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!
Our concept for the fun video will be to wear a paper bag on our heads with an angry face painted on it and play high hopes going absolutely bananas. I think this band will excel at this. This should be done to the video guide track again, but no headphones are necessary this time, except for Luka. They should do the claps, put on the bag, and then just get after it when the song starts. When the song ends they should remove the bag from their heads by tearing it and then look at the camera for a few seconds. No need to worry about playing well, we’ll be using the audio from the other video’s you’ve sent. Guitar and bass don’t even need to plug in. That’s it! 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.
Can't stop the feeling High hopes Dynamite Verse Dynamite Chorus Dynamite Bridge Dynamite Structure Landon Pass Pass! No No No No AK Pass Pass! Pass! No Pass! No Jackson Pass Pass! No Pass! No Pass! Nicky Pass Pass! Pass! Pass! Pass! No Noah Pass Pass! No No No No Luka Pass Pass! Pass! Pass! No No
Everyone: Play along with Can’t stop the feeling once a day
Here’s the structure of High Hopes:
Intro 6x (chorus for everyone but Luka), Verse 4x, Prechorus 2x, Chorus 4x, Verse 4x, Prechorus 4x, Chorus 4x
Can’t stop the feeling structure:
Verse 5x, Prechorus, Chorus 3x, Verse 4x, Prechorus, Chorus 4x
Dynamite Structure: Verse 6x, Chorus 8x, Verse 6x, Chorus 8x, Bridge, Chorus 10x
Luka: 6/18 You tased the chorus Luka! Nice work!
Landon: 5/29 Nice Landon! That sounds great! Once you settled in all of those notes are right. All you have left to do on that is smooth it out. At 1:50 in the chorus video I made for you I play it for a while slowly. You should play along with that, rewind it, and do it again until you can’t stand it anymore. That will smooth everything out and get you ready to play it fast. That’s a tough part Landon! Great job!
Jackson: 5/29 Yo Jackson this sounds awesome! Great energy, no surprise. I’m going to pass you on the chorus and the structure. Your chorus sounds awesome and you clearly know where everything goes. You need to tidy up the lyrics in the 2nd verse and the bridge and then you’ll pass!
AK: 6/3 Bridge sounds rad AK! Pass! Nice job. Now get started on that verse. That’s where the money’s at.
Noah: 6/6 Noah high hopes sounds awesome! I thought everyone would be rusty but you’re killing it! There’s nothing I would change. Good luck with making the first video this week!
Nicky: 5/29 Nice one Nicky! I’m gonna pass you on the bridge! You should now play along with the whole song and see if you can get the structure right. Verse 6x, Chorus 8x, Verse 6x, Chorus 8x, Bridge, Chorus 10x When you can play that along with the recording you pass the whole song! Solid work on this one Nicky.
Current songs edited to match our key and arrangement: