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Youtube Cover of the Week (6/19): Battle Symphony

Posted on June 21, 2017 at 1:00 AM Comments comments (1)

I know I keep posting these late every week...my current work schedule basically has Tuesday and Wednesday as my "weekend," so I'm always strapped for time when it comes to actually meeting my intended upload schedule on ACTUAL weekends...but anyway, here's another song from the new album, and I had to split it across four videos to cover all of the parts!


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Unfortunately this will probably be my last One More Light song for a little while, as the four songs I've covered account for the four I've tabbed! I have Talking to Myself figured out now (just haven't quite transcribed it all), but I'm still avoiding covering anything with acoustic guitar parts until I can buy a new one. I'm going to revisit at least a couple more older songs coming up here...Bleed it Out and Lost in the Echo in particular are a couple of the bigger ones I've been meaning to tackle.


As for the photo hosting situation, right now it's looking like I'm going to be using a new Instagram account specifically for this site and direct linking to the images after they're uploaded, assuming I don't run into any unforseen problems with that idea. I'll keep you guys posted with any updates.


-Anthony

Re: Photo Hosting

Posted on June 15, 2017 at 2:05 AM Comments comments (1)

It has come to my attention that Photobucket has recently started blocking photo access for anyone running an adblocker. A personal policy of mine is that I will not, under any circumstances, do business with (or even knowingly use) a website that does this. I wholeheartedly believe in the rights of Internet users to customize their preferred web browser as they see fit without having their browsing experience restricted in any manner, and anyone with basic knowledge of web-based monetization formats knows that there's very little money to be had in digital ad revenue anyway. Go ahead and run ads if you really feel like there's something to gain from it, but don't force them upon people as a requirement for using your website. As a result of this, Photobucket is losing a customer who has been with them for 12 years, and I'm currently exploring other options for photo hosting. I apologize to anyone affected by this.


-Anthony

6/14: Various Updates + Announcement!

Posted on June 14, 2017 at 11:50 PM Comments comments (1)

I've got a few things to announce today! First of all, while I'm not calling it a "Youtube cover of the week," per se, I did upload an updated cover of Lies Greed Misery over the weekend. I redid this one to fix some editing issues with my first attempt, plus I added my favorite compressor plugin in the effects chain. This was a quick one since I was busy all weekend...recording something more substantial for this weekend!


Second, some guitar updates:

-I thought Brad was carrying 3 Strats in each rig on this tour, but he's actually only carrying 2 - the Strat he has in standard tuning for One More Light/Talking to Myself also serves as his backup guitar, as evidenced by him using his Rory Gallagher Strat on some Drop D-tuned songs on the current European tour, even though they're using the A rig for this tour and he's also been seen using his pink Strat.
-As a result of the above information, I've realized that the purple Time Machine Strat and sunburst Road Worn Strat have actually not been brought back into active duty, like I previously thought. I've updated entries on those guitars to reflect this.
-Also, since Brad's using the Inca Silver Strat as his backup in the C rig, that means he's actually only using 2 of the Rory Gallagher Strats now, strangely enough.
-Brad also has a new Martin acoustic/electric that he's using for performances of Sharp Edges, but I haven't found a particularly good photo of it yet - I'll add it to the site as soon as I do!
-As I predicted, Chester did end up adding that plum-colored D'Angelico Deluxe DC to his arsenal, it's his A rig guitar now (the red Premier DC is now exclusively in the C rig).


Lastly, a rare personal announcement...while many of you have probably seen this on my various social media accounts already, I'm excited to say that my wife (who I met on the LPU) is 10 weeks pregnant with our first child! Mike Shinoda even gave us a little shout-out on Twitter earlier, which immediately blew my phone up with push notifications, haha.


-Anthony

Youtube Cover of the Week (6/5): Invisible + New Chester Guitar

Posted on June 6, 2017 at 3:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Posting Monday's cover of the week on Tuesday because I had a gig this weekend and got a late start on recording, just got the videos up a couple hours ago! I tackled another new song this week, this time it's the pretty light-on-guitar Invisible...I threw in an improvised solo in the first video for the hell of it. I like to remind people (myself included) that I'm actually sort of a competent lead guitarist when I want to be. I'm not paying nearly 30 grand a year to go to music school and NOT know how to improvise!


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I also added a new guitar to Chester's page, it's an MJT Guitars Telecaster copy that the band has been using in the studio since 2013, which was already on the Misc. Guitars page.


Probably going to step back and do an older song for next week's cover, and I'm also working on tabbing Talking to Myself as I type this.


-Anthony

6/1: Big Guitars Update!

Posted on June 1, 2017 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

As promised, here's my biggest guitars update in several years! You may have seen some of the new stuff periodically added to the website over the past few days (I didn't add everything all at once), but it's officially done now. Here are some of the highlights:


-All "active touring use" guitars have been updated, and are current as of the iHeartRadio album release show on May 22nd. Some guitars have changed rigs/tunings, some are no longer in use as of this tour, and some have returned after absences. I'll admit that I'm making educated guesses on a few of the backup guitars (particularly for Brad), but I'm fairly confident that all of this information is correct.


-New Brad stuff: A Jazzmaster from the One More Light recording sessions, a new backup PRS that I'd never seen before, and a couple oddities - one of Chester's D'Angelico guitars (from rehearsals), and a random acoustic guitar from a promo performance in New York.


-New Mike stuff: Nothing! Mike's guitar arsenal doesn't seem to have changed at all for this album, other than a few guitars being moved around.


-New Chester stuff: Chester is now a D'Angelico Guitars artist, and is playing two (soon to be three, probably) of their DC models on tour for "Battle Symphony." There's also a random Tanglewood acoustic guitar he's been seen with a couple times recently.


-New Misc. Guitars stuff: "Leave Out All the Rest" is back in the set for the first time in several years, and Phoenix is now playing Mike's SG's on it! There are also new pictures of Phoenix and Joe playing Takamine acoustic guitars.


Now that this is out of the way, back to tabbing and recording. Yaaaaaay!

-Anthony


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