Hey all, I've recently begun charting a few of my band's songs with Reaper, but I've come across questions in regards to slide notes and sustained notes.
There is a lot of acoustic picking, sliding, and strumming for each guitar part and I am wondering how exactly these should be charted.
For a few slides I've simply sustained the start note gem right until the note has completely slid into the next one, and then HOed to that new note. Is this the correct way to handle slides in Rockband? I've been trying to reference other disc and dlc songs in Rockband and Rockband 2, but I am at a loss trying to find some good examples.
I also have a question regarding rhythm guitar strumming.
Because I actually play rhythm guitar on a few of the songs, I've tried to match the up and down strokes to my actual strumming IRL. It works pretty well and feels natural when pretending to play the chart (haven't exported a song and played it on an XBox yet).
My question is how I should chart the chord formations. I have a bunch of 1-3's and 1-2's and that feels pretty natural for emulating chord formation...BUT I am not sure if I should sustain each and every note that is strummed with each chord until the next strum.
IRL it makes sense that you wouldn't take your fingers off of the fretboard when letting the chord ring out in between strums.
I already charted some non-sustained strumming as well, to emulate certain strums that happen in between chord changes (like strumming open notes and the like)
So that's my quandary with guitar charting right now.
I am sure I will come to the same questions when charting bass...as there are several slides on that as well.
I am thoroughly enjoying my time with Reaper and the charting process overall...It's pretty fun trying to transcribe how you play something with a real guitar into Rockband's gem charts.
Thanks for your time, and I hope I can get some feedback and help on this.