Configuring “Overlapped Delay” In Your DAW

This may be a redundant subject for those intimate with DAW software, but I wanted to outline the technique for others, as it's a really cool use of delay plugins (for the layman, a repeating echo effect). It can be applied to all sorts of different tracks... Vocals, guitars, drums, you name it. I'll be … Continue reading Configuring “Overlapped Delay” In Your DAW

Drummer Close-Up: Max Weinberg

Hopefully, I can make the time to produce more videos like this one, reviewing the masters of my primary instrument... I doubt this awesome drummer's name rings a bell for most layman, but here's just a few of his accomplishments... Drummer for the E. Street Band for over 46 years. Spent 17 years as the … Continue reading Drummer Close-Up: Max Weinberg

Constructing A Guitar Effects Pedalboard – Cheap!

I'd adore having a Marshall tube guitar amplifier and cabinet, but there's no way I can afford it, at least not without my wife castrating me if I bought one. Currently, I'm using a Line 6 Spider III modeling amp which has served me well for about 15 years. It pushes 75 watts through a … Continue reading Constructing A Guitar Effects Pedalboard – Cheap!

Combining Psychology With Mechanics – Making a Good Drummer a GREAT One.

Following the recent passing of Neil Peart, I realized the rather long post I had previously written missed a crucial part in the development of his talent, one which I've always highly respected and admired: His undying, constant drive to reinvent and better himself, not only as a drummer, but in every way humanly possible. … Continue reading Combining Psychology With Mechanics – Making a Good Drummer a GREAT One.

A Guitar Resurrection…

The Rock & Roll Gods do indeed smile down upon me from time to time... My Niece Megan and her Husband Jeff gifted me a Peavey DW-3 acoustic guitar they ran across, since neither of them play. They've both seen my t-shirt which reads, "You can never have too many guitars", more than once. True story, … Continue reading A Guitar Resurrection…

Elmo Karjalainen: The “Psychology of Playing”

Elmo Karjalainen, my Finnish Amigo and guitarist extraordinaire, has just released a series of excellent videos entitled the "Psychology of Playing". About this particular video series, in Elmo's own words: "Well, I'd say the clue is in the title. I think it's very important stuff for many people, and I talk about issues that I see every … Continue reading Elmo Karjalainen: The “Psychology of Playing”

UPDATED: Basic Guitar Care and Maintenance – Third Edition – Free PDF!

The lastest edition of my Basic Guitar Care and Maintenance document is now available, absolutely free of charge! It serves to consolidate care and maintenance methods I've picked up over the years, into a single document which covers a wide variety of related subjects. This Third Edition has received an end-to-end overhaul, including updated guitar specs, set-up … Continue reading UPDATED: Basic Guitar Care and Maintenance – Third Edition – Free PDF!

Advances in Recording Technology: Deconstructing Sgt. Pepper

I really love listening to isolated music tracks. You can most certainly learn a lot as a musician and/or studio engineer by doing so, plus it's simply great fun for the average music lover. I've no idea how the hell the creator of the example video I'm about to present got his hands on copies … Continue reading Advances in Recording Technology: Deconstructing Sgt. Pepper

Drum Enhancement In Mixes Using the REAPER DAW

I had previously made a post on the subject of recorded sound replacement, which covered only one, pretty limited technique for drums using a Gate capable of MIDI output along with a VST instrument (i.e., a complete drum kit). Although that method can be used with just about any DAW out there, the one I'm about to … Continue reading Drum Enhancement In Mixes Using the REAPER DAW

New Elmo Karjalainen Videos

Elmo has cranked out four new videos this week, all brilliantly done, as always. I just had to share them here with you (with Elmo's permission, of course). Thank you Elmo, my good friend and fellow loony! Insane Guitar Solo? (feat. a MITTEN) Boss JB-2 Angry Driver Review (their first collaboration) The Best Guitar Tutorial … Continue reading New Elmo Karjalainen Videos