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Free Bird
As made famous by Lynyrd Skynyrd
Year 1973
Appears in Guitar Hero II, Guitar Hero: Smash Hits
Tier 8 (both games)
★★★★ (Expert) 243,652 (expert)
★★★★★ (Expert) 341,113 (expert)

Free Bird is a song by the band Lynyrd Skynyrd, off of their album Pronounced Leh-nerd  Skin-nerd. It is the final encore of Guitar Hero II, and is noted for being over nine minutes long, and is the hardest song in the game.

Appears InEdit

Guitar Hero II (Tier 8)

This song appears as a Cover Version.
Guitar Hero: Smash Hits (Tier 8)
This song appears as a Master Track.

WalkthroughEdit

Before you play the song in Guitar Hero II, the game tells you that it's the ultimate skill of a guitar hero, and tries to talk you out of playing it.

Free Bird is the longest song in Guitar Hero II (and one of the longest in the entire series, second only to "Stranglehold", and technically From the Blue/Point of No Return/TTRTS, which is a compilation of three songs by An Endless Sporadic), which means a lot of stamina will be required to pass it. The first few minutes of the song are slow and have very spaced out hammer-ons which can be tricky if a player is used to Guitar Hero III hammer-ons. The song gets much more difficult at the midway point. A long blue sustain note signals the beginning of the solos. At this point, you should have star power ready. A long chain of extremely fast RYBYR zigs are next. After that, another set of the same zigs are ahead, but these are slower and more manageable. Two of the most difficult solos are solos I and J, which mainly consists of descending quads and triplets. Star Power will almost definitely be needed for a sightreader on this part. The outro contains a set of triplets that could end the song prematurely.

The Guitar Hero: Smash Hits version is considered by many to be even harder than its Guitar Hero II counterpart. The reason for this is because the Smash Hits version features the new mechanics introduced in Guitar Hero World Tour, namely extended notes. However, the sections before the solos are generally easier, since they consist almost entirely of slider notes (except for the extended notes at the very beginning).

A good general rule is to save any star power you get until you absolutely need it.

Song StatsEdit

Difficulty Total Notes Base Score 4-Star 5-Star
Easy 957 61,912 123,824 173,354
Medium 1,242 86,498 172,996 242,195
Hard 1,684 Approx. 116,000 232,582

317,542 (GH II)

Approx. 323,000 (Smash Hits)

Expert 1,982 121,826 243,652 341,113


Trivia Edit

  • This song is referenced in the first Guitar Hero game in one of the loading screens;
This song appears as a Master Track.
"They don't really want you to play Free Bird, they're just heckling you!"
  • Despite saying it's the hardest song in Guitar Hero II, when it appears as Downloadable content for Guitar Hero 5  and Guitar Hero Smash Hits, it has an 80% while Hangar 18 (which also appears in both Guitar Hero II and Guitar Hero 5 DLC) has a 90%.
  • This song is probably the third hardest song when using a DualShock controller
  • In the Career Mode, if Free Bird is played several times, one of three special loading screens for the song will show:

"Man, you must really like Free Bird." "FINE. They AREN'T just heckling you this time. SIGH." "You're looking for 'gtr solo i' in the practice mode."

VideoEdit

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Freebird 100% FC Guitar Hero 2 Expert

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GH Smash Hits - Free Bird Expert Guitar 100% FC HD

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Songs of Guitar Hero II
Opening Licks
Surrender - Possum Kingdom - Heart-Shaped Box - Salvation - Strutter - Shout at the Devil
Amp-Warmers
Mother - Life Wasted - Cherry Pie - Woman - You Really Got Me - Tonight I'm Gonna Rock You Tonight
String-Snappers
Carry On Wayward Son - Search and Destroy - Message in a Bottle - Billion Dollar Babies - Them Bones - War Pigs
Thrash and Burn
Monkey Wrench - Hush - Girlfriend - Who Was in My Room Last Night - Can't You Hear Me Knocking - Sweet Child o' Mine
Return of the Shred
Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo - Tattooed Love Boys - John the Fisherman - Jessica - Bad Reputation - Last Child
Relentless Riffs
Crazy on You - Trippin' On a Hole in a Paper Heart - Dead! - Killing in the Name - Freya - Stop
Furious Fretwork
Madhouse - The Trooper - Rock This Town - Laid to Rest - Psychobilly Freakout - YYZ
Face-Melters
Beast and the Harlot - Carry Me Home - Institutionalized - Misirlou - Hangar 18 - Free Bird
Bonus Tracks
Raw Dog - Arterial Black - Collide - Drink Up - Elephant Bones - Fall of Pangea - FTK - Gemini - Kicked to the Curb - Push Push (Lady Lightning) - Laughtrack - Less Talk More Rokk - Jordan - Mr. Fix It - The New Black - One for the Road - Parasite - Radium Eyes - Red Lottery - Six - Soy Bomb - The Light That Blinds - Thunderhorse - Trogdor - X-Stream - Yes We Can
Downloaded Tracks
Ace Of Spades - Bark At The Moon - Hey You - Frankenstein - Killer Queen - Take It Off - Higher Ground - Infected - Stellar - I Wanna Be Sedated - Smoke On The Water - You've Got Another Thing Comin' - Famous Last Words - Teenagers - This Is How I Disappear - Bury The Hatchet - Detonation - Ex's And Oh's - Sin Documentos - Sept - Exile - The State of Massachusetts - You Should Be Ashamed of Myself - Memories of the Grove
Songs of Guitar Hero II
Opening Licks
Shout at the Devil - Mother - Surrender - Woman - Tonight I'm Gonna Rock You Tonight
Amp-Warmers
Strutter - Heart-Shaped Box - Message in a Bottle - You Really Got Me - Carry On Wayward SonCherry Pie - - -
String-Snappers
- Search and Destroy - - - Them Bones - War Pigs
Thrash and Burn
Monkey Wrench - - Girlfriend - Who Was in My Room Last Night - Can't You Hear Me Knockin' - Sweet Child O' Mine
Return of the Shred
Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo - Tattooed Love Boys - John the Fisherman - Jessica - Bad Reputation - Last Child
Relentless Riffs
Crazy on You - Trippin' On a Hole in a Paper Heart - Dead! - Killing in the Name - Freya - Stop
Furious Fretwork
Madhouse - The Trooper - Rock This Town - Laid to Rest - Psychobilly Freakout - YYZ
Face-Melters
Beast and the Harlot - Carry Me Home - Institutionalized - Misirlou - Hangar 18 - Free Bird
Bonus Tracks
Raw Dog - Arterial Black - Collide - Drink Up - Elephant Bones - Fall of Pangea - FTK - Gemini - Kicked to the Curb - Push Push (Lady Lightning) - Laughtrack - Less Talk More Rokk - Jordan - Mr. Fix It - The New Black - One for the Road - Parasite - Radium Eyes - Red Lottery - Six - Soy Bomb - The Light That Blinds - Thunderhorse - Trogdor - X-Stream - Yes We Can
Downloaded Tracks
Ace Of Spades - Bark At The Moon - Hey You - Frankenstein - Killer Queen - Take It Off - Higher Ground - Infected - Stellar - I Wanna Be Sedated - Smoke On The Water - You've Got Another Thing Comin' - Famous Last Words - Teenagers - This Is How I Disappear - Bury The Hatchet - Detonation - Ex's And Oh's - Sin Documentos - Sept - Exile

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