The Guitars of Linkin Park


7/25: Recent YouTube Videos/Tab Updates/Site Update

Posted on July 25, 2018 at 4:05 AM Comments 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.


Youtube Cover of the Week (7/2): Wake + Tab Updates

Posted on July 4, 2018 at 9:15 PM Comments comments (1)

Hey guys, sorry for skipping over doing Forgotten last weekend like I planned. I did two very frustrating days of attempting to record it, and things just weren't coming out to my liking. Usually not a hard song for me, so I guess I was just "off" for whatever reason. I'll get that one done ASAP. Anyway, rather than pushing everything else back by a week, I just skipped ahead to my next planned video, Wake. I've done this one before, but I've re-recorded half of it on my Strat, while the other half was also re-recorded with improved tone from my previous take:

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My next several uploads (save for getting Forgotten done) will be Minutes to Midnight material as well, although I'll be taking a bit of a detour on July 20th and uploading something more fitting, given the date (hard to believe it's already been a year...).

In other news, I've finished tabbing all of the songs from Post Traumatic, which you can find on the Tabs page. I also updated my tab for Wake a bit to coincide with this week's video upload. I have a few other tabs in the pipeline right now, hoping to check some stuff off the list that's taken me far too long to get around to!


Youtube Cover of the Week (6/18): In the End + Bonus Video!

Posted on June 19, 2018 at 12:05 AM Comments 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:

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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:

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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:

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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.


Youtube Cover of the Week (6/11): Runaway + Ghosts Tab

Posted on June 11, 2018 at 12:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Runaway saw some very minor updates on both parts with this latest re-recording. For the first part, I actually just reused my original guitar track for almost the entire song, and made one small overdub for the part that changed (the build-up from the end of the bridge into the last chorus):

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For the second part, I was never happy with how I handled it the first time around, because I cut off the fade-out of the harmonics from the "real" guitar part early every time I switched to the additional guitar work I added. This take fixes that, and also adds some more improv stuff during the verses:

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You also may notice that I updated the Runaway tab slightly to account for how long the harmonics are sustained over the top of the chorus riff. In other tab-related news, I did a tab for Ghosts, the latest song released from Post Traumatic. Not a lot of guitar in it, but it's done! I'm pretty happy that I've managed to stay on top of these songs as they've been released, because it means when the full album comes out later this week I'll only have a maximum of 8 more songs to do.

I'll be re-recording In the End this week. Sometime in the middle of next week, I'll also be uploading a video that goes through my entire recording process, as it's something people have requested a few times.


6/5: Latest YouTube Videos

Posted on June 5, 2018 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (0)

I haven't exactly followed a predictable upload schedule the last few weeks, so I haven't been posting my latest videos here every week as I typically do. Here's a quick summary of everything I've done since I did Good Goodbye a few weeks ago (I'm not embedding the actual videos this time around because there are so many of them):

-Battle Symphony

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

Part 4:

Part 5:

More so than anything else I've done lately, the multitracks for this song caused me to essentially redo my entire tab. The first video covers the powerchord rhythm parts, the second video covers the various lead guitar parts throughout the song, the third video covers all of the octave parts, the fourth video covers the cool major and minor triad voicings that make up the "response" part of the call-and-response guitar work in the second chorus and outro, and the fifth video covers some clean parts that appear in the bridge and last chorus, as well as some of my own improv work that I added for fun. You'll notice that the second through fourth parts of this one feature split-screen video editing, which is something I've never done before. I did this to keep this song from being eight videos long, which would have been ridiculous! Probably not something I'll be using on too many videos in the future, but I can think of a few more songs where it'll probably come into play.


Part 1:

Part 2:

The first part of this one isn't too different from my previous video, with the exception of the quick octave part that appears during the initial fade-in at the start of the song. The multitracks for this song revealed a lot of additional guitar stuff that I didn't notice before though, which necessitated splitting this one into two parts.

-Faint (Part 2)

A lot of the E5 chords in the chorus of this one are actually sus2 chords on the album version (even though Mike doesn't play them that way live). I redid this to be consistent with the studio version.


Turns out I had been playing the chorus riff on this one wrong for all these years, so I redid it again (and let me tell you, "un-learning" something you've been playing for over 15 years is really tough!).

-One Step Closer

Part 1:

Part 2:

One of the harmonics before the second chorus is different than what I previously thought it was. It had also been bugging me for a while that I couldn't incorporate the intro feedback fade-in into a single-part cover of this song, so I added a second part that features that, as well as covering the spots where the third and fourth rhythm guitar parts are present on the original recording.

In terms of future plans, my next three songs will be re-uploads of more Hybrid Theory tracks that saw tab updates following the release of their multitracks. By the end of this month, I'll be moving on to some material from Minutes to Midnight that I haven't done anything with in a long time.