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 video project will be the band all standing in the shower, all your clothes on (please), totally wet eating pork and beans (or something) directly from a can and candy. Donato should sing the whole song, everyone else should just be ridiculous. Parents, I realize now that you’re reading that this is what I’m allowing them to do you’re about to fire me. That’s ok, I deserve it. Play the video guide track on something while you’re in there and try to move to the music at some parts. Donato you should sing the whole thing as well as you can so your lips line up with the real music. It would be cool if in the beginning of the video the camera was walking through the house and someone was shouting “where is that dang kid” and the song started when you pull the shower curtain back to find them. If you could all send me a couple of clips of the guys in the shower pretending to make the sound effect that would be cool too. Doesn’t have to be with the music. Have fun!
Careful 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.
Centuries Pork and Beans ?????? Markus Pass Pass No Nadav Pass Pass No Ian Pass Pass No Dean Pass Pass No Matthew Pass Pass No Donato Pass Pass No
Everyone: Play along with the old songs one a day.
Matthew: 5/18 Nice! Now you’re on the bus! Keep these videos coming! Nice work learning those tricky 3 note chords. The last three are right but there is at least one wrong note in the first one. Check my video at 0:49 for the notes in that chord. After you fix that the hard work is done! All you have to do is put things together. Make it your next goal to fix that one chord and then get me a video of the WHOLE prechorus. Nice work Matthew!
Donato: 6/1 That one was a little rough Donato! You know that though. Hilarious intro as always, thank you. IF you really want to pass it focus on the bridge. That was the only thing I really needed fixed in the last video. I left my old note below, read the last bit about the bridge and have another whack at it!
5/22 “oh my god this video is six minutes long” is my favorite part of your video. Hilarious. This is sounding good! Your intro notes are wrong but you nail every note after the intro. If you have a guitar handy your starting note is the 4th fret on the B string, or an Eb on piano. If you could play either before the song starts it’ll sort you out. When the prechorus ends if you say to yourself 1,2,3,4,1 then sing the intro line to the chorus it’ll work out perfectly. For the bridge you nailed coming in, and you nailed the gap before the end part. The only thing that’s messing you up now is waiting too long between the two ALIBI parts at the end. Don’t wait a chord progression in between them and you’re good! Your’e close on this!
Dean: 5/29 Yo Dean! Rock bet 101 is killing it now! Nice work! The band voted to do pork and beans for the video shoot so you should focus only on that for now. Remember, that ENTIRE song is rock beat 101 either on the hi hat or the ride. The only time you leave rock beat 101 is to do the little hits on the tom before the chorus. Make your next video of you playing with that song in headphones and make sure you’re sticking with rock beat 101. Nice work!
Markus: 4/18 Yo sounds awesome for the first video! I don’t have tons to say besides are you ever not eating a klondike bar? Watch my video again and pay close attention to how to count the bridge. The notes are perfect but you’re not changing them at the right time. Once you sort that out you should be only playing along with the original recording. I want your next video to be along with that recording too. Solid work Markus!
Ian: 6/1 Nice work Ian! These parts all sound great! Your bass needs a tune, bad. Once it’s tuned if you can find the time after the pork and beans video you should try to play along with the real song. You might be ready! Nice work Ian.
Nadav: On Centuries when you do the new fancy riff play the notes on the E string first, then the fancy part. You’re doing the opposite. Also, that part happens two more times in the song. Do it both times! On Pork make sure you leave silence for the sample that Matthew plays, don’t just hold the note through that part. Your choruses are about twice as fast as they should be. Watch the video you make for me. In the first chorus, if you want to pick that fast you can, you just have to double the length of each chord Try it! Your bridge should all be on the E string.
Blood//Water Structure: Prechorus, Verse 4x, Prechorus, chorus 4x, Verse 4x, Prechorus, Chorus 4x, Bridge 12x, Chorus 4x Done.
Current songs edited to match our key and arrangement: