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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.


17h
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.
17h
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
2d
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 What to do first?
As you can already see from the answers given below, this is entirely up to you. There is no definite answer on this one.
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!
Oct
14
comment XLR vs 1/4 (jack/TRS/TS) output on digital piano. What is better to connect to audio interface?
Whether or not you have two mono audio tracks recorded, or one stereo track, will depend entirely on your recording setup. And as Alexander pointed out, by default these will be likely to emulate close mic positions.
Oct
13
comment Is there a gigantic dataset with songs and chords I can download?
Ultimate Guitar and others pay the copyright holders for permission (Or in some cases the permission is given for free or in exchange for publicity, but in any case, they must ask)
Oct
13
comment What is the difference between a xylophone, a glockenspiel, marimba, a xylorimba and a marimbaphone?
I didn't know that translation. Good description :-)
Oct
13
comment What is the difference between a xylophone, a glockenspiel, marimba, a xylorimba and a marimbaphone?
I didn't mention size, Tim. I'm assuming you meant this comment to go on the question?
Oct
13
comment Science of Chords
Nimrod - please do not cross post on multiple sites. Closing and moving to StackOverflow, where the dupe is stackoverflow.com/q/26331813/529337
Oct
11
comment What guitar effects pedals are important to get according to genre?
I'm certainly not going to close it if it gets reopened, but like this one I answered in 2012, I think it is opinion/consensus based: music.stackexchange.com/a/6604/104 - in fact it was specifically because of that one that I feel these are unanswerable in any useful way.
Oct
4
comment Is there a software that can identify the tune and convert it into staff notation?
Yes, there are a few - you may find this simpler if you play on an electric piano with MIDI out, that way you don't need to worry about frequency analysis.
Oct
1
comment What is the correct way to play/mute strings with the thumb?
There is no correct way. At all.