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Sentry the Defiant acoustic cover Coheed and Cambria

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Published on Oct 29, 2012

***All rights to this song belong to Everything Evil/Hundred Handed and Coheed and Cambria. This cover is for educational purposes to allow people to learn how to play the song. No copyright infringement is intended, and no profit is being made from this video. This video is fair use under U.S. copyright law because it is (1) noncommercial (2) transformative in nature, and (3) does not compete with the original work or have any negative effect on its market."***

This cover was recorded a long time ago. I wanted to redo it to get better vocals, because this session took me so many takes to get it right, my voice started to get strained and it's not my best performance. For that, see my Everything Evil cover here! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3eIyt... ).

But then I realized I damaged the nut of my guitar by restringing it as a baritone guitar (getting rid of the high E string, shifting all the strings up a position, and adding a 7th guitar string (B) on the bottom. It gouged out my nut slots (bonehead for not thinking about that), and I had to get a new one. Although I went with bone this time, and it's even better! But, that means I'm never doing that again, so I won't get a better version than this, and I love this song so I wanted to post it.

This was recorded in my school's recording studio (SCAD) right before I graduated with my masters in Sound Design from there, and moved back to Texas from Savannah, GA. I wanted to capture the energy of a live performance when I play and sing at the same time, but in hindsight, this created too many issues and limited me in the mixing/mastering phase, so if I did a cover in a studio again, I would probably record guitar and vocals separately, and then do a fake video of me pantomiming along to that. Kind of lame, but it would get the best sonic results. Also, screwing up the guitar part (I had literally just learned this) and having to do it all in one unbroken take caused me to have to do so many takes that it started to wear my voice out.

If you haven't seen Claudio's acoustic rendition of this on Youtube, what are you waiting for?! He did it with just a GoPro camera in his kitchen and it is way more awesome than my studio effort, haha. Although the sound quality is worse obviously. I currently like the acoustic version of this song much more than the full band version I've seen live, but I'm hoping the Descension studio version will bring some more dimension to the song. Right now, the full band version is just sort of plodding and heavy and lifeless to me. And Claudio sings the 1st verse high, while I love his low verse in the acoustic version. Anyway, enjoy!

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