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Left Bank Two Cover – Feat. Brian Effinger on Guitars

I was hooked on this tune the moment I heard it in Little Big Planet last year, and instantly thought of it when thinking of what I wanted to go underneath the voice over in the OSD video I put out yesterday, but didn’t want the video to get yanked down for using another artist’s track, so I covered it!

Since I’m terrible at guitar, and especially at picking out these chords by ear, I shot a message to Brian Effinger to see if he could help me out. The next day I had a guitar *and* a bass track. What a guy.

Left Bank Two Cover by andyTHPS

A really fun one. I love the vibraphones and the brushes.

Online Session Drumming – Now Taking Orders.

I took a few hours to put a site together entirely dedicated to advertising myself as an

Amazing.

I advertised on Facebook for just 1 day last week, and got quite a few inquiries, and have been steadily busy ever since. This will be the first time I’d actually make money from playing drums alone. On top of that, I’m doing what I love, and get to hear from great musicians and good people from all over the world.

My recommendation for drummers out there: Get into recording yourself, and get into it from your home studio or even your bedroom.

Lots of drummers think “I’m not good enough,” or “I don’t have enough money to buy all that expensive recording equipment.”

Believe it or not, the clients you should expect from advertising yourself as an OSD are musicians. We all know that musicians looking to record a demo, or musicians without a drummer from the get-go are most likely on a budget and can’t afford to make it into a professional studio with famous producers and top-of-the-line gear. Just find your sound, and be yourself. You don’t need to be amazing.

So don’t advertise yourself as a Dave Weckl, Mike Portnoy, or Vinnie Colaiuta!

Post up pictures of yourself, your gear, your inspirations, your past work, and some demos of yourself playing so people know what they’re getting into before they even email you. So when they do email you, you’ll know that they’re already satisfied with your sound, and there’s nothing to hide.

All you really need is a reliable a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation), and a few mics, and you’re good to go. Most musicians and drummers (see what i did there?) that I know didn’t go to school for anything audio-related, but instead spend most of their time fiddling around with options and taking the trial-and-error route to get good sounds for themselves. It’s substantially easier these days with resources like google and youtube that even lead you to specific channels for video walkthroughs for recording, and some of them are even better than sitting in front of a professional lecturing you on the subject.

Here’s a few of my favorite YouTube channels for session drumming:

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/sflogicninja
    This guy specializes with recording techniques in Logic. His modest and articulate approach really makes it easy to sit through 10 minute videos with you wanting more.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/timlovesdrums
    Tim Kitchen is an online session drummer I’ve just found out who is kind of doing the same thing I’m doing, and has been for years. He’s got a few videos showing you how to record with minimal gear and on a budget.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/shaftninja
    Travis Orbin has been doing session drumming for years, and has access to a great studio and always has great videos of him playing for clients.

Of course I will be updating YourDailyFill with videos and audio once final tracks roll around.

If you need a drummer yourself, visit my page.

-andy

Brian Effinger – Mordekaiser

Slappin’ da bass, mon. This one is a really comfortable BPM for me to add in tons of little flairs and fills. Really digging the riffs in this one too, Brian is a pretty sick guitar player.

I actually worked with Brian Effinger at Neversoft for a couple years, and he’s a really cool dude. We had a lot of pretty awesome late-night Left 4 Dead sessions. He wrote this to compete in a community-based League of Legends contest which is pretty sweet.

“Each winner and up to four band members will receive 2800 RP for their musical mastery”

YES!

haha.

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Nathan Matthew David – Disarming

Another great piece by Nathan Matthew David.

I really enjoyed working on this one. Lots of room for fills and energy. Definitely don’t want to get too crazy and drown out the mood. This was one of those tracks where there were so many possibilities and such a great piece, that it was hard to decide on which drum parts to go for and when to switch from one to the other.

In the beginning I opened with a double floor tom build-up to a flam to really explode into the big open beat which leaves open a lot of breathing room for the tremelo on the guitars to really show in between snare accents, and I think it sounds great.

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You can check Nate’s IMDB profile or his website at http://nathanmatthewdavid.com.

haha, it’s all about the 16th tom fills with the syncopated double kick to pierce through the mix like a machine gun.

ruh-duh-guh-duh-guh-duh anyone?

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Nathan Matthew David – Metatronic

Nathan has been a pretty close friend of mine for a while now, and it’s always a pleasure to work on compositions of his. I hold a lot of respect for him considering the type of approach he takes with keeping the big-picture in mind at all times.

Most of his work is done scoring films ranging from independent to full-length features.

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You can check out his IMDB profile or his website at http://nathanmatthewdavid.com.

This piece was a bit challenging to find a straight-forward rhythm that wouldn’t sound too busy, but still had a drive.

With the song being at a slower tempo and in 6/4, and after toying around with the snare accents on the “3” and “6”, I/we found that placing them on the and of “2” and on the downbeat of “4” and “6” worked a lot better. Even though it ended up being a simple track, it was really fun and easy to get into.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zos79eKe2SA


Welcome to AndyGentile.com!

Hey everyone.

I’ve started this site as an outlet for original recordings and compositions I’ve made over the years.  I also like to rant about random stuff or talk about video games, drumming, and music.

Enjoy,
andy