Video Project!

Yellow Guide Track for Video

Actual Music Video Instructions:

In this video there is no reason to use headphones when you play the guide track, just play it on something nice and loud.  We will not be using any audio from this video.  Feel free to talk while you’re making it.  If you’re playing you should attempt to play the actual song so it looks a little like it’s lining up with the music but it’s not super important.  If you’re singing you should actually sing so your lips line up with the music.  If you can do the claps in the beginning without messing up your video please do them!  KEEP THAT CAMERA SIDEWAYS!

For your concept, which is brilliant by the way, I could use a couple runs through the song, different angle, steady camera.  Sitting in some kind of chair in an uptight sitting room or something seems perfect, though I trust you.  Someone suggested all wearing monochromatic outfits that are not yellow.  I like that. Have the video guide track playing on your phone so you know how long to film.  I’ll be cutting back and forth between shots so if you sneeze or need to dump more hot sauce in your eye for tears it’s fine.  Haley, in your takes your voice needs to sync up with the voice on the video guide track so please do the clap in the beginning.  Have fun!

Careful Music Video Instructions:

The first video we’ll be making is the “careful” video.  For this one the goal is to carefully play the song so we have a good audio track for the final video.  I’ll also be using the video from this round to make our “studio” video.  To make this video grab some headphones and play along with the video guide track that’s above.  In the intro you’ll hear my count, then a clap, another clap and then one more count.  After you hear the first count you should clap along with both claps and after the second count start playing the song.  The claps are important, if you don’t quite get it right start again.  These claps will sync up your video and audio with the rest of the band so if they’re early or late you’ll be out of time in the video.  You should play the song as well as you can, maybe do a few takes.  DON’T STRESS about perfection though!  I can fix a few mistakes in post production so if you crush the whole song but miss a note at the end you’re done.  Below are the guidelines for each instrument that will help you get good audio and video so please make sure you read yours before you start.  Have fun!

Guidelines for Everyone: 

Hold your camera sideways (landscape/horizontal format). No vertical video!

Use headphones to listen to the guide track.

Record in a quiet room.  Every sound in your video will end up in the final videos.

Rooms with less echo are better to record in, you’ll sound better.  Rooms with furniture, carpet and curtains work well.

Keep your camera steady.  If possible, put it on something instead of holding it.

If possible have a solid color for a background, like a painted wall.

You should have plenty of light on you but make sure it’s NOT coming from behind you.

No need to look at the camera, pretend it’s not there.

Phones almost always have better cameras than laptops so if possible use your phone.

Don’t trim the video’s beginning or end.  I’ll handle that.

Vocal Video Guidelines:

Keep the camera close.  Aim for a head and upper body shot from the side like THIS.

Sing loud, don’t hold back!

Drums Video Guidelines:

A real challenge for recording drums is getting the cymbals to not drown out the other drums.

Play the cymbals lightly and other drums loud.  Kick and Snare are most important!

If you have time try a few different camera positions and see which one has the quietest cymbals.  Holding the camera close to the floor can help.  Try somewhere around the kick drum looking up at the drummer’s face like THIS.

Guitar and Bass Video Guidelines:

Tune right before you make the video!  I can help tune on zoom if you don’t have a tuner, just email or text me to set up a time.

Use your amp and turn it up! As long as you can hear the music in the headphones you’re not too loud.

Aim for a video that has your head and most of your instrument like THIS.

If you don’t have an amp it’s VERY important that the room is quiet.  I’ll be boosting the signal a lot so any background noise will get boosted too. Play loud but don’t beat on it.  Holding the camera like THIS will help.

Keys Video Guidelines:

If you’re playing a piano try holding the camera like THIS.  Play normally.

If you are playing a keyboard THIS is a good angle.  Keep the volume high.


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Current Assignment:

Everyone: Play along with the old songs once a day.

Anika: 5/26 Sounds really good Anika!  You were asking about the prechorus at the end.  It’s that guitar part that was playing right when you stopped the video.  I’d consider it optional but you should at least know it’s there.  All the parts sound good, the one change I’d like you to make is to use your pinky on that 7th fret E string note.  That’s going to smooth a few things out once you get used to it, especially that trickier verse.  that’s it!  Pass it!

Haley: 5/1 everything sounds mint but that prechorus!  I made you a practice audio file, you’ll see it below.  That should sort you out.

Sydney: 5/18 YOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Pass.  Keep practicing the old songs.  We’ll figure you out a bonus song on zoom later.  Nice work, new record among all the bands.

Josie: 6/1 The song sounds great, all the parts are right and the structure is perfect.  Your only issue is playing too fast on the chorus.  The second chorus you made it 1 chord progression before speeding up, it was almost there.  That’s the only thing!

Maniac Structure: Verse 2x, Prechorus, Chorus 4x, Verse 2x, Prechorus, Chorus 4x, Bridge 2x, Chorus 4x Only rhea first time

Catch and Release Structure: Verse 3x, Prechorus 2x, Chorus 2x, Verse 6x, prechorus 2x, chorus 2x, verse 2x, prechorus 1x

Current songs edited to match our key and arrangement:

20:20 Arrangement The Bones

20:20 Arrangement Yellow

20:20 Arrangement Chasing Cars

20:20 Arrangement Maniac

20:20 Arrangement Catch nd Release


20:20 Arrangement Catch nd Release Guitar Only

Catch and Release Guitar Verse

Catch and Release Guitar Prechorus

Catch and Release Guitar Chorus

Catch and Release Bass Verse

Catch and Release Bass Prechorus

Catch and Release Bass Chorus

Catch and Release Keys Verse

Catch and Release Keys Prechorus

Catch and Release Keys Chorus

Catch and Release Drums Verse

Catch and Release Drums Prechorus

Catch and Release Drums Chorus


Haley Maniac Prechorus

Maniac Guitar Only for Haley

Sydney Maniac

Rhea Maniac

Anika Maniac

Josie Maniac