August 31, 2012

Timing and phrasing pt 1 Chuck D'Aloia

Hi Jan,

As far as phrasing it comes down to my time spent on the bandstand with Nick Brignola.  He was the baddest and was my mentor.  I was very lucky to have that relationship.  I learned to phrase simply from standing next to him for so many years and listening to how it's done.  I never had the right hand chops to pick every note (and make it swing) so I developed pull off-hammer on techniques to emulate his phrasing (and survive the tempos  ; )

It was an organic process.  I didn't transcribe or have a book of licks.  Nothing like that.  I just played a LOT of gigs.  I can't stress the importance of having that experience with Nick.  There is NOTHING like standing next to a master.  You cannot get that in the practice room.  Good phrasing is about rhythm and feel and I just used my ears. They are the REAL instrument..


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Have a nice day, JB

August 30, 2012

Brent Mason, Brian Wampler, Video Outtakes

During the filing of the Hot Wired demos, Brent does everything he can to put Brian off and make him laugh. Julie and Amanda do everything they can to get it back on track... But boys will be boys...

Most people think they’ve never heard of Brent Mason. We would bet that although you may not recognize the name, chances are huge that you have heard him. Brent is, without doubt, the number 1 session musician working out of Nashville and has been since the early 1990’s.

If you have seen ‘Friends’, ‘Bridget Jones Diary’ or ‘Becker’… Or listened to Shania Twain, Travis Tritt, Alan Jackson, George Strait or any other of the hundreds of artists that call Brent first when they need a guitar player on their recording, you’ve heard him. It’s getting to the point now where Brent is probably one of the most recorded guitar players in history.

Not only is he a now a legendary studio figure, but also a renowned composer and songwriter. His compositions have been used in countless films, TV shows and commercials. His solo albums, in particular “Hot Wired” (from which this pedal got its name) has become almost mythical in its reputation for guitar tone and quality of musicianship. With Brent, you will not believe it until you hear it.

Built on the foundations of v1, v2 stands alone in terms of versatility. The studio scene in Nashville has changed over the last few years, so we had to change the Hot Wired to mirror the industry Brent works in. As you probably already know, v1 was geared towards all out chickin' pickin' and beyond - v2 brings you a broader range of subtlety in channel 1 that mirrors Brent's work today. You can still find the chickin' pickin' tones, but you can also find a deeper, warmer overdrive section that will allow you to play as smooth as you like. With the added blend control, you won't believe how fat your tone can be without it sounding too overdriven. Channel 2 still has the same "Plexi" flavor that Brent loves.

Two pedals in one (overdrive and distortion), this is without doubt one of the most versatile pedals available today. One channel has all your overdrive needs, from a gentle break up to all out crunch, the other gives you dirt... Loads of fat, creamy distortion that is tonally perfect from top to bottom. If need be you can stack them both together for a huge, huge sound. 

Brent uses this pedal daily in the studio. He uses it live. When it has Brent’s name on it, you know it’s nothing short of perfect. 

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Have a nice day, JB

August 27, 2012

All That Jazz: Wayne Krantz - October 2012

Another great lesson by Wayne Krantz.

Here's another one : click here
Here's an interview : Talk

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Have a nice day, JB

Bobby's Backing Tracks!! Check them out !!

Bobbys Backing Tracks

BBT is a zone to collect the most professionally recorded, modern sounding backing tracks available. We all know how practicing can be boring and monotonous.Finally, and now available to you are CD quality mixes of great tunes that you won't find anywhere else. Pop, Rock, jazz, funk, fusion, Beatles, Motown, Pat Metheny, Larry Carlton, Robben Ford, Santana, Steve Lukather, Jeff Beck, the list goes on and on. New tracks are added constantly. You can even request special tracks!

BBT is for everyone that wants to have fun and improve musically. Whatever instrument you play, your voice included, we know you will find our catalog appealing to you.

With our core group of "A" session players and the use of modern state of the art digital technologies, we are proud to offer you THE alternative.

