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4/14: Tab Updates

Posted on April 14, 2018 at 4:00 AM Comments comments (0)

More tab updates for you guys today!


-I added a tab for Crossing a Line, the first single off Mike's solo album coming out in June. Since the album is titled Post Traumatic, and the first three tracks on the album are the same three tracks previously released as the Post Traumatic EP, I've elected to remove the Post Traumatic EP section entirely and just list the album. As usual, once the album is out and I figure out which songs have guitar in them, I'll update the tracklisting accordingly. I THINK there's some guitar in the other recently-released song, Nothing Makes Sense Anymore, but the vocal production on that track is so dense that it completely buries the guitar work that I think is hiding under the bridge and last chorus. Hopefully an instrumental version of that song surfaces at some point...


I also updated a few Dead By Sunrise songs:


-Fire: No actual tab updates, but I re-wrote the intro paragraph.


-Give Me Your Name: Numerous updates to the slide guitar parts, and I changed the voicings of several of the acoustic guitar chords as well (all of the G chords have the A string muted, and several chords in the chorus use fairly unconventional shapes that I hadn't noticed prior to the demo leaking).


-Into You: The guitar that plays harmonics is actually present in the soft choruses, in addition to the third verse like I noted previously. This resulted in the numbering of the guitars being shifted around somewhat. I also made a slight change heading into the last chorus, as the clean guitars continue strumming throughout the transition from the soft chorus to the heavy chorus, instead of stopping like I thought they did previously.


-Walking in Circles: The guitar part in the outro that I previously thought was an octave line is actually two guitars that play single notes an octave apart, with a few variations between them.


I've tried a few treatments for a video for my Place to Start remix that involved fancy slow-motion footage captured at extremely high frame rates (I was experimenting with my iPhone's video capabilities), but I ended up not caring for how it came out, so I trashed that idea and I'll be uploading a more "traditional" video that features performance footage mixed with some still images. It's also looking like I might be able to get another video or two uploaded before the end of the month after all, I just did my springtime setup on my Strat so I'll probably redo Good Goodbye and Battle Symphony to be in line with recent updates I made to the tabs for those songs.


I'm also working with another fan on releasing something VERY cool for the LP community in the near future...stay tuned!


-Anthony

4/2: Tab Updates

Posted on April 2, 2018 at 10:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Quick update on a couple tabs:


Good Goodbye - Lots of changes all over this one...I just flat-out had a bunch of stuff wrong the first time around (my previous tab was more or less based on the live version, but the studio version is actually quite different).


It's Goin' Down - As a "quality of life" update, I changed the 2.7 harmonic notation to the 6th fret (just like I did with Crawling), which enabled me to condense the spacing of the entire tab down a lot from the previous version, making it much easier to read.


I'm probably going to have a few Dead By Sunrise tab updates coming soon too, the recently-leaked demos of a lot of the songs make a lot of the guitar work easier to hear, and since a lot of the guitar work was reused on the final album versions, I've noticed some stuff that I need to change. Still need to finish off updating The Hunting Party too.


Editing together footage for my Place to Start remix video this week, sorry it's taken a bit longer than expected to post it.


-Anthony

Youtube Cover(s) of the Week (3/26): Until It Breaks + Invisible/Other Updates

Posted on March 28, 2018 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Hey guys, sorry I'm falling a little behind here, I've been fighting flu-like symptoms for about three weeks now, and it's really slowed down my recording output. I posted two videos in the past few days to make up for it. First up is Until It Breaks, which features a re-recorded guitar track and remastered vocals:


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And second, a re-recorded Guitar 3 for Invisible, to reflect some recent changes I made to the tab:


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Note that I also added isolated track links to my old videos for the first two parts of Invisible as well. You may notice that these videos are in 1080p and a bit more zoomed-in than my other recent videos, this is due to me switching to filming videos on my iPhone (my trusty Sony digital camera that I've been using for 5 years or so finally died on me). The zoomed-in aspect is less than ideal for me, as I really liked how my recent videos were at a wide enough angle to show my pedalboard, but this will have to do - my phone just doesn't have as wide of a lens as my old camera, and it's already set up as far across the room and as zoomed out as I can get it. I'm sure some people will prefer the trade-off of not seeing my pedals in exchange for a clearer view of my playing, though!


In other site-related news, I added a new guitar to Mike's page! I somehow missed that he posted a picture of himself recording with a previously-unseen sunburst Telecaster on Instagram last year. I also found improved (as in not video-screencapped) pictures of him playing bass at the Hollywood Bowl show, as well as him playing his S2 Singlecut at one of the Fort Minor shows a couple years back.


As for other stuff, the Remix Post Traumatic contest wrapped up last week, and I nearly won! I was one of the five finalists selected by the various judging committees, meaning my remix was sent to Mike for final judging. Congrats to Mac Oddy on being selected as the winner, and congrats to my fellow finalists Austin Vicenty, Ocean Grey, and DPARK as well. I'm working on a video for my remix that should be on Youtube sometime this week.


Speaking of Youtube uploads...other than my Place to Start remix and a series of re-recorded videos for Shadow of the Day (which will both be up in the next few days), I'll probably be taking most, if not all of the month of April off from uploading videos. April is National Poetry Writing Month, and poetry is kind of my wife's thing (she's even been published!). Since she'll be writing every day, I anticipate that I'll be spending most of every day taking care of our daughter, even when my wife's home. As such, I don't expect that I'll have time to record, but I definitely will if I find the time to do so! This is honestly just a case of me setting my own expectations low so I don't have reason to be disappointed, haha. Either way, I'll be uploading as much as possible again once May rolls around. I've still got a lot planned for this year!


