Scott Gailor

Guitarist - Tone Junkie - Producer - Clinician - Teacher

Guitarist - Tone Junkie Chronicles - Clinician - Teacher

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Practice vs Playing


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. 

Happy Saturday 


Summer Namm 2015


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!



Re-Amping - The Mix and "Your" Tone!

Re-Amping – The Mix – And “Your” Tone!

Some of the questions I get all the time is “How do you record your guitars tracks?” “What amps do you use in the studio?”

So let’s start with my rig. Live I use a Mesa Boogie MKV and a 1982 Mesa Boogie Coliseum 300 MKIIB. My cabs are all Mesa Boogie Rectos, one 412 slant and two 212’s with Celestion Vintage 30’s speakers.

Effects vary from gig to gig but the Hub/control center is a VooDoo Labs Ground Control Pro and 2 GCX Switchers.  I always have a wah (Clyde or Dime) a Dunlop RotoVibe and a volume pedal (Ernie Ball or Dunlop) and some sort of OD pedal. Most of the time it’s a VooDoo labs sparkle drive. Last but not least a floor tuner (Poly Tune or Boss). All of the above pedals are placed in front of the amp sans loops.

On the last two cds KIDD HAVOK – Dirty Money (Suncity Records) and my solo cd Technicolor/Monochrome (Malleable Records) we re-amped every guitar related.

“Why Re-Amp?”

Simple it lets me control the sound of my guitar tracks in mix better. Plus it makes it easier to have your “sound” on the track. The Studio I work out of has to make money first and foremost. I record mostly when there is dead time, which means at night. I can’t play wide open that late, not to mention the ear fatigue from playing at live volumes. The best part is you can tailor the tone to fit both the mix and the song. Yet still have it sound like you. Plus you could swap out amp on every track if you wanted to.

The re-amp signal path.

It starts with the guitar I want to use on the track. Then there are two ways we do this. The first way is plug the guitar straight into a Great River lunch box preamp(or any pre of your choice). From there I’ll use a modeling plug in (Line 6, Bias etc) and record the tracks, usually swapping out different guitars on every track or overdub.

The second way involves effects (stomp boxes). If I know I will be using a certain stomp box(s) I’ll run a Radial A/B box and split the guitar into two pre-amps, one having the stomp box chain and one just straight guitar. The reason for this my playing will vary with how I interact with the pedals react.

Now the fun part

The actual re amping, once all the guitar tracks are a done we have a re-amp day. We always do the rhythm guitars first. We run the signal into a Radial DI Re amp box in the Radial A/B box and split the signal into the two heads. I only use 212’s in the studio. They get mic’d with Shure SM57’s and or Sennheiser 421.  It will depend on the overall tone we are shooting for.  Then ya sit and wait. This part can be a little boring or in the case of the Song Tribal ReDux which I used 8-12 tracks of ebow to build a chord downright painful lol!

A big part of the process is moving “air”. To me that’s the one thing many of the amp sims are lacking. The amps are recorded at or about 100-110 db. This really gets the amp heated up (in a good way) and makes the speakers really push air.


Closing Thoughts

We like to keep the heads in the control room so we can tweak them on the fly and we don’t have to stand in the room while the amps are wide open, it saves your ears big time! For some purist this may seem like overkill or an unnecessary step. For the home studio guy, the pro consumer or a flat out big studio this adds a level of flexibility to every recording. If nothing else I recommend recording a dry signal that can be re amped so if down the line you can’t get the guitar to sit right in the mix you will then have the option of fixing it!







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