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FAQ by AKX

Version: 1.0 | Updated: 02/18/00

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I  Game title   : Guitar Freaks (Konami)    I
I  Genre        : Music (Arcade)            I
I  Players      : 1-2                       I
I  Autor        : AKX (Lance)               I
I  E-mail       : lance@mauimail.com        I
I  last reviewed: February 18               I       
I  Version no.  : 1.0                       I
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Contents:
 
1° Versions
2° Copyright
3° What is guitar freaks ?
4° Songs
5° Secrets
6° Things you should know
7° Frequently Asqued Questions
8° Contribute
9° Credits
 


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1°                          >>>Versions<<<
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1.0	Started the FAQ
Maked sections 1-9


2.0	I´m starting to add the notes and BPM´s of each song.
(INCOMPLETE)


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 2°                          >>>Copyright<<<
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 This is a personal use FAQ. It cannot be altered and it can´t be 
 reproduced. 
  It cannot be published whitout my consent and NEVER be selled.
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 always give credit to me and the ones in the credits section.    

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 3°                    >>>What is guitar freaks ? <<<
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 Guitar freaks is a new way of playing, a creative game where you can 
 experiment the honor of playing an instrument.
 
 This is one of the games from the series of Bemani, Konami; where you 
 play instruments (guitar freaks , drum mania , keybord mania...)
 or dance! (dance dance revolution). 

 This game is easy when you understand the way of playing, and I´ll
 start from the begining:
 There is a Guitar Controller with 5 things on it:

 (from left to right)    sound effect knob 
                         pluck
                         blue button        
                         green button
                         red button

 The sound effect knob gives a special sound to the guitar, that goes
 from efect 1 to 3 or none.
 The pluck is the one of the basics things, you´ll read more later.
 The buttons are the other basics things, you´ll read more later.

 Now, lets get on how to use the guitar.

 This is how the screen will see but this is a little deformed :-)


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I red I green I blue I                         I                   I 
I ___ I _____ I ____ I    ANIMATION REFERING   I                   I
I     I       I      I                         I                   I
I  -  I       I      I    TO THE THEME THAT    I      JOIN IN      I
I  -  I       I      I                         I        NOW        I
I  -  I       I      I       IS PLAYING        I                   I
I     I       I      I                         I    2°nd player    I
I     I       I      I                         I       screen      I
I     I   -   I      I                         I                   I
I     I   -   I   -  I                         I                   I
I     I       I      I                         I                   I
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 The words red, green and blue are represented like buttons similar to
 the guitar controller of the corresponding color, and when you press 
 a button the picture of the button will be pressed to.

 You have to play the notes (-) when they get to the line (___), if 
 you play it exactly, you´ll score a <cool>, if you play it a little 
 after or later, you´ll score a <good>, if you play it to anticipated, 
 or to later, you´ll score a <bad>, and if you don´t play the note 
 when it pasess the (___) line, you´ll score a <miss>.

 How you play? Easy!, just hold the button that has a note closer, 
 then when it gets to the (___) line, move the pluck with your 
 fingers up or down (I prefer down), if OK, you´ll score a <cool> or
 a <good>.

 Example: the notes in the picture I had made there are 5 notes...
 3 reds, a little time without notes, and green, then green/blue.

 To play them: hold the red button, then when each note gets to the
 line press the pluck, (3 times), then hold the green, wait the note, 
 and press the pluck again, then quickly hold the blue button whitout
 releasing the green, and press the pluck again. 

 Note: if when playing you see a guitar simbol coming up, in line with
 some note, it means you´ll have to lift the guitar up at the same 
 time you´re playing the note for extra points.

 There are 3 modes of playing:
 
 Practice: Bagbone (don´t ask) will teach you what is up here, then 
           you´ll play one song (cutie pie).
 Normal:   You´ll play 3 songs of your choice, and one secret if you 
           are performing very well...
 Expert:   You´ll play 3 songs of your choice, and one secret if you
           are performing very well... 


 How do you pass a stage? Just make sure that the "excite gauge" has 
 passed the red line, and to do that, just keep playing whitout 
 missing, cause every miss, decreses the bar, but good or cool notes
 makes the bar go up.
 
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 Also you have special points for doing certaing things, ej:

 Clearing a stage when the last \____   JUST BARELY! will apear in
 5 or so notes maked you pass:  /       the stage cleared screen.

