Archive for May, 2009

Pedal Board Part 7

Sunday, May 24th, 2009

This past week I auditioned for a dance band. I had serious reservations about playing the ten disco songs they have in their repertoire but, I really liked the rest of their set list. I, of course, sabotaged my audition by not learning as many of the songs as I could have but, I knew that going somewhere else would force me to make my pedal board road worthy. It did work for the audition but, on bringing it back all hell broke loose; of my four vintage pedals, the only one with a light is the tube screamer and it wasn’t going on and I had no idea whether the other positive center pedals were working or not. Between the 17 signal cords and 12 dc power cords something or another wasn’t working and worse yet, working intermittently. It turns out that a little screw on the power supply that was held in place by a little metal plate had fallen out god knows when. In jostling the pedal board around the screw holding plate had fallen into a place on the inside of the power supply that created a short; an intermittent short. It’s an easy repair but, a bitch to find. This is especially true when one or more of the dc and/or signal cords decides it’s time to stop conducting. I still have to secure a few pedals to the board but, what’s bothering me the most now is the compressor; it’s not working. It might have been working fine before the power supply fiasco but, I replaced the ic and on putting it back together I found a little brown wire that had lost it’s connection to the back of the foot switch. I probably guessed wrong when I connected it to one of the six solder points it might have been attached to. I might also have messed up a path on the printed circuit board. I might have gotten a gob of solder where it shouldn’t be and shorted something out thus, destroying yet another ic. So, for now I’ll just have to be happy that I have the

Wah – Flange – Tube Screamer – Delay/Echo – ( Compressor) – EQ – Octave Doubler – Phaser – Tuner – Looper – Gate/Direct working.

Name That Tune

Monday, May 18th, 2009


This is a name that tune.  Unlike your usual bass part this is the melody and you get to play it and try to guess what it is.  If you email me your guess at I’ll tell you if you are right.

Won’t Back Down

Sunday, May 17th, 2009



I have this song with tabs because Scott liked to read tabs.  The notation is still there and unlike every tab with notation I’ve ever seen this one has all the notes agreeing with the tabs.  That’s because my notation program automatically creates tabs.  If you’re new to reading notation this is a good way to start.  It’s easy to play, repetative and if you look at the notes as you play it you’ll learn to recognize them.

Remember Winter?

Saturday, May 16th, 2009

It wasn’t that long ago that we had the best snow man making snow with just the right amount of moisture to pack to what ever sized snowball you want.  If you look to the right of the big snow man you’ll find an exact replica in miniature.   That’s Kyle on the left.  I suspect he had a lot of help from his father Ron.  Photo by Sharon(Mom).


Friday, May 15th, 2009

Here is a contribution from the Sco in BoScoDen. I asked first before I posted Scott’s email in my blog.

Check out the new technology mentioned in that article. There is a huge potential there for good (targeting cancer cells for destruction, removing environmental pollutants, rendering viruses innate) but quite frankly the enormous potential for not quite so good frightens me. Think of the possible consequences if this were to be used in a biological war. These “chobobts” could be an agent of genocide as they could deploy a lethal chemical only to those who have certain genetic markers.

This is certainly a development worth watching, in my humble opinion.


Another One Bites the Dust

Thursday, May 14th, 2009


Suite Judy Blue Eyes

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009


I found this midi file at this link

It was originally in E but, I transposed it to D.  I think Crosby Stills and Nash used a capo to bring the guitar part up a whole step but, I have enough of a problem hitting some of those high notes so, I’ll just do the guitar part without a capo.

Band Etiquette Part 2

Saturday, May 2nd, 2009

In Band Etiquette Part 1 I focused on the various goals of the individual band members.  In part 2 I’d like to talk about song preparation.  Like most things in life you should keep an eye on the big picture but, remember to enjoy the here and now.  At some point between the casual sloppy jam and tour performances that mimic the CD to every nuance of every note players may discuss a playlist of songs.  They could be originals or they could be covers or they could be a mixture of both.  Few songs are equally challenging for all players and nobody is perfect.  We all make mistakes.  Sometimes you have to just give up on a song.  Of course, if you’ve spent 4 hours every night since the last rehearsal mastering every tricky riff in a solo it’s hard to give up on a particular song.  Now, suppose everyone spent 4 hours every night learning their part to a particularly challenging song and the versions they practiced individually are incompatable with each other.  It might be better to learn the song together.  Then again, the rhythm guitarist who has a simple rhythm with 2 simple chords that repeat ad nauseum for 20 minutes has to listen to other people screw up over and over again, then they stop, and then they try it again.  I have simple advice for him; consider it a form of meditation.  In fact, I would consider it all a form of meditation.  You’re there to achieve a higher state of musical communion with each other.  Isolate a phrase and set up a loop.  Repeat it until you’ve reached that higher plain of auditory existentialism.

Your Mama Don’t Dance

Friday, May 1st, 2009


Thinking of You

Friday, May 1st, 2009