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!
For our video the band will be hiding in weird places and will be “found”. Once found they’ll rock out the song squished under a bed, behind a door, in the bathtub, whatever.
The video should start in an empty room. The camera should slowly look around and then “find” the band member right as the first chorus hits and get fairly close up. The camera should stay on them for the rest of the song, slowly moving around. Band members should look like they’re very serious about playing. After the song ends the camera should slowly back out of the room like you just found an insane person under your bed and you’re trying to get out without startling them. Done. Feel free to send me more than one if you do a few takes and there’s more than one good one. Have fun!
Careful Video: 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.
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.
Feel it still Young Blood Good to be Alive Tiger Intro Tiger Hook Tiger Verse Tiger Chorus Tiger Structure Ronea Pass Pass Pass! Pass! NO NO NO NO Ruby Pass Pass Pass! Pass! Pass! NO NO NO Charlie Pass Pass Pass! Pass! Pass! NO NO NO Till Pass Pass Pass! NO NO NO NO NO Wyatt Pass Pass Pass! NO NO NO NO NO
Everyone: Practice along with the old songs once a day.
Till: 4/29 Pass! Nice work Till! I can tell you know all the parts now! Keep practicing all three songs once a day until we get a new one going. Solid!
Charlie: 5/26 This hook sounds great! I like the way you have the music indoor body too, it keeps your rhythm super solid. Your low E string is out of tune. Fix that up before you practice again, it’s making you play the wrong notes when you’re on the E string. I’m going to pass you on this part too!
Ruby: 6/1 Nice work on the Chorus Ruby! Watch my video at 1:45 and see what fingers I’m using on that weird part at the end. When you can do it with those fingers I’ll pass you on it. Solid!
Ronea: 5/25 Sick video, sick socks. This is sounding really good! Your pitch is excellent! Check the line “went the distance, not I’m back on my feet” It’s higher than you think. Remember the puppy voice from that vocal lesson? I will fix that file on the website ASAP. Thanks for telling me!
Eye of the Tiger Structure: Intro 4x, Hook 4x, Intro 2x, Verse 4x, Chorus, Intro 2x, Verse 2x, Chorus, Intro 4x, Verse 2x, Chorus, Intro 2x, Hook 2x
Current songs edited to match our key and arrangement: