No matter how long you’ve been playing guitar, one thing never changes: the desire to acquire the perfect tone.
It's a constant, never-ending quest. There’s always a new pedal, amp, pickup, speaker, tube, set of strings, pick or some other new development that promises to deliver the sound of angels singing as we strike our guitar strings.
I first came into contact with Providence effects in February 2010, when they asked me to demo a couple of pedals for them. It was a bit of a revelation, actually. Once I’d developed the taste for their work, I was addicted. Heavily.
Noise seems to be every guitar player's nightmare. It can be buzz, hum, hiss, air-traffic control ... (This Is Spinal Tap, anyone?) I'll start off by saying that guitar rigs are a noisy environment to begin with. Gain has a lot to do with noise, but if things are clean before it hits the gain stage, your rig can be quiet (er).
What software is best/necessary to do professionally compatible sessions at home? There are so many choices, so many options and a wide range of prices. Don't let salesmen fool you. You do not need Pro Tools. If you use it, great! If not, great! Use something else.
I've had the honor to have worked with some of the most phenomenal musicians and producers on the planet, including George Lynch, Mike Mangini, Michael Angelo Batio, Chris Poland and Glen Drover. It's all the result of a dedicated work ethic and a positive attitude.
I often get asked how I got into transcribing music. This’ll sound arrogant, but to be completely honest, I think I always transcribed in some way. Even as a little kid, in my head, I was dissecting stuff I heard that appealed to me, even if I didn’t know the terminology.