Music Cover + YouTube Update

Hey everyone, I hope you’ve all had a great week.

Today isn’t Thursday, it’s Friday. I’ll get to that in a moment. Firstly, I was joined in my studio this week by CarolineMarie, to work on and record a cover of ‘More Than Words’ By Extreme. (See below for the video)

Had fun recording and editing this, however it did take more time than anticipated. Which brings me to the second half of this post.

Thursdays video uploads are now being moved to Fridays. This is so that I have an extra day to work on any last minute recordings or lengthy editing work. Todays video definitely would not have been ready for yesterdays usual upload.

Also, some of you may know (if you followed this site from it’s conception) I had a previous YouTube channel where I uploaded Guitar lessons and various other music related videos. I spent a little while earlier in the week looking through the analytic data of that channel and came to the conclusion Music videos (like the one below) just aren’t where the views are. People seem to want to be taught something rather than watch someone they don’t know play a piece they could hear anyone play at anytime. So, I’ve decided to re-master some of my previous channels Guitar Lessons and re-upload them to the Short Lane Studios channel. I’ll make them better quality, both audio and visually. And hopefully those videos will start to attract more people and help my audience grow.

I will however still be doing Music covers and original music. But once a month rather than weekly. This also takes a lot of stress out of the job.

I think that’s all I had on my mind.

Just for clarity,

Tuesdays are Demo Videos
Fridays are Lesson Videos with the occasional Music Video.

I’m still quite active on Twitter and Instagram, so pop on over to check those out, as well as the Studios Facebook Page.

I’ll stop boring you now.

I hope you all have a pleasant weekend.



Iron Maiden – Legacy of the Beast Show

Hey everyone, hope you’re having a great week.

On Monday I went to see Iron Maiden at The Manchester Arena. I wanted to try doing a video that included my journey to and from the show. It’s a test video really. I wasn’t allowed to take any filming equipment, only my phone (which is old and has limited memory).

I would like to make some vlog type videos in the future, and I learnt a few things of what I should and shouldn’t do by making this video. I’m no Casey Neistat, but the quality of these kind of videos will get better.

The next kind of vlog type video will be made during a trip I’m on in October.

I don’t know if tickets are still on sale for the Iron Maiden tour, if they are I highly recommend you go see them.


Free To Play with TJ

Free To Play are the three words discussed most in the gaming community. As I type free to play games are dominating the market place. Fortnite, Dota 2, Hearthstone, Warframe, Paladins are just a few games that are popular at this moment in time.

But are these games really free?

Fortnite has recently surpassed $1billion in revenue, achieved through in game purchases. Though the game is technically free to play, currently I haven’t spent a single penny playing Fortnite, there is still a lot to buy within the game.

Fortnite’s model is one that I really like. Epic, the games developer states that all purchases, skins, items and abilities purchased do not reflect the in game performance. It still gives each player an equal playing field regardless if you spend £100’s or £0.

Paladins is a little different, they allow you to buy passes, and abilities that do enhance players abilities in game, and for a cheapskate like me I find it tedious and tiresome that players that you battle against can pay for abilities or characters in order to gain an edge.

However, all that being said. I am enjoying games in the free to play market at this moment in time. I think that Fortnite, though the most popular game at the time of writing, will plateau soon regardless of their constant tinkering and changes.

TJ and I have played Fortnite and Paladins, we were discussing maybe giving Dota 2 a try in the near future too. You can catch our Fortnite and Paladins play throughs at the Everyday Reboot YouTube channel.