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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.


Mar
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answered Exercises to speed up power chord strumming
Mar
8
comment Does bending the neck have any long term adverse effects?
Not in terms of how much force is required. I just don't have enough data. But in terms of damage, it is much easier to repair the join of a bolt-on than a through-neck.
Mar
8
comment Does bending the neck have any long term adverse effects?
What seems to give first on an electric is the join between the neck and body:-/
Mar
6
revised What are the Solfège names of the semitones between the basic do, re, mi, etc?
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Mar
5
comment Getting my Daughter Started in Music
You've seen the suzuki method, right? It starts them in preschool. A core tenet of the method is that learning from the environment at that age is natural.
Mar
5
comment Getting my Daughter Started in Music
Personally I waited until my kids were older as I didn't want to push them at that age, as you say, but there do seem to be a large number of children brought up playing violin or piano from kindergarten age - so it is obvious that preschoolers can handle it.
Mar
5
comment Getting my Daughter Started in Music
I played violin for 8 years - initially liked it, went through a phase of hating it (luckily my parents 'forced' me to continue) then liked it a bit more. Sure, I then dropped it for guitar when I was 16, but I think your point is very valid.
Mar
5
reviewed Reject percussion tag wiki excerpt
Mar
3
answered Does bending the neck have any long term adverse effects?
Mar
2
answered creating a simple instrument tuned to a specific frequency
Mar
1
comment Self learning and tips for a middle aged parent
This isn't really an answerable question. Everyone is different. What I would recommend is reading a lot of the questions here on guitar, but also on the entire learning tag and see if they help. Then when you have specific issues, those would likely make questions we can answer helpfully.
Feb
26
comment Guitar chords high on the neck
I often play chords up at the 18th fret on an electric, and even 15th fret on acoustic guitars. I think 5th fret is fairly low :-)
Feb
25
comment Why do men and women have different pitch?
I don't know anyone who sings chords, so edited the question a little :-)
Feb
25
revised Why do men and women have different pitch?
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Feb
24
comment Learning about electric guitars
Sorry, that sounds awfully snarky, but it isn't meant to be. It is just that words like that don't even really count as terminology, but are really just English language.
Feb
24
comment Learning about electric guitars
For your specific question, I guess a dictionary sounds like the first point of call. Pitch shifters shift pitch, for example making the C you play on the guitar come out as an F.
Feb
24
comment Learning about electric guitars
Additionally the description on that impossible pedal seems very explanatory - multiple pitch shifters change the pitch to make you sound like you are doing it. If you need to know how,you'd have to know electronics.
Feb
24
comment Learning about electric guitars
Hi there, welcome to the site. I don't think this question will work here, as it has no single answer and would just lead to a huge list, which is not the way SE works. Could make a good blog post though.
Feb
22
reviewed Reviewed Looking for advice on my self-taught music education
Feb
22
revised Looking for advice on my self-taught music education
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