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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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reviewed Close Tuning new strings on an acoustic guitar
Mar
16
answered Can you use any footswitch on any amplifier?
Mar
15
revised How to prevent high pitch feedback when palm muting
added 399 characters in body
Mar
15
answered How to prevent high pitch feedback when palm muting
Mar
10
comment What methods are there to determine when a violin string should be replaced?
Really nice answer. +1 from me.
Mar
9
awarded  Nice Answer
Mar
9
answered What methods are there to determine when a violin string should be replaced?
Mar
9
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?
added 2 characters in body; edited tags; edited title
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
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reviewed Reject percussion tag wiki excerpt
Mar
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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 :-)