FAQ/Walkthrough by hopton13

Version: 1.1 | Updated: 05/03/07 | Printable Version

Guitar Hero II

.                                 .:Contents:.                               .

1.0 Introduction

2.0 Practice Mode
    2.1 Tutorials
        2.1.1 Tutorial 1
        2.1.2 Tutorial 2
        2.1.3 Tutorial 3
    2.2 Song Practice

3.0 Career Mode 
    3.1 The Venues 
    3.2 The Songs
        3.2.2 Opening Licks
        3.2.3 Amp-Warmers
        3.2.4 String Snappers
        3.2.5 Thrash And Burn
        3.2.6 Return Of The Shred
        3.2.7 Relentless Riffs
        3.2.8 Furious Fretwork
        3.2.9 Face-Melters
        3.2.10 Bonus Tracks
    3.3 Money Earned
    3.4 The Store

4.0 Character List
    4.1 Available Characters
    4.2 Unlockable Characters

5.0 Achievement List[#ACH]
    5.1 List Of Achievements
    5.2 How to unlock each achivement

6.0 FAQs [#FAQ]

7.0 Contact Information [#CON]

8.0 Version History [#VER]

9.0 Future Updates [#UPD]

10.0 Songs You Would Like To See On Guitar Hero II

.                             .:1.0 Introduction:.                           .

Hey everybody. This is my second walkthrough on GameFAQs (the first was a Tony
Hawks Project 8 guide which is still unfinished, i'll get round to it one day
hopefully, i'll try to do better with this walkthrough). As of yet, i haven't
decided the best way to list how to play songs, so it has yet to be done. At
the moment, the best way appears to be using tabs, but if anybody has
suggestions i'd love to hear them. Later versions of this guide will hopefully
contain an FAQ section, but at the moment, i haven't recieved enough questions
to make it worth while. (Please don't contact me saying you're struggling to
play a song, other than coming to your house and playing it, theres not much
i can do to help).

Finally, i'd love to have some Guitar Hero II ASCII art at the top of the
guide, so if anybody could help out with that it'd be a massive help. Hope
you enjoy the guide.

.                             .:2.0 Practice Mode:.                          .

Firstly, i cannot emphasise how much Practice Mode can help out, especially
with the harder difficulty settings. It's a great way to get to know songs
from start to finish, or even just to get to grips with a particular section
of a song. I think that this is a great feature of the game that should be
taken full advantage of.

      .:2.1 Tutorials:.

There are only three tutorials to do in Guitar Hero II and i would definitely
take the time to do them, as doing so unlocks an achievement. Each tutorial
is broken down into seperate lessons, so i'll write down the name of the
tutorial, the in-game description of the tutorial and then a run down of each
lesson in each tutorial.
The tutorials are:

2.1.1 Tutorial 1:
Basic Lessons

Just the basics you need to begin playing.

Lesson 1: Tuning Guitar
This lesson involves listening to a voiceover telling you about the controller
and showing you how to use it. You must then strum each note 3 times to

Lesson 2: Playing Notes
This lesson involves hitting the green note 6 times as you would in game.

Lesson 3: Different Notes
Just an extension of lesson two really, except more notes are involved. I'm
not sure if the sequence of the notes is random, but for me it was green, red,
yellow, red, yellow, green, red, red.

Lesson 4: Long Notes
This basically involves playing 6 long notes. Once again, i don't know if the
order of this is random but for me it was green, red, yellow, red, yellow, 

Lesson 5: Chords
This lesson involves playing a series of chords (two buttons pressed at the
same time). Again, the order could be random but for me it was green + red, 
green + yellow, red + yellow, green + yellow, green + yellow, green + red.

Lesson 6: User Interface
This doesn't involve you doing anything. Just listen to the voiceover to
complete the lesson and the tutorial.

2.1.2 Tutorial 2:
Star Power Lessons

The secret of Star Power: how to boost it and how to use it.

Lesson 1: Star Combos
The lesson begins with a little vocal introduction from the voiceover, the
lesson itself involves hitting a star power combo in which every note must be
hit. The notes which i got were long green, short red, long yellow, short red,
long green.

Lesson 2: Whammy Bar
Begins with an introduction to the whammy bar. The lesson itself entails
hitting long yellow, long red, long green. When you are strumming the notes
be sure to push the whammy bar in and out as fast as you can in order to
achieve Star Power, this completes the lesson

Lesson 3: Tilt for Star Power
This lesson basically involves tipping the controller upright to activate Star
Power then playing the series of notes. The notes are long red, short yellow,
long green, long red, long yellow, short yellow, long red, long yellow. Nail
all the notes to complete the lesson and the tutorial

2.1.3 Tutorial 3:
Advanced Techniques

For experts with hours of practice already.

