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  1. Just to clarify, for those that stumble upon this later, the above comment isn't entirely true. Buying RS1 and the song transfer tool only gives you the RS1 on-disc songs (minus the Eric Clapton song and 1 other I can't remember). It does not give you any of the DLC released for RS1 or RS2014. However, because of some weird error with Steam, you must purchase and own RS1 in order to buy any RS1 DLC (anything released prior to Oct. 22, 2013) to use in RS2014. I'm not sure why this is, but that's how it works.
  2. This has turned into quite the discussion.... Yeah, but those 37 Beatles songs are customs uploaded by users here, not official DLC submitted by Ubisoft, so it should be expected that they be in A440. As I said, they are all still E Standard tunings, even at A442 or higher/lower. It's the pitch that is different, not the tuning. I know it can be hard to wrap your head around, but pitch and tuning are not the same thing. Almost all (I don't have time to actually verify this now) of the Oasis songs that Noel sings are in standard A440, because he can sing better. Liam sings sharp, hence the higher pitches on the songs he sings. You can read about it in a lot of Oasis interviews, especially towards the end when they were in-fighting. Liam and Noel argued about who got to sing what song all the time, and a lot of it centred around the fact that Liam thought he was the shit and Noel thinks he can't sing. Yes, I used "thought/thinks" purposefully here... If you haven't had a chance, check out Beady Eye (Liam's new band, which is more like Oasis 2.0), and have a listen to Noel's solo album. Liam sings in a higher pitch because he can't sing any other way. Quite a few older songs are mis-pitched due to tape speed, and Layla is one of the most widely known examples. My point was that song that are slightly mis-pitched, like Layla, should (IMO) be pitched proper for something like this so it doesn't sound so wonky. Layla is not 1/2 step down, nor 1/2 step up. It's 38 or 39cents off, which sound AWFUL if you're trying to play along with it on a standard tuned guitar. It makes it much easier to learn a song when it's in pitch with you. That's all I'm sayin'. It's actually easier to play along when you're in tune with the song you're trying to copy, if you're playing along with it. Obviously, if you're playing the song by yourself, play it in whatever pitch you feel comfortable with. But if you're playing along with Liam Gallagher, and you play in standard A440, you'll sound flat. Songs only sound "wonky" if you're playing along with them in a different pitch. In that case, it's you who sounds "off" (though again, it's only the pitch), not the record. It's up to you to match the song you're playing along with, not the other way around. And yes, Oasis is a mega band with a lot of tech's to help sort out equipment. But remember, "tuning" to A443 is as simple as tweaking each string ever so slightly. Most experienced musicians can tune to Eb Standard by ear, because it's a simple half-step change. And think about how little you have to move each machine head to hit Eb. On a good guitar with proper strings, it's between 1/4 and 1/8 of a turn of the machine heads. A443 is like moving the machine heads just enough to feel it move. Also, for what it's worth.... Most older songs (40's, 50's, 60's) that are accidentally off-pitch are a result of transferring the recording to vinyl. It is important to note (or support) that some songs are accidentally off-pitch, but most modern songs that use higher/lower pitches of A440 are done on purpose. It's very popular amongst British bands. Anyway, glad to see some good discussion here on this topic. I'm going on vacation for 10 days to the Land of No Internet, but I'm looking forward to seeing where this goes while I'm gone.
  3. Oasis does it on purpose, to better match Liam's voice with the music. He sings slightly sharp on some songs, and the guitar tunings reflect that. If the original recording was made in an "off" tuning, then it should be left that way. Oh, and I forgot to add this before.... The Beatles used LOTS of alternate tunings based off of E standard. Read this if you want a better explanation about why some artist's use different pitches of E standard:http://guitarcipher.blogspot.ca/2012/04/normal-0-false-false-false-en-us-x-none.htmlHoly crap, that just may have been the most informative, make me rethink everything I thought I knew about guitar article I have ever read. Not only does my brain hurt, but I'm now questioning the way I play every classic song I can think of. Might explain why some of them never seemed quite right. Yeah, music theory is quite mind-boggling.... Some people are content to just play music (which is absolutely fine), but I'm a thinking man and I like to know a bit about what's going on. When I first started playing I could never figure out why some songs didn't quite sound right either, so I decided to learn a little theory. Oh course, most of it is a scrambled mess in my head. Sometimes, the more I think about the theory side of it, the more confused I start to get.
