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Beatles Rock Band is fab
Having a bucket of fun. Fun larking about with the family and not worrying about scores, fun learning to drum, and then fun sitting quietly obsessing over exact bass riffs and so on.

I thought vocals were dodgy at first. It seemed entirely wrong that I could sing a Beatles song which I am not remotely familiar with, and score five stars on Expert the first time out. But it turns out, after a couple of hours of play on vocals, that I have top ten global scores (on Wii) on four or five different tracks, none of which I've sung more than three times. So I think it's just that it is calibrated so easy that anyone who can actually sing cleans up. (Songs with a single melody line are much easier for me than the harmony songs; turns out I've been singing one of the harmony lines all these years! Who knew?)

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I suck beyond all imaginings of suckage at Rock Band, at least when I'm trying to play "guitar", hampered as I am by actually knowing how to play the guitar.

But I confess I'd like to try Beatles Rock Band as a vocalist. I suspect my downfall, though, would be the many harmony parts I've worked out over the years that don't actually exist in the canonical songs...

Rock Band guitar is much more like, well, a melodeon, than it is a guitar. So far, Beatles Rock Band seems to be fantastic fun...

...on vocals...
...on bass guitar...
...on drums...
...on playing an instrument (any instrument) and singing *at the same time* using the *actual mic stand* that they included... (this is a skill I cannot do in real life either, demonstrating that multitasking is hard)
...on anything with the entire family, because everyone can play at once and set the difficulty to whatever suits them individually and the whole thing is hilarious...
...on randomly joining in with the songs on harmony...
...or just on watching because the visuals are fantastic even on the Wii. I can only imagine what the XBox must be like.

And the limited edition set is just fantastic. I bought it because it's the only way to get quality Wii Rock Band peripherals in the UK but then the whole family were oohing and aahing over the bass guitar and (especially) the Ludwig Beatles kick drum head, which is a completely pointless thing of wonder. I thought it was the finest set of gaming controllers ever until I learnt about the $300 handpainted wooden Fender Stratocaster Rock Band controller. If you'd asked me last week if I was also planning to buy the John Lennon & George Harrison guitars I would have laughed but now I'm seriously considering at least one of them. My other Wii guitar looks incredibly shabby by comparison.

I so do not need this evil knowledge. So. Not.


I never played RB before last night when we brought this home. It's fun, but yeah, we pretty much are getting low scores on guitar and drum for the time being.

This morning, my 8 year old got a 100% on singing for Yellow Submarine. She then, in the words of my wife, got cocky and tried to sing it while playing the drums. Her scores were something like 40% and 45% for the drumming/singing categories.

I can do 'ok' on Medium singing and medium bass/guitar simultaneously (low 90s). But given that I normally do hard bass/guitar and expert singing individually, that's a major drop off. Which of course I knew because of my difficulty in singing and playing *real* instruments

Anyone who is cocky about 100%, whether on vocals or an instrument, needs to up the difficulty, even if they're 8. If it's 100% on Expert, then props; I haven't even five-starred Yellow Submarine on Expert vocals.

How does it look on the Wii? As far as I'm aware, I've only seen pictures of the Xbox & PS3 versions.

BTW thanks for the heads-up on the RI Lectures. I managed to get the last available child ticket for C (though I did stupidly wait until the next day)!

It looks great to me. I am sure if you put it side by side with the XBox you'd sulk, but we only have a Wii and it's just fine. The only thing that's hard is that when you unlock photos they have accompanying text, which is small and very hard to read on our shabby old telly. But that's not the fault of the game or the Wii, and is entirely optional anyway. The actual game is fine.

What day is C going to the RI? We're Wednesday 16th.


Thanks. We've only got a Wii too, but we do have a shiny new TV, so we might stand more chance of reading the text. Time to persuade Kathy that it's a suitable birthday present :)

Kathy & Charlotte are going on the 16th as well, so you should see them there.

Oh good, that will be lovely for Marianne.

I've been having good fun with it and Anna enjoyed singing a couple of songs on Wednesday.

I love the entire presentation of it all. It was so good after three fairly standard gigs then you hit the Yellow Submarine dreamscape and it's all WHAAAAAATTT?

There's so much class everywhere. There's a lovely retro feel to it; there's the special Beatles drum trainer as well as the regular one, together with a setting for just playing on the drums (which reflects the fact that these drums are more robust than a electronic toy drum kit we got J once which was I think £50); the cut scenes are beautiful and cleverly designed, all the soundscapes are individual, the studio chatter is relevant and interesting in its own right (especially the chatter when you fail a track).

Used to play RB at a friend's house, good fun Friday night entertainment. I found, like you, that it's tough to bomb out on singing unless you are really unable to follow a standard progression melody line. I can't get the hang of any of the guitars, as I have a good ear and tapping the keys is intuitively contrary to my ability to hear a stringed instrument playing in my head. Drums are fab, I really like drums - although my grandfather was a Jazz drummer so I've probably absorbed the technique somewhere.

Just bought the Xbox version, but am being Very Good and not opening it, as I'm saving it for bhata's birthday tomorrow night.

However, if you want an extra person anytime for any of the GH/RB library, feel free to call me round the corner...

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