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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:

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.


3/8: Tab Updates

Posted on March 8, 2018 at 4:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Before I forget to make note of it like I typically do, just updating you guys real quick on a couple tab changes:

Crawling - Made note that there's a string mute in two of the three pre-chorus harmonic sections, which necessitated changing the notation of that harmonic for the sake of keeping the tab aligned properly (further explanation in the tab description).

Battle Symphony - The multitracks for this song leaked rather unexpectedly, and it turns out I had a bunch of stuff wrong. This one's been almost completely redone.

I'm also currently working on refreshing all my Reanimation tabs, which shouldn't take too terribly long. Those might be lumped in with my next video update over the weekend.


Youtube Cover of the Week (3/5): Lying from You

Posted on March 5, 2018 at 3:30 AM Comments comments (0)

I've still been pretty busy with getting used to being a dad, so while I didn't do a true "cover of the week" the past couple weeks, I've been uploading "un-isolated" versions of songs I previously uploaded as isolated tracks every other day (this will continue for at least the next week, by the way - still a few more of those to do). I did upload one "new-ish" video on Friday though, which is an updated version of Lying from You. This reuses the majority of my guitar work from my previous video, but I edited in some changes to reflect the changes I made in the tab for that song after its Rock Band 4 multitracks surfaced:

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I've already re-recorded one more song for next week (it's a partial re-record like this one, although a more substantial amount of it has been redone), and I have a few other songs that need some touching up, either due to tab updates I've made since my last video of a song, or because of tonal things that aren't to my liking (there's also one song I'm going to re-record just to play it on a different guitar than I did before!). I'm also trying to get something done for the Post Traumatic remix contest, so that may pop up in the near future too.


Youtube Update: Isolated Tracks

Posted on February 13, 2018 at 10:40 PM Comments comments (0)

I just wanted to address something regarding my Youtube channel moving forward: Since WMG has, by most accounts, been a bit more relaxed about copyright blocks lately, I'm going to be re-uploading videos I had previously uploaded as isolated tracks, with the music mixed in like I would typically do. I will still record two versions of each video and use the isolated version to avoid copyright blocks when necessary, but will otherwise not be posting isolated videos anymore. HOWEVER, I will be including download links to my isolated guitar tracks in the description for each video moving forward! I already did this for my A Place for My Head video from the other day, and I re-uploaded By Myself today as well. I plan on posting one of these re-uploads every couple of days until they're all done, in addition to new videos being posted on weekends as usual. I'll also gradually be adding isolated track download links to older videos as I'm able. I hope this is a good compromise, I personally prefer having the music mixed in with the video for context's sake, but I know a lot of people want isolated guitar tracks too!

Hope everyone's having a good week so far!


Youtube Cover of the Week (2/12): A Place for My Head

Posted on February 12, 2018 at 1:45 AM Comments comments (1)

After nearly eight months, I've finally gotten back into recording for my YouTube channel! The second bedroom of my apartment is currently a full-fledged practice/recording space where I can keep all my gear set up 24/7 and all I need to do to record is plug in my guitar and my laptop. This will probably be temporary, as we'll eventually need to set up my daughter's crib in here once she gets big enough for it, but for now, I'm making as much use of the space as I can! For my first video with this new setup, I decided to redo A Place for My Head, as I was never completely satisfied with the overall sound of my first cover, plus I had to make a couple small changes. I think this is a MUCH better version:

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Speaking of A Place for My Head, I've made two small changes to my tab for it: One involves the transition from the first verse into the first chorus (the chorus guitars come in a little differently than I thought), and the other involves the pre-chorus, where the slide up and down the neck leading into the second chorus has changed a bit.

I plan on resuming my weekly upload schedule from here on out. I won't necessarily upload the same day every week, but it'll be sometime between Friday and Sunday every week. I may even do multiple videos in a weekend if I get stuff done fast enough. We'll see!