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Vocals play very similarly to past installments in the series, without any new features added for solo game play like the trill/strumming/roll mechanics added to guitar and drums. There have however been some noticeable engine tweaks for vocals.



Harmony Vocals


After first appearing in The Beatles: Rock Band, harmony vocals have finally made their way back to the main Rock Band platform. Depending on the song, there may be either 2 or 3 vocal tracks for a song. At the time of Rock Band 3's release, there are 65 on disc songs with harmony support. Harmonies may only be played with all vocalists on the same local system, however a group of harmony players may join up with a band online. In addition, all songs from Rock Band: Green Day that had harmonies as well as selected tracks from Pearl Jam's Ten and Backspacer albums have harmonies available in Rock Band 3.
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Issues


Top 5 Vocal Songs That are Easier Than Suggested


1) Phish - "Llama" - This song sounds far more daunting than it truly is to sing. Once you get past the first 6 phrases in the song, the rest of the song repeats the same phrase over again without any real variation in the pitches used. After a few minutes of practice on the first verse, this song actually becomes pretty simple.

2) Juanes - "Me Enamora - While trying to keep up with the lyrics may prove difficult if you don't speak Spanish, the pitch structure of this song is actually pretty simple. There isn't a single phrase in this song that is truly difficult to hit.

3) Chicago - "25 or 6 to 4" - If you have any familiarity at all with this song, you should have no problem with it at all. There are only a few melodic patterns in this song, and the length of most of the phrases tends to give you a little bit of extra leniency.

4) Anthrax - "Caught in a Mosh" - There seems to be a trend of metal being presented as being more difficult than it really is on vocals, and this song is no exception. There's a pretty even split of pitched and non-pitched phrases throughout the song, but the only slightly tricky phrase is "the idiot convention".

5) Hypernova - "Viva La Resistance" - The main challenge here for most people may just be from a result of not being familiar with the song. Once you've heard it a couple of times, this vocal chart should present very little challenge to you.

Top 5 Vocal Songs That are Harder Than Suggested


1) War - "Low Rider" - This vocal chart may surprise a lot of people, who may not have been expecting every phrase to be pitched. There seems to be very little room for error on the second half of each phrase, and there are a lot of subtle differences between parts that you would expect to be the same.

2) Warren Zevon - "Werewolves of London" - Much like "Low Rider", there are quite a few phrases here that could have easily passed as talkies but did wind up pitched. The "His hair was perfect" phrase at the end of the last verse is particularly menacing. This is by no means final tier material, but there are far more than 3 songs easier than it on disc.

3) Rammstein - "Du Hast" - This is a song that you would truly expect to be simple when you listen to it. Unfortunately every "Willst du bis der Tod euch sheidet" phrase is sung just differently enough to make it easy to miss them if you aren't paying attention.

4) J. Geils Band - "Centerfold" - The first 2 verse/chorus sections are simple enough, but starting with verse 3 there is a lot of shifting between singing and talkies even multiple times within the same phrase. Some of the trickiest phases would include "A part of me has just been ripped" and "I guess I gotta buy it".

5) Roxette - "The Look" - There are a lot of short phrases in this song, which leaves little room for error. Be particularly careful when switching between the male and female vocal parts near the end of the song, as the male half of the "She's got the look she's got the look" phrases hit some pretty odd pitches. Without a doubt this one of the most irritating low tiered songs to FC on vocals so far.

Top 5 Most Difficult Vocal Songs


1) Queen - "Bohemian Rhapsody" - This placement shouldn't come as a surprise to anybody who is familiar with the song. Between trying to pick out the proper harmonies to sing, and bouncing between singing 3 different parts all by yourself in the bridge, this song truly presents the greatest vocal challenge on disc. Even once you know what parts you are supposed to sing, it still takes some skill to make it through without running out of breath. Also, this song features a huge range of pitches. Don't be ashamed if you have to shift various parts around to fit them into a more comfortable octave to sing.

2) The Beach Boys - "Good Vibrations (Live)" - The biggest source of difficulty on this song is simply finding what parts the game is looking for you to sing. The guide pitch in practice mode will be your best friend on this song. Although arguments can be made for this or "Bohemian Rhapsody" being the most difficult, I think that once you know how both vocal parts go, this is less challenging to sing.

3) James Brown - "I Got You (I Feel Good)" - This chart moves around a lot, with a lot of the phrases using rapid pitch changes over short note tubes. The high pitched "Hoo" phrases can also be really challenging to find the correct pitch on.

4) Jimi Hendrix Experience - "Crosstown Traffic" - There's a lot of slides in this chart, that can be very easy to get off track on and break combo. The singing mimicking the guitar solo may also take some time to get used to. Thankfully this is one of the shortest songs in the game, so it doesn't take too much time to grind through it.

5) Spacehog - "In the Meantime" - This is the only song on this list that wasn't originally in the final tier in game, but it has certainly earned its place. The verses contain some pretty odd pitches on certain phrases, and it's really easy to miss in the "just like you's" at the end of the song.

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