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11/25 - More YouTube Updates

Posted on November 25, 2019 at 6:30 AM Comments comments (0)

As of this past weekend, I've completed all of the "quality upgrades" I had planned for Hybrid Theory/Meteora videos (Crawling, A Place for My Head, Session, and Faint Guitar 1). Glad to be done with that and moving forward! I do still need to re-record With You at some point, but I don't currently own a 7-string, so it'll have to wait.


Speaking of moving forward, how about finally being able to tackle some songs I never had the right guitar for? I just bought a PRS SE 277 baritone! I know I said I was going to be doing some Minutes to Midnight stuff next, but I figure since I have access to the right guitar for it now, I might as well finish off Meteora by doing proper videos for Don't Stay, Nobody's Listening, and Somewhere I Belong (the first two were previously done in mediocre quality using one of my brother's guitars during an Ohio visit a few years ago, while Somewhere I Belong is a song I literally haven't touched since 2010!). I may even go off my "main albums only" focus for a bit and do a few other songs that use a baritone (there are a couple LPU demos and some stuff on Reanimation that this could come into play for), we'll see. Still planning to upload 2-3 times a week through the end of the year if I'm able to!


-Anthony

11/5 - YouTube Updates

Posted on November 5, 2019 at 3:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Hey guys, been posting more YouTube content lately. I'm actually trying to upload 2-3 times a week from now through the end of the year, just to sort of catch up on a bunch of stuff I've put off for far too long. One of these projects is upgrading videos that I previously shot at 720p with my old camera, as all of my newer videos are at 1080p. I've already updated my videos for Points of Authority and Lying from You this way (reusing the audio from my previous videos, as there was nothing wrong with it), and will be doing several more Hybrid Theory/Meteora videos this way in the near future.


I've also re-recorded the second guitar for Given Up using different distortion settings (I hated how my previous attempt sounded), as well as the first guitar on Leave Out All the Rest (I didn't like the clean sound on my old video, and I toned down the distortion on the octaves a little bit this time as well). Guitar 2 for Leave Out All the Rest was re-recorded using the old audio as well (both parts were previously in 720p).


Future "quality upgrade" re-uploads will include Crawling, A Place for My Head, Faint (Guitar 1), and Session. I also need to redo With You at some point, but I don't currently own a 7-string, so it'll have to wait a while. Upcoming Minutes to Midnight material will include various combinations of re-recordings/re-uploads of Shadow of the Day, Hands Held High, No More Sorrow, and In Between to start with, then I'll do some much-needed setup work on my Strat and start tackling stuff like Bleed It Out, Valentine's Day, and The Little Things Give You Away. In Pieces will be done at some point too, I just need to set aside a day where I do nothing but practice the solo so I can get the best possible take of it. I plan on having the entire album (except for What I've Done, as I need to figure out a solution for the parts that are in Drop C) done by the end of the year.


-Anthony

YouTube Cover of the Week (8/12): Easier to Run/Tab Updates

Posted on August 12, 2019 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)

So I JUST got this uploaded before posting today's update (sorry about the delay!), but here's this week's cover of Easier to Run. 4 parts, 3 videos!


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Pretty big list of tab updates this week too:


-Easier to Run: I changed the positioning of one of the harmonics played by Guitar 1.

-Bleed It Out: I finally transcribed the emphasis of what notes are played by Guitar 1 (like I've done more recently with tabs for stuff like Prove You Wrong).

-No More Sorrow: Added slide/hammer-on/pull-off/sustain notation to the EBow parts. I previously resisted doing this, but after doing some other tabs with EBow/long sustained parts, it made more sense to go back and change this one.

-Valentine's Day: Added an additional guitar track, there's an acoustic guitar that plays a few notes during the outro.

-In Pieces: Made some small changes to Guitar 1, and swapped the octaves played by Guitars 3 and 4 at the end of the last chorus (this makes the jump played by Guitar 3 ridiculously big, but Guitar 4 definitely stays on the same part it does the first time through the chorus).

-The Little Things Give You Away: BIG update here, changed a lot of notation on the acoustic guitar parts (as well as the instances where that part is doubled by an electric guitar), made the feedback at the beginning separate from the end rhythm tracks, added an additional guitar during the breakdown and changed some of the background chords there, added a couple EBow guitars for a feedback fade-in right before the solo, made some notation adjustments to the lead guitar during the solo, changed one of the heavy rhythm parts after the solo, and added a guitar track for a feedback sample that periodically fades in during the outro. PHEW!


As far as my next move goes...I REALLY wish I could just finish up Meteora, but I need a baritone guitar to do it. We'll see what happens in that regard. I have one more project I want to tackle before I move on to the Minutes to Midnight-present era, so I'm going to work on that until it's done. That likely means I'll go a week or two without a new upload, since it's a bigger project, but rest assured that this won't be another lengthy absence like I've been known to take. I'll also keep posting tab updates in the meantime!


-Anthony

YouTube Cover of the Week (8/5): Figure.09

Posted on August 5, 2019 at 1:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Getting into some of the more unusual guitar parts on Meteora now, here's Figure.09, with its odd tapped harmonic intro riff:


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I also made a couple more small updates to my Figure.09 tab, there's a fade-in on an open Db note at the very beginning of the song that I never noticed before, and I realized I was using inconsistent notation for the hammer-ons during the turnaround at the end of the verse riff between the album version and the demo version. They are in fact the same, and the demo version was correct, so I changed the hammer-on notation for the album version.


I'm particularly excited to tackle Easier to Run for next week, as I haven't covered it since WAY back when I was still living with my parents in 2007/2008! I wish I could say that I'll be finishing up Meteora after that, but unfortunately the three remaining songs all use baritone tunings and I don't have a guitar set up for baritone use at the moment. Hopefully I'll have a good month financially in the near future and I'll be able to pick up a baritone guitar!


-Anthony

YouTube Cover of the Week (7/29): Breaking the Habit/Tab Updates

Posted on July 29, 2019 at 1:25 AM Comments comments (0)

I had another couple gigs this weekend, so I had to rush to get anything done, but I did manage to re-record Breaking the Habit (I was never happy with the tone of the verse parts in my previous video):


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Only one tab update this week, but it's a pretty big one: Multitracks for Invisible have leaked, and as is typically the case when that happens (especially on more recent songs with harder-to-hear guitar parts), I ended up having to completely redo my tab for it as a result. Check it out!


I'm planning on doing Figure.09 for next week's video, and then I THINK I'm going to take a stab at re-recording Easier to Run for the first time in over a decade.


-Anthony