The Old Man Band (Players Over 30)

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  • zarlorzarlor Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    It's not a problem so far, but I'm only halfway through and taking a lunch break. It's probably 3 more hours and I'm not all that excited about it. You guys are making me want to jump into a band right now instead! :( Ah well, at least it'll get me more used to the new strummer I put in and get me into the groove more on bass/guitar so Candy or 5ivewire can have a chance at vocals when we jam together. ;)

    Oh, as for Rush DLC. Everyone should get it, drummer or not. Just because... well, they're just such good songs and I want to sing them more often!
  • PubknightPubknight Road Warrior
    edited February 2009
    Candy - nice hat =)

    You aren't missing much today so far Z.
    Candy and I have been drum score dueling on and off.
    Lockheed and I just did a little quickplay session... we gold starred two songs in a row (yeah, I tried some expert online). Live Forever and... something else... geez... can't remember now.

    V is around, but I think he might be doing an ESL as well, since he's been on a long time, and I've fired him off some invites with no response.

    I'm kind of bouncing around from one thing to the next.
    I keep doing "make a 2 song setlists" in world tour, and going up the ladder from bottom tier up in expert drums while in between invites.

    And I keep waiting for my bass pedal to fall completely apart.
    I should post a picture of it... it's pretty funny.
    I keep reapplying duct tape to it to try to hold it together.
  • PubknightPubknight Road Warrior
    edited February 2009
    Candy442;1959864 said:
    I have to say, I do hit most of those notes, it seems to be the luck of the draw if the system sees it a split second too early or late, or if I do that, but in my mind I am hitting them when I should. Just "operator error" I am sure..smile.
    Don't be so sure about the operator error.
    I don't know if you've spent any time calibrating your system or not (depending on what everything is hooked up to)... but as you move up in difficulty, accurate calibration is critically important.
    (If you already know this, ignore me... but a lot of people aren't aware of the difference calibration can make)

    If you have an lcd tv, or have your wii connected through a home theatre receiver... basically any setup other than a wii directly wired to a CRT tv, you should spend about half an hour and try 'fine tuning' your calibration.
    Check out this link/video... he explains it and walks you through what to do: http://crackedrabbitgaming.com/2008/09/19/video-tommy-guns-rock-band-2-manual-calibration-guide-papercraft/
  • Kev2380Kev2380 Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    I'll be on tonight, it would be nice to get a few sets in with you guys.
  • zarlorzarlor Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    10 songs left. I had to take a break after Ramblin' Man. That songs has a really fun, and appropriately ramblin', bass line to it, but I'm a bit tired after doing everything else and then pounding away at that one. My wrist is starting to get sore. :(

    Kev, I'll be on probably in about an hour or two (strictly vocals after doing all this!) But I won't be on after around 6:30ish CST. I have plans this evening. Tomorrow I'll likely be around some and Monday as well, since I have the day off.

    PK, if you want gold stars, we can get you gold stars! I've actually been working when doing solo stuff trying to gold star all of the single songs you can see (not the sets) in each of the cities and venues. I haven't gotten everything yet, but I'm working on it!

    Speaking of pedals, I may be WAAAYY late on figuring this out, but I was mighty curious what would happen if I plugged in the kick pedal into the jack on the bottom of the guitar controller. I figured if I was really lucky maybe it would act as a kind of wah-wah pedal and let me do whammy with my foot, but nope it doesn't do that. But it DOES act as a button to kick off Overdrive! So no more missing notes because I lift up the stupid neck of the guitar or try to hit the damned button below the strum bar, now I can just tap my foot and off it goes! I thought that was pretty useful and figured I would share in case anyone else might like to try that out.
  • jepjr13jepjr13 Unsigned
    edited February 2009
    What's happening,I got the Rockband 2 guitar today for a gift(whatta wife)!
    What a difference between the rockband 1 and 2 guitar,can make it through some songs on hard that I couldn't do before...nice!
  • PubknightPubknight Road Warrior
    edited February 2009
    zarlor;1960674 said:
    Speaking of pedals, I may be WAAAYY late on figuring this out, but I was mighty curious what would happen if I plugged in the kick pedal into the jack on the bottom of the guitar controller. I figured if I was really lucky maybe it would act as a kind of wah-wah pedal and let me do whammy with my foot, but nope it doesn't do that. But it DOES act as a button to kick off Overdrive! So no more missing notes because I lift up the stupid neck of the guitar or try to hit the damned button below the strum bar, now I can just tap my foot and off it goes! I thought that was pretty useful and figured I would share in case anyone else might like to try that out.
    Is that just the RB2 guitar, or the RB1 one as well?
    I don't think I have jack on mine (RB1).. at least not that I can find.
  • zarlorzarlor Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    Oh, I don't know about the RB1 guitar. I only have the RB2 guitar.

