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Released October 1, 2009 for Rock Band
Alice In Chains 01
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Genre: Grunge
Album: Jar of Flies (1994)

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Simple, but fun SoConfined
If you're a fan of Alice in Chains or even grew up listening to 90's rock stations, there's "no excuse" to not have heard this song. But I'll save you the history lesson and just review the song on guitar.

Opening with a brief, groovy drum beat, the guitar track soon starts out with a very basic chord progression: 4 GYB chords, followed a series of RBO chords that's three times that length (though not necessarily 12 strums; there are some short sustains thrown in there). The first RBO chord when moving up from GYB is always a hammer-on. This is the main progression of the song that you will be playing during each verse. Get used to it. It's not a fast pace, so your strumming thumb will not grow tired from playing it, but it's not so slow as to keep you entirely bored.

After four measures of playing this progression, you move on to the lead guitar riff for the chorus; this is more interesting to play, but still not very difficult. You will start by playing an alternating sequence of G and R notes, followed by some short sustains on the higher frets; these sustains are followed up by a quick HOPO burst which will throw you off if you're not expecting it. Roughly the same pattern (with minimal variations) will appear two more times in the chorus. At the end of the chorus, you will have a string of trills to hit on the G and R buttons. Don't let them ruin your good run -- the trills are on even beats and pretty easy to hit if you're paying attention.

The second verse comes along with the same GYB-RBO progression, then the second chorus, with, you guessed it, the same single note and HOPO sequence. The second chorus ends with a slightly longer trill, with the last four hammer-ons being quarter-beats. Still easy to hit, no less.

A few more three-note chords and then the guitar solo kicks in. It is nothing shred-tacular, but it is decent for a tier-2 song. The solo opens with a simple sequence of pull-offs, followed by a few sustains. There are also a couple of hammer-on chords, followed by a quick-strummed single note. A few more simple HOPOs, and you reach the final sustain of the solo. After this, you will play an unexpected row of off-beat blue notes. Most are pretty quickly strummed, so pay attention when this part rolls around.

Third verse rolls around and you're back to the same three-note chord progression. The third chorus comes in, and you play the same sequence of notes and hammer-ons (despite this part actually being played at a higher position on a real guitar). This chorus does not end with a series of trills, just a simple hammer-on, then sustain.

The closing of the song is symbolized by the drums quieting and ending with a few quick hi-hat hits; at this point, you're back to strumming the same three-note chords again, this time with only the bass backing you. During the final measure of the song, the tempo slows slightly before reaching the final strum: a sustain on the RBO chord. This decrease in tempo can cause you to choke if you're not expecting it.

All in all, I find this song to be very groovy for an acoustic melody. While the verses are arguably dull, the choruses and guitar solo are certainly very entertaining bits for a tier-2 guitar song. The HOPOs and trills are not ridiculously fast or oddly-paced, so they shouldn't give a seasoned expert player any trouble. Players who are new to expert guitar, this is a good song to practice snaking and trills. There is nothing here so furious as to fail you out, but there is enough coming at you in the chart to keep you on your toes.

Definitely a fun song and highly recommended to Alice in Chains fans, newcomers to expert guitar, and people who generally just like a chill guitar track to play to.
05.05.12 4:46am 0 Replies | Reply +4 Relevance
Constantly moving, changing chart Madotsuki
This song has, in my opinion, the best drum chart of Alice in Chain's songs, with its constantly moving toms, quick hi-hats, and catchy rhythm.

For much of this song you're doing exactly that, in a seemingly random pattern at times, you're constantly hitting toms at a steady rhythm with some fast hi-hat-to-kicks at varying amounts and speeds. This makes the song never really get boring, and keep your attention with the sometimes tricky hi-hats. Its not Head Like A Hole, but sometimes they're a bit difficult to hit in time.

The chorus is a resting point from this however, where you start playing a more linear beat over the hi-hat and snare with some easy kicks and not too many tricky things.

Overall, this drum chart is extremely fun and active, and it strays away from that traditional boring hand on hi-hat, hand on snare, thing that drummers are so used to, with its constantly changing main section and lack of repetitivity.
Recommended for drummers, and definitely recommended if you like the song.
07.26.12 6:36pm 0 Replies | Reply +1 Relevance
Easy, good amount of movement, a few tricks Madotsuki
This song is easy, groovy, and pretty laid-back.
However, theres quite a bit of movement, but only a few tricks to look out for.
For most of the song you're playing short sustains with a few HO/POs here and there, and during the choruses it gets alot more active, where you start jumping around the fretboard quite a bit more, but the main progression that repeats for most of the song is pretty simple, mostly some Reds followed by a Blue then Orange hammer-on, then some descending sustains.
The progression is mixed up a bit every once in awhile, sometimes more HO/POs are added or theres a bit of jumping around in the place of the Reds or the descending sustains, but overall, its all pretty smooth and simple, but still makes for an enjoyable bass chart for a great song.
06.20.12 4:06am 0 Replies | Reply 0 Relevance
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