If you play a tube amp, you must play it loud. This is not revolutionary, but yet many people are disappointed that their amp or even their overdrive pedals don’t sound great. Do you have great sounding gear? Then turn it up. If you play at apartment/bedroom levels, you will ALWAYS be unhappy with yohr… Continue reading Volume
Early on in my playing days, tone was all about getting as much distortion as possible for playing Metallica songs. Thinking back, I probably had about as bad a guitar sound as one can get. This was a problem that needed to be resolved. Follow the stars As I grew up a bit, I started… Continue reading Finding your guitar sound
I’m not talking about the amount of gain, but more the options for how you get it. I feel like I have ample options… an overdrive pedal, a fuzz pedal, a two channel amp. Sometimes I want a different sound of a different overdrive, but usually change my mind. But I see more and more… Continue reading How much gain is too much?
I really like pedals and guitar stuff in general. I get really excited when I find a new thing that does something slightly different from whatever I already have. Fireworks go off in my brain when I find something that is completely different from what I already know/have. But I’m finding it’s a little tough… Continue reading Kinda takes the fun out of it
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/How-Do-Our-Brains-Process-Music-169360476.html Interesting how non-musicians still have muscle responses related to playing an instrument. I’d assume this only works when you have at least seen how the instrument works. Anyway, the muscle response thing and link to dancing made me immediate think of this: Chappelle Show: Dancing for Different Cultures – watch more funny videos
When you sign up for any trade organization, you’re bound to get hammered with tons of news, press releases, and even politics. So, I expect to see that stuff from the folks at NAMM – and it happens daily. Usually it doesn’t impact me directly and I don’t really care. However, yesterday I got something… Continue reading Internet sales tax – Is this really happening?
The internet is booming with a study from Scientific Reports saying that modern music all sounds the same. They looked at pitch distribution, timbre distribution, and dynamic range. The conclusion was that there is less variance in each area over time. Basically, everything in the last 10 or so years is really loud, is loud… Continue reading Scientific proof: Modern music stinks
This gets thrown out all the time, whenever somebody is fretting too much over the details of their guitar playing/tone. Your audience cannot tell the difference, or they do not care. Unless you are in the “guitar god rock” genre, chances are it’s absolutely true. Not only do most people not know the difference between… Continue reading Nobody cares how you sound or play
How on God’s green earth could Randy Rhoads have been such an amazing talent, yet had the worst buzzy guitar tone? The guy meticulously triple tracked many of his solos, took classical guitar lessons while out on the road, yet applied the use of a big pedalboard that Ozzy Osbourne referred to as the “chip… Continue reading Nothing Really Matters