Lesson 1: String Basics
Just a vocal lesson, just listen and advance

Lesson 2: Hammer-On Fingering:
This involves hitting the sequence of green, yellow, red using the hammer-on
technique three times, to do this you strum the first string then simply press
the buttons for the next two. Do this to advance to the next lesson

Lesson 3: Hammer-Ons:
This basically involves putting lesson two into practice. You have to hit
eight notes to complete the lesson. (Please note, to tell if a note is
hammered-on the note on the fret bar will be coloured differently, you should
notice this straight away). The sequence you need to play is green, red, red,
yellow, green, red, yellow, green, red, yellow, green, red, red, yellow (I
know that this is 14 notes, but only the hammered-on notes count, not the
strummed notes).

Lesson 4: Pull-Off Fingering:
This is just like playing a hammer-on in reverse. The lesson involves playing
the sequence yellow, red, green three times to advance.

Lesson 5: Pull-Offs
Just like lesson three, this is about putting the fingering lesson into
practice. Only the pulled-off notes count this time and the sequence is red,
green, yellow, red, yellow, red, green, yellow, red, green, red, green,
yellow, red. Hit this sequence to complete the lesson and the tutorial.

   .:2.2 Song Practice:.

There isn't really much left to say about practice mode, but a few of the
features in it include only playing a certain section of a song, being able
to practice the bass lines for songs and being able to select the speed of the
song which you are trying to play (start slowly and build up if you're having
troubles playing). Thats about it for practice.

.                             .:3.0 Career Mode:.                            .

     .:3.1 The Venues:.

In Guitar Hero II there are eight venues to play in, these are (in
the order you unlock them):

Midwest, USA - Battle Of The Bands
Boston, MA - The Rat Cellar
Providence, RI - The Blackout Bar
Brooklyn, NY - The Red Octance
Detroit, MI - Rock City
Austin, TX - Vans Warped Tour
Oakland, CA - Harmony Arena
England - Stonehenge (Spinal Tap fans will understand..)

Obviously, the goal in career mode is similar to the goal of a real band, to
make it to the big time. So as you unlock each venue it gets progressively
bigger and better. If you're anything like me you wont spend too much time
looking at the venue as you'll be too busy looking at the on-screen fret
board. Each venue does have its own unique look and the better venues tend to
do something special for the encore, which is cool :).

     .:3.2 The Songs:.

In easy mode, there are only 35 songs to play, in medium this
progresses to 48, i'm not sure if hard and expert have more songs
than this at the moment. There are also unlockable tracks, which
don't contribute to the overall play of career mode, its just for
fun and to boost your career score. Anyway, i'll list all 48 songs
that are in medium mode here, along with the artist who made it
famous. The songs which do not appear in easy mode will be 
highlighted with a star *

3.2.2 Opening Licks (Midwest, USA):

Surrender by Cheap Trick
Possum Kingdom by Toadies
Heart-Shaped Box by Nirvana
Salvation by Rancid
Strutter by Kiss
Shout At The Devil by Motley Crue *

3.2.3 Amp-Warmers (Boston, MA):

Mother by Danzig
Life Wasted by Pearl Jam
Cherry Pie by Warrant
Woman by Wolfmother
You Really Got Me by Van Halen (The Kinks would have been better..)
Tonight I'm Gonna Rock You Tonight by Spinal Tap *

3.2.4 String Snappers (Providence, RI):

Carry On Wayward Son by Kansas
Search And Destroy by Iggy And The Stooges
Message In A Bottle by The Police
Billion Dollar Babies by Alice Cooper
Them Bones by Alice In Chains
War Pigs by Black Sabbath *

3.2.5 Thrash And Burn (Brooklyn, NY):

Monkey Wrench by The Foo Fighters
Hush by Deep Purple
Girlfriend by Matthew Sweet
Who Was In My Room Last Night? by The Butthole Surfers
Can't You Hear Me Knockin' by The Rolling Stones
Sweet Child O' Mine by Guns 'N' Roses *

3.2.6 Return Of The Shred (Detroit, MI):

Rock And Roll Hoochie Koo by Rick Derringer
Tattooed Love Boys by The Pretenders
John The Fisherman by Primus
Jessica by The Allman Brothers Band
Bad Reputation by Thin Lizzy
Last Child by Aerosmith *

