Nico's USA would like to welcome on board the incredible guitar virtuoso Scott Gailor!! He is an explosive guitar player with skills that can mold into any style but definitely shines in all out shred metal! Scott has played with Scrooge, Union Jack, Kidd Havok (SunCity Records) and Lauren Krothe. He has opened for everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Dokken, Extreme, and Sebastian Bach. Scott plays with incredible passion and has the talent to play with speeds that rival EVH or Malmsteen. You can find him playing on YouTube as he has videos for tips, tricks and licks, as well as official videos for his music. His current release "Technicolor/Monochrome" absolutely smokes. Check out www.scottgailor.com for more info!!! Welcome to the family Scott!!!
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What makes a great tone? How do you get your tone?
Two questions that I get almost daily.
The first one is easy. What sounds good to you? Do you want a scooped mids metal tone? How about a jazzy old solid state clean tone? Maybe the good ole brown sound via Eddie?
That's where you start. I started out wanting to sound like Eddie, Randy and Jimi. I read every issue of Guitar Player, Guitar World, and Guitar For The Practicing Musician. I asked a ton of questions to everyone and anyone who played guitar. I played all my friends gear. Went to every music store and played every amp and pedal I could get my hands on.
Then I was lucky enough to find the core of my tone when I was about 15/16. I got a used 1982 Mesa Boogie Coliseum 300 MKIIB head and a 69 Marshall Bottom.
The chase for tone got kicked up about ten notches. I was hooked. After that I owned every big name amp but alway went back to that boogie.
Hit up a local big box or if you're lucky enough to have a high-quality mom-and-pop go there and check out every amp you can.
Bottom line is if your tone inspires you and makes you feel like you play better because of it then you have your tone. It makes no difference what name plate is on the amp. Or how many pedals you have etc.
Tone lives in between your ears and manifests itself in your finger tips. I think that's why people get so emotional about it. It's the connection to the first time that sound (insert your favorite tone here) moved you.
A big a-ha moment for me was when I saw the video of me at a guitar contest in 2004. I wasn't allowed to use my own amp. I plugged straight into a Line 6 (HD187 I think) and found a usable tone fairly quickly. When I saw the video I sounded like me. When I watch video stuff from NAMM or any of the trade shows, It still sound like me. It's almost kinda of funny. Watch the Keeley Electronics video from the Dallas International guitar Festival. Its borrowed guitar (that I never played before) and I didn't touch a knob on any of the pedals or the amp. Robert dialed it in and it sounded and felt great. And still sounded like me.
For new players or parents of my students. I always recommend buying a Line 6 spider, Roland Cube or Fender Mustang (read the rest before you write me a hate filled pm lol)that way you can get a taste of effects and different tones. Once you spent a good few months with one of the above amps you can then put together a budget based on the tones and effects you like. Then it's off to the races building your dream rig. Plus you will still have a decent bedroom amp for practice.
Guess what the chase for tone never ends. But It's such a Beautiful chase.
Practice vs Playing
How do I make the most of my practice time?
First off there is a huge difference between playing and practicing.
Playing things that you already know is not practicing in my mind. Practice should be about learning something new. Not playing the same ole stock licks.
You need a plan. A simple "practice" plan. Make a list, things you want to improve on, goals, both short term and long term.
Break your routine down into simple small chunks.
Here is a sample.
Scales - 20 minutes
Chords - 15 minutes
Song(s) - 10 minutes a piece
Licks - 10 minutes etc
An egg timer or the alarm on a phone will help you stay on the course.
Remember practice should be just that, practice. Having a practice schedule helps.
Now with all this being said. There is absolutely nothing wrong with just playing! Running though things you know and enjoy. Most of all have fun!
One last thought. You should play at a little everyday, just to keep your hands in shape.
It's funny for me practice is almost zen like, very close to Meditation. I almost guilty if I don't play or practice everyday.
Nothing happens overnight. It takes desire, discipline and dedication to improve as not only a guitar player but a musician.
Ok a ton of Summer Namm questions
Q: Which booth(s) will you be at?
A: I will be at The DialTone Pickup booth. But I will be swinging by all my friends booths as well!
Q: Can I get a cd?
A: Yes! I'll CDs, picks and some swag.
Q: How can I find you?
A: I'm pretty easy to spot lol, but you can message me on FB.
Q: Will you be doing any lessons while in Nashville, maybe at School of Rock?
A: Haven't spoke to School of Rock yet. But I can do a few lessons at the hotel.
Q: Any show plans?
A: One in the works, but nothing set in stone.
Q: What guitars are you bringing?
A: My new Tele if she is ready, a Strat and my Boulder Creek
Q: Will you have Bias/Jamup Pro with you?
A: Yes can't do Namm without my iPad and Bias!
More updates to come!
Can't wait meet new friends and get caught up with the old ones!
Now to guitar players this word takes on a entirely new meaning. This is the thing that keeps many of us up at night. The search for the perfect overdriven tone, many call the “Brown Sound”. Ask ten guitar players whats the best overdrive pedal, tube amp, tone wood and you will get ten different answers with very passionate explanations on the how and why.