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Youtube Cover of the Week (7/2): Wake + Tab Updates

Posted on July 4, 2018 at 9:15 PM Comments comments (1)

Hey guys, sorry for skipping over doing Forgotten last weekend like I planned. I did two very frustrating days of attempting to record it, and things just weren't coming out to my liking. Usually not a hard song for me, so I guess I was just "off" for whatever reason. I'll get that one done ASAP. Anyway, rather than pushing everything else back by a week, I just skipped ahead to my next planned video, Wake. I've done this one before, but I've re-recorded half of it on my Strat, while the other half was also re-recorded with improved tone from my previous take:


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My next several uploads (save for getting Forgotten done) will be Minutes to Midnight material as well, although I'll be taking a bit of a detour on July 20th and uploading something more fitting, given the date (hard to believe it's already been a year...).

In other news, I've finished tabbing all of the songs from Post Traumatic, which you can find on the Tabs page. I also updated my tab for Wake a bit to coincide with this week's video upload. I have a few other tabs in the pipeline right now, hoping to check some stuff off the list that's taken me far too long to get around to!

-Anthony

Youtube Cover of the Week (6/18): In the End + Bonus Video!

Posted on June 19, 2018 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Another week, another touch-up job on an old Hybrid Theory song. For In the End, I re-recorded both parts. The first part (the harmonics) was technically "right" before, but I always felt like it was kind of sloppy by my standards. I think this is a much better take:

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And for the second part, I saved the first two choruses from my previous take, but re-recorded the bridge/last chorus due to a small change to my guitar tab at the end of the bridge:

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As a bonus, I decided to do something that's been requested a few times and film a video that documents my entire recording process for a song from start to finish. It's long, it's probably boring in spots, but hopefully it's informative:

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One more Hybrid Theory song coming up this weekend, then I'll be moving on to some fresher material...I also updated the tabs section with the final list of songs from Post Traumatic that have guitar in them, although I haven't added any additional tabs just yet. Hopefully I can get a couple of those knocked out this week.


-Anthony

Youtube Cover of the Week (6/11): Runaway + Ghosts Tab

Posted on June 11, 2018 at 12:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Runaway saw some very minor updates on both parts with this latest re-recording. For the first part, I actually just reused my original guitar track for almost the entire song, and made one small overdub for the part that changed (the build-up from the end of the bridge into the last chorus):

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For the second part, I was never happy with how I handled it the first time around, because I cut off the fade-out of the harmonics from the "real" guitar part early every time I switched to the additional guitar work I added. This take fixes that, and also adds some more improv stuff during the verses:

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You also may notice that I updated the Runaway tab slightly to account for how long the harmonics are sustained over the top of the chorus riff. In other tab-related news, I did a tab for Ghosts, the latest song released from Post Traumatic. Not a lot of guitar in it, but it's done! I'm pretty happy that I've managed to stay on top of these songs as they've been released, because it means when the full album comes out later this week I'll only have a maximum of 8 more songs to do.


I'll be re-recording In the End this week. Sometime in the middle of next week, I'll also be uploading a video that goes through my entire recording process, as it's something people have requested a few times.


-Anthony

6/5: Latest YouTube Videos

Posted on June 5, 2018 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (0)

I haven't exactly followed a predictable upload schedule the last few weeks, so I haven't been posting my latest videos here every week as I typically do. Here's a quick summary of everything I've done since I did Good Goodbye a few weeks ago (I'm not embedding the actual videos this time around because there are so many of them):


-Battle Symphony

Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDlhkZhpZyM

Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FxAWyhWGkQ

Part 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plqnWQuKOdc

Part 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLOt8SsqowI

Part 5: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgApw_fOwnQ

More so than anything else I've done lately, the multitracks for this song caused me to essentially redo my entire tab. The first video covers the powerchord rhythm parts, the second video covers the various lead guitar parts throughout the song, the third video covers all of the octave parts, the fourth video covers the cool major and minor triad voicings that make up the "response" part of the call-and-response guitar work in the second chorus and outro, and the fifth video covers some clean parts that appear in the bridge and last chorus, as well as some of my own improv work that I added for fun. You'll notice that the second through fourth parts of this one feature split-screen video editing, which is something I've never done before. I did this to keep this song from being eight videos long, which would have been ridiculous! Probably not something I'll be using on too many videos in the future, but I can think of a few more songs where it'll probably come into play.


