|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 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 September 27, 2018 at 12:35 AM||comments (1)|
Quick update today, I've spent the past week or so knocking out tabs for the Mall soundtrack, which I just wrapped up earlier tonight. All of those songs are now posted on the Tabs page! Up next, I'll finally be finishing up the remaining 3 songs from High Rise (Same on the Inside, Cry Cry, and Tomorrow), although those will certainly be a challenge considering none of them were ever played live!
In terms of videos...eh, I guess I'll get back to doing them at some point, but it sure is hard to see why it would be worth it to do so. As if I didn't have enough reason to be discouraged already, I've been getting copyright blocks AGAIN lately (on videos that I had already successfully disputed in the past, no less), and to make matters worse, YouTube's copyright dispute function has been completely broken since early August, with no signs of them fixing or even acknowledging it anytime soon. I've successfully resolved these issues by going directly through contacts at WB a few times (they've made it VERY clear to me that the issue is with YouTube's Content ID system and nothing on their end - their policy specifically allows any uploads of LP content, even straight re-uploads of songs ripped from albums, because they can monetize them. The only thing they don't allow is re-uploads of official video footage), but I don't exactly want to bug them every time this happens, either.
I just want to make some damn videos of me playing guitar. Is that too much to ask in 2018?
|Posted on July 25, 2018 at 4:05 AM||comments (1)|
In news that should surprise NO ONE at this point...I've been bad at keeping things up to date lately! First of all, I've covered a couple more songs on YouTube that I've failed to mention up to this point. First up is Given Up (check out the bridge on Guitar 1 in particular - I'm pretty sure I nailed that bent pinch harmonic/octave combination better than anybody else has ever done it up to this point!):
And second, I decided to cover One More Light on the one-year anniversary of Chester's death...this one was tough to get through, but I think I did it justice:
I know I'm still behind on my upload schedule, and I'm not sure if I'll realistically be able to catch up - It's becoming increasingly clear that as I continue to adjust to the amount of time I have to devote to being a dad, even getting one song done a week is an unreasonable expectation in some cases. This is frustrating to me, as I know my YouTube channel is never going to regain anything close to the popularity it once had if I don't post more regularly, but I'm doing what I can. I'd also be lying if I said it wasn't disappointing/discouraging to spend 2-3 days recording/editing audio and video for something I really put a lot of work into, only for the resulting video to get fewer than 250 views, when my channel averaged several THOUSAND views per video at its peak. I'm honestly only continuing to upload videos at this point because I have a goal of posting a definitive, accurate version of every song in the LP catalog, or at least on the 7 main albums, and I'd be mad at myself if I quit. I'm doing this for me and me alone at this point, because it seems like very few other people care anymore. We'll see how long I decide to keep going if nothing changes.
...Anyway, on a more positive note, I recently updated two tabs: One More Light (nothing major, just changed the positioning of the last chord at the end of each chorus), and By Myself (I discovered that the first chord in the main riff is actually a tritone interval instead of a regular powerchord - I had been playing this song wrong for over 15 years!).
Also, a guitar update! I discovered that Brad's old sunburst PRS Custom 24 is the same one that Phoenix has had at his home studio since 2005. I updated both Brad's page and the Misc. Guitars page to reflect this. Also, Phoenix was recently photographed with a unique Fernandes ZO-3 guitar, which I've added to the Misc. Guitars page.
I should have updated versions of Forgotten and By Myself on my YouTube channel soon. After that, it'll be back to working on some more Minutes to Midnight stuff.
|Posted on June 19, 2018 at 12:05 AM||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:
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:
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:
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.