|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.
|Posted on April 29, 2018 at 4:05 AM||comments (0)|
The day has finally come - I've added guitar information to all tabs for The Hunting Party, meaning I now have this information accounted for in all of my tabs for studio releases! This has admittedly taken far longer than it should have, but it's allowed me to give another listen to every song I've done a tab for, and in many cases (far more than I expected!) make changes that may not have otherwise been made. The Hunting Party was no exception, as 7 of the 12 songs saw significant changes:
Keys to the Kingdom - Guitar count decreased from 7 to 6 (removed doubling of the lead part on build-up to guitar solo), changed Guitar 6 at end of bridge, changed chorus part played by Guitars 3 and 4
All for Nothing - Guitar count increased from 8 to 9 (added background parts played by Page Hamilton underneath guitar solo), changed one of the lead guitar parts during outro
Guilty All the Same - Guitar count increased from 8 to 10 (guitars that play first two lines of the riff after the second and third choruses are different from the rest of the rhythm guitars), fixed typo involving Guitar 7 before second chorus (it was labeled as Guitar 1 at one point for some reason), changed first two lines of lead guitar during outro to be single notes on the low D string, rather than full chords doubling the other guitars
Wastelands - Guitar count increased from 3 to 5 (guitars that play choruses are different from the ones that play the other rhythm parts), small change to end of last chorus where transition between rhythm guitar tracks takes place
Until It's Gone - Guitar count increased from 7 to 10 (melodic lead line that appears throughout song is doubled - this accounts for both Guitars 3/4 and Guitars 9/10, palm-muted guitar in second verse is mostly a separate non-doubled track rather than the main rhythm guitars), added octave splitting effect on Guitars 9/10, noted that harmonics after first chorus are played by Guitars 5/6, noted that melodic lead line during ending is played by Guitars 5/6 rather than 3/4 or 9/10 as it appears elsewhere, slight changes to end of guitar solo
Mark the Graves - Changed Guitars 5 and 6 during intro from 2-note chords to 3-note chords, changed Guitars 3 and 4 during chorus riff, removed single notes played by Guitars 5 and 6 during chorus riff, noted slight differences between Guitars 3/4 and Guitars 7/8 during last chorus, slight changes to first guitar solo
Final Masquerade - Guitar count increased from 7 to 8 (added one feedback fade-in before second chorus that couldn't be accounted for by another guitar part)
On another tab-related note, the multitracks for Papercut have surfaced, so I made some significant changes to that song too, primarily that the chorus riff I THOUGHT I was playing correctly all these years is actually slightly different, and that there are four rhythm guitar tracks throughout most of the song (this is honestly the case for basically all Hybrid Theory/Meteora songs, it's just not something I always notate because usually those parts all play the same thing). The outro has also gotten annoyingly long and hard to read with this update, but the four tracks all play that part slightly differently on almost every repeat, so I really had no choice!
In terms of other news, I posted my remix of Place to Start to Youtube recently. I ended up just uploading the audio as I wasn't happy with any of my attempts at coming up with a proper video treatment, but here it is regardless (lyrics/download link in the description, by the way!):
I've been moving a lot of stuff around in my studio lately (I finally bought a damn computer desk!), and one of my guitars is currently in the shop getting some work done, so I haven't been pushing myself to record this month (on top of reasons I've already explained previously), but I intend to have a new video up next weekend, and will likely resume my weekly schedule from there.