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11:41 AM on 10.15.2008

I have a bone to pick with Harmonix; namely the fact that the Rock Band 2 controller has an ash neck, where my real Strat has a maple neck. In an already crowded living room, this discord between instrument and "instrument" is unacceptable.

Ok, whatever, I can't stay mad at you for long, guys.

So here's the real issue. I play piano and guitar, and have a solid ear and above average rhythm. That being said, I look like a 3 year old when playing drums on Rock Band. I am really hoping that this is because I don't own a copy of the game/drum set, and can't practice regularly. That's going to change this Sunday, however.

I need tips, guys. I'm tired of looking like a moron when I try to play the drums. My foot looks like it's stomping at invisible bugs, and my arms fly about all akimbo. People get hurt when I play fake drums, and it has to end.

My first plan is to not even play Rock Band songs. I'm just going to fire up the drum trainer and do play-a-longs with songs off the hard drive that I'm very familiar with, just to get the mechanics down. Maybe without a score and possible song failure looming, I'll be able to relax and get some rudimentary muscle memory in place.

Any tips from people that had their first drum experience via Rock Band?

P.S.

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