Well if anyone cares, I have been also been taking a break from practice mode to go online an play a little. I have been averaging 80-90% each time out and have not been booed off stage once. That feels good.
PS. While I love B:RB, I really hope we can get a Led Zeppelin, or my favorite, Pink Floyd RB game in the future.
Do relatively easy ones on as hard a setting as you can stomach. Then find a pattern that you can't do and do it forever, particularly one with a lot of pedal.
Then stop. Walk away from drums for a week and learn to play the guitar a little better, or perfect your pitch. When you try the stuff that frustrated you a week later, it's amazing how much easier it seems.
Oh yeah, and if you have a relatively high chair to play from, that works better. You can rest your toe on the pedal and just kinda stomp it a bit. Believe it or not, literally bouncing your leg on the pedal like that is actually easier.
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All good advice, and while I'm always one to blame oneself, make sure your calibration is set right. You may have been too quick to hit the button and anticipate the strike. So going back and reseting your calibration, sometimes 2 or 3 times, will sometimes help as well. Wait to hit for exactly when you hear it and hit when you "see" the pad light up, and not when you hear the click. Wait for it, and that extra .5 ms delay you see will help you a ton when you play.
A couple of days ago, someone suggested around here to keep the foot down on the pedal between notes, and I instantly found this is great advice. Once you get the timing down, its much more natural and far, far easier on the ankle. The pedal has always been my main problem - I don't have any trouble staying in sync with it, but the way I was doing it was too strenuous to manage any kind of fast pattern. With some of this difficulty gone, I think I might be ready finally to move into Hard mode full time.