By Fred Topel | Image property of respective holders
The latest full album to grace Rock Band's download catalog is AC/DC's live album. Harmonix gave me a chance to play some of the tracks last week. I, of course, stuck to the hits while the musicians educated me on the hardcore songs.
Rock Band Plays AC/DC
I ventured on the drums, though I'm still learning that fake instrument. The boys picked "High Voltage" and I dared to try it on Hard instead of Medium. That would have been fine, but I didn't know that song is so long.
Most of the song is a steady pattern of red and yellow, which I got in the rhythm of, if not exhaustively. Every once in a while they'd throw in a green which threw me off at first, but by the end (and there was a long time to practice), I kept that in rhythm too.
It seems like most of the drum sections follow that red/yellow combination. It's really the basic drum beat of a rock song, so master that and you're on your way.
For guitar, the AC/DC tracks offered many hammer on/pull off patterns, so it's not all just chord strumming. "Back in Black" has a classic pattern and fingering, with a solo changing things up.
I sang on "You Shook Me All Night Long," and I was awesome of course. When I did "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap," I was surprised to find not only that I knew none of the words but the chorus, but that I didn't really know the melody either.