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bio website bandmix.com/raintree420
location Ohio
age 39
visits member for 3 years, 4 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
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
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
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.
Feb
18
comment What does it mean to play in an 'arpeggiated' style on the guitar?
'tis it exactly!
Feb
13
comment Will learning to play another instrument help me to become a better guitarist?
I started music as a clarinet/Alto sax player and as a guitarist I have a better sense of melody and phrasing than I do for complex rhythms as I'm sure a once drummer would have on guitar. A drummer, I assume that begins to play guitar would be able to grasp the strumming faster than say scales and phrasing. Any body have that experience?
Feb
13
comment Will learning to play another instrument help me to become a better guitarist?
As a proficient guitarist and one time Sax player..the piano still scares me to death and have a hard time doing anything but throw my fingers down and try to make a cool sounding chord. I agree with the reply 100% I WANT to learn piano so that it will enhance my ability to grasp poly rhythms and chord interplay.
Feb
4
comment What can I build into my guitar and use the “tone pots” buttons to adjust?
this is the coolest mod yet!
Jan
26
comment using multiple stereo effects
wow dude thanks for that answer! The current solution I have come up with does involve three amps and an ABY box. I need to look into the loopers and see what they are all about. that's a device I never really knew about and I'll look into it. Thanks again!
Jan
26
comment using multiple stereo effects
I'm going for a layered type of sound. The Digitech Whammy has a dry out jack, and I'm looking at a setup that will allow for an amp to come off both output from the whammy so that sounds like 2-3 guitars at once, plus accomodate stereo effects like a delay and chorus. I think I can do it as long as I keep the stereo effects to only 2. I just experimented using my little bass combo off of my stereo delay (TC Electronic Nova Repeater) and it sounds pretty good. Good enough for using it for stereo effects!!