Nice!! look forward to trying this right now. Thanks for sharing
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Posted February 7, 2016 - 06:38 AM
Bless you, sir, for charting this song. Styx is woefully underrepresented in RB, and this is a fantastic pick.
Posted February 17, 2016 - 08:24 PM
To those who have been very patiently waiting for "Heard It In a Love Song", I started looking at it again this week, and I realized I have a dilemma with the guitar chart. For much of the song, the guitars are buried just enough to make picking out notes and chords incredibly hard, but just loud enough to make fudging incredibly hard to get away with. Rather than try to fake it like I'm already doing (somewhat) with the keys, I've decided to throw in the towel...
...and buy a music book.
It's now on the way, and once I have it in my paws the chart should fall into place fairly quickly. So, I'm not making any promises here, but I believe I can have this one knocked out in the next couple of weeks. In the meantime I've still got a couple of other WIPs to play with so I won't exactly be twiddling my thumbs. I'll be strumming with them!
Posted February 24, 2016 - 11:32 PM
While waiting for my music book to arrive, I had time to finish working on...
..."Lucky Man" by Emerson, Lake & Palmer! Original tempo map, most instruments and solo vocals by bsbloom. Drums by oscarj08. New 6/8 tempo map, harmony vocals and lots of tweaking by me.
The guitar chart is a mesh of all three guitars in the original song: left acoustic, right acoustic and electric. I think it plays quite well.
I suspect the expert pro keys chart breaks some charting etiquette. There are a couple of range shifts in the middle of a note-heavy section, and there are some note jumps bigger than an octave. I didn't want to shift or drop notes any more than I had to, because I wanted to capture the original's sweep up and down the keys, at least as much as the game keyboard would allow. The resulting chart is still playable, even with just one hand, so I think it still makes for a good game chart. If Keith Emerson can do it, so can you!
Big thanks to bsbloom and oscarj08 for their work on this one. Hope y'all enjoy!
Posted February 25, 2016 - 02:15 PM
Great job. I just went through this on several instruments, and the new tempo map is perfect. Thanks.
Posted March 4, 2016 - 10:56 PM
Thanks for lucky man; look forward to playing it tonight.
Posted June 18, 2016 - 12:31 AM
Some bands can easily tell who their true fans really are. Take Pink Floyd, for example. The story goes the line in "Have a Cigar" was inspired by a music exec and "alleged" fan who asked the group, "Which one's Pink?" Such is the case also with...
...the Marshall Tucker Band. The name came not from any members of the group, but from a piano tuner who had once rented the warehouse the band was using for rehearsals at the time. When they saw the name "Marshall Tucker" on the key to the warehouse door, they knew they had their name.
"Heard It in a Love Song" was the band's final Top 40 hit, and it was their biggest, reaching #14 in the States. Southern rock fans will know this song well, but even those who aren't familiar with the group may want to give this one a shot, especially anyone who's been hankering for more country and country-esque tunes. This is the full album version, with the piano solo and fourth verse that often go missing when the song is heard on the radio.
The guitar chart is a mix of one of the two electric guitars present plus the ad-libbed acoustic guitar heard to the left. There is a rhythm guitar I could have used to fill out some of the empty spaces, but it is buried so far down in the mix that it wouldn't really feel like you're playing along with anything. Also well buried is the piano, and my reference MIDI wasn't as faithful as I would've liked. I think I pulled out enough notes to make it convincing, and I found a very helpful YouTube video for charting the solo. Keyboardists get to play along with the flute as well.
Hope y'all enjoy!
Posted June 18, 2016 - 08:08 PM
Awesome! Thanks so much, Fuji. Really looking forward to playing this tonight.
Posted August 1, 2016 - 05:22 AM
In memory of Glenn Frey, here is...
..."Heartache Tonight" by the Eagles, complete with the "The"! Tempo map and drums by Crazy Canuck. Reductions, vocals, guitar and bass by me.
The guitar chart jumps back and forth between the original song's three guitar parts, but I think it still plays quite naturally. I also believe this sets a personal record for the most HOPO overrides in a single song!
Hope y'all enjoy!
Posted August 1, 2016 - 01:58 PM
YAY!!!!!!! Have been looking forward to this one since it was announced. One of the few songs that I can actually play drums on.
Posted August 2, 2016 - 02:30 PM
Outstanding! You knocked it outta the park on this one!
A couple of cool points on this release for us are:
1. This is one of our very favorite Eagles tunes.
2. Like Samjjones we've wanted to have this in RB3 for a very long time.
3. With the inclusion of this song in game, now "The Long Run" album has it's own sub heading!
We are really happy you did this one!
Domo Arigato, most honorable Fuji San!
How you gonna do it if you really won't take a chance
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Posted April 15, 2017 - 05:42 PM
Stereotomy is the process of turning solid pieces of stone or wood into custom geometric shapes. These are often used to create walls or other structures with distinctive building blocks rather than generic pieces like bricks or boards. Project founders Alan Parsons and Eric Woolfson named their 1986 album Stereotomy not only as a metaphor for how artists are shaped by their pursuits, but also as a call back to the subject of their first album, Edgar Allan Poe, who wrote about stereotomy in "The Murders in the Rue Morgue".
For musicians, stereotomy can come from a quest for fame and fortune, and for a place in the...
"Limelight". And what better place to sing about the limelight than in a game that challenges you to start a band and rock the world? Of course this isn't the first "Limelight" to grace the game, but don't worry, this one won't trample over the other one.
The original vinyl release of Stereotomy came with a unique cover and a couple of color filters, letting buyers turn the two covers (front and back) into four all together. The filters let listeners perform "stereotomy" on the album itself, in other words. Most CD releases showed only one such set of covers, probably because the music labels were too cheap to include the color filters. That made finding a good hi-res image of the original cover a bit of a challenge. Still, it wasn't anything Google and GIMP couldn't handle.
With "Limelight" I've finally created a custom for my favorite band. This isn't the first APP full-band custom, of course, thanks to C3's release of "Sirius / Eye in the Sky" and Dash Riprock's custom of "Days Are Numbers (The Traveller)", both fine tunes. This also isn't the first Rock Band release for the lead singer of "Limelight". The first person to tell me the lead singer's name and his other song available in the game gets a sneak peek at my future custom plans, and a bit of a say-so in my custom priorities.
In the meantime, I've also uploaded some fixes to earlier customs. "Heartache Tonight" now has proper practice sections, along with a few lyric formatting fixes. "Last Child" also has some lyric fixes, and I've rebuilt the "greatest hits" version to have a different ID and internal name than the original-album file. Both versions of "Last Child" still have the same in-game song name, so one may still overwrite the other (I haven't had a chance to test that yet). Still, this will make keeping both versions a little easier for those who want both.
Both "Heartache Tonight" and the original-album "Last Child" have the same ID's as before, and the game charts have not changed, so they should be easy drop-in replacements that won't erase your scores. Just make sure to erase the old package files before closing RB3 Con Tools.
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