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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.


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comment Need to know Accidentals details in piano music sheet
sai - if you want to find youtube tutorials, you can just google for them. This site is to help solve specific questions, not to collate youtube links. Please read the tour page.
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comment Need to know Accidentals details in piano music sheet
sai - I have tried to pull the question out from all those words.
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comment Why would “D Minor be the guitarist's favourite key”?
I think this will have to be closed as purely opinion based. My favourite key is A. My rhythm guitarist's is D major - he likes a drop-D metal tuning.
Dec
15
comment Are short fingers detrimental to becoming a pianist?
interesting converse view. Have my upvote for adding to the experiences here.
Dec
15
comment Do I have a grounding issue?
Have a look at music.stackexchange.com/q/8197/104
Dec
9
comment How can I learn more chords
Read How to Ask and tour to understand what questions are on topic here.
Dec
9
comment How can I learn more chords
Jerry - this question was already closed. Please don't just repost.
Dec
9
comment D string buzzes when I play a chord, but not when I play the string alone
Guitarbeginner - you need to ask single questions here. Kevin and amalgamate have provided excellent answers, but you need to ask single questions - which also helps the system identify duplicates, eg for 3 we have music.stackexchange.com/q/24392/104 and there are multiple questions covering 1, so I'll remove them from your question and just leave your question on the D string buzz.
Dec
5
comment Co-wrote song in previous band, can you use it in a new band
Supercat - that may be true in the US but it certainly isn't in some jurisdictions. Compulsory licences don't exist everywhere.
Dec
5
comment Co-wrote song in previous band, can you use it in a new band
I beg to differ Tetsujin. We certainly make money on the mechanical royalties
Dec
5
comment Co-wrote song in previous band, can you use it in a new band
You could use the option of offering a percentage of any royalties - if they know they won't get around to it, this may be motivation enough to sign an agreement. It will impact your income if it sells, but that's presumably still preferable to not recording it.
Nov
28
comment Is falsetto a serious type of singing style for a man?
Check oout rock band The Darkness for some more high falsetto!
Nov
23
comment When tuning a guitar, should you always end with tightening the string rather than loosening it?
User15507 - you may not have seen or experienced all the evidence. It is very well known and easily evidenced for yourself. Nothing to do with special priories, but all to do with the limitations of the physical world (friction, tolerances etc)
Nov
18
comment Strap button repair
Generally screw anchors (or rawlplugs in the UK) stress the wood, and guitars usually aren't made to take the transverse stresses. For one of the guitars I made, I embedded a bolt (like Ikea furniture uses) that I could screw the strap pin into. It's rock solid!
Nov
17
comment Is “You shouldn't play all 6 strings together on an electric guitar” good teaching?
So i think that's a separate question altogether.
Nov
16
comment Legato right hand technique
While this is a description of picking styles, it doesn't really answer the specific legato question...
Nov
15
comment What are some resources/techniques that will help me understand how to create synth sounds?
What are you actually asking here? You have a lot of questions that seem to be very broad and unanswerable. Could you edit your question to focus on one?
Nov
15
comment Is “You shouldn't play all 6 strings together on an electric guitar” good teaching?
Let us continue this discussion in chat.
Nov
14
comment Is “You shouldn't play all 6 strings together on an electric guitar” good teaching?
Quick - that's exactly my point.
Nov
14
comment Is “You shouldn't play all 6 strings together on an electric guitar” good teaching?
Some chords are particularly bad, but to be honest, some are beautiful with distortion - you just need to know what harmonics will be introduced by your distortion, and where they fit.