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    SquirrellyNinja's Avatar RS Product Manager
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    Rocksmith 2014 - Notehead and Tail Guide (What do those symbols mean?)

    http://imgur.com/a/vlxTS

    Here is a comprehensive guide of the notation and symbol used for techniques in Rocksmith 2014. A PDF will be going up on the main website soon, but here it is as a photo album online to be stickied in the meanwhile.

    This applies to all versions of RS2014.

    UPDATE: The address of the pdf on the main site is here: http://static2.cdn.ubi.com/ncsa/rock...il%20guide.pdf

    And it appears in the general FAQ.
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    Sweet! Thanks for this!!!
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    Great!
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    Thanks so much for doing this!
    I don't mean to threadjack here, but shouldn't there be a fretting diagram for the chord strum palm mute?
    Otherwise it would be a fret hand mute, wouldn't it?
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    Originally Posted by Kosanderson Go to original post
    Thanks so much for doing this!
    I don't mean to threadjack here, but shouldn't there be a fretting diagram for the chord strum palm mute?
    Otherwise it would be a fret hand mute, wouldn't it?
    You'd see the diagram if it's the first chord pane. The example shown is a subsequent strum so you'd have already seen the chord pane with all the notes within it marked as muted apporpriately. However, you raise a valid point that this PDF does not account for that instance.
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    Not complaining at all, this is nice that you put this up, but I'm just thinking it would have been nice to have this in the in-game manual
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    Great reference, I know a lot of people were looking for exactly this. The problem with using the in-game lessons is similar to using a dictionary to looking up the spelling of the word, if you don't know how to spell it, you don't know where to look.

    On another note, I sometimes see an open string with what looks to be a fret-hand mute symbol. How is that supposed to be played?
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    Originally Posted by BatteringYam Go to original post
    Great reference, I know a lot of people were looking for exactly this. The problem with using the in-game lessons is similar to using a dictionary to looking up the spelling of the word, if you don't know how to spell it, you don't know where to look.

    On another note, I sometimes see an open string with what looks to be a fret-hand mute symbol. How is that supposed to be played?
    I like your dictionary analogy, it is spot on and I also think the in-game manual could have been more comprehensive.

    I believe the note you're referring to above is just a palm mute on the open string. Rest the palm of your picking hand on the strings close to the bridge to add a mute effect.
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    I would like to see added to this the different main brackets. What I'm talking about is I'll play a chord and then it expects me to repeat, but some of the rectangles have a bright box around them and some are more transparent. Is this related more to the strumming (right hand) than it is the fretting ( left hand) ? Does one represent strumming down while the other represents strumming up?

    Please add this to the PDF. Thanks.
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    Originally Posted by Sundog_DD Go to original post
    I would like to see added to this the different main brackets. What I'm talking about is I'll play a chord and then it expects me to repeat, but some of the rectangles have a bright box around them and some are more transparent. Is this related more to the strumming (right hand) than it is the fretting ( left hand) ? Does one represent strumming down while the other represents strumming up?

    Please add this to the PDF. Thanks.
    No, the bright boxes are accented chords. I think there is a lesson about accenting. The darker boxes with a little cross in them are muted chords.
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