|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.
|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 March 14, 2018 at 12:45 AM||comments (0)|
Sorry for the late update this week, I've had the flu for a few days, and I've been busy with other projects with strict deadlines (more on that in a minute). Anyway, this week's cover is a partial re-recording of Session, I kept all of my improvised guitar work from the previous version but re-recorded the "real" guitar part at the end of the song because I thought the tone on the original version was pretty bad. Here's the new-and-hopefully-improved version:
(Those blue socks tho...)
Anyway, regarding my next couple videos, I was supposed to have my last couple isolated track reuploads done Sunday and today, but those plans got put on hold for a much more important project as I did end up getting a remix of Place to Start done for the Remix Post Traumatic contest! You can check out my entry here for now, it'll be up on my YouTube channel at some point after the contest is over: https://soundcloud.com/anthonystaten/place-to-start-a-staten-remix
Some fun facts about this remix!
-The first sound at the beginning of the track is actually a guitar. It's the neck pickup on my Strat run through a compressor, then all three sections of my EHX Epitome. Then I cut out the "center" section of each chord to remove the pick attack, flipped everything backwards to create the "swelling" effect, and ran the resulting sound through a bunch more effects in AmpliTube. The end result sounds like some crazy Deep Purple-esque distorted Hammond B3 thing. It's probably the proudest I've ever been of a guitar sound I've come up with.
-The overdubbed lead part in the intro is the first time I've used an EBow on one of my own recordings.
-This is the first time I've ever written my own lyrics for anything. Like literally ever, in my entire life.
-My vocals were recorded on the day my flu symptoms were at their worst. I was running a fever between 102 and 103 degrees all day, and could barely sing above whisper volume. I had the input gain on my mic pre cranked about as far up as it could go!
-The bass solo in the middle is a nod to a comment Phoenix made on the Member Guest podcast episode with Mike, about how there's a cameo by a bass in his video for Place to Start. I thought it would be a fun reference to actually put a bass solo in my remix.
-I hurt my left forearm pretty bad at work while I was working on this (I definitely don't recommend carrying a 200-pound adjustable base for a bed up a hill, in case anyone ever thought it would be a good idea to do so...). When I went to record some of my guitar parts, I found that I had no gripping strength in my left hand. Not wanting to lose any recording time, I ended up re-tuning my guitar and using a capo to record each chord without actually having to use my fretting hand, then edited the whole chord progression together!
Anyway, good luck to anyone else who entered the contest! As for what I've got coming up, I'm going to reupload Crawling tomorrow, but I'm going to save my other isolated track reupload (Shadow of the Day) for sometime next week. I'll also have my usual "cover of the week" up for the weekend. I'm about halfway through updating tabs for Reanimation, so you'll see those soon as well.