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.
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday 3:30 The Refractionists 2:30
Radio Fire 3:30
Five More Minutes 2:00
Louisa/Nina/Sunny/Maya/Sybil 4:30 The Osmos 3:30
The Daylights 3:30 Melophobia 4:30
Title Wave 5:30
Hebron Lames 4:30
Death Destroyer 5:30
The Nevers 4:00
Night Mares 10:00
Avani/Fiona/Layla/Nico Band 5:30
Unicorn Fury 6:30
The Hazards 5:00
The Bloodhunters 11:00
Empire Scorn 7:30
The Favorites 7:30
The Irrelevants 6:00
Ship to Saturn 7:30
Play along with the old songs once a day.
Oona: 5/8 Siiiiick! Nice work Oona! For an easy next goal can I get 4 verse and 4 chorus in a row with out stopping for your next video? You’re doing good work over there!
Aya: 5/23 Pass! I like your attitude enough to let you pass. Nice work! Until we get into a new song or start working on the video you should check out DVP by PUP. There’s a video set for it on the “super thunder punch” band page. I think you might enjoy singing it. You can still send me videos on this one even though it’s not a band song. Nice work!
4/22 That video was way better! You get the attitude now. You looked greatly amused by your falsetto attempt. You’re welcome for that amazing 15 seconds. You’ll get it. You just need to experiment with it a bit. He’s letting his voice crack and stay there, you’re trying to sing it really well. watch this video and tell me what you think. I want more grit from you. And no falsetto no pass;) you sound great though. Keep it up.
Lumi: 5/8 Whole song. Nice! Here’s what you need to pass. I’d switch the drum pad to the high hat position and just hit the stool for the snare. It’ll sound more like the beat. For the verse check your kick drum pattern. Use the front of your foot and make sure you’re getting all 3. See my video at 0:55 for that. Same thing with the chorus, there’s more kicks than you’re doing. Check 2:30 for that. If you want send me a video of the verse and the chorus just the snare and the kick and I can tell you if you nailed it or not. Finally, make sure you keep your shoulders loose. Watch your video and you’ll see what I mean. Nice work!
4/27 got just the first video but the beat looks good! It’s actually a little fast, so you can slow it down next time. I’ll add to this note when I see the other video. I also loved watching your dad hold the pan lid.
Current songs edited to match our key and arrangement:
Sparta FC – This is a tough one, we played one arrangement with the feel of another. Not an easy edit. The thing to remember is 7 Verse, chorus, 4 Verse Chorus, Bridge, 4 Verse, Chorus, 6 verse Chorus, Bridge