Author: gorehound

LANEY Cub 8 and Cub 10 Tube Amps

Phil at Bonerattle Music let me try out a couple his Laney Cubs. The 10 is pretty loud, there’s a speaker out to power a cab also. I’d say it’d be loud enough for a gig or band practice(especially if you mic the little sucker). The 8 is a good sized apartment amp, if you’ve got wall-banging neighbors. The CUB 10 is a Class A/B design and produces 10 watts RMS of power from an output section loaded with a pair of 6v6GT’s, driven from a pre amp loaded with 2 ECC83’s. The pre amp compliment consists of a Tone control, a Volume control and a Gain control, along with a set of Hi & Lo input jacks. The CUB 10 houses a 10″ Celestion driver.

The CUB 8 features a classic single-ended Class A design, and is loaded with a single ECC83 in the pre amp section and a single 6V6GT in the output section generating 5 watts RMS, with an 8′ celestion speaker.

I’m looking forward to trying the 10 next to a Fender Blues JR(15watt, 12″ spkr w/ reverb) or a Pro JR (15 watts, 10″ spker). It’s about $200 less than the pro jr.


Dave Gonzales of the Paladins

One of my favorite Players, Dave from the Paladins and the Hacienda Brothers. Check out the Hacienda’s if you like Country/Soul(think Doug Sahm, Sir Douglas Quintet). They were a very unique sounding band. Here’s an example of a player that is very tasteful, he’s got mega-chops but he doesn’t play anything extra. Every note fits, he NEVER rushes and never gets boring. I had the pleasure of opening for the Paladins about 15 years back, when they came to Vancouver.

Notice the way he goes from position to position. Also it doesn’t sound like he is playing a bunch of riffs, tagged together. He tends to play 1 riff and then build on it. This kind of playing impresses me more than Danny Gatten or Albert Lee’s explosive/overwhelming style(their playing impresses me, more from a technical standpoint). He’s not the kind of player that makes you aware that you are listening to a Guitar solo. Taste is much more important that technical ability, that’s why I hate shredding. Thanks to DonLaguna1 for the Vid

Heres the Vid I wanted to post, but here’s some other one’s to watch;


the Hacienda’s “Cry Like a Baby”. Chris Gaffney RIP,  will be sorely missed.


and some wicked Baritone Guitar work


Why Do Guitarists Make Such Crappy Bass Players?

I think most people will agree that for some reason Guitar Players make the worst Bassists!

I recently featured one of Richard Lloyds Videos, titled Walking Bass lines for Guitarists. I’ve always wondered why Guitar Players make such crappy bassists, they should know the notes, there’s fewer strings to play. But somehow, it rarely works. The main reason is Chromatic lines. Guitarists don’t play 3 or 4 notes beside each other, the way Bassist do. Reason #2, tying the points of the Pentatonic scales together.

To me, I would have guessed it was weaker sense of Rhythm and Harmony. As a lead Guitarist, you don’t have to be as consistent in these areas. When learning the Guitar we dedicate most of our brainpower to remembering string/fret numbers and scale/chord shapes. But when it comes to timing, we’re mostly going by feel.

We learn scales so that we can play fast and play good sounding solos. We are mainly concerned with our own harmony as apposed to the overall harmony. Some players just don’t pay attention unless it’s their turn to solo. To them the song is over when the solo is. A good solo can make or break a song but it should NEVER be more important, than the song itself.

Heres the video again, enjoy.


Here’s more R. Lloyd videos

and “How Not to Play Bass Like a Guitar Player Playing Bass” from Premier Music. Some good points, Guitarist’s play early/slightly Ahead of the beat(or “Front” of the beat). Bassists play at the back/late. Also Guitarists consider the high E string their first string, Bassists call the low E their first string. We are playing the same notes and harmonies, an octave apart but we approach the instrument from a completely different direction.

10 Tips That Will Make You a Better Guitarist

1- Learn scales, chords(arpeggios) on one string first. Learn the distances between the notes(numbered Intervals) as well as the notes themselves. Use the Nashville Numbering System. No matter what style of music you play, you must understand the basic’s of Chording, Melody and Harmony.

2- Learn scales, chords in as many positions as possible. Learn how to build them.What are the similarities, differences? How does the G-B hump effect them? Look at the Gootar color system.