 Clearing a stage whitout \__________   NO MISS!     will apear in 
 missing a note:          /             the stage cleared screen.

 Scoring an S grade in the song: \___   The S will be in orange-red
 (See below).                    /      insted of blue-yellow.

 All of this give you extra points, and you can score a NO MISS! and 
 an S at the same time.

 Lastly, but not less important, it´s the grade of you performance, 
 that is decided on how well (or bad) you performed, and they are:
 A, B, C, D, and S, (S being the best and D the worst). From there on
 I haven´t seen any other grade, and if you score A or S, you´ll get 
 extra points.



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 4°                         <<<SONGS>>>
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 The songs have a 2 ways of telling you how dificult it is: 
    Stars: The more stars it has, the more dificult it will be.
    BPM´s: This is the speed of the song.
 This are showed at the top right part of the screen, and the BPM´s
 show when you have 1 second or so in the same song, because the 
 animation of on the top right will vanish and it will say the BPM´s.

 And now the songs:

 CUTIE PIE:                 
 ??? notes, 1 star, ??? BPM, Music: Pop, Practice and Normal.

 This is the easiest song in the game, mainly it has groups of 2 notes
 Followed by another 2, sometimes 3, and only in one place, it has 5 
 Notes close (4 reds and one blue with a guitar icon). 

 
 CHICAGO BLUES:             
 ?? notes, 2 stars, ??? BPM, Music: Blues, Normal.
 
 This song can cause some problems to first-players, because it needs
 you to have some experience changing notes (from red to blue, then 
 red, 2 blues, 2 greens, 2 blues...), not to much problem after all.

 
 THE ENDLESS SUMMER:
 ?? notes, 3 stars, ??? BPM, Music: Oldies(60´s), Normal.

 There isn´t much problem here, until you get to the middle or so, 
 because you´ll have to play a lonnnnnnnng and fast row of blue notes
 that´ll make you miss like 8 or so notes. I recomend in this part to
 hold the picking lever (pluck) in your hand, and make it go up and 
 down fast, so you can miss less notes.
  
 
 FIRE:
 ??? notes, 3 stars (it deserves more), ??? BPM, Music: Rock, Normal.
 
 You wont pass this one the first time you play it, unless you have 
 real good skills, because you´ll need some fast action here; there 
 is a row of 4 notes, 4 notes, 4 notes... that are really close and
 you´ll need to learn how to make quick rows of 2+ notes, because in
 later songs, it will be indispensable to continue on.


 HAPPY MAN:
 ??? notes, 4 stars, ??? BPM, Music: Funk, Normal.

 This song is the one who will make you "catch" the rythm in the new 
 songs you play, cause it shows very well when you have to press the 
 pluck. It is fast, and have some dificult combinations, but you will
 learn here how to keep the a large row of notes whitout missing... 
 (rows with 8+ notes). 


 COOL JOE:
 ??? notes, 5 stars, ??? BPM, Music: Funk, Normal.

 This song is dificult, because by now you must have mastered quick 
 notes, some finger coordination, and know how to "catch" new rythms.
 There is nothing more to say, than don´t expect to pass this song 
 until having all the others in Normal mode cleared.  
  

 HYPNOTICA:
 ??? notes, 6 stars, ??? BPM, Music: Digi rock, Extra song, Normal.

 This song will show if you passed all the 3 songs really cool, and
 expect a really tough song, because it need´s really fast thinking,
 some fast fingers, and a lot of luck.


 JAZZY CAT:
 ?? notes, 5 stars, ?? BPM, Music: Jazz, Expert.

 DON´T start this one as your first expert song, because you are not
 going to pass, belive me; this song is the slowest in all the game, 
 but then, why it´s so dificult?, because the speed!!!, you will miss
 all the first notes, because it takes time on "catching" the rythm, 
 cause you will play the notes to anticipated.
 

 HAPPY MAN:
 ??? notes, 6 stars, ??? BPM, Music: Funk, Expert.

 Happy man? Again? Yes, and it is twice the dificult, because it has a
 lot of notes, and it is surely, one tough song, so if you thinked 
 Happy man was hard in Normal, wait for this one!.


 L.A. RIDERS:
 ??? notes, 6 stars, ??? BPM, Music: Hard rock, Expert.

 This one shall be the FIRST you play in expert, because it is somewhat
 easy because it doesn´t have to much fast combinations, but you have to
 listen it first, if you want to pass it the first time.

