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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 does Tuomas Holopainen manage to play couple parts of a song at the same time?
Ah - cool. On checking out his rig, he uses multiple Korg keyboards as a baseline. Often playing one with each hand.
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comment What is “groove”?
Just a quick bit of formatting for ease of reading
Jan
29
comment Is it mandatory as an electric guitarist to get obsessed with kit?
Bit of both. Actually I buy the handbags for her and my guitars, so you could say I lose either way :-)
Jan
29
comment Is it possible to plug one guitar into two amps?
Hi Chris, welcome to the site. Unlike other forums, we don't act as a discussion forum. See How to Answer for guidance. Editing your post to answer the question will likely result in upvoted :-)
Jan
29
comment Any way to improve musical memory?
Edited to try and take out unnecessary complication. That said, while we may get answers - this is really another one of those things which is improved with practice. It's perfectly normal.
Jan
27
comment What did ancient cuneiform notation look like, and how did it work?
Pat - the edit definitely helped, and your post is a brilliant example of an answer.
Jan
15
comment POD X3 Live with M-Audio Oxygen V4
I guess it comes down to what latency you consider low enough - the PODs latency is too annoying for many folks.I did a quick check on the POD X3 and it is around the same as the XT. I wouldn't like it.
Jan
15
comment POD X3 Live with M-Audio Oxygen V4
The 24bit/48kHz isn't exactly related to latency. Higher bitrates have more of an impact on editing quality.
Jan
9
comment How do I teach a five-year-old violin?
MrTheBard - no, you can start perfectly well without piano, and Suzuki method is an excellent way. If you want to play piano, learn piano. If you want to play violin, learn violin. Doing it CCNY other way can actually slow learning. Bring in other instruments later.
Jan
8
comment Chronic hand pain and stiffness and guitar playing
Related discussion: meta.music.stackexchange.com/a/2053/104
Jan
8
comment Chronic hand pain and stiffness and guitar playing
memphis - empty and bard are not mods, just members of the community like any other. (you can spot mods by the blue diamonds) Flagging as Not an Answer is a perfectly reasonable privilege the community has when they feel it doesn't answer the question. In this instance, I think that while it doesn't actually answer the question, it is still the correct guidance, same as Mr Boy's answer.
Jan
5
comment How to improvise over a C#, B, A chord progression?
Tim? I don't see any flags against this answer...
Jan
5
comment How do I write music down from a recording?
Also - comments are for requesting clarity etc. Any arguments/discussion etc - please take it to Music: Practice & Theory Chat
Jan
5
comment How do I write music down from a recording?
CodeMed - please do not add those edits in to the question. This is not how SE is supposed to work, and they break the existing answers.
Dec
17
comment Need to know Accidentals details in piano music sheet
sai - if you want to find youtube tutorials, you can just google for them. This site is to help solve specific questions, not to collate youtube links. Please read the tour page.
Dec
17
comment Need to know Accidentals details in piano music sheet
sai - I have tried to pull the question out from all those words.
Dec
15
comment Are short fingers detrimental to becoming a pianist?
interesting converse view. Have my upvote for adding to the experiences here.
Dec
15
comment Do I have a grounding issue?
Have a look at music.stackexchange.com/q/8197/104
Dec
9
comment How can I learn more chords
Read How to Ask and tour to understand what questions are on topic here.
Dec
9
comment How can I learn more chords
Jerry - this question was already closed. Please don't just repost.