posted on Nov, 6 2007 @ 11:23 PM
Playing guitar is how I express my alternate self.
My style has been distilled from various influences over time. The guitarists I've listened to most over the years are Ry Cooder, Bert Jansch, Robert
Johnson, Mark Knopfler, Jimmy Page, Keith Richards and Neil Young. As you'll guess from that list, my main style is rock with a traditional feel.
There's a lot of blues and early rock 'n' roll in it and some country too. The country and folk stuff tends to surface on acoustic guitar more than
when I play electric.
For electric work I use an American Standard Stratocaster through a modern Marshall combo via a long chain of stomp boxes that messily combines
analogue and digital. The core of it is an ancient, cheap Zoom 1010 with a dozen self-created tones programmed into it. Between the guitar and amp,
the chain goes:
- compressor (mostly for volume boost and to smooth out the tone)
- volume pedal (swell effects only, mostly used with slide for a corny fake 'pedal steel' tone)
- a Boss modelling wah that stays mostly on the 'Cry Baby' setting though I sometime also use a cool Uni-Vibe model it features)
- the Zoom box
- MXR phaser
- tremolo pedal
- an elaborate Boss digital delay
plus some stuff to boost signal and cut noise.
Sometimes - especially at home - I yank the whole thing out and plug straight into my amplifier. But I like having a broad palette of tones to play
I play nearly as much acoustic as electric. I have a Larrivee OM-1 and an old, cheap Fender Dreadnought made in Korea.
I mess about with alternate tunings - DADGAD and open G or open D - but ninety percent of what I do is in standard tuning.