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    Rocksmith 2014 Guitar Challenge: Week 203 - Boston - Hitch a Ride (Lead)

    1) A song and particular arrangement will be posted before Monday at 12:00pm (noon) PST every week.

    2) There are four competitive categories. To foster a fair, fun, and competitive environment, players should self-select into the category that best describes their ability. It is recommended that players stay in the same division from week to week, until they feel ready to move up to the next division. Players are, however, free to play on whichever score attack difficulty they feel is appropriate given the song that has been selected for the week

    Division I: A typical Division I player can pass substantially all on-disc songs at HSA difficulty, and can play most at 95%+ accuracy.

    Division II: A typical Division II player sees HSA as their default difficulty, but will be unable to pass HSA for several of the most difficult songs, being forced to play MSA for the week.

    Division III: A typical Division III player sees MSA as their default difficulty and can pass most on-disc songs at MSA difficulty. However, for easier songs a Division III player will often be able to play at HSA difficulty.

    Division IV: A typical Division IV player is new to guitar and views ESA as their default difficulty, but for many songs may be able to play at MSA difficulty.
    There will also be "honorable mentions" for score, note streak, videos, and expert score attack entries (these entries can be separate runs from the main competition entry).

    3) Each participant is allowed to make a single entry in the division they have selected. All submissions for the main divisions should be in score attack, even for songs that are mastered. Expert score attack entries will not count towards the competition scoring.

    4) Entries must be made by replying to the song thread with your score, accuracy, note streak, and Division in the title (this way we won't have to shift through post content). For example:
    Div I - HSA 1,000,000 | 98% | 389 NS | Gold pick | Next: Kiss - Love Gun
    Participants must list their song choice for the next week in their post. Failure to do so will result in being excluded from the draw.

    5) Please only submit one result (difficulty + score + accuracy + note streak + strike) per song. If you play the song later in the week and do better, go to your original post and edit with the replacement score and pic.

    6) To be entered in the competition you must submit a picture of the song results (stats screen showing score, percentage, and note streak). A single entry is required for the competition (with percentage, note streak and score from the same run). The winner will be determined as follows: entries are sorted by difficulty first, then accuracy, then score, note streak.

    7) All entries must be in before Monday, so by 11:59 Sunday night (based on PST Time Zone or UTC-8 internationally)

    8) We will rotate the responsibility of managing the next song and arrangement each week starting with Division IV, III, II, then I. Rinse and repeat.

    9) The song manager for next week will be selected by a random draw. The winner in the selecting division will get 4 votes, second place gets 3 votes, third place gets 2 votes and all other entries get 1 vote each in the draw. Should there be no entries in the designated selecting division, the next division shall become the selecting division. The results of the draw will be posted to this thread at the end of the challenge. (Thanks to the efforts of Nyarlah) Repeat songs will not be included in the draw. Songs that have been played are "repeat' songs for 52 weeks. Entrants are encouraged to enter their song selection on (www.rocksmithchallenge.com) before the end of the current challenge. To enter your song selection go to 'challenge details' and manually type your song choice in the 'next song' column, or ask another forum member to do so in the main thread.

    10) In the event that the song manager does not start a new thread by Monday at 12:00pm (noon) PST, a volunteer forum member will start the thread using the selected song as noted on*www.rocksmithchallenge.com. It is the responsibility of each player to watch the outcome (e.g. by looking at www.rocksmithchallenge.com) to see if they have won the draw and to assume the responsibilities of opening the new thread in that case.

    11) The winner/song selector must PM rcole_sooner, Black_Widow9, or Mr_Shade after creating the Challenge Result thread, with the winners.

    This week Division I selects the next song. Please include your song selection in your post and update your song selection at www.rocksmithchallenge.com.

    Scoreboard: For it to work, your entry must be in your post title (use the 'go advanced' button to edit the title, see rule 4 for format). Given the new indicators in Rocksmith 2014, you may not be able to feed all criteria on the site.*

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    Div II - HSA 391,358 | 90.61% | 109 NS | Next: Grateful Dead - Casey Jones (Lead)

    I noticed the video shows straight picking for the intro....I've always hybrid picked it. How does everyone else play that part?

    Managed to make it thru w/o strikes -- I only managed an MSA pass when this was the challenge pick 3 years ago and my HSA attempt was XXX -- so definitely an improvement for me this week....

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    Division II - Hard Gold 141NS 93.97% 546,558

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    Div III - MSA 79,440 | 85.62% | 55 NS

    Monday: Div III - ESA 133,867 | 96.82% | 89 NS
    Starting it easy after a long break. Not the easiest song the stretch the fingers, let's see
    how daunting the msa/hsa solos are.

    Tuesday: Div III - MSA 79,440 | 85.62% | 55 NS
    Managed to pass MSA on 2nd try, have to check what HSA looks like and then
    decide whether to try learn it or improve MSA.

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    Originally Posted by rabbitts Go to original post
    I noticed the video shows straight picking for the intro....I've always hybrid picked it. How does everyone else play that part?
    As I've never played this before yesterday, my intro playing style was a mixture of panic and miss picking
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    Div II - HSA 738,796 | 135 NS | 93.13%

    Originally Posted by rabbitts Go to original post
    I noticed the video shows straight picking for the intro....I've always hybrid picked it. How does everyone else play that part?
    I'm just picking the intro normally. I'm using hybrid picking for the part later on with double-stops on the D- and high E-strings.

    Wednesday: HSA 522,753 | bronze pick | 133 NS | 89.35%. I've mostly worked on the first half of the song so far. One section there definitely needs a bit more work, but more significantly the solo parts at the end were flailed through rather than actually learnt. I'm optimistic that I can do better than last week and get a gold pick with more work. (I think I'm ahead of this point last week!)

    Saturday: HSA 409,864 | 114 NS | 92.43%. Managed to work on the solo parts more and actually navigate my way through with a gold pick, though at the expense of being rougher on the first half than the previous run. The song is probably playable, but I think it needs lots and lots of work to get to a proper solid performance.

    Sunday: HSA 738,796 | 135 NS | 93.13%. A marginally higher percentage - I think that's what I can achieve in a week. The two hardest parts of the solo are still a complete disaster and unless I spend hours and hours on those sections, I don't see significant progress in the rest of today.

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    Good to see you again, Z1ronJones!

    And nice runs MartynQ and qpliu! (I'm dying to know qpliu's secret to posting great scores right off the bat....I'm thinking he's a pro in disguise... )
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    Div II | HSA 382,132 | 93.41% | 146 NS

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    It's definitely quite a tough song. I think if I concentrated on it for a few months fairly exclusively, I could do better, but to try to play this song in just a week is hard going.

    What about next week? Z1ronJones, do you want to pick a song?
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    Naah, I don't really have time to browse through a number of songs to find a nice one to play, and I would just end up with some metal which other people won't enjoy playing. So I'm fine with anything
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