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Rock Band 3

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Pro Keys Graduate in Rock Band 3

Pro Keys Graduate251 (25)

This is a rare achievementComplete the final Pro Keys trainers.

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Dingo Salad
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Dingo Salad
Achievement won on 28 Oct 10
TA Score for this game: 3,954
Posted on 28 October 10 at 08:52, Edited on 24 March 11 at 07:20
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Well, I just went through these tonight. Being a concert pianist, these took me about an hour to complete. If you're completely new to music theory and basic principles of music, good luck. My advice would actually be to learn your keys, chords and scales from a website and practice them silently on your keyboard. A good resource for these would be:

It shows you the keys you would need for each chord and scale, and most useful modes. The exercises in the game cover all of the major scales, about half of the minor ones, and the Dorian and Mixolydian modes, which is about all you will find in this music.

One suggestion for the large chord changes that occur quickly: memorize the first and 2nd chord of the change, and analyze the position that your hand needs to take for each. Then, analyze the transition. What fingers change from black to white? How far is each finger moving? Can I keep the same shape and just move sideways? What fingering is best for each chord, and what fits my hand best?

Comments with specific questions pertaining to these would be the best way for me to update my solution (i.e. what exercises were hard and how I would suggest solving the problems), since when I went through them it posed no real difficulty and thus I didn't really develop a 'strategy' for dealing with them.

Happy practicing!

IMPORTANT NOTE: Only the expert lessons are needed to garner this achievement. Thanks to nightwif for asking this crucial question. If you are using the MIDI controller and cannot bend pitch on your keyboard, there is at least one early exercise that you won't be able to do. :/

EDIT: Hitoshura gives some fantastic advice that I didn't think of! Use both hands! Some of those bigger, 4 note chords can be tough if you're not used to playing keyboard, and you can accommodate yourself by taking the bass note of the chord (or even the lower two notes) with the left hand.

EDIT: I just noticed something. The keyboard abides by the same rule as guitar, in that you can play notes above other notes that you have held down in a run, but you can't play something below what is held down. So, if you have three fast descending notes, you have to get each off of them before playing the next one. I was missing notes and wasn't sure why until I figured this out. This makes downward glissandi much harder to pull off than upward ones if you wanted to play them like scales (with one finger on each note, like I was doing). Pretty much forces you into the one-finger method the game prescribes. Maybe this mechanic is in place because you can use the guitar to play normal key tracks, but whatever the case, it shouldn't be there.

EDIT: Here are a couple of questions that EchIlIon Asked me, and I thought they were good enough to be posted here.

Q. I seem to look at my hands a lot, but I assume that will vanish with practice?

A. You could get used to using the black keys to orient yourself, rather than looking. If you feel yourself inclined to look, take a quick feel. You'll quickly notice that it's easy to find your place using the larger gaps between the sets of two and three black keys. This ties into your other question, about getting tired.

Q. My fingers or wrists seem to tire quickly. Any methods for increasing endurance or strength?

A.It's easier to find your place if you play flat-fingered. However, the keyboard uses a non-weighted lever system, similar to those used in (really) cheap, crappy keyboards. This means that, the closer you are to the fulcrum of the lever, the harder in the keys are to depress. I recommend playing on the ends of the keys to conserve energy, and once you've played a chord, try to let the weight of your arm hold the notes down, rather than continuing to push. This would be easier on a real piano or keyboard.

The best solution is to have a decent keyboard and MIDI controller, when it becomes available. It's super easy to miss notes on this junky little thing, because even barely grazing a key from the side results in an activation. You would find that the keys on a real, weighted keyboard are more forgiving, and slightly larger.
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