For a while now I’ve been wanted to do a cover video of Led Zeppelin’s “No Quarter” but I was holding up because of the known YT issues I’ve been having with their publisher. Last Friday I finally decided to do it by changing it quite a bit and here it is!
Stefanos Alexiou – No Quarter (cello bow solos added)
How it Started
Stefanos Alexiou – No Quarter (on piano Thanksgiving 2013)
On Thursday evening after Thanksgiving dinner with family and friends, I got the chance to play some piano and without realizing I was hitting the notes of “No Quarter”. Since I don’t really know how to play the piano, I was playing it very slow and a bit darker than normal. So I thought… here’s how to change it (avoiding the YT issues) and still make it sound close enough to the original…
The Making of No Quarter
Stefanos Alexiou – No Quarter (rhythm guitar – piano & distortion parts)
As always, I started by playing the rhythm on the guitar. I played the piano parts and the distorted parts.
Stefanos Alexiou – No Quarter (drums)
Then I did the drums… which by the way I think is the best drums I’ve done so far. 😉
Stefanos Alexiou – No Quarter (cello bow solos instead of vocals)
After the rhythm guitar and drums, I wanted to make it a little spooky and at the same time keep it sound close to the original… So I used a cello bow and did the vocal parts on the guitar as little solos…
Stefanos Alexiou – No Quarter (clean guitar solo)
And of course a regular solo had to be somewhere there, so I played a guitar solo too! If I’m not mistaken this solo is also my first one playing it clean without any distortion or a fuzz.
The Mix of No Quarter and video to YouTube
After all 3 tracks (rhythm, drums & solos) where recorded and a video was make for each track, during the mixing we also decided to add some kind of rotating flange effect to the last distortion part to make it a little different from the other distorted parts.
And here’s the completed video that was uploaded on my Youtube channel yesterday!