The Guitars of Linkin Park


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2/14: Latest Youtube Happenings...

Posted on February 14, 2017 at 5:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Sorry I haven't addressed this already, but better late than never, I suppose. Not long after uploading my latest "new" videos for No More Sorrow, I noticed that around a dozen of my previous Youtube videos had been blocked worldwide with no explanation whatsoever. All of the tracks in question are still listed as "viewable worldwide" on Youtube's Music Policies page, and I haven't heard any news on there being a new dispute between Youtube and WMG or anything like that, so I can only assume that either WMG is overstepping their own boundaries and throwing out blocks on songs that creators are supposed to be allowed to use in their content (perhaps in preparation for the release of the new LP single/album - they always seem to go overboard with this bullshit around the time of an album release), or they've got some new intern working in their legal department that doesn't know what the fuck they're doing.

In any case, attempts to re-record/re-upload these videos using my normal format have also been immediately blocked worldwide, so I've elected to re-upload them with isolated audio tracks - no music in the background, just my guitar work. Feedback on the handful of videos I've done this way has been very positive, so I'll consider doing more videos this way in the future. But for now, here's a list of the affected videos:

Already re-uploaded:
-Papercut (with slight edits from previous upload)
-One Step Closer
-In Between
-Shadow of the Day (all 3 parts - part 3 wasn't blocked, but I re-uploaded it isolated to be consistent with the others)

To be re-uploaded (possibly re-recorded from previous versions):
-Breaking the Habit
-Crawling (both parts)
-Hands Held High (I filed a copyright dispute on this one just to see what happens, but I anticipate it being blocked again)
-Leave Out All the Rest (only part 1 blocked, but I'll redo both)
-The Catalyst

Re-uploading the blocked videos will be my top priority for the time being, and I won't be following my usual "weekends only" upload schedule, instead I'll be posting them as soon as I'm able to. Once these are taken care of, I'll resume my usual upload schedule. Whether future videos will feature isolated guitar tracks or not largely depends on whether or not my "usual" versions get blocked. For now, I'm considering the isolated versions to be a backup option, but I might be convinced to make them my normal upload method in the future if the response is overwhelmingly positive.

Peace out, and P.S., WMG - Get your shit together.

Youtube Cover of the Week (1/23): No More Sorrow/New Mike Guitar

Posted on January 23, 2017 at 9:15 PM Comments comments (1)

Getting back into doing some Youtube stuff this week, should have a few consecutive weeks worth of uploads coming for you guys. This week, I decided to put my recently-purchased EBow to work and finally do No More Sorrow properly:

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Also, I added a new/old guitar to Mike's section, a custom Valley Arts guitar that he signed and was photographed with as part of the festivities surrounding the Live 8 performance in 2005.


1/5 Update: New guitars...sort of!

Posted on January 5, 2017 at 2:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Happy New Year! I've finally done some catching up on studio photos from sessions for the band's seventh album (which is basically finished at this point, from what I know). While I haven't found any "new" guitars, I have found numerous pictures of different band members using guitars I previously hadn't seen them with - Brad with Ethan Mates' vintage Gibson SG, Mike with Brad's Custom Shop Strat, etc., so you'll see some new stuff on all four of the guitar-related pages. I also found a better photo of Brad with the "Cardboard Chaos" Strat, so that entry has been updated as well, as has a little bit of information on a few other entries. Looks like the band is sticking with the same array of guitars they used for The Hunting Party for the most part!

Anyway, had a good recording session today...right now my tentative plan is to start uploading videos again sometime the week of January 23rd. Working on some more tabs-related stuff when I'm not recording, too!


12/29: Tab Updates

Posted on December 29, 2016 at 1:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Finished updating guitar info for the rest of the songs in the "Misc. LP Songs" folder - that's everything from Little Boxes through What I've Done (Distorted Remix). I've also made more significant updates to the following songs:

-Little Boxes: After giving this another listen, I realized it's actually fingerpicked and the bottom note on the G string is always plucked with the thumb at the same time as the top note on the E string, so I updated the tab. Also corrected spacing.

-Points of Authority (Crystal Method Remix): Corrected spacing.

-QWERTY: Added numerous downward slides that were previously absent from the tab, made note of a slight variation at the end of the first chorus that I hadn't noticed before, and notated that the upward slides leading into each verse are only played by one guitar.

Moving right along here...I'm trying to update a few tabs every day on the days I don't have to work.


12/28: Tab Updates/Small Recording Update

Posted on December 28, 2016 at 3:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Hey guys, sneaking in here with another tab update before the end of the year. I've added guitar info for approximately half of the songs in the "Misc. LP Songs" category - Everything from A.06 through L.O.A.T.R. (M. Shinoda Remix). Should be getting the rest of that section done in short order too. In addition, I've made more significant updates to the following songs:

-Three Band Terror: I changed the tuning of 2 out of the 3 guitars from open D to D standard, as the sustained chords played by the rhythm guitars really don't make a lot of sense in the open tuning the main part is played in.

-Announcement Service Public: Guitar count increased from 4 to 5, as the powerchord part is doubled.

-Blackbirds: Since I changed the positioning of the clean part in Valentine's Day and the clean part in this song is nearly identical in tone and note choice, I made a similar change with this song as well.

-Buy Myself Remix: Adjusted spacing.

-Dedicated: Adjusted spacing.

-High Voltage (Remix): Adjusted spacing, guitar count increased from 1 to 2 (everything is doubled).

Also, I'm currently on my longest break from school since I started at McNally Smith (I get a whole five weeks off for winter break!), so as of this week, I've resumed recording material for my Youtube channel (yay!). Right now my plan is to record as much as I can during the break, then I'll start uploading videos once I go back to school the week of January 23rd. I've got a couple parts of previously-recorded songs that I'm re-recording, and I'm also tackling a few new things as well, including recording No More Sorrow with my new EBow!

As I head into my TENTH year of working on both my Youtube covers and this website (jeez I'm getting old), I just want to say that I appreciate all of you for sticking with me, and I hope I can continue to provide quality material for you. 2016's been quite a drag, and while there's a lot of big things for us all to be concerned about in 2017 and beyond, I believe that music will continue to be a source of positivity in the world.