3.2.7 Relentless Riffs (Austin, TX):
Crazy On You by Heart
Trippin' On A Hole In A Paper Heart by The Stone Temple Pilots
Dead! by My Chemical Romance
Killing In The Name by Rage Against The Machine
Freya by The Sword
Stop by Janes Addiction

3.2.8 Furious Fretwork (Oakland, CA):

Madhouse by Anthrax
The Trooper by Iron Maiden
Rock This Town by The Stray Cats
Laid To Rest by Lamb Of God
Psychobilly Freakout by The Reverand Horton Heat
YYZ by Rush *

3.2.9 Face-Melters (Stonehenge, England):

Beast And The Harlot by Avenged Sevenfold *
Carry Me Home by The Living End *
Institutionalized by Suicidal Tendancies *
Misirlou by Dick Dale *
Hangar 18 by Megadeth *
Freebird by Lynard Skynard *

3.2.10. Bonus Tracks (Unlocked In The Store):
Raw Dog by The Last Vegas
Arterial Black by Drist
Collide by Anarchy Club
Drink Up by Ounce Of Self
Elephant Bones by That Handsome Devil
Fall Of Pangea by Valient Thorr
FTK by Vagiant
Gemini by Brian Kahanek
Kicked To The Curb by Noble Rot
Push Push (Lady Lightning) by Bang Camaro
Laughtrack by The Acrobats
Less Talk More Rokk by Freezepop
Jordan by Buckethead (No, Really.. THAT Buckethead)
Mr. Fix-It by The Amazing Royal Crowns
The New Black by Every Time I Die
One For The Road by Breaking Wheel (Formerly Artillery)
Parasite by The Neighborhoods
Radium Eyes by Count Zero
Red Lottery by Megasus
Six by All Thatr Remains
Soy Bomb by Honest Bob And The Factory-To-Dealer Incentives
The Light That Blinds by Shadows Fall
Thunder Horse by Dethlok
Trogdor by Strong Bad Email
X-Stream by Voivod
Yes We Can by Made In Mexico

3.3 Money Earned For A Performance

In easy mode, there is no money awarded at all. This doesn't begin
until medium difficulty. In medium difficulty the money you can earn

3* Performance - $150
4* Performance - $350
5* Performance - $500

Don't worry if you only get a 3* Performance, because when you get
the 4* or 5*, the difference will be made up. You also earn money by
progressing in the game and unlocking new venues. Which can be spent
in the store, which brings us nicely to my next topic..

3.4 The Store

This is where you come to spend your heard earned cash, and theres
a lot to choose from! I'l give you a run down of each section of the
store, the goods in that section and the price you'll pay for each


Gibson X-Plorer - $700
Gibson Les Paul Double Cutaway - $850
Gibson Firebird - $700
Epiphone Coronet - $550
Kramer Vanguard - $700
Gibson Moderne - $850
Gibson Corvus - $550
Gibson ES-335 - $850
Kramer 650 - $700
Gibson EDS-1275 - $950
Gibson Melody Maker - $700
Gibson Sonex 180 - $550
Gibson Marauder - $550
Epiphone Casino - $700
Epiphone Sheraton - $700
Gibson Chet Atkins Country Gentleman - $850
The Fish - $500
The USA - $1000
The Coffin - $1000


Cayenne Standard - $250
Rose Burst Goddess - $550
Zakk Wylde Custom - $550
Worn White Special - $250
Candy Apple GT - $450
Custom Flame Finish - $550
Natural V2 - $250
New Century Finish - $450
Worn Cherry Finish - $550
Alpine White Finish - $550

(A finish can only be used with a certain model of guitar)


The Songs which can be bought are all listed above in the bonus
songs section, all the songs cost $550.


Clive Winston - $5000
Xavier Stone - $5000
Grim Ripper - $7000


Johnny Napalm - $2000
Judy Nails - $2000
Izzy Sparks - $2000
Pandora - $2000
Axel Steel - $2000
Eddie Knox - $2000
Casey Lynch - $2000
Lars Umlaut - $2000


Guitar Hero II: Behind The Scenes - $1500
Guitar Hero II: Making Of Songs - $1500

4.0 Character List [#CHA]

Essentially, every character is the same, there are no stats for
different guitarists. They all have different images but thats about
the only difference between the quitarists. Anyway, the guitarists
in this game are:

Johnny Napalm
Judy Nails
Izzy Sparks
Axel Steel
Eddie Knox
Casey Lynch
Lars Umlaut
Clive Winston
Xavier Stone
The Grim Ripper

5.0 Achievements List [#ACH]

Guitar Hero II has 50 Achievements to unlock, for a total of 1000
gamer points. In this section i will list all of these achievements
and how much gamer points they are worth.

