|Posted on December 18, 2018 at 5:50 PM||comments (0)|
Hey guys! Sneaking in another update before the end of the year here. I've added one new guitar to the Misc. Guitars page (a red Telecaster that Matt Harris has been playing on Mike's solo tour), two new guitars to Mike's page (a Fender Bass VI he was seen with in the studio recently, and a Squier Strat that he did custom artwork on for a charity auction), and added new photos/updated information for two more guitars on Mike's page (his late '60s white Strat reissue and the Dragon series Takamine acoustic guitars, both of which have seen more use on recent solo tour shows). I also updated information for Mike's jumbo Takamine acoustic guitar on Chester's page, as I mistakenly had that photo dated as 2010, when it's actually from 2013.
In tabs news, I've also finished the remaining songs from the Stone Temple Pilots - High Rise EP! These were quite challenging, but they contain some very fun guitar work. My next tabbing project will more than likely be the LPU 14 through 16 songs, although I'm considering taking another crack at figuring out the Xero demo (it's been a thorn in my side for almost 15 years - the recording quality makes the guitar very difficult to make out in spots).
Recording-wise, I'm still in a holding pattern because I'm roughly 90% done with putting together my finalized pedalboard that I'll be using in the future. It's so close to done that I don't want to wire it all up in its present state just to have to take it apart again in the near future when I finally acquire the last couple pieces I plan to add to it. I DO have one video planned soon that involves acoustic guitar only (I'm sure you can figure out what song that is pretty easily), but other than that it might be a while longer before you see me posting regularly again. In better news, YouTube seems to have finally fixed their issues with people being unable to deal with copyright disputes, so I'm a little more encouraged to continue recording in the future.
Hope you're all doing well.
|Posted on September 19, 2018 at 12:15 PM||comments (0)|
It's been a huge struggle to get anything done lately, but I've got a pretty significant update today. First of all, with it now being well over a year since Linkin Park was on tour, and no signs of that changing soon, I went through the site and added an "as of 2017" designation to any guitar that was still listed as being in "active touring use."
More importantly, I've also updated Mike's section with photos of all of the guitars being used on the Post Traumatic tour (by both Mike and touring guitarist/keyboardist Matthias Harris). None of them are new, but I've added the most recent photos I could find of them. Mike's Shoreline Gold Strat has also seen a second revision to its artwork, so there's another new photo of it, and I also added a photo of Mike playing his white PRS while guesting with Sum 41 at Reading/Leeds last month.
Lastly, I have a couple long-awaited tabs for you guys, the Ryan Giles and Beta State songs from LPU 13 are finally done! Moving on to some stuff from the Mall soundtrack next.
|Posted on March 28, 2018 at 12:05 AM||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:
And second, a re-recorded Guitar 3 for Invisible, to reflect some recent changes I made to the tab:
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!
|Posted on December 12, 2017 at 12:10 AM||comments (1)|
More positive progress to report today! Mike's page has now had all of its photos converted over to Imgur like I did with Brad's page. Here's the full photo gallery in chronological order: https://imgur.com/a/ks38C
As was the case with Brad's page, there were quite a few significant new discoveries made while updating Mike's page, so here's a rundown!
-I've added three new guitars: A Precision Bass that Mike briefly used in the Until It's Gone video while standing in for Phoenix, another Precision Bass that he used on Shadow of the Day at the Chester tribute show, and Brad's customized blue PRS NF3, which was used on Crawling at the Chester tribute show.
-The red PRS that Mike was photographed with on a few occasions early in 2001 isn't a CE 22, it's actually the Santana SE that Phoenix was seen using on the Making of Meteora DVD!
-I changed the chronological order of Mike using Brad's blue CE 24, as the date of the Top of the Pops 2001 filming (where he used it on Crawling) was found to have been incorrect for many years, it was in March instead of September.
-Made small changes to information on various other guitars.
I also made a couple other small changes in other sections of the site:
-I discovered that the Standard 22 Brad used on When They Come for Me at the Las Vegas 2014 show was also used on the same song for the three South American shows at the beginning of the A Thousand Suns tour in 2010, so that guitar has actually been a backup in his rig for much longer than I thought! I subsequently moved the entry for that guitar farther up the page to fit it in chronologically.
-The Rock Band 4 stems for Lying From You surfaced recently, and I realized there's a bit more guitar layering in the song than I originally thought, as well as a couple small changes in the strumming pattern that I hadn't transcribed correctly before, so I updated the tab for it.
It's going to be kind of tough going through Chester's page next, for obvious reasons...I really don't want to remove the "active touring use" designation next to his D'Angelico guitars, knowing there won't be any further guitars taking over that role in the future. I miss the hell out of the guy. But regardless, I'm getting pretty close to having all of these photos updated!
|Posted on January 23, 2017 at 9:15 PM||comments (1)|
Getting back into doing some Youtube stuff this week, should have a few consecutive weeks worth of uploads coming for you guys. This week, I decided to put my recently-purchased EBow to work and finally do No More Sorrow properly:
Also, I added a new/old guitar to Mike's section, a custom Valley Arts guitar that he signed and was photographed with as part of the festivities surrounding the Live 8 performance in 2005.