you should at least feel bad. Streaker 10G Hint: Get lucky and hope your opponent doesnt get whammy. Good luck. Axe Collecter 5G Hint: Unlock all cheat. Got 'em All 5G Hint: Unlock all cheat. Burnin a Hole in you're pocket 10G Hint: Unlock all cheat. Easy Rider 5G Hint: Look at the easy section above. Axe grinder 10G Hint: Practice. That's what Friends Are For 25G Hint: Get a buddy and jam through Co-op career mode. Two Timer 10G Hint: Play with somebody good on "One" on Medium Dynamic Duo 15G Hint:Play with somebody good on "One" on Medium Always Hard 15G Hint: Good luck! Buy a Guitar Already 15G Hint: Beat it on hard, go to dashboard, unplug guitar and plug in normal controller, log back in, go to hard career and the achievement should unlock. Hendrix Reborn 10G Hint: Easy mode. Done and done. Streak Master 20G Hint: Through the Fire and Flames on Easy. Too Many to Count 25G Hint: Play ALOT. Search and Destroy 10G Hint: Quit out if you're going to lose. Button Masher 5G Hint: Do battle and always choose easy. Then do Through Fire and Flames. Easy 5 points. Quit if you're going to lose. The rest of the achievements I haven't unlocked as of 1.0. Enlightened Guitarist 30G Who Needs the Power 15G Star Mania 15G Never Gonna Spend It All 10G Back Up Hero 10G Guitar Wizard 10G 100 Million!?! Gulp!?! 30G Solo Career 25G Big 'Ol Pile of Wins 20G The long road ahead 100G Right Hand of God 20G Half a Mil' 10G Now that's Impressive 20G Shredder 30G Guitar Hero 75G Streak Masters 20G Millionaire Club 20G Higher than most 20G Easy Duo 10G Medium Duo 20G Hard Duo 30G Living Legends 75G Leaders of the Pack 10G Half Mill' Club 10G The Inhuman Achievement 15G Conclusion and Legalities and thanks So I hope that this FAQ has helped you some how. Now for all the boring stuff. I'd like to thank the whole Guitar Hero team, whether it's the guys from 1 and 2, or just the ones from 3, everyone who's helped with a Guitar Hero game is automatically an idol in my book (extreme exaggeration). I'd like to thank my dear old mom, for being awsome and driving me out to get the first game, and the other two on opening day. I'd like to thank my all my friends. 'Fin' for giving me somyoueone to strive to beat, and the only real reason I even tried hard mode back on GH1. Carter for listening to me for picking this game up, along with Duca. Mike for trying to be better than me at the game, and yet failing and making me feel good when I win. For God because I know for sure there's no way I beat Lou or Black Sunshine on Hard on my own (say what you, I'm sure), and of course so much more. I'd like to thank Andrew just because I'm sure he'd love a shout-out. A thanks to RENT, just because I adore that movie. Also a big thanks to anyone that's read this guide and to everyone that's played guitar hero, and helped make it the great success that it is. And now time for something completly different (yes that's copyrighted, please don't sue).I made this, me, floackle. If you see this anywhere else by any other name, please inform me. This is Copyrighted (2008) by Joshua Snell, whatever crap people need to show that this is my work, and whatever other stuff that GameFAQS said in there little bit about copyrights. This can not be altered at all, unless for personal use, i.e. copy and pasted sections to print w/e. Just not on another site and say itís yours. The only site this FAQ I allowed on is www.gamefaqs.com. This can not be reposted anywhere without my permission, and as of now, you don't have my permission. If you see this anywhere else, please tell me, thank you in advance. Hope this helped, continue to rock and game!