|Posted on June 15, 2020 at 1:45 AM||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.
|Posted on April 2, 2020 at 1:55 AM||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!
|Posted on March 27, 2020 at 11:45 PM||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 (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!
|Posted on March 10, 2020 at 4:30 AM||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!
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).
|Posted on February 25, 2020 at 3:20 AM||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...