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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...

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 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.
Nov
12
comment How to start piano composition?
You'll find that people approach this in a huge variety of ways, which is why the question has been closed.
Nov
9
comment Fingers Too Short for Barre Chords?
Carole - this doesn't answer the 'common barre chords' question. Many people cope perfectly well only being able to reach to the 4th fret - remember there are no rules when playing guitar.
Nov
9
comment What is the difference between 10, 16 and 24 holes harmonica?
Just realised you asked about 16's and 24's - apologies. Will need to go and look them up :-)
Nov
6
comment What does “I Solisti Veneti” mean?
good translation - I'll get rid of my attempt, which I guess was close but no cigar.
Nov
5
comment What does “I Solisti Veneti” mean?
Not really certain this is on topic here...
Nov
5
comment What is a good way to learn to sing?
Hi Dr C - welcome to Music.SE. As you'll see from the close reason, this question is far too broad here. Have a look at the links in the Related sidebar to the right for some useful posts.
Oct
29
comment Guitar learning path for beginners
Neil - it is definitely a good idea, but as a first step? I'd suggest the basics, and bring in theory as they progress, to help support their physical development.
Oct
28
comment Sharp pain in fingertip of fretting hand index finger
This question appears to be off-topic because it is not a question, but an answer, as per cdw and luser's comments.
Oct
26
comment Improving as a solo guitarist without learning scales
Jason - I'm going to clean up all the comments on this and the answers. In general, comments are for gaining clarity, not for conversations. Music: Practice & Theory Chat is the place to go for that.
Oct
24
comment Why do electric guitars have narrow necks?
Pickup sizes are variable, and many guitar makers angle pickups in order to allow for different string spacing.
Oct
24
comment What is this guitar trick called?
see also: music.stackexchange.com/q/2784/104
Oct
23
comment Problem with low tunings on my guitar
If you edit your post, you will see above the edit box a bunch of menu buttons, including links, images, formatting etc. The add image button lets you upload pictures (but make sure they aren't too big) If you can't use that functionality, pop them up somewhere online and let us know the URL here in comments, and one of the high rep users can edit it in for you.