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12/29 - 2021 Wrapup

Posted on December 29, 2021 at 4:00 AM Comments comments (2)

Hey everybody! Hope your holidays are going well. In typical fashion, I've been absent for a while, but that's about to change, and I'll tell you why in a sec. First note though, I made the biggest update to the My Gear page in a long time. I bought a new amp recently, and I'm also in the process of MASSIVELY overhauling my effects rig (the changes listed reflect what it will look like when it's done, but that shouldn't take too long, provided supply chain issues don't leave me waiting months for stuff I ordered!). In short, I finally found a pedalboard that's big enough to fit everything I want on it, previously I was thinking I'd have to eventually build two boards to hold all my stuff. Yay for efficiency!

Anyway, on to my infrequent updates and why that's changing soon: As most of you know, I've been teaching guitar, bass, and keyboard lessons at a School of Rock franchise for the past three years. I've previously mentioned how much we've grown in that time, and it's now one of the largest schools of its kind in the United States. While that's a great thing overall, it's meant a large expansion in the number of our performance classes, which has meant a large expansion in the number of songs I've had to learn (on three different instruments!) in order to teach one-on-one lessons with the students in those classes. For our recent fall season, I had to learn setlists for TWENTY-SIX different groups. I spend a HUGE chunk of my free time learning songs. So much so, that it kind of burns out my desire to play a lot of music beyond that. I already play enough to make my fingers bleed as it is, why would I add even more to that, you know? So that's the long and short of why I haven't been posting new tabs or videos for nearly a year. BUT! As of next week, I'm actually moving into a new position at the school where I'll be handling a bunch of operations/administration-related stuff (in addition to being our on-site instrument repair guy), which will eat up so much time that logistically it made more sense to just have that be my full-time job rather than trying to balance it with teaching lessons. I love teaching, so it's a little bit of a bummer to have that taken off my plate, but I'm also really excited about my new role, and more importantly for you guys, that means no more spending hours upon hours every week working on lesson material that takes up time I'd otherwise be spending working on the site and recording/tabbing! My home studio is a bit of a mess right now since I haven't been using it much, but I'm going to get things up and running again over the next week-ish, and sometime in January, I fully expect to be back on a semi-regular posting schedule.

I'll keep you all posted if plans change, but for the moment, keep your eyes peeled for new content in the new year!


6/14 - Testing 1, 2, 3...

Posted on June 14, 2021 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Oh hi there! I randomly noticed today that the template on the front page of the website broke, which led me to discover that Webs had updated to a new version of their SiteBuilder, which led me to discover that my website template was no longer compatible with it. Yikes! So, here's a slightly-new version of the site, everything's pretty much laid out the way it was before but I'll probably keep tweaking things here and there. Sorry if this page had been broken for a while without me noticing!

More content coming soon, by the way.


12/31 - 2020 Wrapup/Tabs + YouTube Updates

Posted on January 1, 2021 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (3)

Hey everyone! I know I neglected the site for the second half of 2020, but if you follow me on Twitter/YouTube, you'll know that I've still been active lately. Let me start off by catching you up on everything I've done content-wise since my last update:


She Couldn't (Guitar 1/Guitar 2)

High Voltage

Step Up

And One (Guitar 1/Guitar 2)

I was inactive for several months after my Valentine's Day videos were posted in the spring, but with the 20th anniversary edition of Hybrid Theory being a big deal later in the year, I decided to cover She Couldn't and the Hybrid Theory EP songs (I still have to do Carousel and Part of Me). I'll be uploading as frequently as I can throughout 2021, hopefully on a more frequent basis than this year.


-Updated both What I've Done and Bang Three, they're a lot more simplified now with the guitars in Drop C tuning removed. I gave the What I've Done stems from Guitar Hero another listen and came to the conclusion the lower notes I was hearing were just the general bass frequencies produced by layering the rhythm guitar tracks the way they are.

-Slightly updated Guitar 1 in In Pieces.

-Updated 1STP KLOSR with the recently-revealed info (courtesy of Ken Marshall of the Humble Brothers) that the late Saki Kaskas played guitar on the track. He also posted a behind-the-scenes YouTube video for the remix, and when he plays the audio back it follows along with the Pro Tools session where you can see the individual tracks. I ended up adjusting the guitar count/layering because of this. I also made the equivalent updates to One Step Closer (Humble Bros. Remix).

