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 will be of us being chased. Everyone but Chelsea needs to send 2 or 3 40 second clips of themselves being chased on a sidewalk. Have a fast sibling run behind you holding the camera. Try to make the shot be from the waist up. Keep looking back over your shoulder terrified. Keep the camera close so you take up as much of the shot with your body as possible. Chelsea, you need to make yours to the video guide track so you can sing along with the music, not with headphones though! Do the claps before you run. Don’t try to be good, remember I’ll be deleting the sound from this video. It should be for the whole song. Everyone should feel free to be creative. Fall down, pant, whatever. I’ll also need a 20 second video form everyone of what’s supposed to be chasing them. Make it ridiculous. If it doesn’t move just keep the camera on it on the sidewalk. If it moves keep the camera steady and let it come towards you. Aleta, use the monkey. It’s perfect.
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.
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday 3:30 The Refractionists 2:30
Radio Fire 3:30
Five More Minutes 2:00
Louisa/Nina/Sunny/Maya/Sybil 4:30 The Osmos 3:30
The Daylights 3:30 Melophobia 4:30
Title Wave 5:30
Hebron Lames 4:30
Death Destroyer 5:30
The Nevers 4:00
Night Mares 10:00
Avani/Fiona/Layla/Nico Band 5:30
Unicorn Fury 6:30
The Hazards 5:00
The Bloodhunters 11:00
Empire Scorn 7:30
The Favorites 7:30
The Irrelevants 6:00
Ship to Saturn 7:30
Everyone: Play along with the old songs once a day
Check out the new video below of me playing Midnight Memories on guitar. It could be useful to play along with it. It’ll feel easier than the original track.
Isaac: 5/28 Nice! That intro seems right now, good job. Let’s get another video of the whole song so you can pass! No clicks during the intro in that video but some drummers tap on their leg with a stick in parts like that to help keep time. It makes no sound but it works the same. Pass it!
Aleta: 4/23 Pass! Whole song sounds good! Nice work Aleta!
Caitlin: 5/19 Yo Caitlin! See my note below. Same issues, except now the E string is way out of tune too. Tune the bass, then check that one wrong note in the bridge then you’re ready to knock out the whole structure!
5/16 Nice Caitlin! The only part that has a wrong note is the bridge. Check just the last note. It should be the 10th fret on the G string. You need to tune the G string on your bass. It’s tuned to an f# right now, a note low. That will make the intro and verse sound way more like the song. Nice work! Next goal is the whole structure.
Chelsea: 4/23 Pass! Nice work Chelsea! The choruses sound great now, well done. Solid!
Addie: 5/28 Nice work on the power chords Addie! They sound awful, but it’s only because of your tuning. Once we get you tuned up on zoom they’ll be perfect. Those are hard! Nice job. For your next video lets get after the whole song. You may be ready!
Lisa: 4/20 Pass! Solid work Lisa. This one sounds awesome. For a bonus song while we wait for your band to pick a new one I dare you to learn stitches from the Eleni band page. It’s a fun song to play and I think it’s right at your level. Good job Lisa! First to pass!
Midnight Memories Structure: Verse 4x, Prechorus, Chorus, Verse 4x, Prechorus, Chorus, Bridge, Chorus
Hall of Fame Structure: Intro 4x, Verse 4x. Chorus 4x, Verse 4x, Chorus 6x, Bridge 4x, Chorus 8x, Intro 2x
Video Backing Track:
Current songs edited to match our key and arrangement:
The Red Velvets Bass and Keys Only Hall of Fame