How many tones can a Blues Driver make?

I gave myself a challenge: 1 hour to write a song and shoot a video that demos 4 unique tones created by a standard Boss BD2 Blues Driver. Thoughts? Leave a comment.

Recorded in Logic.
• Guitar: Ibanez Artcore AS83
Boss Blues Driver BD2
• Guitar Amp: Fender Mustang 3 
• Drums: EZ Drummer 2, the easiest way to add drums to your recordings!

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Pedal Trio: Ring Thing, 90’s Russian Big Muff, Moog Flange

I was organizing my gear and came across my 90’s Russian built Big Muff Pi. I stopped using this pedal about 4 years ago and I thought it was time to revisit it. I paired it up with my new Moog MF flange and the EHX Ring Thing to see what it would inspire. I like what happened!

Each track was recorded in one take, for better or worse.

Signal Chain: Guitar, Ring Thing, Big Muff, MF Flange, Amp.

• For the “Bass” I used the octave down setting on the Ring Thing going into a driven Big Muff.
• The Rhythm guitar I used the MF Flange with a slow sweep, a lot of depth and the vocal switch on.
• For the solo I turned everything on and set the Ring Thing to be an octave up.

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Recorded in Logic.
• Guitar: Ibanez Artcore AS83
EHX Ring Thing
• Russian made 90’s Big Muff Pi: Check Reverb.com or fInd new versions on amazon here: http://amzn.to/1RqqTuC
• Moog MF Flange
• Guitar Amp: Fender Mustang 3
• Drums: EZ Drummer 2, the easiest way to add drums to your recordings!

Oh, Pretty Woman – Soul Blues Backing Track in the style of Albert King

This backing track is Inspired by the song “Oh, Pretty Woman” made famous by Albert King on his album, “Born Under a Bad Sign.” If you don’t already own his album do yourself a favor and buy it right away.

The original song doesn’t follow a standard blues structure and the verses run different lengths. I wanted to make this backing track as easy to solo over as possible so I restructured it into the standard 12 bar format.

You can find the original song on the album “Born Under a Bad Sign”

Recorded in Logic.
Guitar: Ibanez Artcore AS83
Bass: Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass, Fretless
Drums: EZ Drummer 2, the easiest way to add drums to your recordings

Funky Blues Backing Track in C: Albert Collins style

This is a funky blues backing track inspired by “Hush Hush!” by Albert Collins. Albert is the best! I highly recommend checking out his amazing album “Ice Pickin.”

Recorded in Logic.
Guitar: Ibanez Artcore AS83
Bass: Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass, Fretless
Guitar Amp: Fender Mustang 3
Drums: EZ Drummer 2, the easiest way to add drums to your recordings

Evil: Blues Backing Track in G

A backing track inspired by, “Evil (is going on)” written the great blues composer Willie Dixon. This song was made most famous by Howlin’ Wolf.

Recorded in Logic.
Guitar: Ibanez Artcore AS83
Bass: Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass, Fretless
Guitar Amp: Fender Mustang 3
Drums: EZ Drummer 2

Bouncy Blues Backing Track in E

I wanted to make a really light, bouncy and almost silly blues backing track to show that blues isn’t only about feeling blue, but sometimes is about taking your blues away. This one cheers me up every time. Also, in the middle I pull way back in volume so you can do the same, we get to build and then come out hard at the end. I love the dynamic playing from artists like Buddy Guy who will bring the band back to a whisper and then bring everything to a roaring head. I think dynamics in playing is something a lot of people forget about, so this is a good chance to experiment with that.

Key of E. Chords are E, A, B.

Recorded in Logic.
Guitar: Ibanez Artcore AS83
Bass: Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass, Fretless
Guitar Amp: Fender Mustang 3
Drums: EZ Drummer 2

Slow Blues Backing Track in G

“She’s Nineteen Years Old” by McKinley Morganfield (Muddy Waters) Chords used are G, C, and D.

Recorded by me, Jeff Starr, 2016
I tried to keep a loose and raw feeling to this.

Recorded in Logic.
Guitar: Ibanez Artcore AS83
Bass: Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass, Fretless
Guitar Amp: Fender Mustang 3
Drums: EZ Drummer 2

Roger Mayer Axis Fuzz

This is my honest review of the Roger Mayer Axis TC Fuzz. This isn’t one of those “demo” reviews where you only hear praise for the pedal. I really wanted to call out some flaws so that you would know what is good and bad because this isn’t a cheap pedal. I wanted to help people who are thinking of buying. Is it worth it? Watch and decide.