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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

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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.


6/2: Tab Updates

Posted on June 2, 2018 at 5:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Quick update before I run off to work for the day, got a couple tab updates for you:

-Posted tabs for Nothing Makes Sense Anymore and Running from My Shadow.

-Updated my tab for Heavy, I changed the positioning of the fingerpicked part in the pre-chorus and made a couple other small changes.

As of today, I'm finally caught back up with my video upload schedule. I'll be featuring all the videos I've uploaded recently in another post on Monday. Be on the lookout for continued weekly videos from me! I'm currently touching up some Hybrid Theory songs that saw updates as their multitracks surfaced, but by the end of this month I'll be moving on to some songs from Minutes to Midnight that I haven't touched in quite some time.


5/23: New Guitars + Tab Updates

Posted on May 23, 2018 at 2:00 AM Comments comments (0)

First guitar update in a while! I've added three new guitars to the website:

-On Brad's page, I've added a white Strat with a maple neck that he was seen with while working with Lauren Dair in the studio earlier this year.

-On the Misc. Guitars page, I've added a Les Paul that Phoenix was photographed with during the A Thousand Suns studio sessions, as well as a Zager acoustic guitar that he used during the semi-acoustic show Linkin Park did in the New York City subway last year.

-Also, while not a "new" guitar, Mike has added some artwork to his Shoreline Gold Strat and has been using it for his solo shows in support of Post Traumatic, and I've added a couple new photos of it to his page.

On top of that, I've got another big tabs update for you guys! Big updates to Talking to Myself and Watching as I Fall, smaller updates to Easier to Run and Faint, and a big overhaul of my Meteora tabs to account for the proper number of rhythm guitar tracks, similar to what I recently did with Hybrid Theory:

-Talking to Myself: Guitar count increased from 10 to 12 (muted strums are doubled, feedback guitar uses an EBow and is separate from the lead guitar part), re-ordering of guitar tracks, MANY playing changes based on leaked multitrack files

-Watching as I Fall: Pitch-shifted part is single notes, not octaves

-Don't Stay: Guitar count increased from 4 to 6 (proper rhythm guitar arrangement)

-Somewhere I Belong: Updated description

-Hit the Floor: Guitar count increased from 3 to 5 (proper rhythm guitar arrangement)

-Easier to Run: Small update to end of bridge (Guitars 3 and 4 sustain a 7x9 octave for the last bar rather than continuing to strum all the way through)

-Faint: Update to Guitars 3 and 4 (the majority of E5 chords in the choruses are actually Esus2 chords on the studio recording, unlike the live version)

-Figure.09: Guitar count increased from 4 to 6 (proper rhythm guitar arrangement)

-From the Inside: Updated description

-Numb: Guitar count increased from 3 to 5 (proper rhythm guitar arrangement)

-Numb/Encore: Guitar count increased from 2 to 3 (feedback fade-ins are doubled)

-Jigga What/Faint: Same changes as original version of Faint (E5 chords changed to Esus2 chords)

I'm a little behind on my video upload schedule - I just got all of the parts of last week's cover (Battle Symphony) uploaded yesterday, and I'm probably not going to have this week's done until late tonight or sometime on Thursday. As soon as that's done, I'll make another post with both weeks' videos accounted for.


5/13: Tab Updates

Posted on May 13, 2018 at 3:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Here's a big tabs update, although it isn't necessarily one with a lot of "big" changes in terms of actually playing the songs, mostly just accounting for the correct number of guitar parts and making sure multiple versions of the same song are consistent in their notation. Regardless, here's the list of affected songs:

-With You: Guitar count increased from 3 to 5 to account for typical Hybrid Theory quadruple-tracked rhythm guitars.

-Points of Authority: Guitar count increased from 6 to 9 to account for typical Hybrid Theory quadruple-tracked rhythm guitars, and to note that the backwards guitar sample near the end of the song is double-tracked. The quadruple-tracked parts only appear in the choruses, with the little lead-in to the chorus at the end of each verse (as well as the first chord of the last chorus) only being played by two guitars.

-Runaway: Guitar count increased from 5 to 7 to account for typical Hybrid Theory quadruple-tracked rhythm guitars, slight changes to end of bridge.

-By Myself: Guitar count increased from 3 to 5 to account for typical Hybrid Theory quadruple-tracked rhythm guitars. Also changed the notation regarding the harmonics, as they're actually played by all four of the main guitar tracks.

