The Old Man Band (Players Over 30)

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  • PubknightPubknight Road Warrior
    edited January 2009
    If I'm going to be gone for a bit longer than a short break... like gone for 10-15 minutes... I'll disconnect so whomever I'm playing with isn't sitting around waiting for me.

    I know a lot of us don't have a ton of time to play all the time... so if you only had an hour or two, you wouldn't necessarily want to sit around for 15 minutes waiting on someone who's away from the game.

    I like the Rock Shop 'code' for taking a break... that works pretty well.
  • Kev2380Kev2380 Opening Act
    edited January 2009
    Hey Pub, Good times playing with you last night. Sorry I sucked so bad trying to play on hard. 85% on some of the songs. Sheesh. I need to practice bad. I guess I'm not the best person if you're trying to rack up points.
  • PubknightPubknight Road Warrior
    edited January 2009
    I don't care about points in the context of how we were playing last night.
    Not. At. All.
    You did fine. You are much better on hard bass/guitar than I am. (Z has seen me try hard guitar/bass at the end of a long session when it was too late for me to be playing drums.... let's just say it wasn't pretty... *cough* loss of 2 million fans *cough*)

    Z and I talk about points just for kicks n giggles... and for some general strategies for any BotB stuff. And because he and I have played together reasonably often now (I've played more online with him than everyone else combined)... so trying to improve our scores when we play is a way to tell if we are doing better or not.

    I'm thinking I need to push myself a bit more and go from hard to expert... but I'm really torn over the whole thing.
  • Kev2380Kev2380 Opening Act
    edited January 2009
    I hear ya, I have enough fun on hard, I doubt I'll ever ben on expert.
  • zarlorzarlor Opening Act
    edited January 2009
    Hey PubKnight, you just missed out. Right after you logged I hooked up with Cherkov for a set and then Kev popped in. We played in my band, mainly because I wasn''t sure if Kev and Cherkov had each other in as friends or not, yet. (And Cherkov, sorry about the inviting you in and then kickin you out part, I was trying to suggest that we play in your band instead of mine, was all.) So we just worked on some of my band challenges.

    It looks like working on overdrive with two guitar controllers running it's best for the vocalist, in general, to just stick to the optimal vocal path, I think. It seemed to work out pretty good overall (except when I missed a window or got lost or on something like Lump which has annoying hard to activate windows.) For a bit there I though Kev had my vocal cheat sheet in front of him since he was often activiating right as or even a tad before I did (or even a useful amount earlier if he had more energy built up.) Sometimes, though, I think you guys didn't trust me to go off if you 3/4 full before you next OD bars popped up, but sometimes that worked out pretty well. Not to mention when vocals are coming to a tapping section it seems like it's better for the guitarists to kick into overdrive and just pick up more energy by the time the taps are done. Those were my observations anyway. (Oh, and most often if I'm at a full energy bar and didn't hit the very next activation, I probably missed my activation. Some windows are just harder to activate than others and only in a few instances do you fill to full and then activate one or two windows later. Just in case you might be wondering about that.) Lots of fun, though, guys! Thanks for the session!

    And megatron and I kept missing each other. Sorry dude, I eded up catching your invite inevitably when I was in the first or second song of a 4 song set. I guess after the first invite I should have gone into Tour mode and done just 1 song at a time so I could have backed up quicker to catch you. Ah well, maybe next time.
  • Kev2380Kev2380 Opening Act
    edited January 2009
    It was fun playing last night zarlor, I'm not sure what you mean by the OD thing. I was hoping to keep a 100% streak up on medium. I had about 5 sons in a row but couldn't nail the last one.

    Megatron, I'm having issues with your friend code, I keep getting a message saying it's invalid.
  • megatronmegatron Opening Act
    edited January 2009
    Kev2380;1895790 said:
    It was fun playing last night zarlor, I'm not sure what you mean by the OD thing. I was hoping to keep a 100% streak up on medium. I had about 5 sons in a row but couldn't nail the last one.

    Megatron, I'm having issues with your friend code, I keep getting a message saying it's invalid.
    I did have the wrong code in my original sig, but it's working now. Sorry about that. Probably gonna be on again around 10ish tonight, I'll send invites when I can jam!!!
  • zarlorzarlor Opening Act
    edited January 2009
    I got the same invalid on megtron's invite as well, but I think that happens if he drops back out to a non-online section or at least out of the Tour or wherever he sent the invite from.

    As for the OD thing. What strategy were you using for when to kick off your Overdrive mode?