-Updated She Couldn't slightly, I had a couple notes wrong in the main guitar part.

-Changed the intro to Step Up so it isn't all on one string anymore, and also updated the pre-chorus/first half of the bridge (3-note chords instead of 2-note chords).

-Made more changes to the clean guitar section in the middle of And One.

-Changed the tuning on Carousel and made adjustments to the whole song accordingly.

-Apparently I updated SOMETHING in Part of Me, but I can't figure out what. Might have just been some stuff in the description.

-Made a new section for the Forgotten Demos disc from the Hybrid Theory 20 box set. I moved She Couldn't to that section, as well as what had previously been the "Zomba Sampler Version" of Rhinestone. I also added tabs for Esaul and Reading My Eyes in that section, as they're either identical to previously released versions or use the same instrumental track.

-Removed the live-only tab for "Be Yourself," renamed it so it's now the live version of Pictureboard, and moved it to the Forgotten Demos section.

As you can see, I've largely focused my efforts around HTEP/demos stuff in conjunction with the HT20 release, along with a couple things from the Minutes to Midnight era (I still need to record a few songs from that record).

I also have a fairly large guitar update in the works, I've just been dragging my feet on finishing it. I'll get that done ASAP. Check out the My Gear page too, I constantly update that whenever I acquire something new, so I'm sure that looks different than it did in June. Most notably, I bought a new PRS and sold my Ibanez RG during the summer, I forget if that was before or after my last update though.

In terms of reflecting on 2020, in a semi-relevant manner...I know I've talked about my mental health a bit in the past. Like many people, this was a hard year on me. I thankfully never had any finanical issues related to COVID-19 - my wife and I both transitioned to working from home without any downtime in the spring, and both of our jobs actually experienced growth this year, unlike a lot of others. I've been back at work in person since July, which puts me at pretty high risk of exposure to the virus (my school is up to about 160 students compared to 10 instructors, and our lesson rooms are pretty small). I had a couple scares, but thankfully have remained COVID-free for the duration of the year. Hopefully that continues as the vaccines start to roll out, and sometime in 2021 things will start to be somewhat "normal" again. I had another non-COVID-related health scare earlier this month where I suddenly developed severe pain in my left side and had to undergo a bunch of tests that had me dreading the possibility of cancer (lymphoma is VERY prevalent in my family, I have 4 relatives who have died from it and 3 of them were younger than 30). As it turns out, I have a somewhat unusual variation in my cardiovascular system called a retroaortic left renal vein ("RLRV"), which isn't especially dangerous, but has been known to cause flare-ups of pain in the left side, along with chronic fatigue, slightly elevated resting heart rate, slightly elevated blood pressure...A.K.A. a bunch of things I've been dealing with for years that I never thought were connected! It's good to have answers, sucks that any pain it causes will just be something I have to deal with though.

Between the health scares, the general state of the world because of the pandemic, the general state of my country due to politics, and at times, the general state of my home area (I live close enough to Minneapolis that I could see the smoke from the fires during the George Floyd protests - I spent a lot of nights worrying about a lot of people I know in May/June), my mental health probably sunk to the lowest its been in at least a decade, and maybe ever, this year. I started going to therapy for the first time in my life in June, and started taking antidepressants a few weeks later. I don't say this as a way of expressing that things are still bad though, more that I finally got around to taking care of myself in a way that I should have started doing years ago. Depression is always a moving target, but I think I've found a good balace of medication and therapy for the time being. I have more energy, I'm on a somewhat normal sleep schedule, I don't feel like I need a nap every 3 hours just to get through the day, and while I still deal with executive dysfunction a lot, I'm more motivated than I have been for a long time. I HOPE that what this means as it pertains to my work on the website and my videos is that I won't fall into patterns of being active for a few weeks at a time and then disappearing for several months like I seem to do a couple times a year. I know problems aren't just magically going to solve themselves when this shitshow of a year ends when the clock hits midnight tonight, but for all the ways 2020 tried to drag me down, I'm glad I made it to the end of it. I'm ready to work hard next year, and more importanty, get back to enjoying what I do instead of looking at it as an obligation that seems like it requires too much effort.

I'm glad I got through this year. I hope you and your families all staying healthy and safe, and I thank everyone who's ever stumbled upon this website and found it useful in some way.

Good riddance, 2020, but thanks for giving me a reason to get my shit together both personally and professionally.


