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!
Your band will be playing in the front or back seat of a car, hanging yourself and some of your instrument out the window playing the song while the car drives VERY slowly in a circle around someone holding the camera. Keep your eyes on the camera while you play. Have the person turn to keep the camera facing at you. Play the video guide track in the car on a phone or something and do the claps so we can sync things up. No headphones! Play the whole song and try to look cool. No audio will be saved from this one so don’t worry about playing the right notes. 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.
Falling Down Circles Pina Colada I Want it That Way Oliver Pass Pass Pass NO Noah Pass Pass Pass Pass! Benji Pass Pass Pass Pass! Angelo Pass Pass Pass NO Bridget Pass Pass Pass NO
Everybody: Play along with the old songs once a day
Noah: 5/27 You DID get it! Nice work Noah. Pass!
Angelo: 5/2 Verse beat sound sick Angelo! Great feel. The cymbal only beat needs to have the crash on beats 2 and 4, not 1. The last beat to learn is the chorus and you already know it, just go to the ride instead of the hat and play a real snare instead of the side stick. Your next goal should be to put the song in headphones and play along with the whole thing, switching in the right places. Save the bonus Hi Hats for after that’s sorted out. Nice!
Benji: 5/18 Pass! Solid work Benji! that song has a lot going on it. Keep practicing it once a day, there’s some spots where you’re just barely getting things in time and I want those to feel smooth. Also play one of the old ones every day, just rotate. Well done!
Bridget: 5/25 Yo this sounds great Bridget! Same thing as with the other song, your voice sounds much fuller and more confident even than last week. I think you’re doing something different and it’s working! Make sure you take the time to figure out what it is! This last version sounds great until you get to the bridge. You do the second half of the bridge a little early and stay that way for the rest of the song. Take a listen to your own video and see if you can hear that. You may want to listen a couple of times to my version without singing and see if you can identify when the parts change. I think if you’re more aware of then the chords change you’ll be able to fix those timing mistakes. The rest sounds great! Keep up the solid work!
4/25 nice Bridget! That’s the toughest step, playing with my version, and it sounds great! Here’s some things to work on. Check the ending of the second chorus. It’s actually one note for both “that” and “way”. This is tricky because that’s a chord that’s out of the normal key of the song so you may not be able to trust your instincts. That note is a D# on your piano if you want to check it. The bridge notes need a little work too. The first note you should be singing is a b note, and it’s actually the main note for that section. He starts on it and returns to it a lot. For the quiet part after the bridge slow down al little bit. When you get to 2:17 I want you to sing all 4 “you are”. They’re all different notes, it’ll sound awesome. then the guitar and bass play their line and right AFTER that you sing “Don’t wanna hear you”. The last chorus is a toughie for sure. They modulate, which means change the whole song to be higher, so you have to change keys with them. The starting note is g#. Nice work Bridget! This is a hard song with a lot of parts and you’re doing great!
I want it that way structure: Intro 2x, Verse 2x, Chorus, Verse 1x, Chorus 2, Bridge, Chorus 3, Mod Chorus 3x, Ending
Current songs edited to match our key and arrangement:
Band of Horses Funeral Verse, Heavy Verse, Chorus, Verse, Heavy Verse, Chorus, Ending