3- Don’t try to play new material at full speed. Break riffs into smaller pieces and cycle them. Don’t rush, you will be able to play a piece faster in the long run, if you start of slowly!

4- Practice in your head without your Guitar. Being able to visualize a chord or riff, is the first step to executing it consistently or altering it.

5- If you are having trouble learning new material or techniques, sleep on it. The 1/2 hour before you fall asleep at night, is the best time to practice visualizing the fingerboard, chords, scales and patterns. Don’t count sheep, count frets!

6- Pay attention to how different chords, phrasings, intervals and tonal colors make you feel, (Maj-rising, min-falling).Even non-musicians understand Tonal Gravity.

7- Learn the cycle of Fourths and Fifths. They are called “Perfect” for a reason. You should always know where the IV and V are, in relation to the Root note. J Hendrix’s mastery of Fourths and Fifths is obvious (“Hey Joe” chord progression is a good eg) Interactive circle of IVths and Vths

8- Teach yourself, even if you are studying with a teacher. Try to solve problems with math, logic and just plain screwing around(Abstract Reasoning). Learning what you shouldn’t do, is part of learning what you should. Don’t be afraid to “Noodle” because you might hit an off note. Everybody learns differently. You have to develop your own sense of what works and what doesn’t. Link;

9- When you accomplish something, give yourself credit for it. Building confidence in your playing is important. Having someone tell you that you are good is nice, believing it yourself, is crucial.

10- Practice pressing down on the string with just enough pressure to get a clear note, no buzz or trail offs. Avoid squeezing the neck, it slows you down and makes it hard to move to the next position.

Interview with Jimmy Roy


w/ R. Condo in Munich, Germany

Any fans of the Vancouver Rockabilly/Roots scene will recognize the name Jimmy Roy. He’s been THE hottest player in town for as long as I remember. His talent has taken him around the world with acts like Ray Condo, Big Sandy and his Fly Rite Boys as well as his own bands the 5 Star Hillbillies, the Knotty Pines, and currently the Do Rites. Jimmy also hosts the Famous Railway Rockabilly Jam one week per month. He is a master of the Steel Guitar and has played on stage of the Grand Old Opry.

How old were you when you started playing guitar? 13

Who was you’re first major influence while learning? Kieth Richards

Who has been some of your biggest influences over the years? for guitar ; Roy Nichols, Grady Martin, Eddie Bush, Chet Atkins, James Burton, early Roy Buchanon ( 50’s and early 60’s) ,Cliff Gallop, Johnny Meeks Chris Spedding, Jack Dekiezer and a long list of others. Steel Guitar; Noel Boggs, Vance Terry, Jerry Byrd, Kayton Roberts, Bud Issacs, Ralph Mooney, Jimmy Day , Buddy Emmons and all the others from that era.

What methods did you use to learn (Mel Bay, H. Leonard)? Listening to records mostly . PS recommend Mel Bay big time over H. Leonard

Did you study theory would you recommend learning theory(as opposed to TAB)? Not much until recently unfortunately. Definitely recommend learning as much music theory as you can get your head around at every step of your musical development. Tab is excellent for obvious reasons ( amongst others being able to play songs right away for a beginner or otherwise , learning to read may take awhile before you are able to learn your favorite stuff )but Tab is very limited, fortunately there isn’t too much involved in learning it .

What part of learning guitar was most difficult? (bar chords, arpeggios, bending) ans. Chord structure before playing in bands where someone else might know what was going on.

Any advice for someone just starting out? Give up everything else Chet Atkins recommended 4 hrs practice per day.

How long did you practice when you were starting to learn (avg)? 4 hrs per week

What was your most memorable session/show? (good or bad) playing the Grand Ole Opry ( good)

How long did you take lessons for(in years), before you were good enough to play
in a gigging band? I took only one lesson ( in grade 9) before playing in my 1st band and learned a finger picking version of “Blowing in the Wind” wish I could still remember it.

10. Is technical ability the most important attribute, for a bandmember? (is being a
good player all it takes, what about taste, creativity,
communication, listening, organization?) Yea being able to get along with your bandmates, not whining too much and all the above. Technical ability is very important , but so is being individualistic, technical skills are tools to build something you can call your own.

