Archive for February, 2013

Theme from Blake’s 7

Posted in Uncategorized on February 26, 2013 by Staff Writer

Always loved this music from the UK TV show – tragic and majestic at the same time. Found a piano transcription someone had done and spent a couple of evenings converting the main part to guitar. I plan to do the rest someday…

again, click for the big version. Actually this isn’t exactly how I play it but I got a bit tired of tabbing it but it’s close enough to show the main chord structures…




Posted in Uncategorized on February 26, 2013 by Staff Writer

Chord melody arrangement for this standard

click for big


Fender Japan Smart Size Stratocasters

Posted in Uncategorized on February 23, 2013 by Staff Writer

The sunburst one is a ‘57 model and the blue is a ‘62. They are about 85% of the size of a regular Strat and you can see the size comparison with my Yngwie Strat here.  Both are hardtails.


Looping setup

Posted in Uncategorized on February 8, 2013 by Staff Writer

Just a little looping setup – finally starting to familiarize myself with the BOSS RC-2 after about 3 years of having it… they already brought out the RC-3 doh!

Anyway – that’s the Yamaha THR 5 amp – I love it – battery powered – no wires, built-in tuner , grab and go sounds. Perfect. Next to the RC-2 is a little tap tempo switch I got from TY.


Spent about an hour with the new Gibson 175 playing some II-V-Is and then jamming over it last night.

I switched it on this morning and it started inexplicably playing some blues pattern in E – I have no idea what triggered it and couldn’t reproduce it – I did not see it mentioned in the manual and a search of the web using terms such as ‘BOSS RC-2 DEMO MODE BLUES’  yielded nothing… baffling… anyway…


Posted in Uncategorized on February 7, 2013 by Staff Writer

I like this post from a well-known guitar forum:

“it’s great that you have identifed the desire to self-express – that’s the first step IMO.

In my view, the next step might be to cultivate the music that’s inside of your head or ‘inner ear’ and bring out and develop your own musical voice. By this I mean the notes and melody and harmony and rhythm that are informed by your influences and which you can extend, build from, add onto, or even discard in search of something that is original and unique to you from your conscious and unconscious mind. To me this has *nothing* to do with what gear you have – guitar, amps, effects – I think this part comes later as you are trying to refine what it is you want your voice to sound like, but again, the first step in having your own sound is creating your own music – *your* own sequence of notes, your own chord choices, your own rhythms – composed, improvised, whatever.

My goal (YGMV) is to be able to realize the music that’s in my head on my instrument instantly without barriers and without fumbling. I hope to achieve this within my lifetime. Yours might be catchy songwriting, riff creation, or what not – whatever it is, I think stepping away from copping other people’s music and trying to create your own is a solid first step. Yeah – there are always great licks you might want to learn, but turning down the mix on that and upping the amount of time you spend exploring what is inside of you is to me more fulfilling than spending years trying to recreate someone else’s creations.

If you’ve got music already inside your head that you’ve come up with yourself, no matter how derivative it might seem at first, work on it – feed the little candle flame until it becomes a big fire of music trying to get out of you – sing it in your head and try to take it somewhere. I try to ‘play’ a lot in my head when I am away from my guitar – with no barriers between what I want to hear and what my fingers can do, I think the music has more freedom to go to new places. When you do sit down with your instrument then try to play this music on the guitar – try to forget all your other licks and songs from others.

Of course, getting to this place has waypoints along the journey I think – and discovering them is part of the fun – there are so many ways and frameworks and approaches and styles and so forth to get caught up in, to learn from, to build on , I believe that if you take this path your passion for music and your instrument will be ultimately much greater than ever before.
Good luck!”

Finally got a response…

Posted in Uncategorized on February 5, 2013 by Staff Writer

It took one month and five email reminders/chasers to finally elicit a response from a certain well-known boutique guitar manufacturer on my enquiry about a spare part.

Even if you have a message on your website that says you are a “small shop, please be patient” I would venture to say that one month is far too long even for a very patient person like me.

More stereo experimentation

Posted in Uncategorized on February 4, 2013 by Staff Writer

Harmonist splits the signal so I can run separate distortions – the DS-1 and the Sun Face. These are then routed to the stereo ins on the dreamscape as before and later off to each amp via the DD-7.