Am I Jealous Of Steve Vai?

steve-vai-to-tour-australia-in-july-1-300x225Last week the magnificent Steve Vai played here in Melbourne (read my recent interview with Steve here). I was lucky enough to be offered some free tickets so I invited my old school buddy and his friend, as well as a guy I know who’s had a bit of a hard time recently and who I thought might enjoy the chance to take him mind off it with a gig. Like all Vai gigs it was a wildly diverse experience: blinding virtuosity, humour, melody, showmanship, and all-round good vibes. And I got to meet quite a few I Heart Guitar readers before and after the show, which was really cool. But something my buddy said afterwards really jarred me. Nodding back towards the venue, he asked, in an almost protective tone: Read More …

Just popped a few songs up on Reverbnation

Heyhey. I was just going through my old recorded tracks and I thought I should chuck a few of them up on Reverbnation for you to check out (and buy if you like). You can hear them here.

The songs are “Hyperreality” and “Mistral.” You might have heard a version of “Hyperreality” on my YouTube page or something, but this is a slightly nicer mix and it never hurts to give people another avenue to hear yer stuff, right?

“Hyperreality” is recorded with my Ibanez UV777BK 7-string (back when it still had the original DiMarzio Blaze pickups – it down as a DiMarzio Crunch Lab/LiquiFire set), again using AmpliTube 2 but this time the Lead 2 amp model. The bass is an Ibanez TR series 5-string. I’m really attached to the solo on this one. Believe it or not, the melody is inspired by Jeff Buckley, although the song sounds like Marty Friedman or something.

“Mistral” was recorded using my Ibanez Talman (with Bigsby tremolo) in Drop D, using the THD amp model in AmpliTube 2 by IK Multimedia. It was played exclusively without a pick. If you listen close you can hear where the Bigsby knocked me out of tune and I had to punch in the rest of the song, hehe.

Hope you dig ’em!