Chewing video

1st video from the coming Dead End Alley EP

Here it is! The first video from the coming Dead End Alley EP: “Chewing”

My first 4K video, Chewing is a bit of what’s to come for the Dead End Alley performance vids with the new intro and outro titles as well as the handwritten lyrics on screen and overall feel of the presentation.

I’ll be doing at least one video for each song on the EP. With both a performance video (like the one above) as well as a concept video planned for a few of the tracks, you can expect a bunch of new 4K videos coming over the next few months.

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Come and Get It: chorus sing along

So you wanna sing along with the chorus of my song “Come and Get It” for the new Dead End Alley EP… Here’s the process:

  1. Get the music file ready to play (can download or stream if you’ve got good internet): https://drive.google.com/file/d/1hVEdPNd45jjFhLUvkpRGcQdosUWx3w51/view?usp=sharing
  2. Record your part (1-2 people):
    • you’ll need 2 devices – one to play the chorus part and another to record (eg: laptop to play, phone to record, tablet to play, phone to record)
    • play the music file with earbuds in – if 2 people, one earbud per person
    • take a selfie video of you singing along
  3. Record your part (3+ people):
    • you’ll need 2 devices – one to play the chorus part and another to record (eg: laptop to play, phone to record, tablet to play, phone to record)
    • play the music file with one earbuds in for 2 people
    • the two folks with ear buds start singing along and the others can join in
    • take a selfie video of you all singing along
  4. Send it to me
    • ping me on social media with the video or send a link if uploaded to something like Google Drive
  5. keep your eyes open for a message about when the video goes live and/or the EP drops

That’s it! If you can get me your video by 3/32 it’ll definitely make it in to the final recording. We want to use the earbuds as described above to isolate your vocals as much as possible. Ping me if you have any questions.

Have some fun with it! Wear some funky stuff, shoot in your favorite spot in your yard or home, whatever. Enjoy yourself!

The final video will be on my youtube and the EP will be on all streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music. Use the links here to subscribe/follow/etc so you don’t miss the premiere.

Coming 4/3/21: new EP “Dead End Alley”

In Dec 2020, I wrapped up the core for a series of songs and am in the final stages of post production. When pondering a release date 4/3/21 jumped off the calendar at me. Let’s do this!

Not only is the audio coming to all streaming platforms, but I’ll be releasing a video for each of the 6 songs on the EP throughout the Spring/Summer.

I’d love it if you were on board for the release of Dead End Alley and all the other stuff so check out the Patreon for all of the stuff I do. There’s even a $1/mo tier. If you aren’t feelin’ the Patreon, subscribe to the Youtube channel and/or like the Facebook page.

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California Dreamin’ (Patreon Exclusive sneak peak)

on such a winter’s day

I wanted to give website visitors a taste of the stuff that’s going on in the Patreon. I post a lot of media for free, mostly on youtube so subscribe there if you haven’t, but that is only about 40-50% of the stuff I’m creating. A lot of stuff like this is exclusive only to Patrons.

So jump on the Patreon if you haven’t already! There’s even a $1/mo tier. If that isn’t your thing, I hope you dig this and please consider liking the facebook page and subscribing to the youtube channel.

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Longfall Stream 2/15/2021 (7:00 Central, 8:00 Eastern)

Since we can’t play shows during Covid, Longfall (the band with whom I play guitar here in Minne) is doing a series of prerecorded shows for the cities that shaped us – the “Virtual Stomping Grounds Tour”. 

Of course, I chose my hometown of Erie, PA. There are even some new song transitions named after Gudgeonville Bridge and Preque Isle Sunset.

If you are interested in more music videos, including a bunch of exclusives and lessons, check out my Patreon. You can also subscribe to my youtube channel or like the facebook page for all the free stuff!

Drum Lesson: 1/2 bar fills

1/2 bar fills are actually my favorite to play on drums because they often aren’t overbearing and clearly signal a transition. Here, we’ll look at a 3 of the most common in their simplest form then extend their basic rhythm to different patterns through sticking and use of the kick pedal. This can really make playing shorter fills more fun and add a lot of variety to your playing easily.

If you are interested in more lesson videos, including a bunch of exclusives and performances, check out my Patreon. In fact, this was a Patreon Early Access video.

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What Smells Like Teen Spirit Taught Me About Guitar

I learned a lot…

The first in a series, this video explores what I learned from learning one of the most pivotal songs in my life – Smells Like Teen Spirit. We look at the main parts of the song, the techniques used, and ways to apply those techniques.

If you are interested in more lesson videos, including a bunch of exclusives and performances, check out my Patreon. In fact, this was a Patreon Early Access video.

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Only (Anthrax remake)

Had the idea on the spur of the moment and did the recording in about 30 min. I loved this song when young and never really imagined doing something like this with it. Had a ton of fun doing this one and really good getting this one done!

If you are interested in more of my music videos, including a bunch of exclusives and lessons, check out my Patreon. You can also subscribe to my youtube channel or like the facebook page for all the free stuff!

Metallica Guitar lesson: For Whom the Bell Tolls

For Whom The Bell Tolls

This one took a while to get together, but it was incredibly fun to do and I think there’s a ton of great info in there. Let’s take a look at the first few minutes of how to play for Whom the Bell Tolls on guitar.

I’m still finalizing my workflow with these lesson vids. They are long and take a while to plan & assemble, but I’m confident that I’ll be able to get at least 1 or 2 out each month in addition to the original music stuff and some Patreon Exclusives.

If you are interested in more lesson videos, including a bunch of exclusives and performances, check out my Patreon. You can also subscribe to my youtube channel or like the facebook page for all the free stuff!