snowywolfowl: (Window on World)
Yep. Its that time of the day.

TIME FOR METAL!!!!!!


Hey I haven't had a chance to play my guitar lately. Time to indulge myself in some slow slithery riffs mixed with power chords run through my two distortion pedals. And yes, sometimes I do use them both at the same time. Tonight will be one of those nights.:-)
snowywolfowl: (Owl face)
Decided to practice on my Drop D tuned strat for the night. It's not a tuning I use a lot for some unknown reason. It is a very useful and fun tuning after all.
snowywolfowl: (Window on World)
Courtesy of a friend's facebook feed here is some really nice music. Now how the hell am I supposed to get stuff done now? :-)


First for my late uncle Mike. I think he'd enjoy this take on one of his favourite band's classic songs:



Next here's a nice take on one of my favourite movie soundtracks pieces. Trust me, what he's doing with his left hand at the beginning is not easy to do well:




And finally this. I think it just illustrates why I love music and finding cool new stuff. It's the only part of my life that never shrinks to nothing but instead always expands to new horizons.



Most of these are from Candyrat Records and can be found here. https://www.youtube.com/user/rpoland/featured
snowywolfowl: (Owl face)
Yep, sometimes i need to plug into my amp, turn the distortion pedals on and laydown some heaviness to relieve some tension. Sure I may not have a fast left hand, and I really need to invest in a noise gate pedal eventually, but really who cares? I have pleasantly sore fingers and I know a new song now.

Works for me.
snowywolfowl: (Owl face)
Not that its ever been great. I'm much more of a strummer who likes to drop slow sledgehammer style power chords rather than a "all down strokes all the time" thrasher but yeah, I'm slow.

Oh well. Practice.
snowywolfowl: (Window on World)
Well I managed to finally get some more guitar PICKS, also known as the things you pluck the strings with, today at lunch. Which is what I needed instead of PICK-UPS, which are the electro magnets in an electric guitar that turn the string vibrations into an electrical signal for the amplifier to use. Similar words, vastly different items and amounts of money I'd be spending. I'd never say never but I'm not sure I want to swap mine out right now.

Oh well, who knows? Maybe someday.
snowywolfowl: (Owl face)
Yeah I wasn't in the mood for any tonight. What I was in the mood for was just making my fingers raw and my ears bleed (figuratively of course) so it was all Sabbath, Priest, Zeppelin and even some Ted Nugent coming from my amp's headphones.

Yeah "Stranglehold" is definitely a trip down memory lane. I used to jam on that with some guys in my college dorm. Fun song to do when you just want to meander for 20 minutes. Self indulgent but sometimes needed.
snowywolfowl: (Owl face)
I really need to play with a metronome more often. Its not that I don't know where my fingers need to go, its just that I need to get them there in a more timely and regular fashion.

Hmmm. Maybe I should finally get around to figuring out how to record myself and make a few backing tracks to practice on. I want to work more on my soloing and leads anyway. Might as well kill two birds with one stone.
snowywolfowl: (Owl face)
So here is the week that was:

1. Sens defenceman Eric Gryba has received a two game suspension for his hit on Lars Eller. Now I do think this was more of a legitimate hockey play gone terribly bad (they do call this type of pass a "suicide pass" for exactly this reason) but given the concern over headshots I can understand and support a suspension. That being said is consistency in the rulings too much to ask? Some plays seem to get nothing, while similar plays result in multiple game suspensions. I sure I'm not the only one who's confused by this.

If anyone is curious about what the hit looked like you can watch it on youtube here. It's not the raw video but rather the analysis the TSN panel did on it, so no blood.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83qHq-RgEGM

2. Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman is dead at 49, apparently from liver failure from a spider bite over a year ago. That's a sad end to what was starting to look like a feel good story, since it appeared he was coming back from a bought of necrotizing fasciitis in his arm that forced him to take time off.  At their best he and Kerry King were one of the best guitar partnerships in metal, I thought.

Here's the first Slayer tune I ever heard back in high school "Seasons in the Abyss". Hanneman's solo runs from 4:28 to 4:54 and has some rather nice tapping in it, I think.