11. Any tricks that you’ve learned over the years to playing, or understanding theory,
easier? Barney Kessel recommended practicing in half hour intervals as you should be able to stay focused that long, otherwise one tends to just play the stuff you already know while your mind might be elsewhere ( bad habit) Learning reading music and understanding theory takes hard work . I would say the best trick to learning theory is to decide you enjoy doing it , just like you can train yourself to like certain foods if you think they might improve your health.

12.What does your live set-up consist of? (gtrs,FXs, amp(s) Telecaster knock off, Fender Deluxe Reverb , various steel guitars, Fender , Sho Bud, and home made Bigsby

What new technology have you found useful? (eg. Multi-FX, robot self tuning guitars) Boss tuner pedal, echo pedal ( danelectric echoplex simulator, doesn’t sound anything like an Echoplex but I can’t find anyone to fix my old Echoplex.

14. Have you designed or modified any of your own equipment? Just my steel guitars the Sho bud and the Bigsby

15. Have you seen any new up and coming players, worth mentioning? just Gord Smithers

16. What are your plans for the near future? working on the sight reading I didn’t learn back when I should have.

Jimmy’s teaching at Bonerattle Music, Monday and Tuesdays. You can schedule a lesson at 604 251 BONE (2663) The amazing Steve Nikleva also teaches there
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Interview with Scott Smith

Scott Smith has been one of the mainstay’s of the Vancouver Roots/Rockabilly scene for the last 15 years. He was with Bughouse Five, the Surfdusters, and Bottleneck and is currently backing country singer Arron Pritchett , the Terminal Station Band and the Blue Rich Rangers w/ Rich Hope. Scott’s also fast becoming one of the best Pedal Steel players in town. On top of being a really tasteful, versatile player, he’s one of the nicest, most easygoing cats you’ll ever meet. Thank you Scott for answering these questions.

Who was you’re first major influence, while learning? Stevie Ray Vaughan What methods did you use, to learn (Mel Bay, H. Leonard)? Hal Leonard

Did you study theory, would you recommend learning theory(as opposed to TAB)?

I’d recommend both, but the most important thing to learn is to train your ear to be able to figure out anything.

What part of learning guitar, was most difficult? (bar chords, arpeggios, bending)

I’m still learning how to play fast bebop tunes – still can’t do it very well

Any advice for someone just starting out?

Learn to read and learn some theory – that way you have the tools to learn any type of music. When you’re young and want to learn rock and punk, Tab works great, but if you get into say Cuban music when you’re a little older, being able to read rhythms is very important.
How long did you practice, when you were starting to learn (avg)?I would usually come home from school and play till I went to bed, pausing for dinner.

What was your most memorable session/show? (good or bad)

The Aaron Prtichett tour with Toby Keith was memorable. Opening for Brian Setzer with Bughouse Five was a great show. I did a lot great shows with my band Bottleneck. Opening for the Venture with the Surfdusters back in the “old days” (the 90’s!)
How long did you take lessons for(in years), before you were good enough to play

    in a gigging band? I took lessons for about 4 years before my highschool band started playing parties and dances.

Is technical ability the most important attribute, for a bandmember? (is being a

good player all it takes, what about; presence, taste, problem-solving, creativity,

communication, listening, organization?) Being a good player is less than 50% of it. All the other stuff is as important.

Any tricks that you’ve learned, over the years, to playing, or understanding theory,

easier? I don’t think there are any tricks. Most things I’ve learned, I’ve learned from playing gigs – lots of gigs.

What does your live, working set-up, consist of? (gtrs,FXs, amp(s))

1972 Fender Deluxe for blues gigs a 1965 Gibson ES330 for country a 72 Tele Custom for rock gigs a mid 70’s Les Paul a strat for slide work an MSA pedal steel nothing too unusual for effects

What new technology, have you found useful? (eg. Multi-FX, robot self tuning guitars) it’s not that new, but delays that you can tap the tempo are really useful

Have you designed, or modified any of your own equipment? no

    Have you seen any new, up and coming players, worth mentioning? Adam Dobres is a great tele player Tim Tweedale and Aaron Joyce are really good dobro players
    What are your plans for the near future?
    My blues band Terminal Station is putting out a new CD soon and I’ll be touring a lot in 2009 with Aaron Pritchett. I hope to do even more studio work than I’m doing now. I’m going to be recording a pedal steel CD next year as well

Here’s a shot of Bottleneck outside the Grand Union. I wonder if they went in for a $2 pint?

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