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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)

  • headlined the Orkney Rock Festival in 2014
  • 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, folk...

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
19
reviewed Satisfactory How much higher will I realistically be able to sing with daily practice and dedication?
Feb
19
reviewed Excellent Word for part of a beat
Feb
19
reviewed Excellent Is guitar action affected by tuning?
Feb
19
reviewed Excellent Using flatted third in 12 bar blues
Feb
13
answered Why do I wear out the frets on my guitar faster than most other folks? Do I need a lighter touch?
Feb
12
comment Scraping my index finger on frets
While I think the fret ends certainly need dressing, a key problem sounds like your technique. You shouldn't have your fingers in a position where this happens. Can you post a photo of you holding the guitar.
Feb
11
comment Fingernails and vibrato
Yes - it does change pitch.
Feb
11
comment Fingernails and vibrato
@amalgamate - Tim is right here, both types are used by guitarists. The cross-fretboard bend gives dramatic pitch changes, and the lengthwise bend is a much more subtle effect. I use both a lot.
Feb
9
comment Microphone positioning to record acoustic guitar & singing with a single mic?
A start point of halfway between sound hole and your mouth is pretty good, tbh.
Feb
9
answered Microphone positioning to record acoustic guitar & singing with a single mic?
Feb
5
comment How can a shy singer get feedback?
Why on earth do you say that Mr. boy? I think you're way off base here. Those folks need support!
Feb
5
comment How can a shy singer get feedback?
Your question is not a music one at all, it's a personal confidence one. Ask your friends, ask anyone - one you realise there will always be positive and negative comments and learn to cope with them you'll be better off.
Feb
5
comment How to learn rap music?
You misunderstand - if you are trying to understand it you need to realise how different they are from each other, and this can only be done by listening.
Feb
5
comment What would happen if I played two or more notes on a monophonic modular analog synthesizer?
I have also seen First note priority - which is possibly the most annoying one :-)
Feb
5
comment How to learn rap music?
user31782 - those 4 are entirely different from one another so that doesn't help at all. Some guy's point is key though - listen to the stuff you like, sing/rap it etc.
Feb
5
comment Why does the IV - V# - I chord progression work so well?
Is this one really a different question to your one here: music.stackexchange.com/q/20392/104
Feb
4
comment How to learn rap music?
Can I suggest that in future you limit yourself to one question at a time as per the site guidance. Luckily in this instance you have some excellent answers.
Feb
4
comment Are there any nice ways to play B diminished chord (B triad from C Major scale) on standard tuned guitar?
Matt - sorry, yes, you are right. Simple solution: use that mute across the A and D strings :-)
Feb
4
answered Are there any nice ways to play B diminished chord (B triad from C Major scale) on standard tuned guitar?
Feb
4
comment Are there any nice ways to play B diminished chord (B triad from C Major scale) on standard tuned guitar?
A B dim is really simple if you can leave the bottom string alone - do you need to use it?