    And I'm friggin' done with that ESL (yet again, that's what I get for being curious what the Medium icon looked like. ;))

    Oh, and glad to hear the RB2 guitar is working our for you, Jammer. Now you can Gold Star everything, right?
  • jepjr13jepjr13 Unsigned
    edited February 2009
    ha! I wish!!!Gimme a little time though,I'll be rippin' it with the best of them...
  • jepjr13jepjr13 Unsigned
    edited February 2009
    The pedal trick sounds convenient,but I think I would miss the whole "tip the guitar,rockstar move"thing...plus when I'm doing my Pete Townshend slide across the floor I may trip over the chord and break something.lol
  • zarlorzarlor Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    LOL! I don't have room for sliding in my home theater room, or else I might be doing the same.

    Candy, 5ivewire & PK, I have to cry uncle. I just can't do anymore guitar today. My hands are going numb. Thanks for the session as always, though! At least one of us get 100% on almost every song it seemed to me, so that was pretty cool.
  • Kev2380Kev2380 Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    Thanks for the game today Zarlor, it was fun playing with you last night too Pub. Hopefully we can all get together at the sametime one night. Candy, sorry I couldn't play longer, it was 11:30pm and I had to take someone to the airport at 5am.

    Zarlor and Pub, I sucked bad on Peace of Mind with both of you. The pattern doesn't seem that hard, I psych myself out when playing it, like feel it's overwhelming me but once I calm down I play the song fine. It was fun playing with you regaurdless.

    BTW, How do you get gold stars?
  • PubknightPubknight Road Warrior
    edited February 2009
    Heya Kev, you can get gold stars if everyone in the band is playing on expert.
    Something like if you get a score that is 1.5x the 5 star score, it hits the gold star cutoff and your 'rating' on that song shows up as 5 gold stars, instead of the 'regular' 5 stars.

    And I don't recall you doing that bad on Peace of Mind... nothing that overdrive deployment couldn't overcome.
    That disconnect that happened with you and I though right at the end of the night... do you know if that was your connection or mine?
    It actually timed out pretty well anyways, as I was starting to go cross-eyed looking at note charts... but I'm always paranoid if it's my connection that drops out.
  • Kev2380Kev2380 Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    Pubknight;1965230 said:
    Heya Kev, you can get gold stars if everyone in the band is playing on expert.
    Something like if you get a score that is 1.5x the 5 star score, it hits the gold star cutoff and your 'rating' on that song shows up as 5 gold stars, instead of the 'regular' 5 stars.

    And I don't recall you doing that bad on Peace of Mind... nothing that overdrive deployment couldn't overcome.
    That disconnect that happened with you and I though right at the end of the night... do you know if that was your connection or mine?
    It actually timed out pretty well anyways, as I was starting to go cross-eyed looking at note charts... but I'm always paranoid if it's my connection that drops out.
    Hey Pub, I think that was your connection, if you guys want to get an easy 5 gold stars we need to play, so whatcha want. That is easy to play on expert.
  • zarlorzarlor Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    Kev, thanks for helping me work on some of those Band Challenges. I'm at the point where I need to have some folks help me finish the band ones out. On the gold stars thing, PK described it if you meant for songs, but if you mean for your band to have a gold star rating, I'm not exactly positive how that works. I guess there is some kind of point scale involved, but it seems if nothing else the last song you did has to have been gold-starred if you are past that threshold. So I fluctuate on my band rating a lot, like if I miss a particular song or have other folks play with me that are not on expert or whatever. If that happens I see that I lose my gold-star rating on the band, but usually I just need to do one more song that I do gold-star and it comes back. So I'm not exactly certain how it works.

