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bio website metaltech.me
location Scotland, United Kingdom
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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.


Mar
20
comment Best strings for heavy metal (I love distortion)?
You can get guitars with every string on a separate channel, but you pay through the nose for it, which is why it doesn't happen more :-)
Mar
19
comment How much overtension can I put on a guitar string before it snaps?
Fergus - maybe you'll trust that. I've seen both ends: I have dropped a guitar down a flight of stairs, landing on the headstock and had no damage or loss of tuning, and I have seen a catastrophically broken neck from one set of very heavy strings overtightened. I wouldn't trust that 18x to be consistent across instruments.
Mar
19
answered Best strings for heavy metal (I love distortion)?
Mar
18
comment How much overtension can I put on a guitar string before it snaps?
Hmmmm - with your picture edited in, I guess this is a home made instrument? If so, you'll probably be the one to decide whether it can cope with the tension!
Mar
18
comment How much overtension can I put on a guitar string before it snaps?
Yep - natural harmonics work the same with guitar. And they can give a lovely tonal chime.
Mar
18
answered How much overtension can I put on a guitar string before it snaps?
Mar
17
comment How many disruptive ideas in music harmony were there, that became widely accepted?
Rumca - this is such a broad topic that it would require books to fully detail. If you have a specific subset of this question that is askable, phrase do so.
Mar
16
comment Modal chord progressions for Rock music
Steve - it might be better if you just ask this as a new question.
Mar
16
comment Does playing 12 bar blues require two players and two instruments?
And to add to this, quite often you can play the progression in a simplified way (fifths etc) and use your this and fourth fingers to lead over it. This is very common from blues guitarists.
Mar
16
answered Problems with 8 string guitar tuning?
Mar
10
reviewed Close Book or reference for music theory with deep explanations?
Mar
10
revised What is the best way to learn scales in order to improve improvisation/writing of lead guitar parts?
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Mar
4
comment Does F Minor have any happiness without C minor
Caters - we have various questions like this which have already been asked here. The consensus is that no particular keys are happy or sad without your own cultural and experiential input.
Mar
4
comment Hard to tell major from minor
@Tim - sure, I should have added - in relation to the chords or other notes played :-)
Mar
4
reviewed Reviewed Should my first bass guitar be expensive?
Mar
4
reviewed Close Should my first bass guitar be expensive?
Mar
4
reviewed Close Easy classical pieces playable on an acoustic guitar with a pick?
Mar
2
comment Hard to tell major from minor
The simple answer here depends on whether the notes used are from the major or minor key, so as long as you can work out what notes are being played this should be easy. If you can't tell whether notes are in a major or minor key, you probably need more practice and familiarisation with keys.
Feb
25
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Maximize practice time on electronic drum kit
Feb
25
revised string vibrato: before/during/after beginning of sound production?
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