Having watched Pete on youtube for the past 10 over years, it was just awesome to attend his clinic here in Singapore. In this clinic, Pete basically went through his thought process of how he generates his musical tracks for his youtube demos and showed us the amount of effort he took to produce the music so as to create a track that was real and authentic.
Here are 10 things we learnt from Pete's Guitar Clinic:
Record inspirations/melodies immediately with phone. It’s a likelihood that an individual will forget it by the time you get the chance to play it on your instrument.
Find inspiration from other instrument. Listen to other instruments like bass or drums. Different grooves allow us to generate new ideas to play and accompany these instruments.
If you record other instruments like bass, play the bass with more heart and soul.
Double track the rhythm parts, hard pan each part to the extreme left and right.
Do low cut on the rhythm guitars so as to create space for the bass and drums
Do a +2db boost on the 2k freq for guitar solo tracks
Think of how to capture the listener attention with different effects like filters, octave fuzz, delays etc
Guitarists need to practise restraint when doing instrumentals or soloing, especially at the start, so that the song/solo can built up, thereby becoming more dynamic. Solos needs to have a story, start low end high. Solos need not necessary be fast but it has to be melodic.
End of solo add a reverse delay to create a different effect
Spirit of excellence. What we do/portray in a live setting should be how we record/practice at home too. Be serious on every recording take, don't be relax and re record your solo 50 times
Pete Thorn's Gear:
His signature guitar is just awesome. She has many different pickup configurations and one thing that blew us away was how he could achieve a straty tone with the neck humbucker pickup. Most spilt coils humbucker will sound straty but its thin. Pete's guitar tone was straty and fat. Nice!.
His new amp PT15 head also had the ability to run direct to a recording daw, and you can load different Impulse Response for different channels as well. Plugged that into a 1x12 cab, this amp can go REAL loud!!!
Pete also used the Line6 HX Effects for his delays and mods.
Overall it was an evening well spent with Pete Thorn the man! Thanks for sharing and blessing!
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