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 is playing gradually more and more ridiculous things instead of instruments. I’ll need at least 4 runs through the song from each of you, video guide track with claps just like last week’s video. Frame yourself from the waist up like I showed you on zoom. Make sure your first take is with your real instrument, then the others with the crazy stuff. No headphones for this version, just play the video guide track on a speaker. Ask me questions if you need help. 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.
Senorita My songs know what you did in the dark Take me out Sofia Pass Pass Pass Maya Pass Pass Pass Gia Pass Pass Pass Vitoria Pass Pass Pass
Your new band name is Imperfect Strangers. Niiiiiice.
Come Back Home Structure: I=Intro, H=Hook, V=Verse, PC=Prechorus, C=Chorus, C2=Alt Chrorus
I 6x, H 4x, V, 4x, PC 2x, C, H 4x, V 4x, PC 2x, C, H 4x, C2, C
Gia: 5/28 That’s sounding great! You hit that one wrong note in the beginning but then never again. Solid. Let’s make your next video the rest of the parts, and let’s make it super soon. The tough parts for you are done.
Maya: 5/27 The intro sounds great! I like that you’re alternating fingers in the right hand. I think you’re super close to playing it fast enough to do the whole thing with the record. Try it! Keep practicing at that speed with the metronome. It’s SUPER good for your playing. There are two things the metronome practice is showing me. First, you really want to rush. It’s a slow tempo on purpose. Try very hard to stay with it. It’s great practice to hold back your speed and still be accurate. Second, you are very careful to make the notes on the beat be with the metronome, but you need to pay more attention to getting the 8th and 16ths to be exact IN BETWEEN the beats. 8th notes should exactly split the beat even though there’s no click there. Keep working with the click and try to send me a pass video for the whole song. Nice work!
Sofia: 5/20 Admirable job with fingers! That bridge does NOT repeat again so you’re right. You did not skip the first verse so don’t sweat it. I think (with a pick) you’re ready to start playing along with the original recording. Slow it down on YouTube to 75 percent and make it flow. I’d like your next video to be of that. Nice work Sofia!
Vitoria: 6/1 This sounds great Vitoria! Almost all the notes are perfect and I super dig the attitude you sing it with. The video will be along with the video that has his vocals so as you practice from now on you can use that version. Nice!
Current songs edited to match our key and arrangement: