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Drums please!
19 May 2017
Posted in PlayStation

Having played both RB and GH for the last couple of weeks, I decided to step up a bit and switch from bass and guitar to drums. Certainly from bass (which I already play on hard mode for a lot of songs), I figured it would not be too hard to change to drums. After all, both kinda reflect the rhythm of the song. I could not have been more wrong about that!

I started with RB4 on medium difficulty, but that didn't fair too well. I found out that the gaming chair I have (the arm rests actually) is not really suited for playing drums and that was after I figured out at what height the chair had to be set to use the foot pedal without getting too much strain in my ankle. Also, on medium difficulty, the speed is still too high for me to catch up with.

So I switched to a dining table chair without arm rests and easy difficulty in RB4, but still that seemed a bit too high for me for now. Next up I changed to GH World Tour, but the lack of difficulty levels per instrument made the pickings pretty hard. Not to mention that beginner difficulty is way too easy for me and beginner difficulty (without knowing the instrument difficulty) was pretty hard at times. Next up was Band Hero (the only GH I have game with instrument difficulty shown) and all drums start with a 2/10 rating (or 1/5 stars in RB). Sadly though, none of those songs I know and it felt totally awkward to play them, making me fail a lot. Not to mention, the RB games use the chimes a lot, even at lower difficulties, which I think is kinda lame. IMO they should have started with just the 3 drums and foot pedal with occasional chime to get used to them.

As a last resort I switched to The Beatles RB. This was the one I needed to get started! I know the majority of the songs and it has 0/5 star songs to get used to playing drums. Sadly though, having a GH drum set and not a RB drum set, I had to use the left chime as yellow drum (right chime is not working in The Beatles RB, while in RB4 it plays the green drum), and that proofed to be difficult at times. Not because it's the chime itself, but rather hopping from yellow to blue at times and missing the chime at times because of it.
In general I managed to get all songs from the 1st set on 4 stars and even 2 on 5 stars (on easy difficulty). I think that's a good start for playing an irregular drum for the game, and a good starting point to up the stakes later on. Stakes being either the 2nd set (1/5 star difficulty) or reach all songs on 5 star in the 1st set, or even up difficulty to normal for the 1st set.

An other thing I need to learn is to change the way I measure the music's beat. I normally so it with both my feet, with left being the actual count and right every 3rd or 4th beat. Well, I can't do that with the drums, because that'd cause me a lot of failures when the foot pedal is not used Instead I think I should use only my toes or heel on the right when the foot pedal is not used. With that, I do need to get used to playing both drums and foot pedal from time to time. I noticed that even on beginner difficulty that's the one thing causing the most problems (other than missing the left chime from time to time).

Of course, this does show that I do need a RB drum set as well, or rather instead of the GH drum set. I think 4 drums are easier to master than 3 drums and 2 chimes (or 1 chime when playing RB games ) for the simple reason that the drums are all on the same level and I only need to change horizontally instead of also vertically.
Sad thing though, where the GH drums are easy to get and are pretty cheap (around 30 inc P&P), the RB drums are rather expensive. The ones I've seen that work with the PS4 start at 50 without P&P, while the cheaper ones always have some 'problem' along side. I've seen one for 35 inc P&P but was never tested, while an other is missing the floor stand. Alternatively, I could buy the MIDI console for the PS3 and see if I could get a semi-professional drum set, but then it'd end up around 200 minimum (and my wife prolly would diforce me ). In general it means that for now I'll have to stick with the GH drum set to get used to it


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