Read what the  others are saying about BBT and browse the products to hear samples of the finest quality mixes available.

Here at BBT we are proud to feature JAMTUBE. This is the interactive zone where you get to share yourself on video performing over our tracks. This is really where the fun begins!


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Affirmation backing track
Georgia On My Mind backing track
Autumn Leaves backing track


Steely Dan Bundle
This artist bundle features all the current Steely Dan related BBT. This also includes the alt mixes and added loops, for a total of 27 mixes. Nicely discounted for big savings. Aja, Bohdisatva (Alt mixes), Black Cow (Alt mixes/loop pack), Deacon Blues (Alt Mxes/Loops), Doctor Wu, Hey Nineteen (2 mix pack), Home at Last (Alt mixes) Josie ( Alt mixes /loops), Kid Charlemagne (Alt mixes/loops), Peg (Alt mixes/loops). Enjoy!

August 26, 2012

Little Wing - Eric Gales, Matt Schofield and Tomo Fujita at Slidebar

Eric Gales is such a unique talent. His tone, chord voicings, licks, soul all sound absolutely great to me. The other players next to Eric are great too but to me Eric is the real deal!


The Sonnet "Raw Dawg" was custom built for Mr. Eric Gales.

It all started with a phone call from Mr.Kelcey Alonzo from; Kelcey happens to know Eric and he found that Eric would appreciate the style and quality of our guitars, our answer was: "you mean THAT Eric Gales?"

Eric GALES is one of the most talented guitar players of our time and after Eric tryed one of our guitars, he decided he would want to play one and asked if we would be able to adjust some specs to his needs.

Based on the MAGNETO Sonnet, the ERIC GALES CUSTOM has a 2-piece american alder body, a canadian hard rock maple neck and an indian rosewood fingerboard. Eric has chosen his first guitar in a Light Mercury Silver finish fitted with gold parts and 3 custom single coils. The tuners are made by Gotoh and Eric trusts the Magneto "Steel Tone" bridge for his tremolo work. ERIC GALES has just realeased his new album "Transformation" available instore and online. Check Eric's website for more information:

August 25, 2012

Jazzing up Gm chord pt. 2

Here I superimpose the Bb major scale. Secondly the em7b5 arpeggio which gives you the 6th. After that I play the Gm7b5 arpeggio which gives you the b5, a blue note. Sounds a little out but I like that. I got that idea from Scott Henderson.

Jazzing up a Gm chord pt 1

Here I play G minor pentatonic and later A minor pentatonic. Later I start mixing them up.
In fact you're playing all the notes from the dorian scale. Playing the minor pentatonic up a major second is common practice in jazz improvisation. Miles used it a lot.

Xotic SP Compressor pedal.

Xotic SP Compressor 

Xotic Effects is proud to introduce our newest pedal, The SP Compressor!
Offering the same OTA or Operation Transconductance Amplifier technology, the same used on the famous Ross Compressor, this new pedal is super flexible and offers a wide variety of tones from vintage, to subtle, to modern and more. 
Our new SP Compressor has superb tone quality featuring a wide variety of compressor tones from vintage,to subtle, to modern and more. It's super flexible and features a dry blend knob, up to +15dB of boost and an internal dip switch for attack control. This compact design is a powerful tool for the working musicians.
SpecsDimensions (W/D/H):
3.5" x 1.5" x 1.5" (89mm X 38mm X 38mm excluding knobs)
Weight: 0.57 lbs (260g)
True Bypass Switching
Power Consumption: 9VDC/5mA
Battery Type: 9VDC (006P) x 1
Input Impedance: 1M ohm
Output Impedance: 1k ohm
Nominal Input signal level: -20dB (100mVrms)

AC Adapter: 9VDC, Negative Tips (Regulated)
MSRP: $165

 This awesome new compressor will be at a dealer near you this October!

New logo for my BLOG

Designed it myself, hope you like it.

August 24, 2012

Strymon Flint Reverb/Tremolo, demo by Pete Thorn

A Perfect Gentleman — From a Classic Era. 