 
 DRY MARTINY:
 ??? notes, 7 stars, ??? BPM, Music: Fusion, Expert.

 I can´t pass this one, so, I leave it up to you!.


 SHAKE IT UP:
 ??? notes, 8 stars, ??? BPM, Music: Heavy metal, Expert.

 I can´t pass this one to, so, you know alredy!. 


 HYPNOTICA: 
 ??? notes, 10 stars, ??? BPM, Music: Digi rock, Expert.

 It´s back, larger, harder, and faster to! Another one I can´t pass.


 LUCKY?STAFF:
 ??? notes, ? stars, ??? BPM, Music: Funk, Extra song, Expert.

 It will only show up if you performed very well, and this song, is
 one hell of a kind, it is the hardest song of all, and will make you
 fingers hurt like &%#$, it is so fast, you will miss like 100 notes,
 it is definitly the song with the notes more closer that you´ll see. 
 (maybe rows of 30+ notes).



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 I don´t know much about them, but here it goes:

 Have you noticed that when you get to the --stage cleared—- screen, it
 says: 

 Cool:         <notes you scored a cool> ??%
 Good:         <notes you scored a good> ??%
 Miss:         <notes you scored a miss> ??%
 --SECRET--:   <notes you discovered>    ??%
 Grade:        <your grade (S,A,B,C,D)>  ??%

 Well, to get the Secrets notes you must play in an exact time (doesn´t
 have to be listed in your notes) and a voice will say: Secrets loaded!
 and extra notes that are like ( ~ ) insted of ( - ) will apear and 
 give you exta points if you play them, and also, the notes will be 
 flashing in the corresponding color 

 I don´t know where exactly they are, I have only seen this twice, and
 some people say that when in two player mode, touch your notes AND 
 when not doing nothing but listening you have to play your partners
 notes. I haven´t tested it myself, so I can´t say thats the way of 
 getting the secret notes, and if you want to try, go ahead.

 Besides this, another secrets are available:

 Input these command while selecting Play Mode
 PGGP :            BATTLE Mode 
 RBGBRG :          HIDDEN Mode  
 BGGRGP :          RANDOM Mode 
 RGBPP :           FAST FLOW Mode 
 PPRBRBGG :        HIGH SPEED Mode (Expert Mode only) 

 I haven´t tried them yet, only the batle mode, where two people
 play a song and the one who maked it better will say WINNER, and
 guess what? The other will say LOSER.

 If you try a code please e-mail me to explaing what does that code
 do, and you´ll get credit in that section.



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 1° Don´t blame yourself for failing a song, it hapens to everyone.
 2° Don´t expect to pass all the song always.
 3° Wait for the notes, don´t play to fast or to slow.
 4° Mastering the songs take time, so practice.
 5° Try to help people that don´t understand the game.
 6° Patient is the key for playing.
 7° Don´t stick to one song or two, play a little of every song.
 8° Don´t get angry, calm down if you can´t pass one song.
 9° Don´t expect this as a entrance to playing a real guitar, one real
    is very dificult to learn, and you´ll need lots of patient to play
    the real thing.
10° Don´t be a bad loser, or worse yet, a bad winer.



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 None yet!



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 So? Wanna help?

Contribute with anything you thing this FAQ needs, or ask me questions
and I´ll answer you; sugest, criticize, or anything you want, contact
me at: lance@mauimail.com ----- or ----- centraldetrucos@mauimail.com
 


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 9°                       <<<Credits>>>
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 I give credit to all the ones to helped me make this FAQ:


 Me: for playing guitar freaks to the death and for making the FAQ.

 Kao Megura: let´s say one thing: "inspiration".

 Mike Allen: gave me ideas.

 Dan CG: Surprised me about his large FAQ´s and being a year more than 
         I (i´m 13), another inspiration.

 Dancestage: A surprising web page with info about the bemani series. 
             Copied the codes from there: 
             http://ddr.bestnetwork.co.kr:9000/  

 My Parents: I love them. (isn´t that enough credit?) and don´t start
             saying stupid things about it.

 My Brother: For being so crazy with the game like me.

 Jeff "CJayC" Veasy: this is the guy who mainteins gamefaqs, and all
                     my respect to him. (also, never spam!)

 And finally, you: for reading the FAQ.

  
The END.

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Unpublished work: Andrés Freyría (a.k.a: Lance) AKX.
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