Too much GREAT news for one thread (Part 1 of 2): Guitar Competition Entry
Crazy good week. Read below (and the/my next thread) for a cool story:
Saturday, September 3rd: I found out that Oh, Sleeper was having a guitar tablature/cover contest for their new album's title track "Children of Fire". Rules were to submit a video response to the below video and the person with the best performed and best put together video would win. I was filling in on guitar for an opening band (Bear Witness) that following week for the Frak The Gods tour on 9/8, so I didn't think much of it, especially since it was getting close to my wife's due date for our 2nd boy.
Saturday, September 10th: Well, having played the aforementioned show, I decided to give it a shot. I didn't have much time to practice with my wife being 9 months pregnant, and due the week the contest ends, so I took my axe to work to practice the arpeggios during my lunch hour, using a free metronome app on my Samsung Focus . Thank the Lord for my wife, she is absolutely awesome for urging me to do it. Those of you that have had kids, know that that last month is when you become quite UNavailable.
First prize gets a Jackson Warrior (I think it's a WRXT, judging by the vid, but not sure).
Saturday September 24th: Time was getting short, and only had a small opportunity to track/record so I had to do it this day, which was three days before the competition was over.
I had to gear up to stand a chance, so, I borrowed my buddy's AxeFx Ultra (tweaked a cool DAS METAL patch), borrowed a Nikon D7000, borrowed an old Jackson JS-1 w/ EMGs, and downloaded a free trial of Sony Vegas Pro 10.
During tracking, on a whim, I decided to learn the bass part too. Glad I did.
And then I made this video:
Tuesday, September 27th: Competition has ended, though a couple dudes were allowed to enter their vids late. And now the waiting begins...
Thursday, September 29th: The NIGHT before we go in for a scheduled C-section, I get notification to look @ Oh, Sleeper's fb status update. Here's what it said:
After much debate we have decided that Jon Tooley has won our guitar contest give-away. Not only did he play the song flawlessly on each instrument, but he's an extremely humble dude who had to BORROW a guitar and amp to make the video. If anyone deserves to own a guitar its him.
With that being said, there are a bunch of other videos that were insanely impressive! We are gunna be hooking a bunch of other video makers with some merch/etc.
User name "Narlithatog" will be getting a shirt and maybe a tab book if he wants it signed! This guy has one of the craziest right hand techniques ever. Plus he changed up the fingerings for the sweeps which was awesome. He DEF didnt need a new guitar, he already has the best one ever made.
User name "ThisPhantomCalm" added some amazing harmonies and improv in the song, which I personally loved! This guy plays left handed, so our guitar wouldnt do him much good anyway! haha.
User name "Jakewilley101" made a hilarious video and took the time to run around town and act like an idiot. Which was amazing. He HAS the guitar we are giving away as well! hahaha
Those come to mind right now. Stay tuned we will be getting in contact with a few more dudes who made videos and sending them OS goodies too!
This has been a lot of fun seeing all you guys shredding. If I didnt mention you its because I have to go to practice for our show tomorrow night and Im running outa time!