|Posted on January 1, 2021 at 12:00 AM||comments (3)|
Hey everyone! I know I neglected the site for the second half of 2020, but if you follow me on Twitter/YouTube, you'll know that I've still been active lately. Let me start off by catching you up on everything I've done content-wise since my last update:
I was inactive for several months after my Valentine's Day videos were posted in the spring, but with the 20th anniversary edition of Hybrid Theory being a big deal later in the year, I decided to cover She Couldn't and the Hybrid Theory EP songs (I still have to do Carousel and Part of Me). I'll be uploading as frequently as I can throughout 2021, hopefully on a more frequent basis than this year.
-Updated both What I've Done and Bang Three, they're a lot more simplified now with the guitars in Drop C tuning removed. I gave the What I've Done stems from Guitar Hero another listen and came to the conclusion the lower notes I was hearing were just the general bass frequencies produced by layering the rhythm guitar tracks the way they are.
-Slightly updated Guitar 1 in In Pieces.
-Updated 1STP KLOSR with the recently-revealed info (courtesy of Ken Marshall of the Humble Brothers) that the late Saki Kaskas played guitar on the track. He also posted a behind-the-scenes YouTube video for the remix, and when he plays the audio back it follows along with the Pro Tools session where you can see the individual tracks. I ended up adjusting the guitar count/layering because of this. I also made the equivalent updates to One Step Closer (Humble Bros. Remix).
-Updated She Couldn't slightly, I had a couple notes wrong in the main guitar part.
-Changed the intro to Step Up so it isn't all on one string anymore, and also updated the pre-chorus/first half of the bridge (3-note chords instead of 2-note chords).
-Made more changes to the clean guitar section in the middle of And One.
-Changed the tuning on Carousel and made adjustments to the whole song accordingly.
-Apparently I updated SOMETHING in Part of Me, but I can't figure out what. Might have just been some stuff in the description.
-Made a new section for the Forgotten Demos disc from the Hybrid Theory 20 box set. I moved She Couldn't to that section, as well as what had previously been the "Zomba Sampler Version" of Rhinestone. I also added tabs for Esaul and Reading My Eyes in that section, as they're either identical to previously released versions or use the same instrumental track.
-Removed the live-only tab for "Be Yourself," renamed it so it's now the live version of Pictureboard, and moved it to the Forgotten Demos section.
As you can see, I've largely focused my efforts around HTEP/demos stuff in conjunction with the HT20 release, along with a couple things from the Minutes to Midnight era (I still need to record a few songs from that record).
I also have a fairly large guitar update in the works, I've just been dragging my feet on finishing it. I'll get that done ASAP. Check out the My Gear page too, I constantly update that whenever I acquire something new, so I'm sure that looks different than it did in June. Most notably, I bought a new PRS and sold my Ibanez RG during the summer, I forget if that was before or after my last update though.
In terms of reflecting on 2020, in a semi-relevant manner...I know I've talked about my mental health a bit in the past. Like many people, this was a hard year on me. I thankfully never had any finanical issues related to COVID-19 - my wife and I both transitioned to working from home without any downtime in the spring, and both of our jobs actually experienced growth this year, unlike a lot of others. I've been back at work in person since July, which puts me at pretty high risk of exposure to the virus (my school is up to about 160 students compared to 10 instructors, and our lesson rooms are pretty small). I had a couple scares, but thankfully have remained COVID-free for the duration of the year. Hopefully that continues as the vaccines start to roll out, and sometime in 2021 things will start to be somewhat "normal" again. I had another non-COVID-related health scare earlier this month where I suddenly developed severe pain in my left side and had to undergo a bunch of tests that had me dreading the possibility of cancer (lymphoma is VERY prevalent in my family, I have 4 relatives who have died from it and 3 of them were younger than 30). As it turns out, I have a somewhat unusual variation in my cardiovascular system called a retroaortic left renal vein ("RLRV"), which isn't especially dangerous, but has been known to cause flare-ups of pain in the left side, along with chronic fatigue, slightly elevated resting heart rate, slightly elevated blood pressure...A.K.A. a bunch of things I've been dealing with for years that I never thought were connected! It's good to have answers, sucks that any pain it causes will just be something I have to deal with though.
Between the health scares, the general state of the world because of the pandemic, the general state of my country due to politics, and at times, the general state of my home area (I live close enough to Minneapolis that I could see the smoke from the fires during the George Floyd protests - I spent a lot of nights worrying about a lot of people I know in May/June), my mental health probably sunk to the lowest its been in at least a decade, and maybe ever, this year. I started going to therapy for the first time in my life in June, and started taking antidepressants a few weeks later. I don't say this as a way of expressing that things are still bad though, more that I finally got around to taking care of myself in a way that I should have started doing years ago. Depression is always a moving target, but I think I've found a good balace of medication and therapy for the time being. I have more energy, I'm on a somewhat normal sleep schedule, I don't feel like I need a nap every 3 hours just to get through the day, and while I still deal with executive dysfunction a lot, I'm more motivated than I have been for a long time. I HOPE that what this means as it pertains to my work on the website and my videos is that I won't fall into patterns of being active for a few weeks at a time and then disappearing for several months like I seem to do a couple times a year. I know problems aren't just magically going to solve themselves when this shitshow of a year ends when the clock hits midnight tonight, but for all the ways 2020 tried to drag me down, I'm glad I made it to the end of it. I'm ready to work hard next year, and more importanty, get back to enjoying what I do instead of looking at it as an obligation that seems like it requires too much effort.
I'm glad I got through this year. I hope you and your families all staying healthy and safe, and I thank everyone who's ever stumbled upon this website and found it useful in some way.
Good riddance, 2020, but thanks for giving me a reason to get my shit together both personally and professionally.
|Posted on June 15, 2020 at 1:45 AM||comments (3)|
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.