Rock Band quickly became a hit game among recreational and hardcore gamers alike. Rock Band 2 has already been released so if you’ve been dazzled by the quick fret play of expert mode and yearn to be able to shred up a Rock Band guitar then you are in luck!
A lot of players are intimidated by the sheer amount of notes found in most Expert songs. Well fear not! Expert mode is essentially the easiest mode of the game, because unlike the easy difficulties Expert mode charts your favorite rock songs note for note. Especially on songs you are familiar with, you may find that the easier modes are more difficult as one button can cue an entire section of the guitar and really throw off your timing. Expert modes in Rock Band can actually help you learn to play bass and the guitar.
If you have never played before, start off on the Medium/Hard difficulty and avoid the easy difficulty altogether. Eventually you will memorize any unfamiliar songs and that key to your timing when you step up to Expert; also, your fingers will get used to playing all of the buttons and you will become quicker at processing the notes. You will unlock songs as you progress and this is key because you will want all songs available in practice mode when you first attempt them on Expert so you can play through regardless of the outcome.
Most songs employ a pattern of notes to make a specific sound (usually you will find this in solos). Try to recognize and learn these patterns because just like different guitar players use similar riffs different songs have similar patterns. Use practice mode to figure out the finger motions to nail these patterns… from there you just have to change your tempo to match whatever song employs the pattern.
Learning to play the guitar on expert mode will prove challenging, but keeping these tips in mind will see you through the frustrating times. Happy practicing.