Howlin’ Wolf: Spoonfull Backing Track

A backing track based on Spoonful by Howlin’ Wolf (written by Willie Dixon). Spoonful may be one of my all time favorites as Hubert Sumlin just rips on guitar. I wanted my own backing tracking to jam over so, I made one. Enjoy!

Buy the original song: http://amzn.to/2b99iqd

A great biography about Howlin’ Wolf: http://amzn.to/2bmxKF1

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Fender Strat: http://amzn.to/29zse2t
Bass: Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass, Fretless http://amzn.to/1T1Eirb
Drums: EZ Drummer 2, the easiest way to add drums to your recordings: http://amzn.to/1mosti3

Recorded in LogicX.
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How to play Sitar (with less pain)! AKA: how to tape your fingers.

Playing the sitar is hard and it can be really painful. In this video I’ll demonstrate the method I use to tape my fingers. This helps reduce pain and can be very useful when you have been practicing a lot. Or, if you are just beginning to learn sitar using tape can be helpful while your fingers build up a callous.

Some additional thoughts:
Sorry for the messy room. I figured it was better for me to shoot a video surrounded by my son’s toys than to clean everything up and not have time to make the video.

You don’t want to use tape every time you practice.

I suggest masking tape because it’s very slick on the strings and also because the glue is fairly weak allowing you to take the tape off easily. It also won’t leak glue onto your strings like a fabric athletic tape will.

I changed my shirt halfway into filming so that you can see my hands better. But if you like the shirt I was wearing, you can buy one at http://copycreditmeals.net/ My buddy runs that website and is giving his profits back to artists, actors, etc.

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Learning Raga Yaman Alap, Update July 2016

This is a video to document my progress learning the Alap from Raga Yaman.

I think it’s starting to come together a bit better now. Listen to this video from earlier this year, back in in April.

I feel like I’ve made some really good improvements, although I still have a long way to go.

I am playing a Barun Ray (Hiren Roy’s son) sitar. I have been taking sitar lessons since 2012.

Thanks for watching and please feel free to comment.

Audio was recorded in LogicX.

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Super Weird Toy Ukulele Jam!

I keep a nice uke hanging above my desk and I thought I should make a video with it, but nope… I used my son’s toy ukulele instead!

The challenge for tonight was to pick it up and make a song using it exactly how my son had left it. I didn’t tune it, I didn’t try to tune it, I just listened to how it was set and I tried to make something from that.

This was a lot of fun to make. Also, the ending of this video get’s me giggling.

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Shure SM57 mic: http://amzn.to/29GjSSL
Hape Blue Ukulele: http://amzn.to/29Rbm6W
Drums: EZ Drummer 2, the easiest way to add drums to your recordings: http://amzn.to/1mosti3

Recorded in Logic.
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Super Crazy Guitar Pedal Improv! What was I thinking?

It’s been a stressful week! I felt like making some crazy sounds so I pulled out some toys and got to it. I had a great time and I think this came out pretty rock’n. Thank you for watching!

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Electro Harmonix Ring Thing: http://amzn.to/1S4UfbI
Roger Mayer Axis Fuzz: http://amzn.to/29T04i1
Electro Harmonix Freeze: http://amzn.to/2aeyzxh
Moog MF Flange: http://amzn.to/29NjGUn

PedalTrain Pedal Board: http://amzn.to/1rveVDG
Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2 Plus Power Supply: http://amzn.to/1YyVV4u

Guitar: Fender Strat http://amzn.to/29zse2t
Guitar Amp: Fender Mustang 3 http://amzn.to/1T1Ex5I I love the ease of the USB interface for recording.

Recorded in Logic.
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Whammy Pitch Shift using EHX RingThing!

The Ring Thing by Electro-Harmonix does a Whammy style pitch shift when using an expression pedal. Hear the effect in this demo as I shift up, down and in-between.

This pedal does a lot more than pitch shifting. Check out my other videos:
Ring Modulation and Octave Fuzz: https://youtu.be/Mdj1YHNkKJs
Rotary Phaser / Univibe sounds: https://youtu.be/FZtdiXxfGkU
Making a song with the Ring Thing: https://youtu.be/YtoTzNfyHWg

Check prices:
Electro Harmonix Ring Thing: http://amzn.to/1S4UfbI
Moog EP3 Expression Pedal: http://amzn.to/29yodrU
PedalTrain Pedal Board: http://amzn.to/1rveVDG
Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2 Plus Power Supply: http://amzn.to/1YyVV4u
Guitar: Fender Strat (made in Japan.)
Guitar Amp: Fender Mustang 3 http://amzn.to/1T1Ex5I

Recorded in Logic.
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UniVibe sounds: EHX Ring Thing Vs Fulltone DejáVibe

The Ring Thing by Electro-Harmonix does a lot of things beyond ring modulation. I’ll compare it’s rotary phaser sound to the Fulltone Deja Vibe, a faithful recreation of the original UniVibe. Please let me know if you have any questions about these pedals.
I’ve owned these pedals for several years and I know them well.

Some additional thoughts: I should have reduced the blend on the RingThing to demo a more subtle sound. Sorry about that.
I still prefer the sound of the DejaVibe and I have continued to use that on my board. The foot controller is the big bonus to me as it’s really easy to dial in the speed. I also like the less colored sound it produces, it layers in a nice texture without overtaking my rig.

If you want a Univibe pedal I highly recommend the DejaVibe. If you want a fun toy that can make a bunch of cool sounds get the Ring Thing. The Ring Thing is SUPER cool. For example, I made a demo of it’s wicked octave fuzz settings: https://youtu.be/Mdj1YHNkKJs

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Electro Harmonix Ring Thing:
Amazon link: http://amzn.to/1S4UfbI

Fulltone DejáVibe:
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Boss RC-2 looper:
http://amzn.to/27R1qjl

PedalTrain Pedal Board:
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Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2 Plus Power Supply:
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Thoughts on learning the Sitar after leaving my lesson.

My teacher was extremely generous today and my lesson ran for an extra half hour. We spent that extra time playing Alap and going over super important small details.

It was one of those lessons that makes you feel like you are starting over again! I have so much to learn about the sitar. It’s been an amazing journey for me so far and I am so happy to study and learn this instrument.

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Octave Fuzz Hack! Getting an octavia tone from the EHX RingThing.

I’ll demonstrate how to hack your EHX Ring Thing to turn it into a really great sounding Octave fuzz. But, is it as good as the Roger Mayer Octavia?

I LOVE my Roger Mayer Octavia but the Ring Thing provides a ton of other cool sounds. I wanted to experiment to see if I could find a way to hack the Ring Thing to get some of those Hendrix Octave Fuzz tones we all love while still being able to toggle the Ring Thing presets for other wacky sounds (did you know it also does a great Whammy style pitch shift too?)

Electro Harmonix Ring Thing:
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Roger Mayer Octavia:
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Boss Blues Driver:
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I am also using a Boss RC-2 looper:
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I bought a Sitar! Ravi Shankar Style

While traveling to visit family I found this used sitar for sale in a local music store. It’s Ravi Shankar style and was made by Hiren Roy. I’ll keep this at my parents house to practice on when I visit family. Now I need to get back home more often!

Sa is tuned to C#.