Brenton Brown’s exciting song of praise.
I recorded this track to help Steve – one of my guitar students – learn this, and play along.
Play the Audio track for best quality sound, or the video if you’d like to follow the words too.
Audio track: Praise is Rising
This arrangement is played in G, mostly in 1st position, using standard chord shapes.
The exception is at the start of the bridge…
D9sus4: x54030 – just a standard “C” shape, played 2 frets up, using only 5 strings
This is a beautiful chord – slow strummed, or picked – creating a tension which is relieved by the change to C that follows.
The main purpose of this track for Stephen is to learn a new strumming pattern, and play steadily throughout. Therefore I’ve used a straight-8 rock drum backing loop, and left the rhythm guitar high in the mix. You’ll hear how the guitar rhythmic emphasis comes before beat 3 and on beat 4.
It’s essential that the backing rhythm is solid and steady since this song is often sung with extensive use of syncopation in the melody.
You’ll soon recognize this is not the best example of my instrumental performance (has some good bits though…), or music production, but I’ve uploaded it partly as a test of sound quality on Youtube. If you’ve listened to my tracks on Youtube to date, especially on headphones or a good quality audio system, you may have noticed a kind of “swirling” distortion at high frequencies. This is not present on original recording, or the mp3 file I upload for each track, and seemed to be a result of whatever processing Youtube performs on the audio channel in the mp4 video file uploaded.
The problem lay in how I’d put the video file together – there were just too many conversion and/or compression steps in my production process. The solution was to start with a completely uncompressed file format.
Here’s what I’d been doing to create the videos for upload to Youtube:
1. Record and mix tracks in Logic Studio
2. Export (“bounce”) to mp3 output file
4. Create Keynote slides of lyrics
5. Use Camtasia to combine lyrics and mp3 audio track
6. Export mp4 video file, taking Camtasia’s default Youtube settings
7. Upload to Youtube
I put the problem to Dave who is an expert in media production, and he quickly diagnosed the problem and pointed out the (now obvious!) solution.
The problems were compounded since the audio track was compressed and re-compressed at steps 2, 6, and 7 with the resulting distortion becoming audible when played from Youtube.
For the 1st time in this “Praise is Rising” video, I’ve exported an uncompressed file from Logic Studio, and increased the Data Rate setting in Camtasia’s mp4 export options from 80 to 320 kbps. This roughly doubles the file size, but it has completely removed the annoying audio distortion.