The Flaming Skulls

Video Project!

Smells Like Teen Spirit Video Guide Track

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 this one is to make and use cardboard instruments.  Do one, with the video guide track (including the claps), where you play the whole song calmly.  Then do another one where you go completely bananas and destroy the instrument.  I’ll cut things together and make it look good.  Try to use a plain wall as your background.  White if possible.  Have fun!

Careful Music Video Instuctions:

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.


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: 6/1 Pass!  Solid work Will, the whole song sounds great and you clearly know the structure inside and out.  You’re getting good at bass Will!  Nice job.

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