The Flaming Skulls

HolidayAlien BoySmells Like Teen SpiritSharp Dressed Man

Current Assignment:

Everyone: Play along with the old songs once a day.

Huck: 5/12 Nice!  I’d like more energy to it but I’m realistic about how fun it is to sing to a recording at your desk.  The only thing I want to make sure you know is the ending.  In that karaoke version you used it seems like it doesn’t have the same ending.  Sing along with the end of the version I put below and make a video that demonstrates you understand the ending and I’ll be happy.  The rest sounds great.  I’d also like you to take a look at this video.  The dude is more than slightly annoying but it’s actually a super useful video if you can get past that.  Make a video of the voice crack and vocal fry exercises and send them over.  They’ll be hilarious.

Will: 5/18 Yo Will that sounds awesome!  Nice work!  All my comments are pretty minor.  You’re on your way to a pass for sure.  Here’s what to fix: In the intro you’re login to slow.  That’s ok though, this part is hard.  Let’s try just playing one of each note instead of two for now.  Meaning play the E string note once and then the D string notes once.  You’ll be able to keep up no problem.  Make sure in the verse you realize that it goes 8, 8, 6, 1 and then it does ALL that again.  The second time you skip one measure of 8 and you do 8, 6, 1.  Easy to fix.  After the guitar solo there are 4 intros.  Skip the first two, it’s what they do.  I never told you that.  Then, at the very end of the song you play the whole verse, then just ONE intro (it’s quick) then pay the last two notes of the verse again, 3 and 8.  You should be done playing when he sings the last line.  Overall try to relax your body while you play, it’ll be so much easier to make it to the end if you do that.  Nice work Will!  For realz!

Cam: 5/6 Nice Cam!  That’s sounding great.  I want a video of you playing along with the original song where I can hear the band.  There’s a note and a stop you’re missing at the end of the verse and a chunk missing from the end of the solo.  If you play along with the record you’ll hear those things immediately.  Make that video happen and I’ll make a soloing video for you. Nice work.

Charles: 5/26 Nice Charles!  Glad you got the video thing sorted out.  Check your video at 0:50.  There’s a one measure stop at the end of the verse that you’re missing.  The whole band stops and then comes back in and goes on to the next part.  You play through that so you end up a whole measure ahead the whole time, that’s why the chords sound off.  Also check your own video at 2:19.  The solo ends and goes back to the intro but you are still playing the end of the solo.  At 2:36 you should be on the verse.  Can you do one with your guitar not turned on and see if you can hear where things line up a little better?  Also, you’re still playing with the original version.  You need to learn my edited version below because we can’t do a fade out ending live.

Jack: 5/23 This sounds great Jack!  I think you’re not playing along with the version I posted below called “the flaming skulls arrangement sharp dressed man”.  I edited the ending a little so it didn’t have a fade out.  All you need to do is learn the ending of my version and you’re done.  Learn that and send me a video of you playing the solo to the ending.  Remind me that’s all I asked for.  That’ll get you the pass.  Solid work.

The videos and audio file for sharp dressed man are below.  Learn it!  I edited the structure at the end because they fade it out so make sure you only practice along with the one I posted below.

Sharp Dressed Man Structure: Intro 6x, Verse, Intro 2x, Verse, Solo, Intro 4x, Verse, Intro 1x, End of Verse

Current songs edited to match our key and arrangement:

The Flaming Skulls Arrangement Holiday

The Flaming Skulls Arrangement Alien Boy

The Flaming Skulls Arrangement Smells Like Teen Spirit

Band of Horses Funeral Verse, Heavy Verse, Chorus, Verse, Heavy Verse, Chorus, Ending

The Flaming Skulls Arrangement Sharp Dressed Man


Cam Sharp Dressed Man Video

Will Sharp Dressed Man Video

Jack Sharp Dressed Man Video

Charles Sharp Dressed Man Video

Huck Sharp Dressed Man Video

Band of Horses Funeral Guitar

Band of Horses Funeral Bass

Band of Horses Funeral Keys

Band of Horses Funeral Drums

Band of Horses Funeral Vocals