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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The Final 2010 FP Post

Howdy Folks!

One last entry here before the New Year hits. It has been quite a busy last couple of weeks, especially with Christmas parties, get-togethers, what have you... But in the midst of all of the seasonal hustle and bustle, I got a chance to play a solo version of 'Silent Night' on Christmas Eve at my church, and it went well all things considered. The week prior to Christmas was chock full of distractions that minimized my time to prepare for my rendition of 'Silent Night', and admittedly I spaced-out midway through a chorus section and had to sort of ad-lib from there. In a way I felt stupid, but I also walked away with the thought that I just need to relax whenever I screw up a performance and let it go. That all being said, I was really pleased with my tones that night. My rig was: my '05 Gibson Les Paul > Marshall BluesBreaker2 overdrive pedal > Line6 SpiderValveMk2 half stack. I also used a Boss looper pedal to create an ongoing loop of harmonics to play the melody over. Aside from a couple deviant notes mid-chorus, it was all quite lovely.

So this week I have picked up where I left off in 'Marigolds' before we had to steal all of my mics to record drums for 'Rabbit Hole'. I decided to try a new method of guitar speaker mic placement called 'white noising' (some people call it 'shavering' and various other names). The method is to send some white noise into the guitar amp at extremely high decibels and move the mics around while listening to everything in headphones. The louder and smoother the white noise sounds through the mic, the better the mic placement should sound (in theory) in recording. So I bought a white noise app for my iPhone, plugged the iPhone into my guitar amp, turned on the white noise and cranked the volume. Lucas Collins was lending me a hand today, and he best described the white noise through a cranked amp as sounding like a jet engine. It was deafening loud. But remarkably the whole process paid off in spades. My mic tones have been great and much easier to dial in than what I am used to. Also, I am using one of Craig Collins' prototype Vibrance guitars (#003) and it sounds amazing in every way.

So anyway that's a quickie FP update. We start Jake's bass sessions on the 'Rabbit Hole' recording next Monday, and we are also starting rehearsals for a new song next Thurs. Things are moving along quite well these days. Will have a couple new songs to debut before too long! Good times...

Thanks for stoping by! We wish everyone a Happy New Year!

~ Todd

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