    So far there are 3 songs that I haven't gold-starred yet, Spoonman (just enough oddball, improvisational vocalizations in it that it's really hard to memorize his pitch in those sections), Rob the Prez-O-Dent and Tangled Up In Blue, those last two being because the singer in the song is not at all on pitch with what RB2 apparently wants you to sing and I need to figure out what it is RB2 is expecting. I figured it out on TUIB once singing with PK (I got 99% and if I had hit ODs in the right spots while soloing I probably would have gold starred it). But I can't seem to stick it back in my head that way again. I know I very deliberately sing something Dylan is NOT singing because it goes all over the place and is just flat far too much to ever get it right if you emulate him. Very, very annoying. I will conquer those songs someday!

    As for easy to GS on vocals, any of the "Talkies" (including Visions) is a piece of cake to gold star. Just make noise in the mic and kick off OD based on that Score Hero thread I posted earlier, and there you go. You don't have to be able to sing or anything.

    Meanwhile, I'm taking a break for a bit and probably for dinner as well, but I do plan to get back on this evening and I can even play late tonights since I have off tomorrow. :) I would appreciate anyone willing to help me do those last sets for the Band challenges, though, if anyone is willing.
  • Kev2380Kev2380 Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    Zarlor, I'll try to come on tonight and help with the challenges. I know his is a lot to ask and probably a impossible request, it would be cool if we all scheduled a time like half a saturday to do the endlist set list as a band. I wonder if you get some special icon. I would be willing to do that. We could start at noon or 1 on a Saturday. That would be cool to do a ESL with 4 people, but the odds would be stacked against us, just having the internet connection stay constant for 6hrs would be a challenge enough.
  • zarlorzarlor Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    You do get a special icon. You can't play it at easy. bit at medium you get a reversed icon of the instrument you used (so instead of a white outline on a black background, it's a black outline on a white background) if you finish it on hard you get a gold icon and on expert you get a platinum icon (you probably just didn't notice that my microphone icon is platinum the last time we played, but if you look at it the next time we are together that's the one you get for completing it on Expert, PK's drum icon is gold because he finished his on hard. Just take a look the next time you play with either of us.)

    As for ESL online... I can't even see it being doable. Since it's not a challenge you can't just pause the set to take a break or anything in the online mode like you can offline, and of course having any kind of consistent connection for that long is probably impossible, more so the more folks you have coming in from different connections. Trust me, so it solo or with a local band instead. You'd get nothing special by doing it with a full band online anyway.
  • zarlorzarlor Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    Actually, now that I think about it, there is one way to take breaks. If you fail a song it drops everyone to a window where it asks if you want to retry. So I suppose that might be a way to do it. I don't see how you'd be able to get anyone back in who disconnected, though, and any songs you play after they disco will simply not play their instrument, so you'll never hear it playing for the rest of the set.
  • PubknightPubknight Road Warrior
    edited February 2009
    I really strongly recommend not doing the esl2 online.
    As an example, my connection is rock solid, but Kev we still had a disconnect when we played.
    It's not like a tour challenge... where you can quit and save your progress.

    There are just too many variables with an online connection, and different peoples lives that could effect things over a length of time like that.
  • zarlorzarlor Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    I didn't see you on tonight, Kev, but that's OK, I recruited PubKnight and then soundly picked the final "Impossible Band Challenge" and sent him through the gruelling marathon of some of the hardest songs in the game! (Painkiller, Battery, and Ace of Spades among them.)

    Sorry about that, but thanks a million for helping me finish that final band challenge!


    (I think he really hates me now, though...) :eek:
  • PubknightPubknight Road Warrior
    edited February 2009
    I don't hate you.
    I'm frustrated because playing those songs with a broken bass pedal is like playing major league baseball with a nerf bat... i.e. I will do my double bass kick... but part of the pedal just doesn't move.... that makes something like Painkiller tougher than it needs to be.
    Was also frustrated because I literally had logged in all of 20 seconds before you invited me... so a warm up song or two would have been nice.
    And finally, I was frustrated because Ace of Spades pisses me the hell off.
    I don't know wtf it is with that damned song.

