My first 5-star of this song! I wanted 750k, but that's not gonna happen. I have been putting night after night of practice in on this song for the past week when I decided to get back into it after beating it for the first time in my other TTFAF "Achievement Unlocked" video. But after looking at the leaderboards, and seeing that only like 40 people have ever passed 750k on this song, I quickly realized I'd never make it. That's like top .001 percentile! Crazy. Even with the people who have 5 star'd this song. Not many, maybe only 10 or so people? So anyway, I set my sights on the more attainable, yet still formidable goal of 5-star'ing TTFAF.
My score of 579902 got me a rank of 525 on this song as of today. OH and I'm so psyched that I got through Herman's Solo without star power! woo! That was the first time I've ever managed that.
You might also notice my sad star power path. I can never rely on getting the same SP phrases when I play this song (since it's so hard and I'll miss some), so every time I just improvise a path.
This vid shows me playing more comfortably with the song compared to my last TTFAF video. Still, it was a struggle, even if it looks easy. Anyone who thinks "that's easier on drums", guess again. I have no pull-off capability and have to hit every note with a stick, so zig-zag sections are very difficult and are usually a cause for me to lose my multiplier. Another reason I'll never 750k this song.
But at least I'm using the patched version of GH3 with the lag calibration fix! So it looks nicer. Maybe less people will post "fake" on this one. ;-P
At the end of the vid, I have a little segment where I "prove" there is no cheating going on. So, stay tuned for that. However, since there's a 10 minute time limit for youtube vids, I had to cut out the time it took me to get setup after finishing the song and doing my little "proof" thing so it's technically an "edit" and could've been doctored. So, if you'd like to see the full unedited version, I've uploaded a copy (a HI-RES COPY! :-) of the entire video. It's at r.wmv (95MB)
But, since I was improvising my little "no-cheat proof" section, I forgot to mention about how I do whammy and star power with my feet, so the disbelievers will remain, I'm sure.
If you're a subscriber and you watched this, I really appreciate it. Because you probably already saw my other TTFAF vid and this one might've just seemed like more of the same. But it really was a milestone for me, so thanks for checking it out!
Q: How does it work?
A: Everything is explained in detail here: ro
Q: How do you do 3-note chords?
A: All "two adjacent note" power chords are mapped to the top 4 pads, so with two sticks I can play any 3-note chord except GYO. But I can get that with one stick in left hand and two fingers on right hand.
Q: How do you do whammy and star power?
A: I use a bass drum pedal on my right foot to activate star power, and a hi-hat pedal on my left foot to control whammy depth.
Q: How do you hold notes?
A: My MIDI Hero software has an auto-hold feature for every note hit because it's more natural for a drummer to play that way. It's not a good feeling to mash sticks into drum pads to hold notes.
Q: How much does this cost?
A: The drumKat is a pro-quality MIDI drum pad set. These days, they run about $1k. I also use a PC to run my custom home-brew MIDI Hero software to interpret the drum events. Then the "XIM" and "XFPS" add another $100+. This is not made for the masses. This is a one-of-a-kind setup.
Q: Do you play real drums? Are you in a band?
A: Yes, I've been playing drums since 1986. I have been in various bands from Jazz to Ska over the years. Right now I'm in the Detroit-based ska band The Exceptions.
Q: Are you getting Rock Band?
A: Yes, eventually, now that there is a mod out there that'll allow me to use my MIDI pads on it. My current setup will not work with Rock Band since my mod is seen by the console as a standard controller and Rock Band will not let you play the drum parts with a standard controller.
Q: Is "MIDI Hero" available to the public?
A: I haven't decided yet if I'm going to make it publicly available. I'll keep the answer to this question updated in the FAQs of all future videos if anything ever changes in this department. If I did ever release it, I'd also likely have a link to it on my website.
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