Whether you grunt like Tom Waits with strep throat or sing like the love child of Luciano Pavarotti and Freddie Mercury, every vocal performance can sound a hell of a lot better with the right processing. This is no problem if you play with a national touring act that has its own sound system, racks of outboard gear, and team of professional live-sound engineers, but the majority of bands that slug it out at smaller gigs usually can’t afford such luxuries.
In this new video, guitarist Rob Scallon—who brought you "Metal in Inappropriate Places" and other hilarious guitar-based masterpieces—plays a one-note metal song called "00000." Hey, sometimes one note is all you need!
Hey! Satchel here, with part two of our look at the Steel Panther classic, “Gang Bang at the Old Folk’s Home,” from our latest release, All You Can Eat. It never gets old, does it? I mean, it does get old, no pun intended, but no matter how old it gets, it’s still fun—that’s what I’m trying to say! This month we are going to examine the bitchin’ bridge and solo sections of this bitchin’ song.
In the constant quest for great tone, many guitarists eventually decide that the effects on their pedal boards simply aren’t enough. The problem is that most of us have already filled much of our board’s available real estate, and there usually isn’t a whole lot of room left for another full-size pedal.
TC Electronic has long enjoyed acclaim for its pedals and effect processors, particularly the rackmount 2290, which players still consider the gold standard for delay effects. TC’s delays have a stellar reputation, and the company now offers eight different pedals, a number that exceeds even the amount of overdrive and distortion stomp boxes it makes.
Caparison guitars have been amassing a cult following in the United States ever since the Japanese high-end boutique builder made its debut in 1995. Caparison fans were dismayed when its parent company declared bankruptcy in May 2011, but the guitarmaker bounced back quickly under new ownership, retaining lead designer and visionary Itaru Kanno and resuming production that September.
You'll notice this video is much longer than the typical Betcha Can't Play This video, since it goes into greater left-hand detail — and into greater detail in general. You'll also notice there's no tab included (Again, the longer video explains the fret positions and a lot more).
Bass is more than just a guitar with two fewer strings. It has a different tone, scale length, feel and musical role, and in many cases it requires a different conceptual and technical approach. Guitarists who are new to playing bass will often double the guitar part one octave lower. There is certainly a place octave doubling — just listen to Aerosmith's "Sweet Emotion," Led Zeppelin's "The Ocean" and Pantera's "I'm Broken." But there is so much more that can be done with the bass guitar.