-Anthony

3/17: Tab Updates

Posted on March 17, 2018 at 5:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Got a big tabs update today! I added guitar information to all of my Reanimation tabs, after putting off doing so for far too long. As my Reanimation tabs were among the oldest ones in my archives in terms of how long it had been since I'd done any work on them (some of them hadn't been updated in 7 years or so!), I've also made a TON of changes to the tabs themselves. I'll list as much as I can here, but I really suggest that you just re-read all of the tabs for Reanimation, as they've pretty much all changed. Some highlights though:


PTS.OF.ATHRTY - Guitar count increased from 5 to 7 (delay effect on Guitar 1 in breakdown is now Guitar 6, feedback at end added as Guitar 7), rhythmic changes on Guitar 1, slight changes to Guitars 2 and 3 in verses, slight changes to Guitars 4 and 5 in choruses


P5HNG ME A*WY - Last pre-chorus is played by both Guitars 4 and 5, not just Guitar 4


PLC.4 MIE HÆD - Guitar count increased from 4 to 5 (split Guitars 4 and 5 into two parts during breakdown), added muted strums on Guitar 4


X-Ecutioner Style - Guitar count increased from 3 to 6 (harmonics are doubled, verse parts are played by different guitars that are "in tune" unlike others), alignment changes


H! VLTG3 - Second appearance of the guitar part has a different rhythm than the other three times it appears, alignment changes


WTH>YOU - No major changes! This was the only song on Reanimation that basically stayed the same as my old tab.


PPR:KUT - Guitar count increased from 3 to 4 (split lo-fi verse guitar into its own part), note position changes in choruses, slight rhythmic changes in outro, many two-note powerchords changed to single notes, alignment changes


[email protected] - Guitar count increased from 3 to 4 (octave parts in choruses were removed, but feedback and Nursery Rhyme/Breather sample parts are now their own tracks), two-note powerchord fade-in at beginning removed, note position changes on pre-chorus


BY_MYSLF - Guitar count increased from 3 to 6 (octaves at end are doubled, made part with phaser effect separate from Guitars 1 and 2), numerous rhythmic changes on Guitars 1 and 2 throughout most of song


1STP KLOSR - Guitar count increased from 7 to 8 (split harmonics into their own track), changes to muted parts played by Guitars 1 and 2, "flip-flopped" Guitars 1 and 2 during build-up section, shifted alignment of harmonics right before screaming bridge, slight changes to chorus played by Guitars 7 and 8, other small changes


KRWLNG - Guitar count increased from 3 to 4 (octaves at end are doubled), notation of harmonics changed to be consistent with album version, harmonics are now doubled, added blank staves for proper spacing in bridge/pre-chorus


Also of note, I updated my tab for One Step Closer (Humble Bros. Remix) for obvious reasons, as many of the changes applicable to 1STP KLOSR also apply to that version of the song as well.


I re-uploaded Crawling on my YouTube channel yesterday, and I'll have my next "cover of the week" up either late tonight or sometime on Sunday. I'll also be re-uploading Shadow of the Day sometime next week. 2018's turning out to be pretty productive so far!


-Anthony

Youtube Cover of the Week (3/12): Session/Remix Post Traumatic Contest

Posted on March 14, 2018 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Sorry for the late update this week, I've had the flu for a few days, and I've been busy with other projects with strict deadlines (more on that in a minute). Anyway, this week's cover is a partial re-recording of Session, I kept all of my improvised guitar work from the previous version but re-recorded the "real" guitar part at the end of the song because I thought the tone on the original version was pretty bad. Here's the new-and-hopefully-improved version:


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(Those blue socks tho...)


Anyway, regarding my next couple videos, I was supposed to have my last couple isolated track reuploads done Sunday and today, but those plans got put on hold for a much more important project as I did end up getting a remix of Place to Start done for the Remix Post Traumatic contest! You can check out my entry here for now, it'll be up on my YouTube channel at some point after the contest is over: https://soundcloud.com/anthonystaten/place-to-start-a-staten-remix


Some fun facts about this remix!


-The first sound at the beginning of the track is actually a guitar. It's the neck pickup on my Strat run through a compressor, then all three sections of my EHX Epitome. Then I cut out the "center" section of each chord to remove the pick attack, flipped everything backwards to create the "swelling" effect, and ran the resulting sound through a bunch more effects in AmpliTube. The end result sounds like some crazy Deep Purple-esque distorted Hammond B3 thing. It's probably the proudest I've ever been of a guitar sound I've come up with.

-The overdubbed lead part in the intro is the first time I've used an EBow on one of my own recordings.

-This is the first time I've ever written my own lyrics for anything. Like literally ever, in my entire life.

-My vocals were recorded on the day my flu symptoms were at their worst. I was running a fever between 102 and 103 degrees all day, and could barely sing above whisper volume. I had the input gain on my mic pre cranked about as far up as it could go!

-The bass solo in the middle is a nod to a comment Phoenix made on the Member Guest podcast episode with Mike, about how there's a cameo by a bass in his video for Place to Start. I thought it would be a fun reference to actually put a bass solo in my remix.

-I hurt my left forearm pretty bad at work while I was working on this (I definitely don't recommend carrying a 200-pound adjustable base for a bed up a hill, in case anyone ever thought it would be a good idea to do so...). When I went to record some of my guitar parts, I found that I had no gripping strength in my left hand. Not wanting to lose any recording time, I ended up re-tuning my guitar and using a capo to record each chord without actually having to use my fretting hand, then edited the whole chord progression together!


Anyway, good luck to anyone else who entered the contest! As for what I've got coming up, I'm going to reupload Crawling tomorrow, but I'm going to save my other isolated track reupload (Shadow of the Day) for sometime next week. I'll also have my usual "cover of the week" up for the weekend. I'm about halfway through updating tabs for Reanimation, so you'll see those soon as well.


-Anthony


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