Recently I recorded a video for someone who is starting a business promoting Final Cut Pro themes. He contacted me through Vimeo and wanted to know if he could use one of my videos to use in his promotional video about his new themes.
He did however state that it would be nice if there were 2 different camera angles and if one of them could have my entire self in it.
I agreed and during the next week I thought about what I would play to make this video work. So Wednesday night rolls around and for someone reason I just don’t get much sleep at all. I kept waking up in the middle of the night and could never really get rest. So I wake up Thursday morning and feel pretty wiped out.
I think I may have gotten about 3 hours sleep that night. I did a lot of email, and random work that morning I have to do every day to keep the site running, and about 11:30am I decided to take a stab at recording this video. I drank a lot of coffee that morning and was feeling a little out of it, especially with the lack of sleep. I thought I would give it a go anyway though.
I recorded 2 solos that morning. The first was not bad, but I messed up a few notes so I thought I would do a second take. That was the one I ended up using for the video. I remember playing it and thinking that I might not have anything usable, but could hopefully get enough good footage to prepare a video.
I ended up using the whole solo though except for the last few seconds. The backing track was ending and I didn’t know it, so that’s why it just ends the way it does. It’s hard enough to set levels for 2 camcorders and the audio, then try to forget about those things and play something that sounds good. It gets easier with practice though.
So here’s the video I ended up with.
Here’s David Walsh’s theme added.
Here’s how I got the tone for the video.
In the video I’m using a 2005 Gibson ES 335 with 57 Classic pickups. I’m using the neck pickup the entire time. The tone knobs are on 10, while the volume knob is around 5 for the beginning of the video, and then I turn it up to 10 at the end. Strings are DR Pure Blues .010. Pick is a Dunlop Jazz III.
I’m using a 1966 Fender Vibrolux with Groove Tubes and Celestion speakers. I don’t know what kind of speakers they are. There is just a red dot on the back of each speaker that says Celestion. This is a 35 watt amp with 2 10″ speakers. Below are the settings I used for the amp.
I also used a Weber Mini Mass Attenuator to get the tone on the video. I really like how the Mini Mass slightly compresses the sound to give it a smoother tone. Sometimes without the Weber, the tone can be a little overpowering. By using the Weber, I feel the sound is rounded off a little bit. I use this on everything I record.
I really love the Shure Sm 57. It’s such a great sounding mic. It’s only about $100 bucks, and it is a workhorse. I’m sure there are better mics, but for a great classic sound, it’s hard to beat this mic based on price and performance.
Hopefully that will help you to get an idea about getting your own blues guitar tone. Thanks for reading. :)
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