After some truly great Summer festivals with both Paradise Lost and Vallenfyre, it's time for PL to go and tour the U.S.A. and Canada. We are touring with our old mates Katatonia and our newer mates The Devin Townsend Project.
If you're like me, you have very little time to practice. Between my time as a practicing music therapist, a private instructor, gym time, rehearsing and gigging and various social engagements, I have to use my personal practice time very wisely. Bottom line is this: if I find time to practice, you do too!
The "chorus first" construct begins a song not with a typical intro or verse, but with what would be considered a tune’s chorus or refrain. Conventional composition dictates that we view the chorus as a sacred section best introduced later; a section that should be grown into, with the writer organically ratcheting up a song’s intensity and the listener’s interest through the gradual addition of “lesser” structural elements.
The less time you have to set up your studio or arrange or plug in a piece of gear, the better. That means there is no lag time when you have a creative spark. Just turn the gear and go! And from a professional POV, that means you're always ready to make money!
I spent some time speaking with the guitar tech to then-GN’R guitar player Robin Finck. In one of our conversations, I asked him how often he changes strings on Robin’s guitars. Since Robin then traveled with about 10 guitars, I thought to myself that this is quite a lot of string changing. Chris said something I've thought about ever since then.
The Crying Tone resembles a slim, contoured brick with an angular bottom that allows you to rock the wah back and forth on the floor. It features input and output jacks, a calibration button (important for adjusting its sweep depending upon the slope of the surface), and operates with a 9V battery or optional power supply.
I believe Shawn Lane was the most technically amazing guitarist to ever grace the earth. He had total command over the guitar in all areas, and his speed and technique were simply out of this world. Most importantly, his sense of melody/songwriting and the way he adapted all of his techniques to soloing were truly amazing.
Coming out of winter and going into spring and early summer, our repair shop gets overwhelmed with guitars coming in with cracks, popped or lifting bridges, severe neck warps and other weather-related issues that require attention.
Auditioning for a gig is one of the more challenging situations you'll face in your pursuit of a professional career. Being scrutinized and judged so closely is nerve-wracking, and yet you have to find a way to rise above any insecurity.
Confidence is the key - and the key to confidence is to be as ready as possible for the challenge.