tffan92
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This is something I thought of while playing Guitar hero 3 the other day. I'm not a huge fan of guitar battles that just have guitarists shredding back and forth in a chaotic manner. I prefer structure and order. I figured why not try to make a fun game out of it to make things interesting and also so the whole band to play. Hope you musicians enjoy it.

The Devil Went Down to Georgia Guitar Battle Role Play

Summary: This is a guitar battle played to the tune of the guitar hero version of "The Devil Went Down to Georgia."

How it works: Two people who want to battle it off on their axes will role play as Johnny and the Devil. There will be a narrator who will be on rhythm guitar or bass and a drummer to keep time. This is great if you're in a band and want to have fun.

Requirements: Besides necessary equipment. Each person participating needs to know the song, both on their instrument and on lyrics, except for the guitar solos. That's where the fun part comes in. Just know how to play the main melody lines and the backing riffs and the drummer can improvise if he wishes as long as he keeps the appropriate tempo.

Rules:
1. Lyrics
: Wherever there are colored quotations, either the Devil or Johnny are speaking. When there is black text, the narrator speaks. Everyone can sing in the chorus.
Example: After the intro the narrator says the first line, "The devil went down to Georgia, he was looking for" and so forth, when the line comes to, "And the devil jumped upon a hickory stump and said" that's when the person playing the devil says, "Boy let me tell you what! I guess you didn't know it, but I'm a fiddle player too. And if you'd care to..." and so on. After that line when the devil finishes, the narrator comes in real quick and says," The boy said:" Than the person playing Johnny says, "My name's Johnny and it might be a sin, "But I'll take your bet, your gonna regret, 'cos I'm the best that's ever been." You get the idea.

2. Guitar: The players must solo in the key the song was written in which was D-Minor or in any relative key. The tuning for the song can be either Drop D tuning or Standard D tuning. Players can agree on who plays what in the intro and melody line. The narrator plays all the rhythm parts and riffs. During the solos he can choose not to play if he wishes. The people playing Johnny and the Devil can play the rhythm sections as well in the verses and choruses. This is the fun part. When the solos start, it's all improv. the person can go for as long as they like but they must give some sort of signal cue right before they are done so that the other players know when to start the next section. Keep a steady tempo of around 300-310 BMP. It's kind of fast but it makes it easier with the timing being 2/2 so in reality the tempo feels more like 150.

Also: These rules are for a 4 piece band, which is the band setting I'm in. Feel free to change roles and rules for however suits your band and what not. And of course, there's tabs of the song available on this website.


Song structure with lyrics: (Johnny in blue, Devil in red)
*Play intro*
V1: The devil went down to Georgia, he was looking for a soul to steal.
He was in a bind 'cos he was way behind and he was willin' to make a deal.
When he came across this young boy playin' and playin' that fiddle hot.
And the devil jumped upon a hickory stump and said: "Boy let me tell you what!
I guess you didn't know it, but I'm a fiddle player too.
And if you'd care to take a dare, I'll make a bet with you.
Now you play a pretty good fiddle, boy, but give the devil his due.
I bet a fiddle of gold against your soul, 'cos I think I'm better than you."

The boy said: "My name's Johnny and it might be a sin,
But I'll take your bet, your gonna regret, 'cos I'm the best that's ever been."


C1: Johnny you rosin up your yellow bow and play your fiddle hard.
'Cos hells broke loose in Georgia and the devil deals the cards.
And if you win you get this shiny fiddle made of gold.
But if you lose, the devil gets your soul.

V2: The devil opened up his case and he said: "I'll start this show."
And fire flew from his fingertips as he rosined up his bow.
And he pulled the bow across his strings and it made an evil hiss.
Then a band of demons joined in and it sounded something like this.

* Devil's guitar solo*

V3:When the devil finished, Johnny said: "Well you're pretty good ol' son.
But sit down in that chair, right there, and let me show you how it's done."


C2:Fire on the mountain, run boys, run.
The devil's in the house of the risin' sun.
Chicken in the bread pan, pickin' out dough.
"Granny, does your dog bite?"
"No, child, no."

*Melody line*
*Johnny's guitar solo*


V3: The devil bowed his head because he knew that he'd been beat.
He laid that golden fiddle on the ground at Johnny's feet.
Johnny said: "Devil just come on back if you ever want to try again.
I told you once, you son of a bitch, I'm the best there's ever been."


C2: And he played fire on the mountain, run boys, run.
The devil's in the house of the risin' sun.
Chicken in the bread pan, now they're pickin' out dough.
"Granny, will your dog bite?"
"No, child, no."

*Melody line*
*Ending*
Last edited by tffan92 at Oct 7, 2012,
Hydra150
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#3
But boys will be boys and girls have those eyes
that'll cut you to ribbons, sometimes
and all you can do is just wait by the moon
and bleed if it's what she says you ought to do
Last edited by Hydra150 at Oct 7, 2012,
Vlasco
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#4
I've seen this done before. It's good showmanship, fun to watch.
Markisawesome
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#5
What's even better is to have them play "Through The Fire And The Flames" by Dragonforce right after.
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AAAHH! OH NO! STOP SHOOTING ME!!!
Spaztikko
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#6
Seriously how the **** do you have nothing better to do than this?
Hydra150
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#7
Unrustle thy jimmies, Ben.
But boys will be boys and girls have those eyes
that'll cut you to ribbons, sometimes
and all you can do is just wait by the moon
and bleed if it's what she says you ought to do
SolemnShred
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#8
Sounds like a lot of fun, actually. May have to try it sometime.
aerosmithfan95
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#9
Sounds pretty good, but may need some practice and what not.

I'm also doing a similar idea, but I'm doing it a bit differently. What I'm doing is basing it off the Charlie Daniels version, but with a bit more of the rock influence. The plan would include your typical 5 piece band (with me on guitar) with each guitarist getting a solo. Basically, I would have the first solo and all together, it's 20 bars (at 150bpm). The second guy will have a 16 bar solo just before the final verse (the "I told you that I'm the best there's ever been" part). If you're interested, I'll send you a pm of what I have in TuxGuitar of the song (I'm still working on it, though).
Skip the username, call me Billy

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'16 Fender Jaguar

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Jimmies unrustled.
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#12
ahahahahahahaahhaahhaha man i miss RPPVP
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