Fender American Stratocaster
Fender Precision bass
Roland synth pickup
Roland VGA-7 amp
Shure SM-57 mic
Peavey mixing board
Sonic Foundry Acid
The guitar I used is an "American" Strat with a
Roland synth pickup. The amp is a Roland VGA-7.
The rhythm tracks (drums and other percussion)
are Acid loops (Sonic Foundry). The bass
is a Fender precision. The mic used is an
SM-57 through a small Peavey board.
The opening chords are two-string fingerings on
the D and G strings with an open A note underneath.
The notes hint at an A, D diminished, C, D, and E.
The distorted guitars come in and basically mirror
the clean playing. The one exception is that there
is a bend up on the low E from a G at the turn around
of the first section of each phrase.
The second main riff section is really 2 parts.
There is the "A ride" and the "E ride". In the
A ride section I ride the open A note with
fingerings that slide up, then down in the
relative key of B minor. The notes I slide up
and down to are all played on the A string.
I repeat this process when I drop to the low E.
However, in the "E ride" section I use the low
E string as my "anchor" while I slide up and
down on the A string.
The "A ride" section is where the lead
comes in. This was a multiple-take lead
with my two favorites dropped in. Usually,
I add two or three guitars double and triple
tracked with harmony. However, on this piece
there is no double or tripling - just stereo
pan on single guitars. The theme of the
lead is D major arpeggio / B minor runs. The
lead contains some of my signature "staccato"
runs. Pretty fast and accurate, but maybe
too short. I wanted to let the "E ride"
section breath a bit and instill some heaviness
before the slowdown during the outro.
The outro stuff is a return (in reverse
order) to the original chord progession.
The melody on the outro was a 2 take deal.
Again, contrary to my style, there is no
harmony. Although, I'm sure you see room
for some. (Note: I KNOW the last note
is out of tune! Whoops!)
Finally, there is quite a bit of background
noise panned left and right under the mix.
These were created with feedback and slide
guitar wailings above the 24th fret. Throughout
the piece there are probably 20 seperately-recorded
rhythm tracks. The mix is not very good. I'm
not sure why, as most of my recordings have
more definition to the lead.