The magical combination of tremolo and reverb is the earliest example of a perfect guitar effects marriage. First pioneered within historic amplifiers of the 1960s, this harmonious coexistence has made it's way onto countless records and performances—from early surf, swampy bayou blues, spaghetti westerns, film noir soundtracks, to modern day indie rock. There are certain things in life that just belong together—the blend of tremolo and reverb create the perfect pair.

Given this storied history, there was no doubt that we wanted to develop a studio-class effects pedal that delivers this classic combination. We carefully studied our favorite classic tremolo and reverb circuits, examined the sonic complexities, and faithfully accounted for every detail in our hand-crafted algorithms. Flint harnesses the complete power of a SHARC DSP to authentically exhibit these details.

Flint gives you the soothing, pulsating, and hypnotic effects that were pioneered in vintage amplifier tremolo circuits, along with three classic and completely unique reverb algorithms. You get the sonically complex '61 Harmonic Tremolo, the swampy and sultry '63 Power Tube Tremolo, and the sharp and balanced '65 Photocell Tremolo. You also get the classic '60s Spring Tank Reverb, the inventive '70s Electronic Plate Reverb, and the nostalgic '80s Hall Rack Reverb.

With eight parameters to tweak, you get extensive control over the tremolo and reverb characteristics. Go from splashy, pulsing twang, to throbbing, swampy blues, all the way to ambient, trembling, and serene reverberated pads. Couple that with true bypass, and a high quality analog front end and output section, and you have yourself the history of tremolo and reverb in a pedal-board friendly format. 
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August 22, 2012

Chuck D'Aloia playing slide (!) on his RedPlate CD2 amp!

Chuck released a whole series of videos where he demonstrates his new signature amp. Check them out!

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The C-D' Special started out as a special build for musician extraordinaire Chuck D'Aloia and is now available as his signature series guitar amplifier. The design concept was simple, create a no nonsense tube amp that can cover all the bases for a studio professional like Mr. D'Aloia.  The versatile preamp section is almost the same as the RedPlate BlackVerb  and has the same Treble, Middle, Bass and MODE controls and also includes the raw "Stack Lift" style boost and  treble fattening mid boost along with a defeatable Presence control and an active master volume that really works without affecting tone.
A 40 watt cathode bias 6L6GC output section can also accommodate 6V6GT tubes for 18 watt output.The amazingly small 12" combo is capable of phenomenal sounding 3 dimensional room coverage without sounding "boxy" or "beamy".  The pedal friendly input and fully buffered effects loop rounds out the feature set for the ultimate Grab-n-Go package.  $1995 accepting orders now! Also available with Export  Voltage option.~35 lbs.USER GUIDE

Red plate amps

*I designed the red plate D'Aloia banner for chuck site : Chuck online!

August 20, 2012

Kirk Fletcher - Comping Chords in 12-Bar Blues

Notable blues/funk/R&B guitarist Kirk Fletcher is a faculty member in the Guitar Department at Musicians Institute. Interviewed by Jude Gold, he offers up an inspiring lesson on comping chords in 12-bar blues settings.

Listen to Kirk's wonderful CD :
Produced by legendary Los Angeles guitarist and close friend Michael Landau, "My Turn" finds Fletcher stretching out instrumentally and exploring new sonic territories on the guitar. In addition, Kirk also makes his surprising vocal debut on two songs which include the Jimmy Reed classic "Found Love," and an ultra funky version of Sly Stone's "Let Me Have It All." This is a project that is very near to Kirk, and one that he just absolutely felt compelled to make. So with the intuitively selected album title of "My Turn," it would only be appropriate to let Kirk have the last word... "I am so proud of this record. Though it took a while it was so much fun to get together with my best friends and just play! So here you go and God bless you all."

Kirk Fletcher (guitar, bass, & vocals); Michael Landau (guitar); Gary Novak (Drums); Travis Carlton (bass); Bobby Tsukamoto (bass); Iver Olav Erstad & Rhodes (organ); Tom Fillman (drums); Paulie Cerra (sax and vocals); Luke Miller & clav (organ); Paul Litteral (trumpet); Dave Melton (slide guitar); Dave Melton (slide guitar); James Gadson (drums); Karen Landau (spoken word).

