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8/17 - Tab Updates

Posted on August 17, 2019 at 11:40 PM Comments comments (0)

No video this weekend, but here's a pretty substantial tabs update:

-I updated the "Other Bands/Misc." page a bit. I now have it sorted in the following order: LP drum tabs, LP remixes I've been involved with, LP covers I've been involved with, and tabs for other artists. I've removed entries for stuff by my non-LP-related music projects as part of my efforts to keep that side of my music career as its own entity. I also added a tab to this page, it's actually one I posted ages ago for a Leo Brouwer classical guitar etude and never put on the page for some reason. This section will likely not be updated very often, although I do at least intend to add tabs for the listed covers/remixes that haven't been posted yet.

-Bass tabs: I updated my tab for Iridescent a bit (the bass in the second verse is a little different than what I thought, and the C notes at the end of the song are all played on the low D string instead of the A string), and also added a separate bass tab for the Iridescent "Energy Up Version" from Transformers, as the bassline is a little different in that one.

In addition, the following guitar tabs have been updated in some significant form (many others have seen formatting updates, but no changes to their actual content):

-Iridescent: I reverted back from thinking the main guitar line is played by a combination of two guitars, it's actually one. I did change some of the 2-note chords to 3-note chords though, as the low G under the first part of that riff is very prominent on the album version. I also made a slight change to the slide at the end of Guitar 1's clean line after the first chorus, and the rhythm guitars play a higher variation of the A5 chord at the very end of the song from what I thought they did.

-Iridescent (Energy Up Version): Made all the changes necessary for this version to be consistent with the album version. I also realized that the EBow guitar part is present in the second chorus of this version along with the extra clean guitar, so I added that as well.

-Not Alone: The part Guitar 1 plays at the end of the first verse is a little different from what I thought, and Guitar 2's entire part is a bit more complicated than what I had before.

-Carry Me Away: Added a lot of parenthetical notation stuff for when notes are carried across from one staff to the next.

I have a few more tab updates in the works, mainly I need to completely redo Mike's remix of Castle of Glass from Recharged (there's a lot more guitar in there than I thought), and potentially look at updates to a few more things. After that I'm going to jump back into working on the LPU 15 and 16 songs, then tackle a few oddball songs I've never tabbed like Bruiser, Closing, Fiends, and some collaborations/remixes.


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!


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!


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.


YouTube Cover of the Week (7/22): Forgotten/Tab Updates

Posted on July 22, 2019 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Sorry I didn't upload anything last week, one of my bands was playing a big festival gig last weekend (the biggest gig I've ever played, actually), and I just didn't have time. As promised, here's my new cover of Forgotten, this one's completely re-recorded just like Hit the Floor was:

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That pretty much wraps up Hybrid Theory for good! Unless the multitracks for A Place for My head come out at some point and show I need to re-record that one (the guitar in With You/Points of Authority is straightforward enough that I'm already sure those are right), I don't really see a reason why I'd ever need to re-record any of those songs. I do still want to remix Cure for the Itch at some point just to have something uploaded for each song on the album, but in terms of "actual guitar" stuff, I'm closing the book on this album. I've got a couple more Meteora songs in the works next, although I won't be able to completely finish that album yet because I still don't have a baritone guitar (I have my sights set on a PRS SE 277, but first I need to pay off that new piano you see behind me in my latest video!). Just gonna keep plugging away at the main LP discography in general for as long as I can.

In terms of tabs, I have two updates: I redid my Robot Boy (Test Mix) tab to be consistent with the changes I made to the album version a while ago, and I also changed the notation of the tapped harmonics in Figure.09 into something that should be a bit easier to read.

Lastly, I kept a pretty low profile on July 20th this year...there were a lot of people posting nice tributes and saying nice things, but for some reason I just didn't feel like I had it in me to say anything. I'm still not sure if that means I'm doing well, or if I'm not doing well. Chester is still sorely missed, though.