-In the End: Guitar count increased from 4 to 7 to account for typical Hybrid Theory quadruple-tracked rhythm guitars, as well as the fact that the distorted harmonics in the choruses are double-tracked. Also made some changes to the end of the bridge and the notation of the feedback at the end of the song.

-A Place for My Head: Guitar count increased from 4 to 6 to account for typical Hybrid Theory quadruple-tracked rhythm guitars. Spots played by only two of the rhythm guitars include the transition from the end of the first verse into the chorus, and the pre-chorus that follows the second verse.

-Forgotten: Guitar count increased from 4 to 6 to account for typical Hybrid Theory quadruple-tracked rhythm guitars. The harmonics in the rap chorus are only played by two of the guitars, as are the muted strums leading into the outro. Also made significant changes to the last line of the bridge, and noted an error made my Guitar 2 near the end of the song where it plays the muted strums that would normally lead into the outro one repeat too early.

-Pushing Me Away: The file data shows that I updated this one, but I can't find any changes, so I think I just updated the description slightly and/or fixed a typo somewhere.

-Easier to Run: Fixed a couple typos.

-Dirt Off Your Shoulder/Lying from You: Guitar count increased from 2 to 4 to account for proper layering, consistent with the Meteora recording of Lying from You.

-Jigga What/Faint: Guitar count increased from 4 to 5 to account for doubling of the lead guitar part (I forgot to update this when I updated the Meteora version of Faint a while back).

-Points of Authority/99 Problems/One Step Closer: Guitar count is now 8 (I think it was 7 before), and all layering of guitar parts is consistent with how they appear on their Hybrid Theory counterparts.

-Points of Authority (Crystal Method Remix): Updated the description a bit.

-Points of Authority (Demo): Guitar count increased from 5 to 6 to account for the backwards guitar sample near the end of the song being doubled.

-Now I See: Guitar count increased from 3 to 5 to account for typical Hybrid Theory quadruple-tracked rhythm guitars (same changes as Hybrid Theory version of With You).

Phew, big list! Still working on editing video for this week's Youtube cover (this one's a BIG project!), and I've still got some guitar updates to add to the site. Those should all be up by Tuesday at the latest.


Youtube Cover of the Week (5/7): Good Goodbye + Tab Updates

Posted on May 7, 2018 at 6:20 PM Comments comments (1)

As promised, after taking the month of April off, I'm resuming uploading videos this week. There have been a lot of multitrack files surfacing in the LP community lately, which has necessitated redoing several tabs and adding more stuff to my video to-do list! Today's update tackles a bit of both. I redid Good Goodbye this week, which covers some changes to both of the "main" guitar parts I covered previously, as well as a third guitar part that I didn't discover until hearing the multitrack (I also added some additional stuff to my video for that part, since it would otherwise consist of playing one two-note chord for the entire song, with long gaps of no playing):

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As far as tabs go, since my last update, I've posted updates to the following songs:

PPR:KUT - Mainly just guitar numbering/layering changes to be consistent with the updates I made for the original version of Papercut recently.

All versions of One Step Closer containing any of the Hybrid Theory guitar work (One Step Closer, 1STP KLOSR, Points of Authority/99 Problems/One Step Closer, and the Humble Bros. Remix) - The multitrack for this one leaked as well, and I had to update the guitar count to properly notate the doubling in certain spots. I also changed one of the harmonics in the second pre-chorus (the one that I thought was on the D string is actually a third harmonic on the G string). Some of these changes resulted in me updating all of the various versions of the song to some degree.

Roads Untraveled - Completely changed the rhythm guitar parts, and added a bit more guitar that appears at the end of the first chorus.

Battle Symphony - This was basically a second complete re-working of the entire tab, much like my previous update to the song. I really can't narrow it down to anything specific, just check it out yourself.

Heavy - There are a couple guitar parts in this that I never heard before, most notably a fingerpicked part in Kiiara's pre-chorus section, and a clean guitar that plays some lower-end octaves. I also changed the tuning to standard, since the lower octave parts require it but none of the other guitar parts use the bottom string.

I have at least one more tab update coming this week, and I'll be tackling one of the above songs for next week's video(s), since they all need to be redone sooner or later! I also have a couple more photos that I've been meaning to add to the site, so keep an eye out for those soon as well.

OH! I almost forgot! I updated that paragraph at the top of the Tabs page that talks about viewing/downloading my tabs - I've discovered that a program called Notepad++ will display my tabs with proper formatting after you download them, unlike the stock Windows versions of Notepad/Wordpad. YAY!