I love the pentatonic scale. This must be distinctly understood, or nothing wonderful can come of the story I am going to relate. My hearty thanks to Charles Dickens for that last sentence. But, I do love the pentatonic scale. If you’re not musically inclined, don’t worry. I only mention it as a means to my main point. So that you know, the pentatonic scale is something you’ve heard on nearly every major rock recording...ever, just about. Listen to the guitar solo of “Stairway to Heaven.” … [More...]
The summer between my 7th and 8th grade year I began to go through changes. No, not that. I met a guy who played guitar. He was an adult and was willing to take on an apprentice. Suddenly the hours I had spent learning all the lyrics to Guns n' Roses songs, cranking Black Sabbath and Tears for Fears records, and Windmilling like Pete Townsend made sense. Inside that shrimpy little 14 year old was a rock star trying to get out. While my friends were playing Nintendo and trying to get … [More...]
Recently I made a quick-and-dirty homage of sorts to U2's The Edge and other pioneers of ethereal delay tones. Using my Fender Telecaster Deluxe, Fender 65 Deluxe Reverb, Behringer Reverb, and Boss DD-5, I recorded this three part instrumental the first part of which consists of a U2 inspired riff that I composed. The middle section is my take on the opening of Hillsong United's "Freedom Is Here." The third section showcases my use of swells and ambient echoes while playing chords. This is by … [More...]
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