    After I get my new pedal, I insist on redoing that challenge.
  • zarlorzarlor Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    I really had no idea you had only been on that long. I had been doing a bunch of solo stuff and realized that it was starting to get a little late and nobdoby had sent me an invite in hours. So I figured I would check and see if anyone else was actually on but possibly just doing some other solo stuff like I was. I really though maybe you had been working on that drum battle that was added today or something like that. I really am sorry. Maybe next time if you see a setlist like that (or if I do and need a warmup or something) we could swap up to easy on the difficulty selection, not to choose it, but to say "Back it up and pick something else first."
  • PubknightPubknight Road Warrior
    edited February 2009
    ok, that's a good signal.... that makes sense.
    I'll choose easy if something gets picked that I don't feel I'm quite up for at that moment.
    What was the drum battle today?
    I didn't even look.
    Literally logged in, got your invite, played that challenge... then logged out to come up here an yell at you via email and to check my usps tracking number for my bass pedal =)
  • Kev2380Kev2380 Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    zarlor;1967496 said:
    I really had no idea you had only been on that long. I had been doing a bunch of solo stuff and realized that it was starting to get a little late and nobdoby had sent me an invite in hours. So I figured I would check and see if anyone else was actually on but possibly just doing some other solo stuff like I was. I really though maybe you had been working on that drum battle that was added today or something like that. I really am sorry. Maybe next time if you see a setlist like that (or if I do and need a warmup or something) we could swap up to easy on the difficulty selection, not to choose it, but to say "Back it up and pick something else first."

    Hey Zarlor, I sent you about 5-6 invites last night, you never got them? I also sent GX3 some, he sent me ones too but for some reason I can't join his sessions.
  • zarlorzarlor Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    Yeah, PK, that's about what I imagined happened. The battle is called Winter Drummer and is for solo drums. The set consistes of White Wedding & A Jagged Gorgeous Winter.

    And Kev, I never saw your invites at all and they weren't in my invites messages, but I think you had logged off by the time I checked that so they probably go away when that happens. Maybe I was so focused on what I was doing that I just never noticed them. Sorry about that. GX3/megatron seems to often get a full band going or sometimes it's his kids on, so he won't answer invites nearly as much. He's mentioned on this thread before to just keep sending them at occasional intervals and if he's available he may get to them eventually. You know how it goes.
  • Kev2380Kev2380 Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    Anyone have any word on the new DLC for the Wii.
  • zarlorzarlor Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    Nothing yet. It should show up in this thread: http://www.rockband.com/forums/showthread.php?t=122185 sometime today, I would think.
  • Kev2380Kev2380 Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    I don't get why it takes them so long.... I'm hoping it's something other than stuff from the 70's. I like that stuff but I'm ready for some newer songs. I could take some No Doubt.
  • PubknightPubknight Road Warrior
    edited February 2009
    I'm hoping for Foo Fighters.
    No Doubt would be interesting to shake things up a bit.

    Jagged Gorgeous Winter in a challenge?
    Ugh. That's not an auto-5 star. White Wedding is close to a 6 star if they do it by star count rating... but we'll have to see.
    I may not get the chance to fire up the Wii until tomorrow... how long does the challenge run for, do you know off hand?

    OH! Exciting News! Pedal update. (ok... well... exciting for me).
    My pedal left Florida at 11:44pm on the 14th.
    Of course, it doesn't tell me how it left Florida (truck, plane, dolphin), but at least its on its way. Today is a holiday here with no mail service... so I'm hoping for it to arrive tomorrow.
  • PubknightPubknight Road Warrior
    edited February 2009
    Kev2380;1968319 said:
    Hey Zarlor, I sent you about 5-6 invites last night, you never got them? I also sent GX3 some, he sent me ones too but for some reason I can't join his sessions.
    I think Mega (GX3) tends to invite, then drop his session, looking for an invite back if you are interested.
    More and more people seem to be doing that, because no one wants to pick the songs... but the problem is, if everyone keeps doing that, there is never a session to actually join.

    Oh, and Z, I figured out what that other gold star was with Lockheed the other day: Live Forever by Oasis, and I Was Wrong by Social Distortion.
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