Archive for March, 2009

Me wantee – Eventide Pitchfactor

Posted in Guitar Gear with tags , on March 30, 2009 by Staff Writer

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Eventide Pitchfactor. 10 of the best famous Eventide Harmonizer effects mashed into a pedal. Coming to Singapore in June apparently. me wantee.

Pedal ditching – Keeley Compressor

Posted in General whining, Guitar Gear on March 23, 2009 by Staff Writer

Loyal acolytes of this blog (all one of you) will notice that I have been selling off a lot of gear in order to raise money to buy a Mesa Mark V and am over half way to doing it.

One of those items I sold was a Keeley Compressor – easily (in hindsight) one of the most overrated, over-priced and disappointing bits of gear out there.  The thing is noisy, even at the lowest settings, doesn’t seem to be properly grounded (caused a lot of buzz in the signal chain that went away when you touched it with your finger) and isn’t particularly stunning when you turn it on either. 

Fortunately Keeley is trading on a well-established reputation, so I managed to recover what I paid for it.

Lesson 23: Nailing Autumn Leaves rhythm parts

Posted in chord changes, Jazz Guitar, music theory with tags , , on March 23, 2009 by Staff Writer

Still hacking away at this tune. Master gave me a chart from an Aebersold set that shows the chords. Finally, I can play a version of it all the way through. The trick for me, with many Jazz charts is to reduce the chords (e.g. an Emaj7 6/9 or an EbmajAdd4) to its basic chord, ie. an Emaj7 or an Ebmaj7 and then work from there.

Consequently, I can now play a straightforward version:

A) Verse

Cm7 | F7 | Bbmaj7 | Ebmaj7 |

Amin7b5 | D7 | Gm | G7 |

Cm7 | F7 | Bbmaj7 | Ebmaj7

Amin7b5 | D7 | Gm | Gm |

B) Bridge

Amin7b5 | D7 | Gm | Gm |

Cm 7 | F7 | Bbmaj7 | Ebmaj7 |

Amin7b5 | D7 | Gm C7 | F7 Bbmaj7 |

Ebmaj7 | AMin7b5 D7 | Gm | Gm

We spent some time playing through this till I felt comfortable with the progression and then spent some time trying to make the rhythm less monotonous, including doing some half-step substitutions.  Will continue to practice this. Leaving soloing aside for now and working on the rhythm in earnest – think this will payback well later.

Master did mention some things around tonality, e.g. we are in the key of Bb and have a minor ii V I (Amin7b5 | D7 | Gm) but we also have a ii Vi ii V in Eb appearing later on, so we can tread in between these tonalities depending on some of the emphasis notes in the melody. I hope to explore this more with Master next week.

Mic fail

Posted in Uncategorized on March 20, 2009 by Staff Writer

(courtesy TheGearPage)

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CF Martin IV spotted in Singapore

Posted in Guitar Gear, Guitar General with tags on March 20, 2009 by Staff Writer

Down by One Fullerton sitting outside OverEasy drinking a cold glass of Erdinger beer, who should I spot but none other than CF Martin IV.  Well, I couldn’t be 100% sure, but it was either him or an evil doppelganger – I’m normally very good with faces, and this a pretty distinctive looking guy – curly red hair, moustache and I had only just seen him in a magazine yesterday morning (some partnership with Roland announcement at NAMM) so his image was fresh in my mind.

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He was pushing a little girl around in a stroller while his wife traipsed after him as they looked for a restaurant.  One of my colleagues tried to call out ‘Mr Martin, Mr Martin’ to him, but he did not respond. Perhaps it wasn’t him, or he didn’t hear. 

Later I saw him back near our office building and got a good close up look. I’m 95% convinced it was him, though I had drunk 2 litres of beer by then.

In the meantime, while I was surfing the web to find a pic of him, I came across this pic of the stunning gorgeous Nancy Wilson from Heart (the thin sister) with a D-35.

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Craigslist tube sale fail

Posted in General whining, Guitar Gear on March 19, 2009 by Staff Writer

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Volcano

Posted in Uncategorized on March 18, 2009 by Staff Writer

Some music written by my 4.5 year old son last night.

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