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 the song all dressed up cool while throwing a sweater on the camera. Here’s how you do it: Play the video guide track in the room, no headphones! Do the claps then put your sweater on the camera. once the song starts take the sweater off and play along with the song for about 5-10 seconds then throw the sweater back over the camera. Wait a few seconds then repeat. Do it until the song is over and then you’re done! Remember, you can play all wrong notes, you won’t hear them in the final video. Try to look into the music! Move around and 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.
Party in the USA Set it all free Darkside Evie Pass Pass NO Mabel Pass Pass NO Josie Pass Pass NO Cadence Pass Pass Pass! Maeve Pass Pass Pass!
Play along with the two old songs once a day.
Everyone: 4/9 I just posted a version of Darkside with me playing guitar and calling out the changes. This should help everyone get a handle on the structure if they play along.
Josie: 5/9 Got your video! I like the way you play along with the vocal parts. Let’s move your snare drum to between your legs. That’ll also let you get the hi hat closer. For your next video I want to hear you play the first beat in the Josie video that’s below. It’s not hard for someone as good as you and it’ll make this song sound awesome. Nice!
Maeve: 5/9 Pass! Nice work Maeve! For now keep practicing all three songs so you don’t forget them. You rock!
Mabel: 5/26 Mabel this sounds AWESOME! I made that chorus super hard to challenge you but you crushed it! All your rhythm is really good too, I can tell you’re listening. The structure is great too. You have only one mistake to fix and then you pass! In the verse you’re playing the wrong notes in your left hand. It should be E, D and C but you’re playing B, A and G. Make me a video with that tiny mistake fixed by Saturday and we can tell everyone you passed! Nice work!
Cadence: 5/8 YO CADENCE THAT SOUNDS AWESOME (shouted). Pass! You’re the first! Congratulations! All you have to do now is practice all three songs so you don’t forget them. I’d do two a day, that’s enough, and make sure you mix it up. Nice work Cadence!
4/16 Hi Cadence! I’m going to give you the first riff from party in the USA and set it all free. I bet if you read this, then play along with the song it’ll all come back. You’re super good at them, you’re just a little rusty. Party in the USA 2 2 6 6 11 11 11 11. Set it all free: Play each one twice quickly 2 2 2 2 6 6 6 6 11 11 9 9 7 7 7 7 Good luck!
Darkside Structure: Verse 6x, Prechorus 4x, Chorus 4x, Verse 6x, Prechorus 4x, chorus 4x, Verse 4x, Everybody sings the Chorus. Done.
Current songs edited to match our key and arrangement: