1 Actually learn the song first instead of winging it. There’s nothing worse than committing performance suicide because you’ve never even heard Foghat’s Slow Ride. The pretty people will not be impressed if you’re concentrating more on your moves than your playing.
2 Unless you have some divinely granted super hand-eye coordination, you won’t be a champ right away. The game takes a lot of practice before you can handle expert-level stuff, so don’t even try cuz it’ll be a quick death.
3 Likewise, don’t keep trying the same song if you get stuck. Go back to older songs to improve your star rating, or try practice mode. Slowing things down helps you figure out the groove and boosts your confidence.
4 You don’t have to take your fingers off those buttons higher up the board for single notes. Just keep the green button held down all the time and press the other frets as needed.
5 For really fast scales up and down the fret board, use the hammer-on technique. Pick the first note and then slide one finger up and down the neck to hit everything after.
6 Alcohol and GH together are good... in moderation. If you’ve been pounding ’em back too long, the only thing you’ll be able to do is make Free Bird sound more like Skynyrd getting attacked by angry miniature rock robots.
7 Don’t forget to let your hair down and rock out. Head-banging helps you groove with what’s going on in the song.
8 It wouldn’t actually hurt to learn how to play a real guitar first. Just saying....
9 Ignore the whammy bar and Star Power Meter until you get to medium. They don’t help your playing. Save these for when your fingers are limber and you really want to show off.
10 Being a Guitar Hero for five minutes doesn’t mean you’re a rock star. Check the douchey attitude at the door and just have fun. That’s the real reason to play, no?