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Youtube Cover of the Week (7/25): When They Come for Me

Posted on July 29, 2016 at 1:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Sorry about posting this 3 days after I meant to...I'll be honest, I've been playing a lot of Pokemon GO and forgot. >_>

Anyway, this week's cover isn't a challenging one playing-wise, but it's tricky in terms of tone. When They Come for Me has a very fuzzy guitar tone with some sub-octave stuff going on, plus it has a very weird out-of-phase kind of sound as well. I made use of the Filter Matrix mode on my EHX Epitome's Electric Mistress section to create similar sounds (for those that don't know, the Filter Matrix mode basically allows you to "freeze" the pedal's flanger effect in various spots on the flanger's sweep). Guitar 1 is basically just a repeating C octave pattern that only appears for a few seconds in the intro, but comes back during the bridge and outro, so I added a bunch of extra stuff in between...

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...and Guitar 2 consists of the part that Brad actually plays live, which appears during the bridge/outro. There's also a little 4-note sample of this guitar part that re-appears near the very end of the song, so I played the main C# to C pattern during that part of the song to have something in between the main part and the sampled part:

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I've got some catching up to do since I went a few weeks without uploading anything, so I plan on doing two songs this weekend.


7/14: Tab Updates

Posted on July 14, 2016 at 5:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Been a while since I did some of that guitar info stuff for my tabs, so in the midst of a bout of insomnia, I finally got around to doing it for Meteora. I also made some changes to Easier to Run (changed the octave guitar parts to note that they're doubled, removed the flanger guitar part at the end of the bridge because that effect is actually a scratch sample thing, added a feedback fade-in before the bridge that I previously missed) and Faint (changed the octave guitar parts to note that they're doubled).

Probably not going to sleep at all tonight, so I'm gonna go try to record a bit...

*7/15 UPDATE: Added guitar info for all tabs from Mike's 2005 MTV VMAs score. Didn't feel like it warranted another post so I just edited this one.


7/11: New Chester Guitar/Tab Updates

Posted on July 11, 2016 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Hey guys...sorry for the lack of Youtube uploads the last couple weekends. Midterm exams were two weeks ago and I didn't have time to record, and one of my good friends passed away unexpectedly this past Thursday, so I kind of lost the motivation to do much over the weekend. I did have time to do a little bit of other stuff though...first of all, we have a new guitar in Chester's section, which he played on the streets of Beijing during an impromptu performance earlier this month:

Second, I made a pretty significant tabs update today! Most notably, I tabbed the three Fort Minor Militia songs with guitar in them (Do What We Did, Strange Things, and Tools of the Trade), which can be found HERE (individual links are on the Tabs page, under the "Misc. Fort Minor Songs" section). Also, I got a tip that Mike actually started using Fender Stratocasters during the Fort Minor period, which actually makes a lot of sense now that I think about how some of those guitar tones sounded...I updated guitar info in a few Fort Minor songs to reflect this, and I also made a note in my tabs for Clarity and Basquiat that those songs bear the unusual distinction of being Linkin Park demos recorded with Strats that are also tuned down half a step - Mike was still tuning down half a step during the Fort Minor period, so his earliest Minutes to Midnight demos were also tuned that way, even the ones that used Strats. The decision to try "tuning up" was something the full band made a little bit later in the writing process for that album.

Anyway, I should be getting a significant amount of recording done this week...although at least part of it will be for a project that doesn't directly involve my Youtube channel. Regardless, I promise I'll have SOMETHING for you this weekend, even if I don't necessarily catch up on the two weeks that I've missed.


Youtube Cover of the Week (6/27): Rebellion

Posted on June 28, 2016 at 1:40 AM Comments comments (0)

I did another re-shoot this week, and it's one I've been meaning to do for a while. My original recording of the main part in Rebellion, while "correct," was really sloppy by my standards and I didn't really care for the tone either. Giving it another shot came out MUCH better...

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Also, for a refresher, here's my video of Guitar 2, which I'll probably be leaving as-is for the forseeable future:

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In terms of my game plan for my next few uploads, still working through that Cure for the Itch cover as I have time, I have a week off school starting Wednesday and a 3-day weekend from work coming up, so I should be able to get a big chunk of it done this week, if not all of it. It'll be uploaded "when it's done," regardless. In terms of other re-recordings, since that's been my theme as of late, I only have two more planned: The lead guitar part in Waiting for the End (Guitar 2), as well as A Place for My Head (I mainly just want to redo the clean parts, but I may re-record the whole thing just to see if it comes out better). After that, I'm going to focus on doing a few more songs that use my Flying V and RG, since those two guitars are in the best "playing shape" of my collection at the moment. Songs that you'll probably see in the near future include When They Come for Me, Drawbar, and In Pieces, and depending on how well I can work out the effects, possibly Victimized and Wretches and Kings as well. I also may do Somewhere I Belong soon, while I don't have a 6-string set up for a baritone Bb tuning right now, I think I might just use my 7-string tuned down half a step since that's a much simpler solution.


Youtube Cover(s) of the Week (6/20): Wastelands/Shadow of the Day

Posted on June 20, 2016 at 2:35 AM Comments comments (0)

I did two different songs this week, so I'm "caught up" on my upload schedule again. Continuing the trend of the last couple weeks, I elected to re-record parts of a couple other songs for various reasons (I PROMISE the list of songs I plan on re-recording is currently pretty short, and I'll get on to different stuff shortly). First up, we have Mike's part in Wastelands, which I re-recorded the chorus part for...

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...And secondly, we have the lead guitar part in Shadow of the Day (I re-recorded the second lead part, but re-used the first guitar solo from my previous upload):

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Next week, I'll probably redo another song/part of a song, but I'll also get back to tabbing as well. That Cure for the Itch remix/cover I keep talking about is coming along some drum programming for it done today, as a matter of fact. I'll be sharing that as soon as its done, although I don't have an exact timeframe for it yet.