Pondering The Rig

My existing live performance setup is very good. I use a combination of great instruments, boutique pedals, a central multi-effect unit and a fabulous tube amp. I’ve been very satisfied with the tone and versatility of my rig, but it has some factors that make it challenging: No presets for my boutique pedals. The only ...

Split Brain – Playing 2 Parts At Once

In just a little under a month, The Dudley Manlove Quartet will take the stage at the Triple Door in Seattle for a fun night of music. I’ve been going back to listen to some of our songs to make adjustments to my guitar arrangements, especially where I’m covering two simultaneous parts. It’s an interesting ...

The Preons Rise Again 1

The Preons Rise Again
Last night we had the first Preons practice in quite a while. We intentionally took a little break last fall, though it wound up being a longer break than we anticipated due to work, vacations, Swine Flu, and the holidays. But we’re a hard bunch to keep down, and last night we reconvened for a ...

Warr Fare

My Warr guitar has had a minor grounding problem since I got it and I haven’t been able to isolate the issue to a specific part of the (somewhat complex) circuit. Now that the holidays are looming I’m finding myself up against the timeline of gigs / recordings with little bench time available. So I ...

Warr Machine

Warr Machine
Last night the Preons held our weekly practice session and I found myself fumbling to execute my Warr Guitar parts. I think the core issue was that it had been about two weeks since I last did any actual playing on that instrument, and it was frustrating to see how quickly the muscle memory was ...

Thoughts On The Preons Gig 3/7

Our gig in Ballard was pretty interesting. The venue Live Girls Theater¬†showcases dramatic works by women, and is consistently reviewed as a great art resource in the Seattle area. Our performance was part of the evening’s presentation. Although we had a regular set of songs ready to go, we started playing sort of a quiet¬†ambient ...

Music Gear Health Check

Last night during 1 Uppers rehearsal my trusty Fender Hot Rod Deluxe amp started behaving strangely. It was randomly switching channels, the reverb was cutting in / out, and it was making profoundly unmusical sounds. I tried to switch out the cables, the guitar, and so on. Eventually I unhooked the footswitch and unplugged the ...

Thoughts On The Preons Gig 2/27 @ The Mix

Thoughts On The Preons Gig 2/27 @ The Mix
For our gig at the Mix, I was the first musician to arrive. And the first to leave. There were three bands on the bill that night, with The Preons scheduled to go onstage at 9:00. We had agreed to be there for a 7:00 load in, and I was in the front door of ...

Warr Guitar & Preons

Last night was the second full rehearsal where I played Warr guitar. It feels a little more natural to me and I’m getting better at re-voicing my bass parts on the fly. I’m still on the fence about using it at the upcoming gig on 2/27, but I have a few weeks to make a ...

The Preons Get Crazy

The Preons Get Crazy
Last night’s Preons practice was something of an avant-garde extravaganza. It was the debut of the Warr Guitar, the MIDI trigger pedals, the digitech Whammy pedal, and the Boss Slicer. I busied myself all night trying to consistently find the right strings and frets on the Warr Guitar, switching back to bass for a bit. ...