Well, after teaching lessons in the Orlando area for more than 40 years, I will be moving 😯
However, I can still be available for my Orlando students via Skype lessons contact me if you wish to do so. And, for those seeking guitar lessons in the Lower Keys, I will be available for guitar lessons beginning Q2 of 2020!
Guitar overdrive pedal demos for the Electro-Harmonix (JHS mod): Soul Food and Fulltone: OCD. (demos are not my own and belong to the original posters)
Hopefully, you will have gathered from my previous posts, I am always ‘tone questing’. Not sure if this is just part of my wandering nature or something that is shared by all guitar nerds in the fraternity of music making. None-the-less, I am always looking for “The Perfect Tone” and of course that means I haven’t found it yet. Moreover, I suppose my idea of perfect tone changes frequently 😉
The first demo is of the Electro-Harmonix: Soul Food. I like this demo because they also show the Soul Food with the JHS “Meat & 3” mod. After hearing the demo, you may appreciate why I purchased the Soul Food with the JHS Mod. I originally bought this as Klon Klone; but, since I know own a Klon KTR (and gig with it) I am using the Soul Food as a transparent boost! The second demo is of the Fulltone: OCD pedal. This is also a pedal that I own. I bought it specifically so I could play my ’60s Bassman at ‘bedroom levels’ and still get ‘that sound’ a very low volume. I have since moved it onto my Pedal Board as a second ‘dirt pedal’ stacked AFTER my Klon. Sounds awesome.
My Pedal Board Jan 2018
thanks for viewing… now on to the demo below.
[ curated content for my students and musicians on the Tone Quest!]
Hopefully some of my students will find this useful. Spot on advice from a well seasoned player.
1. Just listen.
Make sure that when you’re on stage with others, you are paying attention to what’s going on and not getting self-involved in your own world. 2. Respect everyone else’s musical space.
The easiest way to kill a vibe is by jumping in and adding your two cents too soon, while someone else is still trying to build something. Just let things happen. 3. Make you sure you are telling a story.
Never just be playing scales, filling space or going through the motions. Sometimes people resort to such tactics just to fill space but it’s always a mistake. Longer solos aren’t always better solos. Always have something to say. 4. Try to play an emotion.
Always be aware of what emotion you want to convey and try to tap into it. You can often hear what a great soloist is going through. It doesn’t take words to express a thought; you can definitely spell out emotions musically and should always strive to do so. 5. Never use the bandstand to practice.
Don’t waste time working through things. It’s great to take chances but not to try things you are completely unsure of. Save your practice time for off stage. 6. Treat the stage as your church.
Respect what you are doing. If you want people to respect what you’re doing and think it means something, you have to act like it does. All great artists treat the stage like it is sanctified. 7. Make sure your intentions are right.
Don’t be up there to boost your ego or career. Mean what you’re doing and appreciate it. You won’t get anywhere musically if you are just on stage to impress people. 8. Always make the band sound better.
Don’t just highlight what you do; serve the group and the music. Playing rhythm behind someone or even sitting out at the right moment is just as important as soloing. Some people sound great when they’re doing their thing but just get in the way when they’re not. 9. Educate with your music.
Always move forward and turn your audience on to new things instead of relying on the same old tricks. A core audience gets stuck listening to one group and think that’s it, but you’re around so much music and should always be inspired by new things. It’s important to pass that along, and it keeps you out of ruts. 10, Make sure you mean what you’re doing.
Do what you want and love. If you’re playing with somebody, you might as well do it right. No matter what the gig, dig in and go to town.
(originally posted from Alan Paul – http://alanpaul.net/2015/04/derek-trucks-10-commandments-of-jam/)