  4. A lot of the times it gets missed in Beatles' recordings because it was mostly Lennon that liked to play in a different pitch. Since most of their early work was recorded in mono, the two layered guitars (one in A440, one slightly higher) tend to cancel each other out. That's why most notation and covers are done in A440. Most people can't audibly hear the difference on the recordings. And yes, anything done in a different pitch of E Standard will sound fine done in A440, if everything else is done in the same pitch. Keep in mind, the difference between A440 and A450 is very slight. It's, obviously, less than a half step difference. For instance, Eb tuning has a pitch of A311. But play along with those Oasis songs with your guitar in A440 and it will sound "off". It's pretty technical, but there's a chart on this page that shows the different frequencies of each guitar tuning: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientific_pitch_notation
  5. Oasis does it on purpose, to better match Liam's voice with the music. He sings slightly sharp on some songs, and the guitar tunings reflect that. If the original recording was made in an "off" tuning, then it should be left that way. Oh, and I forgot to add this before.... The Beatles used LOTS of alternate tunings based off of E standard. Read this if you want a better explanation about why some artist's use different pitches of E standard: http://guitarcipher.blogspot.ca/2012/04/normal-0-false-false-false-en-us-x-none.html
  6. A440 is standard "concert pitch" in North America and some of Europe, but a large portion of European countries still use A442 as their standard concert pitch. For the most part, it all depends on the style of music you want to play. German symphonies use A443, Baroque music uses A415. Basically it's all about fine tuning the pitch to suit your tastes. There's a lot of math involved if you want to know the technical or theoretical reasons why some artist's choose different E standard tunings, but I don't want to explain it all. You can google it if you really want to bore yourself to death :huh:
  7. Those of us who have played both would all probably agree that it's a better idea to get RS2014 anyway. It's also on sale right now ($36 versus the regular $60) so it's a good time to grab it. Rocksmith 2014 has better features and new techniques and is more "learning oriented" than RS1. On top of that, any official DLC released after Oct. 22, 2013 are only compatible with RS2014. You'll be missing out on a lot of good DLC if you decide to stick with RS1.
  8. Really, you think it's normal to have search results be a page not found error? Usually you get a "0 results found" type message on the actual search page. I shouldn't be directed to a page that doesn't exist. Go to another forum and do a search. You'll get a results page, even if it has 0 results, not a 404 error.
  9. Hello, I tried to search for an answer for this, but since my question/issue has to do with broken searches, you'll soon see why I may not have been able to find anything.... So.... is there a reason why, when searching through the search bar at the top, I get a 404 "Page Cannot Be Found" error if searching for something that doesn't exist? To clarify, what I mean is this; If I search the video submissions for "Oasis", I obviously get a lot of results. But, if I search for "Oasis Lyla" (which I've deduced there are no results), I get the 404 error. This happens any time I search for something that the search engine can't find. I get directed to this link: "http://customsforge.com/index.php?app=core&module=search&do=search&fromMainBar=1"
  10. Amplitude might be what you're looking for. It's the app that I use with the iRig HD. I think it was $15, but I'm pretty sure there's a free version that you can try out. It has a bunch of amp models, and pedal effects. You can set up to 3 effects at a time with the iPhone version, and I think 5 with the iPad version. And just like RS, you can fiddle around with mic placement on the cabinet to further refine your tone. They have an Amplitube Fender version as well. Amplitube: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/amplitube/id373524000?mt=8 Amplitube Free: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/amplitube-free/id373309342?mt=8 Amplitube Fender: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/amplitube-fender/id410032858?mt=8
  11. I looked into the Sonic Clamp as well. Didn't like how it looks on the guitar though. Not quite punk enough DIY enough for me. It's also $70 + shipping. And for those of us in Canada, you have to add duty on top as well.
  12. I'm obsessed with The Black Keys right now (just bought an Airline H78, so yeah, obsessed) so I've played most of their songs (including some great cDLC) an average of 50 times each. My most played is I Got Mine (87 times, 110%) because it's my warm up song. Gets the fingers nice and loose. I really wish that RS put some documentation into the game about why you can get over 100% on a song though. The first time I got 101% on Next Girl I thought maybe I should be submitting my resume to fill in for Dan Auerbach. Didn't realize until it hit 109.8% that it was because of Master Mode.
  13. I use a Radial BigShot ABY switch. Much more reliable than a splitter, produces a cleaner output, and has a true bypass so I don't need to mess with removing cables and changing Rocksmith settings to use both my amp and my stereo. I can also add in all of my pedals without signal degradation. However, it was a bit expensive ($80) and I didn't buy it just for Rocksmith. I use it for pumping 2 guitars into 1 amp. But... it has the added bonus of allowing two people to play Rocksmith in single player mode at the same time.
  14. Rocksmith wasn't/isn't the first/only guitar teaching app for computers, there are several out there (I have 3 other apps myself). BUT... Rocksmith was the first program to actually make it fun. What Teinashu mentioned (lowering the song audio in the mixer) is what I do when I want to play a song and only hear myself. It's actually a great way to make sure you are actually playing a song correctly (to how it sounds in the recording) instead of just hitting the notes. Although Rocksmith is great, it has a high tolerance for what it considers a missed note and can only judge whether or not you hit notes, and isn't great at determining whether you've actually mastered a technique.
  15. "Next Girl" by The Black Keys is very, very easy. It's from RS1. The entire song features only 6 notes, repeated in different patterns. 0 chords. Great intro to hammer-on's as well. "Go With The Flow" by Queens of the Stone Age is a great intro to power chords (it features 5 chords, repeated in fast succession). Also great for building endurance in your strumming hand. The first time you play it you may not make it to the end before your hand gets too tired. But keep at it, and you'll strengthen your wrist pretty quickly. Bob Dylan's "Knocking On Heaven's Door" is a great song for learning traditional chords. I believe it's G, D, A, C, and that's it. Might be one more chord in there, but it's 6:23am here so I can't really play it to check. Good for working on strumming rhythm too. As others have mentioned, you can sort by difficulty. However, the difficulty rating that RS assigns to each track is dynamic, based on the skills you've demonstrated in the game. So what I mean is, even when sorted by difficulty, the order of the list will change based on how well you play a song, and other songs that feature similar techniques. So if you play a song that is, say, 3rd on the list for difficulty and you struggle with any part of it, it will slide further down the list.
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