July 1, 2009

The Hardest (Guitar) Song In The World

Ever wonder what the most difficult guitar songs are in Rock Band and Guitar Hero?

I’m reminded of Tenacious D’s song Tribute.

This is the greatest and best song in the world … tribute.

Long time ago me and my brother Kyle here,…
we was hitchhikin’ down a long and lonesome road.
All of a sudden,
there shined a shiny demon…
in the middle…
of the road.

And he said:
“Play the best song in the world,
or I’ll eat your souls.”

Well me and Kyle, … we looked at each other,
and we each said …
“Okay.”

And we played the first thing that came to our heads,
Just so happened to be,
The Best Song in the World,
it was The Best Song in the World.

Look into my eyes and it’s easy to see
One and one make two,
two and one make three,
It was destiny.

Once every hundred-thousand years or so,
When the sun doth shine and the moon doth glow
and the grass doth grow oooh

While there is still debate about which songs are the hardest, I think these two — which have only recently been 100% full comboed — are definitely contenders.

Rock Band 2: Thrasher 100% FC Guitar
Performed by UKOGmonkey

Guitar Hero III: Devil Went Down to Georgia 100% FC guitar
Performed by GuitarHeroPhenom

Amazing, amazing stuff. I can’t even imagine playing songs this complex (and in the case of Devil Went Down to Georgia, that long and complex) without missing a single note.

GuitarHeroPhenom and UKOGmonkey, I bow down before your fake plastic guitar prowess.

To be completely honest Trasher doesn’t look THAT hard of a song to me – I mean, honestly it’s not easy and it is hard, but I think other songs such as Slash battle, One (GH III version) and Through the Fire and Flames are much harder to FC (one, purely for Fast Solo A).

Trasher will naturally be worse though due to the fact that it’s on Rock Band and not Guitar Hero, but still, most of it was just strumming and a few fast double chords.

kastermester
July 5, 2009 at 6:48 am

Hmm, yeah, but it’s gone un-FCed all this time. I doubt that was for lack of skilled players taking a crack at it.

RB has much tighter timings, and I think that’s the deciding factor here.

Jeff Atwood
July 6, 2009 at 5:15 am

I agree with the above. The timing is completely different in RB/RB2 and the solos are very unforgiving. Put almost all of the rockband(2) songs onto a GH disc and I’m fairly sure it will come out more easily FC’able or at least passable, just due to the timing issues with rockband. Not to say that GH is easy because there are songs on there that boggle my mind.

Harry Peratestes
July 6, 2009 at 2:10 pm

@Jeff – this is very true – I must admit, personally I have actually not even found the song (I will go look for it now giving a whack at it – not for FCing purposes though :p) – is this a DLC of some sort?

But yes – RB/RB2 has gotten incredibly tight timings and I even fail at strumming most basic sections in it. I have to say though, I usually find it easier to drum on RB – probably cause there’s no separate timing windows for double notes, which can make you play out of time while still hitting the notes in GH and be kind of hard to stop – hence making you be completely out of rhythm.

My main point of the previous post though simply was that other RB songs actually has way more complex sections just as far as looking at them, like say Green grass and high tides (it’s not got *that* much complex sections, but there’s a whole lot of semi complex stuff), painkiller and so forth.

Either way, off to find trasher ;)

kastermester
July 6, 2009 at 6:05 pm

Wow. A bunch of grown men playing with their plastic toys (when they’re not playing with themselves). No wonder real musicians laugh at you faggots and your little video games.

Jack
July 8, 2009 at 1:17 pm

I agree with Thrasher. The consistency and concentration required to not mess up post Solo 1 is unobtainable for the average person.

I disagree about TDWDTG being the “other” impossibly hard song. There are perhaps 2/3 hard parts in the song – fast strummy part in the beginning, Verse 4, and Victory Solo G). It is still in the top 10 most difficult songs to FC of all time, however.

I would say that Green Grass and High Tides is the other “impossible” song. It is long, it uses the RB/2 timing window, and has _several_ extremely hard parts to consistent hit. That FC was done by UKOG as well. =D

Nick Presta
July 15, 2009 at 3:35 pm

Oh, Jack. You’re SO adorable when you get all huffy and irrationally self-righteous. Come on – I’ll take you to your clarinet lesson, so you can stop messing up “Hot Cross Buns” and start feeling like a “real” musician, m’kay hun? It’ll be fun! :D

Dude. It’s a game. We know. Quit trying to ruin our fun, ’cause it’ll never work.

Taylor
July 16, 2009 at 7:36 am

@Jack
I’ll just respond:

http://www.xkcd.com/359/

Chuck
July 21, 2009 at 9:28 am

I’d just like to add that it’s not the timing window that really makes it hard.
It’s the fact that songs like thrasher etc. are very close to going as fast as the engine can. if you play one note too fast you’ll often miss due to the fact that it can’t register it.

Timing window is a bitch too, but when the engine just can’t handle the speed it makes it waaay harder. Most of the songs with quick and fast strumming things like triplets I have to strum in my own rhythm.

robbie
September 14, 2009 at 11:31 am

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