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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.


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comment How to get the harmonics of ZZTop?
Gibbons almost always uses pinch harmonics. We have a question on pinch harmonics here with some simple explanation which looks like 100% dupe. I think I'll close as dupe and merge - the answers all look appropriate: music.stackexchange.com/q/1394/104
Jul
24
comment How much does a tailpiece affect the overall sound quality of an electric guitar?
That is also very true Carl, the effort is a factor i hadn't even mentioned.
Jul
24
comment Fix loose bridge saddle screw
I'd second the loctite solution. If you have the guitar set up as you like it, a dot of glue will keep that saddle screw exactly where it is...forever.
Jul
24
comment How much does a tailpiece affect the overall sound quality of an electric guitar?
While I have a lot of signal processors and effects for my guitars, I'd have to respectfully disagree Carl. Getting the sound right before you start playing with it is essential. If you start off with poor sound there is only so much you can do with effects. Which is why so many good guitarists have many guitars - they sound different.
Jul
21
comment Instruments that challenge your ear
the pitch is significantly affected on both. Part of the technique of a could harmonica player is getting the draw right for perfect pitch bends
Jul
21
comment Instruments that challenge your ear
I think I'd have to disagree. They both have the same issues.
Jul
21
comment Instruments that challenge your ear
not sure why you commented on the harmonica answer the way you did - the same points apply almost equally here.
Jul
21
comment Instruments that challenge your ear
The musical saw is also challenging...
Jul
15
comment What are some rythmically complex songs (with a large amount of time signatures)?
Hi Othya - unfortunately, this type of question is not on topic here. The proposed Music Fans site is something you may be interested in. Read about it here: meta.music.stackexchange.com/q/799/104
Jul
14
comment Problem with G string while practicing barre chords
5 days is nowhere near enough time. As @slim points out, in a year or so you will have lots more strength in your fingers and this will be easy.
Jul
14
comment Problem with G string while practicing barre chords
Nishit, before I answer, have you read all 4 of the top related questions over on the right? I have a feeling they hold the answer.
Jul
14
comment Choosing a computer as a musician
I agree - the question isn't asking for specifics that may go out of date, and while you could replace 'for a musician' with others, enough music is produced on computers these days it will be of general interest.
Jul
7
comment Do power chords have some kind of function/meaning?
Shell chords are one of the reasons I love the sound of many Faith No More songs - they use thirds and sevenths extensively with heavy distortion, leading to some lovely harmonics.
Jun
30
comment What indicators enable consumers to identify counterfeit guitars?
Lee - glossary questions are generally not a good idea here. As it currently stands, this question is answerable.
Jun
27
comment Guitar arpeggios and finger practice
You say that in your opinion those finger practice workouts are useless, but it is fairly obvious that they are highly valued by top professional guitars. I would suggest trusting their opinion, and sticking with the practice.
Jun
25
comment Should I use finger picks when playing fingerstyle guitar?
If you search for apoyando and tirando, I think the wikipedia pages for them have sound samples.
Jun
24
comment Electric guitar for beginner
ejay - this is not a recommendations/comparisons site. There are plenty of them on the Internet. This site is about practice and performance.
Jun
23
comment How can I avoid getting loud picking sounds on a distorted electric guitar?
Contrary to what you have written, many famous guitarists actually make a feature of the pick noise. One of the most famous for this is Brian May, who uses a coin.
Jun
11
comment Production techniques for adding electronic elements to rock
Meaningful - nice - I hadn't thought to tweak that way. Still a bit subjective, but better approach.
Jun
11
comment Why do strings break when I am not playing?
I've been playing professionally for over 25 years - some of my guitars have been with me nearly that long - and trust me, nut wear is enough of a problem that you really don't want to do this unnecessarily. As regards tuning, I'm talking about floating bridges - they are all susceptible to this, and while you can minimise it (by prestretching strings etc) they do take time to settle.