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bio website metaltech.me
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Lead guitarist and petrolhead with Scottish Industrial rock trio Metaltech (and our alter-ego folk band Acoustech)

  • nominated for Best Metal Act at the Scottish Alternative Music Awards 2011 (came 2nd)
  • nominated for Best Group and Best Loud Track at the Scottish New Music Awards 2011

Been gigging for 25 years, taught guitar on and off. Played a lot of the Scottish music festivals (Rock Ness, Wickerman, Belladrum etc), supported bands like Alec Empire, KMFDM, Angelspit, Psydoll. Headlined all over Scotland.

Website - http://www.metaltech.me

Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/metaltech

Check out our videos - http://www.youtube.com/user/Metaltechtheband

Play classical, rock, blues, metal, spanish, slide...

On stage usually use Ibanez (7 string RG7321 and Joe Satriani signature models), or a 1989 Charvel Predator with a Dimebucker pickup through a Line 6 HD500 and a DigiTech Whammy, sometimes with a CryBaby. For the songs requiring fire I use a BC Rich Warlock with pyro attachments!

Generally DI'ed straight into the venue backline, or where we need to amplify - generally Marshall heads through Laney 4x10s.


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reviewed Reviewed Guitar arpeggios and finger practice
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comment Guitar arpeggios and finger practice
You say that in your opinion those finger practice workouts are useless, but it is fairly obvious that they are highly valued by top professional guitars. I would suggest trusting their opinion, and sticking with the practice.
Jun
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comment Should I use finger picks when playing fingerstyle guitar?
If you search for apoyando and tirando, I think the wikipedia pages for them have sound samples.
Jun
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revised What's the correct way to learn tremolo?
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revised What's the correct way to learn tremolo?
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revised What's the correct way to learn tremolo?
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answered What's the correct way to learn tremolo?
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revised Should I use finger picks when playing fingerstyle guitar?
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answered Should I use finger picks when playing fingerstyle guitar?
Jun
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comment Electric guitar for beginner
ejay - this is not a recommendations/comparisons site. There are plenty of them on the Internet. This site is about practice and performance.
Jun
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revised How can I avoid getting loud picking sounds on a distorted electric guitar?
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comment How can I avoid getting loud picking sounds on a distorted electric guitar?
Contrary to what you have written, many famous guitarists actually make a feature of the pick noise. One of the most famous for this is Brian May, who uses a coin.
Jun
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reviewed Reviewed How can I avoid getting loud picking sounds on a distorted electric guitar?
Jun
19
answered Practice before a gig - bored of material
Jun
11
comment Production techniques for adding electronic elements to rock
Meaningful - nice - I hadn't thought to tweak that way. Still a bit subjective, but better approach.
Jun
11
comment Why do strings break when I am not playing?
I've been playing professionally for over 25 years - some of my guitars have been with me nearly that long - and trust me, nut wear is enough of a problem that you really don't want to do this unnecessarily. As regards tuning, I'm talking about floating bridges - they are all susceptible to this, and while you can minimise it (by prestretching strings etc) they do take time to settle.
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reviewed Leave Open In jazz, what is a chord family?
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reviewed Reviewed Why do strings break when I am not playing?
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comment Why do strings break when I am not playing?
loosening and retensioning the strings is actually likely to break them, and damage the nut through friction wear - and for many guitars (especially those with floating bridges) tuning can require days to settle down.
Jun
11
comment Production techniques for adding electronic elements to rock
This feels like it will be very opinion based so it may get closed. If you want examples of music using VST's in Cubase in the electro/metal genre, check out the link on my profile page. Metaltech have all sorts of sounds that may appeal.