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Score 100% notes hit on Helter Skelter playing Expert Drums.

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How to unlock the I GOT BLISTERS ON MY FINGERS! achievement

  • CanaDa FwendCanaDa Fwend570,245
    06 Aug 2013 12 Sep 2009 11 Aug 2013
    24 1 6
    For any achievement like this there is no guide, merely advice.

    The truth is this achievement wont be possible for the majority of players. At the time of writing this guide only 10 out of 2,500 track players have achieved this! I will break down the song as best i can and give a few tips at the end that might help some players out.

    The bulk of the song is fairly simple so i won't mention it. But one challenging part are the many fills you will run into periodically throughout the song. They generally include a steady bass pedal while you hit various toms at twice that speed. These toms do become more varied as the songs progress. It is important to note that the toms aren't as steady. You will have to hesitate or skip a hand from time to time. Or if you're like me it may be simpler in these parts to use only your strong hand.

    There is one completely unique fill that gives many drummers trouble. It's a fairly simple beat, yet difficult because your off hand holds the beat. Therefore it must be faster then your strong hand and requires a great deal of coordination. If you are struggling with this portion I would suggest an attempt on LEFTY MODE (or righty if lefty is your natural preference). It may provide different challenges in other portions of the song, but for many the song will be slow enough to compensate.

    There are 4 faster rolls in the song near the end. If you are struggling with these try to step it up a notch and strike the pads faster then necessary. Remember that you must hit 100% of the notes and extra notes will not count against you.

    1. Know whats coming
    2. Try using only your strong hand during the fills
    3. Experiment with lefty mode
    4. Break combo if you have to, just make sure you hit every single note

    good luck =)

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    SwiepJust so you know, it doesn't matter if you "overstrum" in this song.
    I could never ace those last triplets in the end, so I just hit the pads as fast as I could.
    That way, I hit all the notes and get a 100% rating on the song.
    It's not a FC, but really, who cares?
    For everything else, good luck, and practise on the fills.
    Posted by Swiep on 22 Apr 10 at 14:49
    JumperM0nkeyAm I the only one who finds all the fills up until the last rolls easy? I have no trouble with them, but the final rolls always get me :(

    My best on this was a 99% last night :(
    Posted by JumperM0nkey on 10 Aug 12 at 15:16
    ptracey1421The entire song is fairly easy is you have any sense of rhythm and basic knowledge of the foot pedal. The only tough parts are halfway through the song and the rolls all during the finale of the song. Reccomend practicing the 2nd half of the song instead of constantly 99%ing it and messing up a roll. :/
    Posted by ptracey1421 on 19 Jul 13 at 06:36
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  • SugsSugs41,189
    18 Oct 2009 19 Oct 2009
    21 0 5
    As LosersVoteParty says, for achievements like this there is no guide, only advice... so I'll share what helped me finally get this.

    First off a few general notes:
    1. I'd highly recommend making use of practice mode to perfect parts that tend to trip you up. Start at slower speeds (you can go as low as 70%) to figure out the parts until you can play them mechanically, then ramp it up to 100% in steps. Also, running through the song at 90% speed is a good way to warm up before a try and help with the recall mentally and physically.
    2. You can break combo and still get 100%, so you're only screwed if you miss a note (i.e. it scrolls off the bottom of the screen). If you're struggling, you can use this to your advantage in places (see below).
    3. This may not work for you, but in general I'd recommend using double-hits on most of the eighth note snare/tom hits. Or put another way, repeat notes on the same tom with the same hand if you can. Most of the fills just work better that way, and you avoid awkward crossovers or jumps.

    Ok, so here are the specific parts people might have trouble with. Obviously different people will find different things easier or harder, but here are 7 things and my suggestions for handling them. If you can master these, you should be good to go:

    1. Snare-led yellow tom roll fill (OUTRO B)
    pattern: RYYYYY RYYYYY G
    sticking: LRLRLR LRLRLL R
    alt-stick: LRRLRR LRRLRL R
    --> these are triplets, so whatever sticking works for you, but you'll probably need to adjust the last triplet to let you hit the crash with your right hand.

    2. Ending tom rolls (OUTRO, ENDING)
    --> the OUTRO roll is eight sixteenth notes on Y; the ENDING rolls are 18 triplets on B and 9 triplets on Y. Each triplet roll ends on the crash so either use RLL sticking, or adjust your sticking accordingly. If you have problems getting this, these rolls can be spammed -- hit them as fast as possible and just make sure you get the first and last notes as well as the crash.

    3. Weak-handed snare roll fill (PRE-VERSE 1)
    --> you're going to need to be able to hit a stream of eighth notes on the snare with just your weak hand to do this section; if you can't do this consistently, use practice mode until you can.

    4. Tom fills over quarter-note bass (CHORUS 1, GTR SOLO, OUTRO, OUTRO B, OUTRO C)
    --> all of these (plus a very short fill in VERSE 2) are the same, quarter note bass and eighth note tom hits (sometimes skipping a note); most of these I found to work best with using double/triple hits like I suggest in general tip #3. These fills are what I found the 90% speed practice refresher pre-try run helped most with.

    5. Sixteenth-note pickup fills (CHORUS 2, GTR SOLO, VERSE 3, CHORUS 3)
    --> these start with tuh-tuh-tuh duh; there are four: RRY R, RRR Y, BBB B, and then RRR Y again. Either be comfortable starting the roll with either hand, or else plan out your sticking in advance. Otherwise you might rush it, since the fill starts on an upbeat (of 2 sixteenths). Also, consider LLR L sticking for the first one.

    6. Set dropping notes
    --> ok, if you have problems with sensitivity in your set (I do for my red pad), then go look for mods online to help. Most are non-destructive and just require tape or a shim (e.g. a penny). Scorehero is a good source. You're not going to get this achievement easily if your set is dropping notes...

    7. Putting it all together
    --> I highly suggest the 90% speed practice run as a warm up/refresher. If you consistently have problems with a particular section (even after mastering it in practice), try a different sticking. After more than a handful of tries where you quit out before halfway through the song, do a full play-through either live or in practice. Otherwise you may botch up a later part after ignoring it for too long. Finally, if you get too tired, it's probably better to take a break and try again later.

    Hope that helps, and good luck!
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    JuCaMoGreat guide. Like you, I've hit every fill in the song at one point, but so far I haven't been able to put it together in one run. Best I can do is 98% with many dropped notes coming from the green pad.
    Posted by JuCaMo on 03 Mar 10 at 16:55
    arthurzandNot hard at all, I'm an expert drummer and I've just practiced 3-4 days and I got it. The yellow fill before the break was the hardest for me. At the outro I lost notes too because I was tense, but if you concentrate, you'll got it.
    Good Luck!
    Posted by arthurzand on 29 Oct 10 at 16:02
    SugsYep, some good, smart practice is all it takes. Glad to hear you got it!

    If this solution helped you, please up-vote it. (I lost a ton of votes after the solution database crash.)
    Posted by Sugs on 31 Oct 10 at 21:47
  • CrandyCrandy692,143
    04 May 2013 24 May 2013 11 Jul 2013
    23 10 0
    I have created a way to use a computer to play drums perfectly and obtain this achievement. I have created a video tutorial for this method but I have included full text instructions as well.

    Text instructions can be found here.
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