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.
A recent realization enabled me to better understand some of the Jimi Hendrix mystique we still embrace after 40-plus years. Oddly enough, I owe Robin Williams for this epiphany. Some of you might think this is weird. No wonder; it’s not exactly normal, but …
Since I picked up the acoustic guitar at a young age, I've always been an acoustic player and performer. There's always been something profound about one man and one guitar. I've always thought that to have that type of capability, to be able to hold it down and get your song and performance across, solo acoustic, is the sign of a true musician. When you're up there all by yourself, you have nothing to hide behind.