    EDIT: megatron I thought Kev meant an invalid request from your invite, but rereading it you might be right about just having the old FC. I was getting some invalid requests, but I think that was just because we kept missing each others invites.
  • megatronmegatron Opening Act
    edited January 2009
    yeah, sometimes I just send out the invites to give a shout. I'll play anything so I don't care to be the band leader so I bounce around quite a bit. I only put a band together if I see a couple of different friends that are basically only linked by my FC. If I join and then quit right away that's what I'm doing & hopefully you'll probably an invite from me fairly quickly that I've found others to fill out the band.

    I tried to join a few times last night but you didn't have any openings, just one of those days
  • zarlorzarlor Opening Act
    edited January 2009
    I just realized, you were probably playing a guitar, right? Both Kev and Cherkov were on guitar already, so that was probably why you couldn't get in. It never tells me that you tried, though. That figures. Oh well. Maybe next time.
  • CherkovCherkov Unsigned
    edited January 2009
    It was great playing with you guys last night. Much better rocking with a group of people! Overdrive for me is just whenever I get full or someone else activates. Sometimes I will save it if I notice someone is struggling with a difficult song and needs saving. It's easier to do as a guitarist.
  • Candy442Candy442 Unsigned
    edited January 2009
    Hi there group, I am an "old lady"...smile. I sent Zarlor my friend code to invite when you need a drummer or singer? I am a solid medium level drummer with trying to get better than 94 percent on the Hard level. I can also sing on Hard level with pretty good results.

    Look forward to playing!;)
  • PubknightPubknight Road Warrior
    edited February 2009
    Hi Candy442,
    Welcome to the Rock Band geriatrics wing (kidding).
    Why don't you post your friend code here so we can all add you.

    On a personal note, I know no one cares, but I needed to share this somewhere... and when I tell my wife this sort of stuff, she just gives me one of those confused kind of looks:
    - Just passed Visions on hard drums.

    Now, only Battery and Panic attack left.
    I'm figuring next to visions, with a couple of practice runs through them, they should be cake.
  • zarlorzarlor Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    Congrats, PK!

    Candy442, I kinda agree with PK on just posting your FC. The nice thing about the FCs is that they are nothing like email or anything. Just giving it out doesn't all of a sudden mean you start getting invites from who knows where or that anyone will be able to figure out how to hack your Wii from it or anything. If someone add your FC on their Friends list then all that happens is that you would go onto their pending list. It wouldn't notify you or do anything at all to let you know someone added you to their Friends list or anything. In essence the only way the FC is useful is if you both exchanged FCs beforehand so that both you and the remote Wii put them in, then you'll show up on each other's Friends lists. So it's not like you run the danger of spam emails or anything by posting it. And even if something like that were possible all you'd have to do is rename your RB2 game (ask Kev for the details if you ever need them) and it apparently generates a whole new FC for you and all your old friends will only see your old, defunct name on their list. Up to you, of course, but thankfully it's nothing like posting your email or something.
  • ennis1437ennis1437 Unsigned
    edited February 2009
    hey guys anybody plan on playing tonight or in the morning I will be home tomorrow between 10 and 3 est. And tonight as well not really in to the supperbowl
  • PubknightPubknight Road Warrior
    edited February 2009
    Pubknight;1900224 said:

    Now, only Battery and Panic attack left.
    I'm figuring next to visions, with a couple of practice runs through them, they should be cake.
    Yeah, ok, I lied.
    Panic Attack is brutal.
    Good song... but brutal tough.
  • zarlorzarlor Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    I'll be on shortly. Not much of a Superbowl guy myself, either. Well, maybe if the Saints were playing and I guess if the Cards could get in we might have some hope... well within the next 70 years, anyway.
  • zarlorzarlor Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    Dang, Ennis, Master Exploder? Just whip that one out on me why don't you. ;) That's one oof those songs that takes listening through a couple of times before I do it, and even then I don't always remember where to change my ocave to get it all the time. My problem is that JB is eseentially a first Tenor, whereas I am a second Tenor. I've got a few more notes on the bottom end than he has, but he has about as many above... well, that's not completely true, I can sometimes get up into that whistle register, but not without grabbing an extra breath in there, I just lose far more air than JB does in the real thing. It usually takes me a couple of run-thorughs to catch my stride on it and switch registers (and catch breath) at the right times. Tought song and you were wailing at it on Expert. Very nice, as was Chop Suey. (I love that song anyway, so taht helps.) Now if I could just hit the OD at the right times and remember that Everlong has all those darned early activations that are such a pain to get....
  • ennis1437ennis1437 Unsigned
    edited February 2009
    Sorry ,Z I only had time for one set and I figured I would really give you the full on vocal test! Sorry for tanking on that Steally Dan song Man I don't know why I had such a hard time with that, whew thanks for the help. That first Zildgian mystery setlist was not really my cup of tea. So I am glad we got to do some make your own setlist stuff, man If you and I could practice just a little more I believe we can gold star Carrry on Wayward son. That was the highest duo score I have ever had and I missed several sections at the end because I started looking at the score , that is a really cool vocal showcase for you. Well done! I accedintelly deleted you from my friends list so I sent another request.
  • zarlorzarlor Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    Hey megatron, one request. When you pick a single song would you let it just play a few bars for me first (it helps me to get the tune and key into my head which can be pretty helpful at times), and when picking a set list just give me maybe 15 extra seconds, if that, to check it out. Just a quick pause, really. I got so lost on what we were doing on that 3 song setlist you picked that I completely lost count on those songs of where I should have been trying to kick in OD. Just a few extra seconds, not a lot, will give me a chance to glance through my cheat sheet so I'll know where I'm at.
  • zarlorzarlor Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    Ennis, yeah, I think Carry On My Wayward son is a pretty easy song, really, at least for me on vocals. Luckily I like it so I don't mind singing it over and over, since it does seem to come up quite often. Most of the time if you see me get a 99% on a song it means I'm probably beating on myself for not getting 100% on it! Most of the ones I wasn't getting fully were songs I should never have gotten lestt ahn 100% on. Like Cool for cats. There is just the ver end of one phrase where I just sometimes go for the wrong note when I really know better. Of course that's knid of the problem, I'm so convinced I should just get 100% that I I just play along with singing it and sometimes forget that I need to watch what the heck I'm doing there since that one phrase is just ever so slightly different from what I expect. I hate when I miss it. It was fun, though! And you just missed the session with megatron. Not sure who DJDam (I think that was the name) was, but he was doing might good on expert guitar. I kind of felt like I let them down some with my inept OD timing.

