|Posted on December 18, 2018 at 5:50 PM||comments (0)|
Hey guys! Sneaking in another update before the end of the year here. I've added one new guitar to the Misc. Guitars page (a red Telecaster that Matt Harris has been playing on Mike's solo tour), two new guitars to Mike's page (a Fender Bass VI he was seen with in the studio recently, and a Squier Strat that he did custom artwork on for a charity auction), and added new photos/updated information for two more guitars on Mike's page (his late '60s white Strat reissue and the Dragon series Takamine acoustic guitars, both of which have seen more use on recent solo tour shows). I also updated information for Mike's jumbo Takamine acoustic guitar on Chester's page, as I mistakenly had that photo dated as 2010, when it's actually from 2013.
In tabs news, I've also finished the remaining songs from the Stone Temple Pilots - High Rise EP! These were quite challenging, but they contain some very fun guitar work. My next tabbing project will more than likely be the LPU 14 through 16 songs, although I'm considering taking another crack at figuring out the Xero demo (it's been a thorn in my side for almost 15 years - the recording quality makes the guitar very difficult to make out in spots).
Recording-wise, I'm still in a holding pattern because I'm roughly 90% done with putting together my finalized pedalboard that I'll be using in the future. It's so close to done that I don't want to wire it all up in its present state just to have to take it apart again in the near future when I finally acquire the last couple pieces I plan to add to it. I DO have one video planned soon that involves acoustic guitar only (I'm sure you can figure out what song that is pretty easily), but other than that it might be a while longer before you see me posting regularly again. In better news, YouTube seems to have finally fixed their issues with people being unable to deal with copyright disputes, so I'm a little more encouraged to continue recording in the future.
Hope you're all doing well.
|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 September 19, 2018 at 12:15 PM||comments (0)|
It's been a huge struggle to get anything done lately, but I've got a pretty significant update today. First of all, with it now being well over a year since Linkin Park was on tour, and no signs of that changing soon, I went through the site and added an "as of 2017" designation to any guitar that was still listed as being in "active touring use."
More importantly, I've also updated Mike's section with photos of all of the guitars being used on the Post Traumatic tour (by both Mike and touring guitarist/keyboardist Matthias Harris). None of them are new, but I've added the most recent photos I could find of them. Mike's Shoreline Gold Strat has also seen a second revision to its artwork, so there's another new photo of it, and I also added a photo of Mike playing his white PRS while guesting with Sum 41 at Reading/Leeds last month.
Lastly, I have a couple long-awaited tabs for you guys, the Ryan Giles and Beta State songs from LPU 13 are finally done! Moving on to some stuff from the Mall soundtrack next.
|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 July 4, 2018 at 9:15 PM||comments (0)|
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:
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!