August 19, 2012

NEW Scott Henderson Pedalboard aug 2012


Here is a pedalboard I did for Scott Henderson.
Scott was looking to re-create a lighter and more efficient version of the pedalboard he had been using for the last few years.

The original pedalboard that Scott had lacked convenience. He needed to check his batteries daily to ensure that pedals would not die while on stage, and removing batteries from pedals required that pedals be removed from the pedalboard. He also needed to unplug the input from each pedal before and between performances so that the battery life would be extended. Additionally, Scott felt concerned about the positions of his pedals on the pedalboard platform, making them susceptible to damage (with jacks on the rear on the pedals often getting hit).

When Scott saw the Vertex Custom Battery Box that Michael Landau had (pictured below), he was inspired to incorporate something similar into his rig, allowing him to consolidate space between the pedals (no need to unplug the inputs to each pedal), and more easily replace batteries.
Vertex Custom Battery Pack with ON/OFF switch on the exterior (houses five 9V batteries).

Hi Jan,

No, I haven't used it yet. That will be on my gig at Baked Potato on Sep 8.



More info:

August 17, 2012

Gearmandude pasta from Italy

White doily cable... don't leave Italy without it.
Of course you'll need this!

August 16, 2012

Oz Noy Talks Amps and Effects with Line 6

Virtuoso guitarist Oz Noy sits down with Line 6¹s Sean Halley to discuss his innovative use of effects. Hear why Noy chooses the Line 6 DT50 amp when performing live and why he can't get his unique sound without an M9 or M13 effects pedal board.

August 13, 2012

Gretchen Parlato & Lionel Loueke - Nonvignon

'This wil keep you going, this will make you happy. Music & chocolate.'
' That's right'.

Lionel Loueke - Behind the Scenes of HERITAGE

A look behind the scene's of Lionel Loueke's new album HERITAGE, out on Blue Note Records August 28, 2012

"In the spring of 2001, the Beninese guitarist Lionel Loueke flew to Los Angeles to audition for the elite tuition-free jazz graduate program at the Thelonious Monk Institute. Loueke was 27 and had lived in the U.S. for just two years. He hadn’t heard a Miles Davis record until after he turned 20. There were about a dozen finalists, and Loueke was the next-to-last to perform. Across from him sat a panel that included Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, and Terence Blanchard—three of the most famous jazz musicians alive. They asked Loueke to play “Footprints,” one of Shorter’s own tunes. Loueke swallowed hard, threaded a piece of paper between the strings of his guitar to mimic the sound of a percussive thumb piano called a kalimba, and began an introduction that fused traditional African sounds with post-bop jazz. “I remember saying to myself, ‘This guy is crazy or brilliant,’ ” Blanchard told JazzTimes years later. When Loueke finished, the judges broke into applause. Shorter hopped up and exclaimed, “I told you I’m from Africa, and this is my brother!” Hancock half-joked that Loueke should skip out on school and hit the road with him"

Here's a link to another great article and interview with Lionel.

August 7, 2012

All That Jazz: Wayne Krantz - September 2012

If you check out Wayne Krantz 's website you can find a series of lessons there which you can buy for a small amount. HIGHLY recommended. Especially the rhythm lessons are great. Wayne shows how to improve your time feel very clearly.

I found this free lesson on youtube.
D mixolydian : d-e-f#-g-a-b-c-d

Wayne's gear:

Main guitar: slightly modded Tyler Studio Elite w/ Suhr Vintage single coils, Duncan Full Shred in the bridge
Main amp: Marshall 2553, 2×12 or 4×12 Celestion V30s
Main pedals, etc: Crybaby wah, Moogerfooger ring mod, Boss DD-3, Boss OC-2, Blues Driver w/ Analog Mike mod, Loooper bypass box, D’Addario EXL 110, Fender medium picks

Robben Ford - Back to the Blues - II