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5 Obvious Tricks To Being Good At Guitar Hero (Nobody Thinks About)

Updated on April 9, 2014

Listen To The Song

Possibly the easiest way to boost your skills is to listen to the actual song. You might be wondering, "How is that going to help me??" Well, I'll tell you! A major reason people have difficulty getting better at Guitar Hero is because of rhythm, or lack thereof. Listening to a song familiarizes you with the overall rhythm of the song and feeds it into your memory. The more you hear it, the more ingrained it is in your brain. But don't forget to keep trying to play the song so your fingers get used to the rhythm!

Practice Finger Dexterity

This one you can do without even playing! All you need is your controller. While your strum hand is purely rhythm, your fretting hand is both rhythm and finger dexterity. To increase your dexterity, hold down your index finger on the green button, press the red button with your middle finger, yellow with your ring finger and blue with your pinkie. Lift up each finger right after you hit the note, except your index finger. Make sure your index keeps pressing the green. Try speeding up every repetition until you can comfortably do this pretty quickly. Now do the same thing, except press the orange button with your pinkie after pressing blue while still holding down the green. Never let go of the green. This is probably a bit greater of a challenge for you to maintain for very long. Keep practicing this until your pinkie naturally can stretch to the orange pretty quickly without any discomfort after several repetitions. It takes some time but you'll notice you can move your hands faster now. It would also be extremely helpful to practice using chords (pressing two or more buttons down at the same time). Try creating more creative, challenging combinations to practice. The ones I described are simply the easiest to improve your dexterity. Combine this with my first trick and you're on the right path to Guitar Heroism, my friend!

Bonus Trick: Hammer-ons and Pull-Offs

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Don't Stress Out

The biggest roadblock to success is yourself. If you found some rhythm and your fingers don't tire quickly now but you still find yourself losing to that pesky solo, don't give up! Guitar Hero legends don't become that way overnight! Remember... The point is to have fun! Worrying about hitting a certain section leads to over-thinking, which will cause your natural rhythm to be unsteady. I've lost competitions because of that exact reason! With enough practice, your body will develop muscle memory in your hands in reaction to the different colors gliding across the screen. When you see people playing Through The Fire and Flames with perfection, it's because of muscle memory. It gets to a point where a lot of it is sub-conscious, but that natural reaction is lost when you start worrying. Just relax and enjoy the music!


Find Your Comfort Zone

When I say comfort zone, I mean a position you find comfortable and relaxing while playing. Some people are better playing standing up. Some find Guitar Hero easier sitting on a couch. My personal comfort zone is sitting on my bed propped up against the wall with one leg curled up and the guitar pressed against my leg. Being comfortable will allow you to focus on the game instead of dealing with uncomfortable feelings and readjusting. Also, think about the environment you are playing in. Is it full of distractions? Preferably, your environment should be free of distractions. A major part of getting better at Guitar Hero is focus!

Break Your Records

A nice feature of Guitar Hero is the high score indicator in the Quick Play and Career sections. Every song you've played in these sections will denote your highest score accomplished on that song. Always try to beat that high score. This will encourage you to play better and is also an excellent way to determine your overall progress as a player. Remember; everyone is capable of improvement. I've been playing Guitar Hero for six years and have beaten every game on Expert but I still have room for improvement. And I started out in the exact same situation as you!

One Last Thing...

These tips are designed to help you get better at Guitar Hero quicker, but it still takes practice. The most important part of getting better, just like with any skill, is to put time and effort into it. Whether it's learning to shred the guitar, learning to make beautiful art, or learning to play sports, patience and determination is key. Rome wasn't built in a day and Jimi Hendrix didn't become a guitar legend overnight. But with enough practice, anything is possible!

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Now Go Out There and Rock!

You now have the rhythm of a drummer, finger speed of a guitarist, and the positive attitude of Gandhi! The songs that used to destroy you now topple with the simplest of ease! You are the apex of finely-tuned muscle memory! Your records regularly shatter beneath your glory! Your guitar comes alive under your precision-crafted hands! You are no longer a Guitar Zero.... you are a Guitar Hero! So go out there and show the world who's the boss!

Guitar Hero Titles

Gaming Platforms
Release Dates
Guitar Hero
Playstation 2
November 2005
Guitar Hero II
Playstation 2, Xbox 360
Guitar Hero Encore: Rock the 80s
Playstation 2
July 2007
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock
Playstation 2, Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, Windows, Mac
Late 2007
Guitar Hero: On Tour
Nintendo DS
June 22 2008
Guitar Hero: Aerosmith
Playstation 2, Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, Windows, Mac
June 29 2008
Guitar Hero World Tour
Playstation 2, Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, Windows, Mac
October 26 2008
Guitar Hero On Tour: Decades
Nintendo DS
November 2008
Guitar Hero: Metallica
Playstation 2, Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Wii
March 29 2009
Guitar Hero On Tour: Modern Hits
Nintendo DS
June 2009
Guitaro Hero Smash Hits
Playstation 2, Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Wii
June 2009
Guitar Hero V
Playstation 2, Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Wii
September 1 2009
Guitar Hero Van Halen
Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Wii
December 22 2009
Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock
Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Wii
September 28 2010
Not included: Mobile games, Arcade Games


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    • Shinzuu Katame profile image

      Shinzuu Katame 3 years ago from Maine, USA

      You forgot BOOZE!!! lol.

      One of my old buddies sucks major in GH. Literally, he struggles with easy. But when we get him jacked up on Skyy and some PBR (and a lot of sugar), we watched him get a 100% on Through Fire and Flames on Expert while jumping in circles at 2am in the morning.