    And no problems on the stuff folks run into issues with. It happens and doing the save thing or trying to time kicking some overdrive to prevent someone from going into fail to begin with can be a lot of fun in its own right. I'm glad we got through it, though, because that song doesn't leave a whole lot of opportunity for the vocalist to do much saving.
  • megatronmegatron Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    yeah, sorry about that. I'd rather not be the leader (hence my continuous use of "random song"). Once everyone else was out I thought you might want to take over those chores.
  • megatronmegatron Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    DJDAM is crazyinsatiable1 from the current wii info board
  • zarlorzarlor Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    To be honest, I hate being leader too. :) I'd much rather just do everyone else's stuff. Even when they make me sing Alabama Getaway. Yuck.
  • Candy442Candy442 Unsigned
    edited February 2009
    Zarlor and Megatron, you guys are fantastic! Thank you for the boost in the battle of the bands and especially for saving my hinney in that last set!!! Thank you and look forward to another session soon!


    Candy :D
  • Candy442Candy442 Unsigned
    edited February 2009
    Oh, and here is my FC for all the oldies and goodies to jam. I am so addicted I am usually on every night after 7pm EST.
  • megatronmegatron Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    had to take a break, i'll send an invite when i get back on. i'm terrible at e-pro, that's the 3rd time i butchered it tonight.
  • zarlorzarlor Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    So tonight was my first gig with Friends of the Family and what's the first song they make me do? My utter nemesis, Rob the Prez-O-Dent, then followed by Master Exploder! (Although I got a 99% on it this time!) Then a set of some of the harder vocal songs in the game (other than Chop Suey, which I can usually ace every time.) And then we did the Battle where Rob the Prez-O-Dent crops up gain! Talk about a work out!

    Sorry about failing out on that one Paramour song. Thanks, whoever saved me. I got a phone call from the office and was practicaly trying to sing my responses to them. :D Anyone else I would have let the answering machine get it. Ah well, at least I was able to get back on so we could keep going. Thanks for the session, it was lots of fun!
  • zarlorzarlor Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    megatron;1902680 said:
    had to take a break, i'll send an invite when i get back on. i'm terrible at e-pro, that's the 3rd time i butchered it tonight.
    It's an oddball song for me as well. I don't think I've ever gotten 100% on that one. There are just a couple of phrases where I can only seem to get a Strong out of them and it messes me up everytime. That song is even more tough because it doesn't give you a lot of room to breath, so breath control seems to me to be very, very important in it.

    Oh well, off to bed for me. G'night all and thanks again for the invites.
  • 5ivewire5ivewire Unsigned
    edited February 2009
    Sorry 'bout that - wasnt trying to "test" you . . . . . (but Candy was! LOL. . . . . just kidding!) Just happened to be the song choices in the setlist. i kinda didnt do as well as i should of - tried some of the songs on hard, when i should've stayed w/medium. Missed a few notes searching the colours on the "fretboard" & some should of regestered, but they didnt for some reason; so 50% mechanical & 50% operator error (alright, maybe more like 25/75 :D). Had a blast anyways. Alot of these songs i'm certain i could do much better if i could plug in my real bass into the game & play that way.
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