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More Music Musings...

Song: Layla Artist: Eric Clapton Cool stuff to know: Duane Allman is playing slide. Clapton originally wanted to record it like the unplugged version all slow and bluesy. Duane talked him into speeding it up. The piano part was recorded later in the day. They had to tune up a 1/2 step (return to standard tuning) to play with the piano. The producer had to speed up the 1st part and slow down 2nd part had be really careful with the splice. If you listen you can tell where the splice happens. Until next time...

More Music Musings...

Music to listen to for today: "Comfortably Numb" by Pink Floyd Things to check out: The relative major/minor play between the verses and choruses and how that affects the "doctor/patient" theme. How the soaring guitar solo relates to the patient and his mental escape. The use of the same chords in both verse and chorus. Does these suggest the song is about just one person having a inner struggle or are they simply continuity? The guitar solos keep upward movement over the descending chord progression. The lyrics...man P/F amazes me sometimes.

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Any ideas?

So, who has some good ideas on names for my new tune? it is a little strange and i am drawing a blank here...

Beethoven's chickens

Q: Why did Beethoven get rid of his chickens?

A: Because all they said was "Bach, Bach, Bach, Bach, Bach".

it is OK to laugh...

New tunes

The new compositions are a bit crazier than anticipated... Not that this is a bad thing, it will just take a little extra love to get them how they need to be. Tracking starts soon. Be sure to get "Music in the Key of W" so this next one will make sense :p

What's In a Pedal Board?

"What's in your pedal board?" This is an age-old question guitarists have been asking each other for centuries. OK, maybe not centuries, but you get the picture. Well; what is in your pedal board? Pedals you like or pedals you are just getting by with? Money is the number one factor in that question. Just because you may be on a tight budget does not mean you can't sound good. There are tons of great pedals at very reasonable prices. So what is in my pedal board? Well... pedal boards would be more accurate. I have some dual pedal board action going on that produces some crazy cool sounds. First I have things run into a Roland GR-30 Synth module. (http://www.musiciansfriend.com/document?doc_id=80947) That is pretty much the brains of the whole operation. If you are familiar with the Roland synthesizer system you will know that the guitar runs straight into it via its 13 pin cable. Out of the Roland I go into a FBM-1 Boss '59 Bassman pedal (http://www.bossus.com/gear/productdetails.php?ProductId=854). After the FBM-1 I have an MXR Dyna Comp (http://www.jimdunlop.com/product/m102-dyna-comp-compressor). Now comes my favorite pedal ever, the Big Muff pi. I have the one with the wicker switch (http://www.ehx.com/products/big-muff-pi-with-tone-wicker). That pedal is just nasty! Then comes a Roland RE-20 Space Echo (http://www.roland.com/products/en/RE-20/). After the RE-20 I have an Electro Harmoix Small Clone pedal (http://www.ehx.com/products/small-clone). Then I go to a Boss GE-7 EQ (http://www.bossus.com/gear/productdetails.php?ProductId=144). Then comes a Crybaby (http://www.jimdunlop.com/product/Cry-Baby). Finally I run into a Moog Moogerfooger 12 stage phaser (http://www.moogmusic.com/moogerfooger/?section=product&product_id=7). After all that I go back into the Roland synth module, then out to the amp or I can run stereo out to two amps, amp/board, etc... In effect this creates a sort of effect loop. I hope this helps with learning about some really cool pedals!

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