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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 How can I produce any melody on my guitar as effortlessly as I do with my voice?
still upvoted you though, as it's a good answer :-)
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comment How can I produce any melody on my guitar as effortlessly as I do with my voice?
interestingly, I have exactly the opposite view on this - as I learned violin, then guitar way before piano, I find it obvious where notes are going to be on stringed instruments, but really difficult on a piano, with its odd key spacings etc. Even on my guitars with odd tunings, I find a third or a fifth a simple visualisation.
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comment How to obtain a Clean yet Distorted guitar sound?
American metal type pedals are often based around a simple pair of opposed diodes, which basically gives you a square wave output with very sharp edges. Tailor that with a low pass filter to take off the harshest harmonics and you can get a really smooth clean distortion.
Mar
23
comment Looking at the fretboard is ruining my stage presence
Have a read of this question for a perspective on why it really doesn't ruin stage presence! music.stackexchange.com/q/1446/104
Mar
23
comment What should I practice before getting into the chords
Rajeev - mastering 3 chords may be one day, or it may be weeks. Don't worry about that - everyone is different. As regards getting into chords, often chords are the first thing people learn.
Mar
20
comment Why can't I tune my Floyd Rose Tremelo?
Let us continue this discussion in chat.
Mar
20
comment Why can't I tune my Floyd Rose Tremelo?
I have moved the pictures over from your other question
Mar
13
comment How to get rocktron talk box to sound like peter frampton?
I'd you ever just want to know about guitarists kit, there are websites on every single one. Describing hardware, effects, software, process etc
Mar
12
comment How to get rocktron talk box to sound like peter frampton?
If you want the list: uberproaudio.com/who-plays-what/…
Mar
12
comment How to get rocktron talk box to sound like peter frampton?
Chet - see my first sentence. On my setup I can get a very similar sound with just that. You need to give us more info about your setup.
Mar
11
comment Can a chord be both major and minor?
Pedro - this is exactly what @Shevliaskovic said.
Mar
11
comment Teaching yourself piano as a support instrument only?
Ivan - if you have another question, please ask it separately. You can link to this one if you need to refer to this.
Mar
10
comment Correct way of writing this bend in ASCII tab notation
sports - that problem is why tabs as outlined in Rockin Cowboy's answer exist.
Mar
5
comment Speed picking on electric guitar
you have seen this question, right? music.stackexchange.com/q/1093/104 - I think it covers what you want
Mar
5
comment Do music students find practice journals useful?
Mark - This seems like a useful answer, but be aware we are quite strict on self promotion. Remember, you can have a description links to your product/service in your profile, so I'll edit this post just to point there.
Mar
3
comment Ways to warm up vocal cords?
Hi user19211 - as Meaningful said, we expect a bit more from an answer on Stack Exchange (see the other answers here, or read How to Answer) So can you edit this post to provide a more comprehensive answer please.
Mar
2
comment Why would expectations of students vary largely between instruments?
I'm not due you are approaching this fairly. From my limited brass/woodwind experience, flute seems much easier than euphonium, for example, so with the same amount of practice your instrument may just let you progress faster.
Mar
2
comment How to elaborate a good practice routine?
Costagero - if you have a look at all the questions here on learning or technique you will gain an appreciation for how broad this topic is.
Mar
2
comment Methodology to Master Guitar as an adult
Edited as 24 is not late age by any means!
Mar
2
comment Electric guitar effects and amplification
user19186 - this is actually incorrect in so many ways. 1st - there is no high frequency content from a guitar that you can't listen to on your stereo. This is why you can listen to your favourite heavy metal bands on your stereo 2nd - a 50W home stereo is an awful lot louder than a 5W guitar amp. It may not sound as good for guitar (unless you have an amp sim) but it is much louder.