6/15 - Two New Guitars!

Posted on June 15, 2020 at 1:45 AM Comments comments (2)

It's been a bit since I posted anything, so how about a couple new guitars?

First of all, a band of deplorable people who think I'm a troll and currently have me blocked on Twitter (lol) posted a photo of Chester from sometime in the late 90's playing Bobby Benish's white Les Paul backstage. This is now the earliest known photo of Chester with a guitar!

Second, there's a new red Strat that I spotted in Phoenix's home studio in the recent Mercedes AMG "Home Performance" video. It's a few years old, so he's probably had it for a while, but we hardly ever see his home studio so this is the first time it's been seen. That one's on the Misc. Guitars page, of course.

Also, this happened a while ago, but I forgot to mention it: All of my tab links both here and on my Youtube channel are done being updated to reflect them being hosted here instead of on LPLive like they had been in the past.

On a more serious note, I hit a massive mental wall when it came to my work output a couple months ago. I think COVID-19 depression finally got to me. It was like a light switch flipped from one day to the next, I had started working on a tab for Slow Ya Roll, got about halfway through the first verse and stopped for the night...and I haven't touched it since. It's been like 7 weeks since that happened and I still don't feel like I'm in the headspace to work on it some more. Same goes for recording new video content. I'm sure I'll either snap out of it one day and get back into things, or I'll just force myself to do some work when I don't want to, but right now I'm so down and tired all the time that I can barely stay awake for more than a couple hours at a time. I feel like I could sleep 20 hours a day if life would let me.

Ahh well, I'll get better. Hopefully soon.


4/2 - YouTube Updates/New Mike Guitars

Posted on April 2, 2020 at 1:55 AM Comments comments (0)

More video content for you today, I re-uploaded Valentine's Day. The 3 main guitar parts use the same audio as my previous version, but I also discovered a fourth guitar part, an acoustic that plays a few notes at the end of the outro. To cover this part in a way that was actually interesting, I improvised some acoustic work over the rest of the song. Check it out (as well as the other 3 videos if you haven't seen me cover this song before)! I'd normally include a link here, but the YouTube embedder on my site builder seems to be broken at the moment. D'oh!

Speaking of that acoustic part at the end of Valentine's Day, I've also slightly updated the tab to reflect that it's in standard tuning, and changed a couple notes of it.

In other fun news, there are two more new guitars on Mike's page! One is a studio shot of him with one of Brad's soldier PRS guitars from 2013 that I never knew about, the other is a cool baritone Telecaster that he's probably had for a while and I never noticed!

Four more songs from Minutes to Midnight for me to cover...including one with a solo that I should probably go practice for my next video!


3/27 - YouTube Updates/Tab Updates/New Guitars!

Posted on March 27, 2020 at 11:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Big update today, so wash your hands, stay at least 6 feet away, and check it out!

I haven't been uploading videos every weekend like I typically try to do, but I've still been uploading fairly frequently over the past couple weeks. I've posted new versions of the following videos:

-From the Inside (Guitar 2): Removed the muted strums before the first two choruses, otherwise same audio as previous version

-Shadow of the Day: Same audio as previous version on Guitar 1 and Guitar 3 (fixed a small audio glitch on Guitar 3), re-recorded Guitar 2

-No More Sorrow: Same audio as previous version on Guitar 2 and Guitar 3, heavily re-edited audio on Guitar 1 (adjusted fade-in points and EQ, pitch correction on some out-of-tune notes)

I'm about halfway into Minutes to Midnight now, and will continue working on songs from that album over the coming weeks.

I've also updated the following 3 tabs:

-From the Inside (removed the muted strums before the first two choruses)

-Shadow of the Day (changed the position of the first guitar solo - the old way is still correct for the live version, but it's different on the album)

-Sorry for Now (completely redid Guitar 5, I wasn't hearing it properly thanks to the delay before)

Speaking of tabs, an update on them migrating from LPLive to my website: All tabs are now uploaded on my own server, but I still need to redo all of the links on the Tabs page, as well as in the descriptions of many of my YouTube videos (I started with my more recent uploads an I'm working my way backwards). I'll let you know when this is all done, but again, the old LPLive links still work, so don't worry about it too much.

Also, I have several new guitars/guitar updates on the website!