-Heavy

Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhxJoFCt_n0

Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eggak2mmHa8

The first part of this one isn't too different from my previous video, with the exception of the quick octave part that appears during the initial fade-in at the start of the song. The multitracks for this song revealed a lot of additional guitar stuff that I didn't notice before though, which necessitated splitting this one into two parts.


-Faint (Part 2)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rA8go3lhU7A

A lot of the E5 chords in the chorus of this one are actually sus2 chords on the album version (even though Mike doesn't play them that way live). I redid this to be consistent with the studio version.


-Papercut

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yphRKD_Nbec

Turns out I had been playing the chorus riff on this one wrong for all these years, so I redid it again (and let me tell you, "un-learning" something you've been playing for over 15 years is really tough!).


-One Step Closer

Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdhvJ01w0tM

Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lo2eDF1LZUU

One of the harmonics before the second chorus is different than what I previously thought it was. It had also been bugging me for a while that I couldn't incorporate the intro feedback fade-in into a single-part cover of this song, so I added a second part that features that, as well as covering the spots where the third and fourth rhythm guitar parts are present on the original recording.


In terms of future plans, my next three songs will be re-uploads of more Hybrid Theory tracks that saw tab updates following the release of their multitracks. By the end of this month, I'll be moving on to some material from Minutes to Midnight that I haven't done anything with in a long time.


-Anthony

Youtube Cover of the Week (5/7): Good Goodbye + Tab Updates

Posted on May 7, 2018 at 6:20 PM Comments comments (0)

As promised, after taking the month of April off, I'm resuming uploading videos this week. There have been a lot of multitrack files surfacing in the LP community lately, which has necessitated redoing several tabs and adding more stuff to my video to-do list! Today's update tackles a bit of both. I redid Good Goodbye this week, which covers some changes to both of the "main" guitar parts I covered previously, as well as a third guitar part that I didn't discover until hearing the multitrack (I also added some additional stuff to my video for that part, since it would otherwise consist of playing one two-note chord for the entire song, with long gaps of no playing):


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As far as tabs go, since my last update, I've posted updates to the following songs:


PPR:KUT - Mainly just guitar numbering/layering changes to be consistent with the updates I made for the original version of Papercut recently.


All versions of One Step Closer containing any of the Hybrid Theory guitar work (One Step Closer, 1STP KLOSR, Points of Authority/99 Problems/One Step Closer, and the Humble Bros. Remix) - The multitrack for this one leaked as well, and I had to update the guitar count to properly notate the doubling in certain spots. I also changed one of the harmonics in the second pre-chorus (the one that I thought was on the D string is actually a third harmonic on the G string). Some of these changes resulted in me updating all of the various versions of the song to some degree.


Roads Untraveled - Completely changed the rhythm guitar parts, and added a bit more guitar that appears at the end of the first chorus.


Battle Symphony - This was basically a second complete re-working of the entire tab, much like my previous update to the song. I really can't narrow it down to anything specific, just check it out yourself.


Heavy - There are a couple guitar parts in this that I never heard before, most notably a fingerpicked part in Kiiara's pre-chorus section, and a clean guitar that plays some lower-end octaves. I also changed the tuning to standard, since the lower octave parts require it but none of the other guitar parts use the bottom string.


I have at least one more tab update coming this week, and I'll be tackling one of the above songs for next week's video(s), since they all need to be redone sooner or later! I also have a couple more photos that I've been meaning to add to the site, so keep an eye out for those soon as well.


OH! I almost forgot! I updated that paragraph at the top of the Tabs page that talks about viewing/downloading my tabs - I've discovered that a program called Notepad++ will display my tabs with proper formatting after you download them, unlike the stock Windows versions of Notepad/Wordpad. YAY!


-Anthony