Addie/Esme/Annabelle/Lila/Charlotte Band

Video Project!

Everybody Talks Video Guide Track

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!

We’ll be doing videos of us lying down on cool backgrounds and playing while the camera spins.  Addie shot hers already and they came out awesome!  Watch hers before you start and try to make yours similar but with different backgrounds.  Have the video guide track playing in the background while you do it, NOT on headphones.  Do the claps in the beginning and then play away.  Be creative with the background and how you act in each one!  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.


Good as hellCounting StarsEverybody Talks

Current Assignment:

Play along with the old songs once a day.

Addie: 6/5 I thought you sounded really good in everybody talks until the very end!  Keep practicing it, but do it along with the Video Guide Track I put on your page.  His vocals are in there and that’ll solve that ending problem.  Weak is also sounding good!  I really want those high oooooh’s in the chorus, don’t be scared of them!  You’re closer to getting the verse timing but you’re still a little late.  starting at 1:34 in your video you were right though!  Listen to that and see if you can hear it.  I’d also sing along with the original version, it’ll help with the timing.  Nice work!

Esme: 4/11 You got the knee drumming!  Now we can roll!  Your next goal is to watch the video lesson I made for you and learn Everybody Talks.  How about you start with the verse beat and get me a video of you knee drumming that this weekend?

Lila: 6/5 This sounds great Lila!  We’ll go over a couple of notes on how to make a good video today on zoom.  All your parts are right but take a close look at the bridge.  5, Open, 5, 7.  You missed the 7.  DEFINTELY do the dancing in the quiet part when you make your real video, it’s awesome.

6/4.   Nice work waking up to practice!  That’s why you’re getting so good!  Today do one with the music, tomorrow I’m going to teach you guys how to make the video!  DON’T LET ME FORGET TO HELP YOU TUNE AT ZOOM ON FRIDAY!  Nice owls.

Charlotte: 5/18 Pass!  Nice work Charlotte!  You are super on top of playing with the song.  You were worried about mistakes, but I only heard a couple, and you got right back on the beat.  That’s something that makes a goo musician!  Keep playing the old songs, we’ll pick a new one Friday.  nice work Charlotte!

5/4 Got your email!  The notes for counting stars are F, G#, D#, C#.  Some parts are chords and some are just notes but they are all based on those notes.  I think if you play them for a minute it’ll all come back to you.

4/30 Wow Charlotte!  You have been practicing!  That sounds amazing.  To pass it I want to hear you play it along with the Lila:Addie:Charlotte:Annabelle:Esme Arrangement Everybody Talks recording.  It should be easy based on how that last video sounded!  You’re inches away Charlotte!  Nice work!

Everybody talks structure:

Intro, Verse, Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Solo, half verse just Annabelle, chorus.  Done.

Weak Structure:

Verse 4x, Chorus 4x, 1 Measure Rest,  Verse 4x, Chorus 4x,  Ending 1x

Current songs edited to match our key and arrangement:

Lila:Addie:Charlotte:Annabelle:Esme Arrangement Good as Hell

Lila:Addie:Charlotte:Annabelle:Esme Arrangement Counting Stars

Lila:Addie:Charlotte:Annabelle:Esme Arrangement Everybody Talks

Lila:Addie:Charlotte:Annabelle:Esme Weak


Weak Guitar only for Vocal Practice

Weak Bass Verse

Weak Bass Chorus

Weak Bass Ending

Weak Keys Verse

Weak Keys Chorus

Weak Keys Ending

Charlotte Everybody Talks Video

Lila:Addie:Charlotte:Annabelle:Esme Everybody Talks Guitar only

Lila Everybody Talks Video

Esme Everybody Talks Video

Annabelle Everybody Talks Video