-Updated the entry for Brad's Rory Gallagher Strats to reflect Mike using one of them in his home studio as of late 2019

-Updated the entry for Mike's orange PRS CE 24 to note that he recently used it in an Instagram live stream (first time he's actually been seen using this guitar since 2008!)

-Updated the entry for the Precision Bass Mike used in the Welcome music video, and added a second photo of it being used at his home studio in March of 2020

-Added a new entry for MIke using one of Brad's Rory Gallagher Strats at his home studio as of late 2019

-Added a new entry on the Misc. Guitars page for Joe Hahn being seen with one of Brad's Rory Gallagher Strats at Mike's studio in March of 2020

Things have picked up a bit over the past couple weeks with Mike being so active livestreaming and releasing some new material like Open Door (which I should have a tab for soon)! Hopefully this keeps up, it'll help stave off some of my COVID-19 quarantine-induced boredom. Hope everyone's staying healthy and safe!


3/10 - New Remix/New Mike Guitar/Tabs Update

Posted on March 10, 2020 at 4:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Lots of stuff to cover today! First of all, for anyone who didn't already see it, I premiered a special video on my YouTube channel the other day, my long-discussed remix of Cure for the Itch!

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I'm really happy with how this came out, I programmed the drums for it close to a year ago but didn't do any more work on it until a couple weeks ago. It took me about six days to finish. Lots of cool stuff on this one, ranging from weird music production techniques I'd never used before (ever copied a bass DI track and run it through 3 different EQ/compression/amp sim chains? I have now!) to getting to record strings/piano on my new Yamaha keyboard, to tracking most of the guitars with my new 7-string, to putting down a guitar solo I'm really proud of, to trying to figure out what to do for all the comedic stuff in the first half of the song (and hopefully succeeding)...this one was a lot of fun! Hope you all enjoy it.

Second of all, there's a new guitar on Mike's page! He has a really weird-looking D'Angelico Ludlow model in his guitar rack at his studio these days, and someone got a photo of it recently.

Third, an update regarding both tabs and my YouTube channel: I'm currently experiencing some difficulties with the LPLive server where my tabs are hosted. Everything's still there and accessible, I just can't post updates/new tabs until the situation is resolved. I'm sure it will get taken care of soon enough, but I'm holding off on posting new YouTube content until it is (my next couple videos are going to coincide with updates to their respective tabs). With that said, while I'm super appreciative of LPLive for hosting my tabs for the better part of the last decade, I've never been a fan of my work being at the mercy of another website's downtime/technical difficulties. I happened to be renewing my domain/hosting today and realized that my entire tabs archive would only use a small percentage of my web storage. Knowing this, I've decided that at some point in the near future, I'm going to be moving all my tabs "in-house" and hosting them directly on this website. Updating all of the links will be super annoying, but long-term it will give me more control over the availability of my work, which can only be a good thing. I'll be sure and keep everyone updated on when the switch happens (I'll probably keep everything in both locations briefly so there's no actual downtime involved).


2/25 - YouTube Updates

Posted on February 25, 2020 at 3:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Forgot to post this yesterday, whoops. This week's a fairly boring one on YouTube, I had a couple more 1080p "quality upgrades" I needed to do for some Minutes to Midnight stuff, and they happened to be two of the easiest songs on the album (Hands Held High and In Between). I posted them both this past weekend.

With that said, I'm REALLY excited for what I'll be posting this coming weekend...


YouTube Cover of the Week (2/17): Somewhere I Belong/Tab Updates

Posted on February 17, 2020 at 11:40 PM Comments comments (0)

It's always fun to record a song I haven't played in forever...the last time I did Somewhere I Belong was in early 2010, before I'd even moved out of my parents' house! Needless to say, this is quite an upgrade:

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I've also updated my tabs for both Somewhere I Belong and Pretty Birdy - the harmonics have a really percussive "strummed" quality to them, so they sound best on the lowest string. This means they're at the 7th fret of the Eb string on the live version, but with the studio version being in Bb tuning, I've moved them to the 5th fret of the low Bb string.

On to some Minutes to Midnight stuff next week, I have a couple "quality upgrades" to do from that album before I start recording fresh tracks, so I'm going to get those out of the way first.


YouTube Cover of the Week (2/10): Don't Stay

Posted on February 11, 2020 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Baritone song number 2 of 3 here...the song that opened the first Linkin Park show I ever saw, all the way back in 2004!

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Only one song from Meteora left!