100k Club - Score 100,000 points on a song - 10 GP
200k Club - Score 200,000 points on a song - 10 GP
300k Club - Score 300,000 points on a song - 30 GP
400k Club - Score 400,000 points on a song - 30 GP
Champagne Club VIP - Score 500,000 points on a song - 30 GP
Roadie - Unlock The Rat Cellar - 10 GP
New Kid - Unlock The Blackout Bar - 10 GP
Young Gun Unlock Red Octance Club - 10 GP
Axe Grinder - Unlock Rock City Theatre - 10 GP
Shredder - Unlock Vans Warped Tour - 10 GP
Rock Star - Unlock Harmonix Arena - 10 GP
Guitar Hero - Unlock Stonehenge - 10 GP
Dimebag Darrell Award - Get a 100 note streak - 10 GP
Eddie Van Halen Award - Get a 500 note streak - 30 GP
Yngwie Malmsteen Award - Get a 1000 note streak - 30 GP
Easy Tour Champ - Beat the Easy Tour - 10 GP
Medium Tour Champ - Beat the Medium Tour - 30 GP
Hard Tour Champ - Beat the Hard Tour - 30 GP
Expert Tour Champ - Beat the Expert Tour - 30 GP
Sandbox Hero Award - 5* on all songs in Easy - 30 GP
Most Likely To Succeed Award - 5* on all songs in Medium - 30 GP
Guitarmaggedon Award - 5* on all songs in Hard - 30 GP
Start A Real Band Already Award - 5* on all songs in Expert - 30 GP
Rock School Grad - Complete All Tutorials - 10 GP
Scoremonger Award - Get an 8x Multiplier - 10 GP
Perfectionist Award - Get 100% on a song - 30 GP
Rock Snob Award - Refuse to play an encore - 10 GP
Long Road Ahead Award - Fail a song on Easy - 10 GP
Hendrix Award - Beat a song with Lefty Flip on - 10 GP
Teachers Pet Award - Practice 3 different songs - 10 GP
Saturday Morning Award - Beat Trogdor and Thunder Horse - 10 GP
Kick The Bucket Award - Beat Jordan on Expert - 30 GP
Gear Head - Buy All Guitars - 30 GP
Fanatical Completionist Award - Buy All Guitar Finishes - 30 GP
Record Collector Award - Buy all songs - 10 GP
Life Of The Party Award - Buy all characters - 10 GP
Fashion Plate Award - Buy all outfits - 10 GP
Extra Credit Award - View The Credits - 10 GP
Big Spender Award - Spend $10,000 at the Store - 10 GP
Scenester Award - Beat all unlockable songs - 10 GP
Joan and Lita Award - Get a 100 note streak in Co-op - 30 GP
Joe and Steven Award - Get a 500 note streak in Co-op - 30 GP
Keef and Mick Award - Get a 1000 note streak in Co-op - 30 GP
Lennon and McCartney Award - Get an 8x Multiplyer in Co-op - 10 GP
Page and Plant Award - Get 100% in a song in Co-op - 30 GP
200k Pair - Get 200,000 points in a song in Co-op - 30 GP
400k Pair - Get 400,000 points in a song in Co-op - 30 GP
600k Pair - Get 600,000 points in a song in Co-op - 30 GP
800k Pair - Get 800,000 points in a song in Co-op - 30 GP
Millionaire Pair - Get a million points in a song in Co-op - 30 GP

6.0 Contact Information [#CON]

MSN/email: hopton13@hotmail.com
X-Box Live Gamer Tag: hopton13

Feel free to add me on either of these accounts.

7.0 Version History [#VER]

Version 1.0 - May 2nd 2007

Added Intro, Practice Mode, Career Mode, Character List, Achievement
List, Contact Information and Version History Sections. Put search function
in place.

Version 1.1 - May 3rd 2007

Changed Layout Of Guide, changed search function, changed intro, added to the
practice section (put tutorial walkthroughs in place). Changed the layout of
the career section.

8.0 Future Updates [#UPD]

* An FAQ Section
* Guides on how to play songs
* Guides on how to unlock each achievement


Songs you would like to see on Guitar Hero

Ok, this section is just for fun really, theres songs i'm sure each different
person would like to see on Guitar Hero II. If you put in any songs you'd like
to see in the game when you get in contact, i'll post them in the guide, just
to see what people would like :). In case your wondering, the song i'd pick is
"Hey, It's Your Funeral Mama" by Alexisonfire :).