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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.


Feb
21
answered Why can some people play music well who don't “know music”?
Feb
19
comment Creating Happy Melodies and Chords
Your question is very much in the opinion space, as different individuals, and different cultures, have differing views on happy or sad tones, keys and chords. That said, Alexander's answer gives excellent guidance on how to approach this.
Feb
18
comment Optimal Right Hand Technique to Down Pick while playing Metallica
@Meaningful - totally understand, however we get into opinion with things like pick choice. Some go for thick heavy picks for speed, others use very light picks - the technique is the difference.
Feb
17
comment Optimal Right Hand Technique to Down Pick while playing Metallica
Agreed on the time input. I used to practice 4 hours a day, and still felt like I wasn't improving fast enough!
Feb
15
comment Putting Stickers on an acoustic guitar
I took many stickers off one if my guitars last year. Some had been on for over six years... The surface was destroyed. Lacquer and varnish were eaten away badly.
Feb
11
comment Specific advices for a beginner drummer
Cedric - if you can ask one question at a time, they may be answerable, however in this case you have asked questions that are opinion based and so broad they aren't answerable with a definitive answer. Please read the How to Ask page.
Feb
9
comment Active Pickup Height
Putting them really close to the strings loses a lot of harmonics, sustain, and in many cases makes the sound too 'soft'. I recommend having them only slightly closer than passive pickups, as you then still have some headroom and avoid the compression that active pickups can bring in.
Feb
9
comment Active Pickup Height
This really doesn't answer the question.
Feb
4
revised Memorizing diatonic chord progressions in a tune
added 10 characters in body
Jan
31
comment Which is a better Bass?
Hi DNgentle - unfortunately this type of question is not answerable, as it will come down to your preference.
Jan
29
answered How to know what beat & rhythm to play for add-on to songs
Jan
29
comment How to know what beat & rhythm to play for add-on to songs
What do you mean by add-on? Do you mean he adds drums to existing songs? If so, he just listens to the rhythm, any break points etc and then improvises over standard rhythmic patterns.
Jan
23
comment Fingerstyle finger economy - how to play phrases that require index finger on high strings?
I have to agree here - in playing the guitar there is rarely a 'correct' fingering, unless you want to match exactly how the original artist played. Use whatever works best for you.
Jan
19
comment Why does a string instrument get out of tune when a string breaks?
And if your guitar has a floating bridge the problem is exacerbated as the lowered tension on the bridge means the other strings get raised in pitch, in some cases by quite a large amount
Jan
18
comment Learn Rhythm and Leads on the First Four Frets
This question is a bit broad, in that you can do most things in those first four frets that you can do elsewhere, minus done slides and the top end. Can you describe more precisely what you are trying to do.
Jan
14
reviewed Approve suggested edit on tetrachords tag wiki excerpt
Jan
14
reviewed Approve suggested edit on tetrachords tag wiki
Jan
14
comment Licensing for digital compositions?
Can you clarify - are you wanting to find a source for compositions, or a licence to resell them? Or are you looking for terminology?
Jan
13
comment How to play non-beginner barre chords
It is definitely not impossible @Rumca. Just practice the stretch. It may be difficult if you have the string height too great, so think about whether your guitar is set up optimally.
Jan
13
reviewed Approve suggested edit on pedagogy tag wiki excerpt