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Rock Band Goes AC/DC

Published October 16, 2008 in Console Games
By Fred Topel | Image property of respective holders
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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.

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