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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 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.
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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
27
comment Can someone help me figure out the time signature of this riff
You may want to sign up to the Music Fans proposal, where this may be more on topic. See meta.music.stackexchange.com/q/799/104
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. Musical Practice & Performance 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.
Oct
23
comment Assigning a numerical value of clarity
leo - please don't cross post. I'll migrate and merge this.
Oct
23
comment Problem with low tunings on my guitar
@Tim - quick info in chat: chat.stackexchange.com/transcript/message/18283304#18283304
Oct
22
comment How to reset tremolo?
If you use the same gauge of strings, the tension will bring the trem back up to roughly where it was. Don't worry about it dropping into the body when the strings are off - that's fine. It will come back up once you tighten the strings.
Oct
22
comment Problem with low tunings on my guitar
Jordie - can you post a picture of both the front of the guitar (showing the angle of the trem) and the back (with the cover off, showing the spring arrangement). The tuning is normal, but snapping strings really isn't
Oct
20
comment PA System: What type of speaker for that “punchy” bass?
heysamhey - this is not a product recommendation site. And if you read Keith's answer, you should understand this is not a case of 'buy product X and it will be wonderful' - it is a case of getting a professional team in and providing the budget they require...
Oct
19
comment Travel instruments: what are the smallest and lightest?
List questions are almost always unsuitable for Stack Exchange.
Oct
17
comment Minimal length required for a human to register a sound
this has already been answered on our sister site, Sound. I'll migrate this there and close as dupe.
Oct
16
comment Forgetting the piece when playing for the teacher
This is nothing to do with music, but everything to do with nerves/stress. I think it is covered off by the duplicate.
Oct
15
comment What type of strings to use for easier bending in fast solos?
On a short scale guitar some extreme bends can be harder. I have a couple of songs where I'll bend up 5 semitones on my B string (and I use a coated .010 Elixir set) - it is easy-ish on my long scale Ibanez, but annoyingly hard on my Les Paul
Oct
14
comment Scotland the Brave - advice for newbie painist
I would remove all of point 4 as it just detracts from the question.
Oct
14
comment XLR vs 1/4 (jack/TRS/TS) output on digital piano. What is better to connect to audio interface?
And nowadays, it is very common, even on cheap keyboards, to have balanced XLR outputs. One of my relatviely cheap guitars even has balanced XLR outputs!
Oct
14
comment XLR vs 1/4 (jack/TRS/TS) output on digital piano. What is better to connect to audio interface?
nekomatic - if you read the question, you can see that he is wanting to buy an audio interface and is trying to decide whether to use balanced inputs. To make this work you need balanced outputs from the keyboard (which he has)
Oct
14
comment XLR vs 1/4 (jack/TRS/TS) output on digital piano. What is better to connect to audio interface?
I use XLR pretty much everywhere - my home studio has more XLR inputs than 1/4". XLR is cheap (not as cheap as 1/4" but still very cheap). It means you have them when you need noise resistance. Why not just use XLR - they are fine 100% of the time! And the key here is - they do make a difference to your noise floor, even in an amateur environment, in fact possibly more important here as there are so many items that impact your noise floor!