3. I'm happy to report that Canada's Conservative government has announced that they have awarded a ship designing contract to a company for the bargain price of $288 million dollars. These ships will be based on a Norwegian patrol boat design Canada bought for $5 million dollars that cost the Norwegian government approximately $100 million dollars to design...and build.  When asked why Canada is overpaying for ships other countries design and build for a fraction of that cost Defence Minister Peter MacKay simply said "other shipyards are wrong".

Now I don't expect anyone to tell me why my elected representatives have decided to bankrupt my country but I will ask that if anyone has a spare defibrillator to let me know. Considering I get massive chest pains and shortness of breath from just the thought that this might make the F-35 purchase fiasco look cheap...well, I have no words.

You know, I've always voted but I've never joined a party or worked on a campaign. But with this being the type of leadership the Conservatives are becoming known for I think I might. Don't get me wrong. I'm not voting FOR the NDP or Liberals, I'm voting against incompetence.

Here's the link to the story if interested.  http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2013/05/02/pol-milewski-shipbuilding-design-mystery.html
snowywolfowl: (Owl face)
You know in a way I consider myself pretty lucky in that I've narrowed my likely cause of death down to two possibilities. The first is a blood clot at my desk which frankly is just boring, predictable and somewhat expected. The second is being mowed down by a driver while exercising to prevent the first eventuality.

Really drivers, is it too much to ask that you don't have tinted windows so that we can see where you are looking before we decide if we're going to cross on that traffic light, or take a pass and wait for the next one? That does strike me as being a small thing to ask especially since for some of you actually looking to see what is in front of you before hitting it dead centre is too much.

*Sight* Whatever.

I'm going to go play some guitar. I'm trying to figure out how to play this: So far I've got the intro riff charted out ok so I'm going to see if I can get the chord voicings just right on the rest of the it. That shouldn't be too difficult but as for the solo.........

Oh well. Its good to challenge oneself and lead playing has always been terrifying for me.
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I raised the action on my strings by about 1 mm, and the fret buzz seems to be greatly reduced, but I think the neck maybe bowed a bit. Since I can't really see how that can be fixed I'm going to try detuning down a full step to see if that helps. Failing that I may need to try a neck swap, and if I do that then I might as well just go nuts and scallop the neck.

Not sure I really want to do that since that's only about two weeks of labour and 30 different grades of sandpaper...*sigh*  On the bright side at least I've got the exacto knife blades and masking tape.

And for those of you wondering "Exacto knives? Sandpaper? What the hell is this idiot going to do to his guitar?!?" if it goes to that level I'll post the process here. Should make for some good comedy.
snowywolfowl: (gecko)
My guitar has a fret buzz on the low E at the 12 fret, and it just won't go away. It has had the truss rod adjusted before, and there's nowhere left to go according to the local guitar tech at the shop, and raising the action on it does nothing.

*Sigh*

If I didn't like the body and the pickups it would be sailing through the window right now, but then I'd have freakin rain in my apartment, instead of just outside. Seriously, its enough to drive a man to drink, or in this case, possibly try swapping out the neck.

I mean, it can't hurt, right? Sure it might only be a 21 fret neck instead of a 22 fret neck but frankly  I almost never go past 17 anyway.
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I keep meaning to post a write up of my recent vacation in North Caroline, but once again I procrastinated. I did do something productive at least. I'd been lacking time to play guitar lately, so I took the opportunity to run over a few numbers.

Anyway you slice it, I was pretty rusty, but I wasn't too upset with a few of the pieces I played. Considering I haven't played either "38 Years Old" or "Hammer to Fall" in about 6 months the fact I remembered both the chords and the timing can't be a bad thing, right? :-)

Time to get some dinner, so I'll leave you with the original for that tune. It's a good one, but tragic, no pun intended.



snowywolfowl: (Owl face)

For the last couple of days my fellow guitar playing LJ amigos [livejournal.com profile] bluesman and [livejournal.com profile] fen_wolfchile have discussed the thought experiment of getting a guitar from their birth year. So since I'm not one to resist a little insanity I've been just trawling ebay to get an idea of what said instruments from 1976 might go for these days.

For Fender Stratocasters it seems the bidding starts at about $2000 and goes upward, although from the look of the photos its hard to tell if they are just a little road worn or embracing full on Stratocrapper Syndrome. Looking onwards towards the Gibson Les Paul's on offer the prices appear the same, generally, but the instruments at least look a lot better. I'm not sure if that's because the typical Les Paul paint job fades out more nicely than a Strat during that time period, or if they were just better maintained.

