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bio website bandmix.com/raintree420
location Ohio
age 39
visits member for 3 years, 8 months
seen Aug 14 '11 at 1:21

Network Engineer, aspiring super rock star. Writer of songs light and heavy.

Current List of Gweetars:

1981 Gibson Les Paul XR-1; 2008(9) Gibson Les Paul Studio; 1989 Ibanez 540R; Yamaha acoustic/electric (model escapes me); BC Rich Mockingbird Thin-line Acoustic/Electric;; 2008 Simmons Echo 5-String Bass

Current List of Amps:

Line 6 60W Flextone Plus with extension cab; Bugera 333XL head with Marshall Cab; Randall Commander H-120 (I think, hidden away in storage); Hartke bass combo; Fender Champ;

Current List of Effects:

MXR Carbon copy Delay; MXR Vintage Phase 90; MXR Smart Gate; MXR Full Bore ; Digitech Whammy; ISP Decimator TC Electronic Nova Repeater; Snarling Dogs ABY; another AB ; Morley Bad Horsie Whah; Morley Volume;


Mar
26
asked Capo that won't detune my guitar?
Mar
26
comment Why is the bridge pickup on a Stratocaster angled?
yeah, of all my years I never really thought about why they did that.
Mar
26
comment Playing The Strokes - Heart in a Cage intro - what's the best technique?
The tab for this song is available at ultimateguitar.com as well.
Mar
25
comment Skills needed for classical guitar
You may not want years and years of lessons, but how about a couple intro lessons with a classical teacher? He/she would be able to evaluate your form and current finger-style technique and help you adapt to basic classical.
Mar
22
comment Are there exercises similar to the 'Buddha rope' for endurance on bass guitar?
Gary Willis has some videos out there that are kinda old, but he goes over a lot of detail hoe to work on the right hand for bass. Gary Willis - Progressive Bassics Pt. 1
Mar
20
comment using multiple stereo effects
I found the Pedal Pad patch pad that should suit my needs for now.
Mar
20
comment using multiple stereo effects
I found the Pedal Pad that may be what I'm looking for. cheaper, and I don't need anything complicated right now.
Mar
20
answered Looking for a specific device to secure a pick to your hand
Mar
20
comment Sharp / Flat: Collectively known as property by what name?
An accidental refers to a changing a note in a bar relative to the key signature I believe. I think the term for sharps/flats is enharmonic, meaning A# = Bb One note, two names.
Mar
19
comment Ways to get out of a scalar rut?
"ultimately getting the sound comes from total confidence with the instrument" which I'm gaining but still don't have quite yet!! I don't really have opportunities to play with other people very often either and I know that can make a big difference.
Mar
19
comment Ways to get out of a scalar rut?
what types of things do you do? I know it can be hard to verbalize feeling, but if you have some concrete examples of what you did differently that would be great.
Mar
19
answered Getting consistent tone from barre chords
Mar
19
comment Ways to get out of a scalar rut?
I knew about Steve Vai's time with Zappa. Marty Friedman also has mentioned that transcribing sax solos was part of how he learned.
Mar
19
comment Ways to get out of a scalar rut?
@ZvonkoM Cool a fellow computer geek guitar guy. I have not heard of Tommy, but a guitarist I am inspired by, and I'm sure most have not heard of him is Steve Sweeney with the Ohio Jam band Ekoostik Hookah ekoostik.com He has a very Dickie Betts style that I envy. I aspire to have phrasing like Steve Sweeney! Even in the Metal I play, I want phrasing that melts your soul.
Mar
19
comment Ways to get out of a scalar rut?
agreed to a point. I need to arps and scales so I can TRANSLATE what I hear in my head, to notes. I am not one to play within the rules at all..but I like to have them as a guideline. There's a lot of experience behind that too. Having the years that I do, I CAN take a simple lick and make it sound better just by doing something subtle to it a beginner would never know to do.
Mar
19
comment Ways to get out of a scalar rut?
I listen obsessively sometimes. less than a few years ago, but I have a good ear and pick out each player's subtleties. Like SRV. Lots of people can PLAY an SRV song, but they don't come anywhere close to SOUNDING like SRV. He had a subtle technique that just made each chord he played stand out.
Mar
19
comment Ways to get out of a scalar rut?
If I could play the melodies I sing and make up to riffs, I would be on the cover of every guitar rag! but alas, here I am. That's great advise though and have been trying to do that more and more. sing something, then try to play it. It never comes out exactly, but I get close. I do that with riffs a lot too.
Mar
19
comment Ways to get out of a scalar rut?
thanks, I do stuff like this all the time. It's the "using it musically" part that gets me sometimes. It's not like I CAN"T EVER write a decent solo, but I have to work at it very hard to make it right. and by now, 20+ years playing just guitar, I should be able to do it by now. That part really just hasn't clicked yet.
Mar
19
comment Ways to get out of a scalar rut?
I'm still reading you answer, it's long and I have ADD LOL.....anyway..I am trying to learn solos a lead guitarist I had threw down for my old band. blues licks, but the phrasing is superb and just has so much experience behind it they're hard to comp. link to tunes : bandmix.com/raintree_music the song "Don't Rock The Boat" is a perfect example of solos I CAN"T write myself but really should be able to now with 20+ years behind me. I wrote the chord progressions for those songs 10 years ago and played rhythm.
Mar
19
answered Up-down strumming when playing fingerstyle