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You Will Need
- "Rock Band"
- The right clothes
- Two X chromosomes
Dress the part
You're in a "Rock Band" band now, so it's time to dress the part. Break out the aviators, the leather, and the temporary tattoos.
Trick out your guitar or drum pads with appropriately fiendish decals. Choose symbols that are truly representative of your inner rock god.
Be a girl
Be female. After all, what's better than a hot chick kicking video game butt? A hot chick shredding a solo while kicking video game butt.
Adjust your strap
When you're playing guitar, using a strap that's too short is the equivalent of wearing pants that start at your pocket protector. Adjust the strap so the top edge of the guitar hangs against your pelvis, and jut your hip forward when you play.
Revise your grip
If you're on drums, hold the sticks correctly: balance the stick between your thumb and index finger, and loosely curl the rest of your fingers around it.
Adopt the appropriate stance when singing
Grip the mic passionately with both hands. Contemplate it as though you're about to seduce it into a hard-core make-out session.
Try a different way to pick
Try adjusting the way you pick when you're playing the bass. Instead of using your thumb to slam the strum bar up and down, try gripping it with your thumb and index finger. You can even try a "walking bass" -- just alternate strumming with your index and middle finger.
Take it easy
Pick an easy level, and play confidently. The more you have a song down cold, the more you can focus on sexing up your performance.
Every song gives drummers and singers a few opportunities to freestyle for extra points. Practice soloing, and when it's your turn, show off your best moves and jam out.
Use overdrive to be a hero
If one of your bandmates is having a rough go of it, you can activate the "overdrive" feature — either by hitting the appropriate guitar or bass notes, or freestyling on vocals or drums — to save them. Your awesome performance brings a failed friend back in the game, making you look doubly hot.
Serenade a target
Serenade a target. Singling out a specific fan and singing directly to them, or dedicating a solo to them, is an instant pass to score-town.