Ultimately though, even after looking for specific vintage gear I'm not really hearing its sweet siren call, and I have to confess if I'm going to spend a lot of money on an instrument that I've never played before buying I'll spend it on warmoth.com instead of ebay. I think I'm always going to prefer putting my own scuff marks on an instrument, rather than living with someone else's.

I think it just gives an instrument a more personally meaningful history, you know what I'm saying?



snowywolfowl: (Owl face)

For the last couple of days my fellow guitar playing LJ amigos [livejournal.com profile] bluesman and [livejournal.com profile] fen_wolfchile have discussed the thought experiment of getting a guitar from their birth year. So since I'm not one to resist a little insanity I've been just trawling ebay to get an idea of what said instruments from 1976 might go for these days.

For Fender Stratocasters it seems the bidding starts at about $2000 and goes upward, although from the look of the photos its hard to tell if they are just a little road worn or embracing full on Stratocrapper Syndrome. Looking onwards towards the Gibson Les Paul's on offer the prices appear the same, generally, but the instruments at least look a lot better. I'm not sure if that's because the typical Les Paul paint job fades out more nicely than a Strat during that time period, or if they were just better maintained.

Ultimately though, even after looking for specific vintage gear I'm not really hearing its sweet siren call, and I have to confess if I'm going to spend a lot of money on an instrument that I've never played before buying I'll spend it on warmoth.com instead of ebay. I think I'm always going to prefer putting my own scuff marks on an instrument, rather than living with someone else's.

I think it just gives an instrument a more personally meaningful history, you know what I'm saying?



snowywolfowl: (Owl face)

For the last couple of days my fellow guitar playing LJ amigos [livejournal.com profile] bluesman and [livejournal.com profile] fen_wolfchile have discussed the thought experiment of getting a guitar from their birth year. So since I'm not one to resist a little insanity I've been just trawling ebay to get an idea of what said instruments from 1976 might go for these days.

For Fender Stratocasters it seems the bidding starts at about $2000 and goes upward, although from the look of the photos its hard to tell if they are just a little road worn or embracing full on Stratocrapper Syndrome. Looking onwards towards the Gibson Les Paul's on offer the prices appear the same, generally, but the instruments at least look a lot better. I'm not sure if that's because the typical Les Paul paint job fades out more nicely than a Strat during that time period, or if they were just better maintained.

Ultimately though, even after looking for specific vintage gear I'm not really hearing its sweet siren call, and I have to confess if I'm going to spend a lot of money on an instrument that I've never played before buying I'll spend it on warmoth.com instead of ebay. I think I'm always going to prefer putting my own scuff marks on an instrument, rather than living with someone else's.

I think it just gives an instrument a more personally meaningful history, you know what I'm saying?



snowywolfowl: (One-O-Wonder)
Last night my friend [livejournal.com profile] telemeister and I stumbled independently upon the same groovy guitarist demoing some sweet vintage guitars. I can't say it any better than him, so here's his quote:

"He clearly loves to play, and communicates the joy of it.

Also, he bloody rips."


That he does. That he does.

Also, isn't this a sweet looking 1966 Gibson EDS-1275 6/12 doubleneck? :-)

snowywolfowl: (One-O-Wonder)
Last night my friend [livejournal.com profile] telemeister and I stumbled independently upon the same groovy guitarist demoing some sweet vintage guitars. I can't say it any better than him, so here's his quote:

"He clearly loves to play, and communicates the joy of it.

Also, he bloody rips."


That he does. That he does.

Also, isn't this a sweet looking 1966 Gibson EDS-1275 6/12 doubleneck? :-)

snowywolfowl: (One-O-Wonder)
Last night my friend [livejournal.com profile] telemeister and I stumbled independently upon the same groovy guitarist demoing some sweet vintage guitars. I can't say it any better than him, so here's his quote:

"He clearly loves to play, and communicates the joy of it.

Also, he bloody rips."


That he does. That he does.

Also, isn't this a sweet looking 1966 Gibson EDS-1275 6/12 doubleneck? :-)

snowywolfowl: (Default)

[livejournal.com profile] padawansguide thought that this would be something I'd like.

She was correct. :-)

And like her, I have no idea how many takes something like this would take to get right. Enjoy!

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