Had a terrific photo shoot on Sunday. I can’t wait to see the pictures and use them. You will be able to see them when I revamp this website. Further, you may also check out my Facebook page.
I am very excited to switch to a new webhost. With that will come a complete revamp of this site.
I’ve been spending a lot of time updating my Bandcamp site as well as writing songs. Very soon I shall be making major updates to this site. Currently I am about to record a new song. It is very classical based, and I am happy with how it has turned out. I can’t wait to get all of this new material out to you.
I have finally finished all of the solos. It took me a long time to finish, but when I counted how many solos are in this song, 9 of them, I understood why it took so long. Currently getting rhythm tracks done. I am hoping this will go quicker. I spent most of tonight trying to get a nice sound. I still can’t decide whether I should use the Fender or the Jackson for some of these parts.
I think I have forgotten my whole recording chain here.
For solos and the melody line of my latest song, Surge to the Unknown, I am using my modified Fender Stratocaster. I am plugged straight into a Mesa 2:25+ amp. The cabinet is a 2X12 from Lopoline with a G12h30 and an Alnico Blue speaker. My previous post explains this a bit.
The Mics are going into a Metric Halo ULN-2. I am using Reaper as my DAW. I finished a rough outline of my last two solos. I should have them finished and recorded either tomorrow or sometime this week. Then it is on to the numerous rhythm tracks. I plan on using my Jackson Rhoads guitar for some of these tracks. It should be interesting.
The sound I am getting with this setup is awesome. I am loving the tonality of this amp setup. As usual, more updates are on the way. I can’t wait until you guys check this stuff out.
Recording with my new 2×12 speaker cabinet has started. I finished recording the melody line for my track, Surge to the Unknown, and I am now recording solos. I am mixing two different mics on two different speakers. An SM57 is on my Celestion G12h30 speaker, and I have an AKG condenser on my Alnico Blue. I love the woody sound from the AKG, and the bite I’m getting off that AKG. I am mixing the two mics to taste. Pics are here:
It seems that as guitar players we are too stuck on playing patterns again and again. Rehashing scalar exercises at a brisk tempo with great technique gets dull quite quick for your audience. Learn some blues licks, it will pay off.
Have a few blues licks under your belt? Add a Major 2nd and a Major 6th to those licks and suddenly your blues lick will sound a bit more Dorian. Want to really ram that Dorian sound down the throat of your audience? Really emphasize that Major 6th in your lick.
Want it to sound more Phrygian? Add a minor 2nd and maybe even a minor 6th to your blues licks. Suddenly you are playing Phrygian. The trick is to play licks, not scalar excercises. Take those licks, add the notes I have mentioned and woohoo you’re getting there.
In other words, stop playing strict scales and exercises. Make music! Don’t know what is a Major 6th or Major 2nd? Take a lesson. We can have a skype lesson anytime.
I have started to develop a new guitar playing technique with the guidance of Jamie Andreas. Jamie is an expert in proper playing and practicing technique. I lover her viewpoint on playing guitar and so far I am learning a lot about how our bodies play an instrument such as guitar. Check out her website and learn:
The Strat modification??? DONE! Wow, this strat sounds awesome. I did all of the modifications and will post the pics soon. My friend, who is also named William, is a guitar luthier and helped put the guitar back together for me. Love his work.
Lastly, I have been writing and recording a lot. Currently I am finishing the drum track for a tune entitled Surge to the Unknown. Next comes the Bass tracks and then it will be time to record the guitar parts. I will be recording out my little home studio, but using a lot of DIY(Do It Yourself) parts. For example, I will be building my own Reamp box, my own XLR cables, and my own extended length guitar cable.
There are about 4 more songs in the cue. Whew, a lot of work ahead and loving every minute of it!
I started modifying my Strat. Attached here is a pic of the beginning. I removed the pickguard with all of the electronics removed the pain in the cavities of the body. I will continue to remove more paint to expose more wood. This is a good thing!
What’s next? A lot. I am replacing the pickguard, the pickups, the pots, the tone capacitors, the knobs, some wiring, the bridge saddles, the tremolo block. I am adding a special switch which will allow me to turn on all 3 pickups at once or use the neck and bridge pickup. In fact I just finished the wiring diagram for doing such a thing. Further, I am also going to be adding some shielding within the cavities which is one reason why I was removing the paint.
When this is done, this should be one sweet sounding Strat with hardly any hum or buzz. I will continue to update here.
I posted on FB that I have learned more about guitar in the last month than I have in the last 15 years. Let’s start with cabinets. I plan on getting a custom made cabinet from Forte. It combines the sound of an open back cabinet and a closed back cabinet. Its a truly unique design concept and quite forward thinking in my opinion. He calls them 3D cabinets because the sound is dispersed in numerous directions rather in only one direction.I have yet to read a negative review about it. The best part is that I can choose the grill, the color of the tolex covering, and I can choose the speaker. In short, this will be a 1X12 cabinet in either green or Burgundy tolex with a Celestion Gold speaker. Check out these cabinets at:
I accidentally stumbled upon a female guitar player, Jamie Andreas, who has a unique perspective on guitar. She tries teaching guitar like Tai Chi. This is interesting because this is very much like the path I have been taking on guitar when it comes to rehabbing my hand. I have been trying to find how I can play guitar with as much ease as possible. I truly believe that my issues with hand are due to lack of proper training and overly stressing my entire body. Her viewpoints match what I have been thinking. Luckily she has a whole process to developing a proper practice technique. I just purchased two books from her, and so far I am seeing some very interesting results. More to come on all of this I am sure. Check out:
Lastly, by going over Jamie’s principles about playing with ease, it made me think about the height of frets on a guitar neck and that Yngwie Malmsteen plays with a scalloped neck so as not to touch the wood on the neck with his fingertips. This is something I have been experimenting with the last few days and it dawned on me that taller frets could also accomplish this. Well lo and behold, many many many guitar players know this. The taller frets are terrific for bends, slurs, and for playing with a lighter touch which is exactly what I am trying to do. I am calling my guitar guy, David Neeley on Monday to get a re-fret job done on my Strat. For you guitar nerds out there, I am pretty sure I will put 6105 size frets on it.
That’s it for now, but clearly much much much more to come.