Archive for the ‘English Songs’ Category

My guitar and bass cover of one of my favorite RHCP songs, Californication. Been messing with a bass guitar in the last little while but this is the first song I recorded a bass track (should have picked an easier song to start learning bass haha…)

Also, I used a different video software (Sony Vegas Pro 12) for the video editing this time.

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Video recorded on October 19, 2016

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My electric guitar cover on the vocal melody with a backing track of “Demons” by Imagine Dragons.

I learned the song by ear (still needs a lot of work on) and played what I heard so I may not have played the song exactly as the record. Plus, I made a few mistakes here and there (oops~~).

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Video recorded on January 17, 2016

Haven’t recorded a video for a while. Here is my guitar cover of “Because We Can” by Bon Jovi. This song is from Bon Jovi’s 2013 “What About Now” album. I noticed his more recent albums are more like pop rather than rock but regardless, I like the guitar solo parts of this song – it’s quite catchy and fun to learn.

Since I have recently started learning bass, just for the fun of it, I also recorded an instrumental version with a bass track, guitar tracks for solo and rhythm, along with a background drum track. The drum track is not played by me of course (I use an app to generate that).

Here is a video of me playing along.

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Video recorded on August 4, 2015

The Scientist by Coldplay. A piano-driven song but still mellow to strum along on an acoustic guitar. Capo on 3rd fret to match the original recording.

The only tricky little bit is the G chord (relative to capo) marked as G* on the guitar chord chart. At the end of beat 4, there’s a short note that you will hear on the original recording before going into the D chord. I played the G shape but with my pinky finger moved to the 5th fret on high E string relative to capo.

Here is a video of me playing along.

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Video recorded on February 16, 2015

All of Me by John Legend – a beautiful piano piece. I learned to play it on guitar and hopefully still able to keep more or less the same feel.

For the rhythm part, I put a capo on fret 1 to avoid most of the barre chords while matching up the original recording (key: Fm). The melody part, I played with no capo pretty much matching the vocal.

Here is a video of me playing along.

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Video recorded on November 11, 2014

Boulevard of Broken Dreams by Green Day. It’s quite a fun song (and similar chord progressions to Wonderwall by Oasis).

For the rhythm part, I put a capo on fret 1 to avoid most of the barre chords while matching up the original recording (key: Fm). The melody part, I played with no capo.

This is the first time I try to record a multi-tracks video – rhythm, melody, guitar solo (not shown in video), outro. I didn’t do the intro part as I don’t know how or have the device to match with the original record’s tremolo effect.

Step 1: Record the audio and video tracks

  • For the audio tracks, I connected my Fender Mustang I amp directly to my computer with an USB cable and then used Audacity to record the separate tracks.
  • For the videos, I also recorded each of the rhythm, melody, guitar solo, outro part separately with a camcorder (at the same time while I recorded the audio tracks).

Step 2: Merge the audio tracks

  • Merge the separate audio tracks into one single track Audacity.

Step 3: Merge the videos

  • Downloaded the videos from the memory card in camcorder (they are recorded in MP4 format)
  • I used a free video editor, LightWorks to put all the parts together.

Step 4: Put it all together

  • Take the merged video in step 3,  mute the audio from the video
  • Sync up the muted video with the merged audio track in step 2.
  • Export the video to whatever format you like. That’s it.

Merging the audio tracks recorded from the amp is the easiest part of this whole exercise. The hard part is to sync up all the video parts – spent hours on Lightworks doing just that. There must be easier ways to do this!

Here is a video of me playing along.

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Video recorded on September 1, 2014

The first time I heard of this song was watching one of the 2014 Super Bowl commercials on TV – showing the unbreakable bond between the horse and the dog with this song Let Her Go by Passenger in the background. Not only was the ad so touching, the animals were so cute, the beautiful tune just caught my ears that I listened to it on Youtube over and over. Well, I thought I gotta learn this song some day.

Here is a video of me playing along.

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Video recorded on July 12, 2014